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What Will We Do With The Power Given Us?

September 7, 2011

Prov 18:21–The  tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its  fruit. NIV

Words have the power to produce. Are our words producing life or do they produce
death? Will our words lift people up or tear people down? Will our words benefit
the corporations we work for, the nation we live in, the people we are called
to influence—or will our words condemn them? Will our words glorify God, who
created all, or will they activate and empower God’s enemy? Will they open
doors of blessing or close doors that God intended to be opened?

Every word matters. Jesus said every word had better be spoken with purpose and
intent to fulfill—just as God’s words are, for we will be judged for every word
we speak without purpose or intent (Matt 12:36). Why?

That seems a harsh word for Jesus to speak. Why is it so imperative that we judge every word before we speak it? Because our words are seeds—they will be planted in the heart of the hearer—whether that is our intent or not. And every seed planted produces a crop, including those “idle” words we sling out for fun or jest.

Jesus told a parable: “The Kingdom of God is like a man who sows seed on the
soil. He goes to bed at night and gets up next day and the seed sprouts up and
grows—how, the sower does not know—but the seed has done what seeds are
designed to do when in contact with the soil (Mk 4:26-27). There will be a
judgment/harvest for all the seeds we’ve sown on hearing ears and willing
hearts. It is the power of the seed—whether we understand it or not.

Isa 55:10-11—As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. NIV

God tells us through the prophet Isaiah, that every word He speaks has purpose. His
words will produce a crop and it will accomplish what He sent it to do. He made
us in His image and according to His likeness (Gen 1:26). Our words matter. Our
own words will be judged and they will produce a crop. Are we speaking life or
death? Are we speaking prosperity or failure? Are we speaking love or fear?

Our words are seeds and though we don’t know how—they do what seeds do. They
produce a crop.

The same is true for the words we expose ourselves to hear. Do we watch the news
that gets revenue from the fear they produce or do we focus (meditate) on what
God says is truth? We can look at the sponsors for the programs we watch and
know that the programming is geared to generate revenue for that sponsor. We
know the “slant” major media takes is that which will sell the world
something. Are we buying what the world is selling?

The politicians are selling themselves during this season. Their words are geared to produce a reaction in the hearer—fear that medicare will not pay the doctors, fear that if that guy is elected, the tax bill will grow and the business sector will move to yet
another foreign nation that offers lower taxes and less government involvement
concerning pollutants. All of these are words geared to produce a crop. Are we
willing to harvest from this crop? Will we allow the words of the world around
us to take the seeds of God’s word planted in us (Mk 4:15-19), or will we
refute the words of the world with God’s word that accomplishes God’s will,
purpose or intent?

If we don’t train ourselves to hear with wisdom and filter each word with
understanding, we can be deceived. Don’t be deceived. Be aware that each word
spoken has a purpose or it is idle, as Jesus said, and worthy to be judged.

In a world of technological amazements, we are surrounded by words, and those
words are seeds designed to produce a crop. Perhaps the intended crop is
comedy, but when planted in a heart that has been abused produces prejudice or
offense.

But that’s another blog.

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