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Monday, August 30, 2010

The power of a word

How can a young person live a clean life?  By carefully reading the map of your Word.  I’m single-minded in pursuit of you, don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.  I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.  Be blessed, GOD, train me in your ways of wise living.  I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches.  I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you; I attentively watch how you’ve done it.  I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.  (Psalm 119:9-16)

The words of our mouth are more powerful than a small spark that can set an entire forest on fire – or so scripture tells us.  If our words are this powerful, just imagine the extreme power of the words of God!  His words are instruments of grace, love, healing, direction, and even chastisement if needed.  Regardless of the types of words he speaks, they are filled with power.  They are spoken to hearing ears and responsive hearts.  Those who will listen intently to their meaning will be blessed by them. 
In our daily vernacular, a word is something said or expressed.  Words reveal intention and inner thought.  They may also be a declaration – proclaiming truth not before evident.  Or perhaps they are a promise – opening the possibility of hope afresh in the heart of the hearer.  I enjoy making acrostics of words and then using that acrostic to describe the meaning of those words.  I’d like to take that liberty to describe the richness of the power of “words”.  I propose to you that the meaning of “words” could be declared to be “wealth openly revealed defining significance”.  Let’s explore that further:
W – Wealth
Words are often considered to be something that we declare as a valuable possession or a resource at our disposal in times when we need to impart wisdom, change the course of an event, or challenge someone to consider a new perspective.  Words carry an abundance of supply in them – they can build up, create vision, give perspective, challenge movement, increase faith, and impart hope.  They are worth much and should be handled accordingly.
O – Openly
Words are considered to be most valuable when they are openly shared, not locked up or shut up in the recesses of our minds or hearts.  As a believer, we have a responsibility to be free in the expression of wise counsel that is granted or revealed to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit has deeply affected our lives, the words that we speak will be so pure that there is no need to conceal them.  We will be able to use them in an unrestricted manner, in just the right way that God prepares those words to be expressed.
R – Revealed
God’s words to us are made known to us through divine inspiration and divine instruction.  His wisdom has been made open to us for full and complete view through the anointing of his Holy Spirit.  In turn, we are called upon to make known what was once concealed or hidden – the deep truths of his love, his compassion, and his grace.  We are called to share the nougats of truth contained deeply in the Word and to allow it to impact those who have ears to hear its deep meaning.
D – Defining
It is God’s intention that our words be something that makes clear the intentions and desires of our hearts.  As we are transparent with him, he is transparent with us in the discoveries of deep truths in his Word that make clear to us the essential qualities of his character, set forth the meaning of his actions, and define with clarity the path we are to walk. 
S – Significance
His words give meaning to our lives – helping to show the importance of our actions, the value of our deepest thoughts, and the danger in concealing anything from his tender touch.  In the spoken or written word, meaning is conveyed.  We often cry out for our lives to be filled with meaningful pursuits – desiring to know the purpose of it all.  God declares the significance of a life in the power of his words.  It was by a word that he created all that we see around us today – and by that same word, he holds everything in order today. 
Words are indeed God’s wealth openly revealed to us in limitless ways that work to define and make distinct our significance in his kingdom.  There is nothing “magical” in a word from God, but there is something creative and liberating in each word declared by his Spirit.  Engraft the word of God deeply into the core of your being and begin to see the impact of it on your life.  The Word of God is indeed sharper than a two-edged sword – it defines us, reveals hidden things within us, supplies abundantly what we stand in need of, and helps us to stand assured in even the most uncertain of times.  The power of a word – in the hands of God, one word is worth more than any material treasure we could possibly desire.