Dear Lord, thank you for all that you do in our lives. I have seen the fruit of obeying You and following your way. I pray everyone takes one step closer in their walk with You. Let your words flow through me and into the hearts of these readers. I love you! Amen.
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners, by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Our words have power. They have the ability to speak life into someone and take the life out of someone. I can remember to this very day words of encouragement spoken into my life from a decade and a half ago. Even more vividly I can remember and visualize the exact place when someone really discouraged me. Our words matter, but too often people think they can just erase what they said in some way. Just kidding they’ll say, when really it doesn’t matter, it was said.
I remember I had a teacher in Elementary School, and Pastor Mike Todd has a similar story. For me it was Mrs. Lutter. She forced us to write in pen. I would get upset and often write in pencil, but really hard so you almost couldn’t tell. Obviously Mrs. Lutter ain’t no dummy and would make me rewrite it in pen. I didn’t understand it at the time, but Mrs. Lutter was teaching me how our words… are permanent.
There is no erasing. There is no do overs with pen. If you try to scribble it out, it looks bad. I was being taught that what we say has to matter and be thought out. 1 Samuel 3:19 says, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” This means Samuel said what he meant, and meant what he said. He wasn’t just spitting out words, He was intentional with what he was speaking to others.
My challenge for you is to reflect on your own life. Can you be better with your words? I am sure there are times you have said things you wish you could’ve taken back, but how can we minimize those moments? Remember we are told to be slow to speak and quick to listen. I was always told we were given two ears and one mouth because God wanted to remind us to listen twice as much as we talk. I need to remind myself of this daily.
In the scripture above we see Paul getting frustrated and yelling at this spirit inside the woman. This one statement eventually gets him thrown in jail. Oops. I am not saying what he did was right or wrong, but I am just allowing scripture to demonstrate for us the power our words can have. In this case, literally driving the spirit out of someone. Along with the effect it can have on our life and the lives of those around us.
Let us be people who speak peace, confidence, and hope into the lives of others. In order to do this, we must be careful with our words. Be intentional and as every parent says, “Think before you speak.” It could be the difference.
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