Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.”
Have you ever been caught in a conversation and recognize, Wow, I don’t like the way I’m speaking right now. This is not kind, nor helping anybody.
The devil is pleased by conversations like this– that is, any sort of conversation that does not exist in the Heavenlies– and he will put targets on backs, attempt to tear down children that are pursuing the Spirit. Those attempts are already void, Jesus victorious, but any ground gained by the devil in relationships calls for a refresh of the Lord JESUS’ Spirit.
I woke up with a nod of direction, a firmament of the Lord, and a direction in Scripture. The devil had been trying a lot of things on the weekend. Not today, or ever again, Jesus strengthened me to say.
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
In the sermon series I’m going through, Pastor Eric Ludy talks about the cruciality of understanding the Bible as perfect in every sense. If we believe in the Lord Jesus, we know that this precious book is flawless from beginning to end. Understanding its Truth requires discernment of the Spirit, and some contextual understanding, but it is nonetheless the Book of Life.
Paul goes on to write in 2 Corinthians that the world will invoke temptations of all sorts of other “weird doctrines.” The devil will even try to make the Word of God, the Word of Life look like the weird doctrine, but it is rather the only doctrine. And this is not something to fear, or feel reluctant of– but rather something to shout joy about. What a mighty God we serve that He has not only equipped us with the gift of His living Spirit, but with a living Word.
In this way, our words should reflect the Living Word. There is power in words.
Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
It is the Spirit that equips me to have nothing but loving, understanding and fun conversations with my boyfriend, family, friends, co-workers, and customers.
I know the power of spoken words in that even uttering the name Jesus, and speaking in my heart or aloud, Come near to me, be in me, ushers out the devil’s attempts.
Proverbs 18:20 “Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.”
Lord, I pray that my words and conversations are pleasing to You. That I am not deceitful nor double-minded; that I resemble Your love and speak boldly of how Your grace has saved my life, and the power of cleansing ourselves by Your blood.
Lord, I know that only when my heart is Yours, surrendered to the Kingdom, will it reflect You.
Lord, I pray for the words that will be received by and understood by friends who are newly entering into and seeking to understand Your grace and manifested presence.
Lord, I know that THE CROSS has the final word. Period. And I just want to shout joy that You are THAT GOOD! Praise be to You, Almighty God, and lead me by the power of Your working Kingdom to the kind of words that sing your praises and reflect Your grace.