The Weight of our Words
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
Sometimes revelation comes to me in such a way I feel I have a full and tight grasp on it. I’m reading the Word or I’m praying and God downloads some truth about a situation, person, or life in general and I know that I not only completely understand but can’t wait to apply it. It’s a thrilling experience to get an answer or explanation that I might not even have been intently seeking.
When this happens I feel an intimacy with God that makes life worth living. This closeness with the Creator, my Daddy in heaven, has no equal on earth. It is simply the best.
Then just as quickly as it came, sometimes, it begins to slip away and I have to look toward heaven and plead for Holy Spirit to always keep me mindful of what just exploded inside of me.
I don’t know if this is normal or if I’m extremely odd, all I know is that when His light shines on a truth I have learned to grab my note pad or app and write it down instantly or there may be nothing left to ponder in my heart later. For this reason, I have one page in my Note app on my phone that I’ve titled Revelations 2019. Here we are halfway through the year and I’m surprised by the sheer number of posts I’ve typed there.
The other day I added a new one. I suddenly had an understanding of our words that I’ve never had before. It came as I thought through something a friend said trying to be helpful but in reality, turned out to be hurtful.
There are so many verses that speak to how we communicate with each other. Communication is key in every relationship. Our words matter.
It’s obvious how powerful the Word of God is and also, what speaking it out can accomplish. It never comes back void! It was by His words that He created the heavens and the earth. He spoke all things into existence. Mindblowing!
Our words, words that come from our flesh though, are nothing like His. Anything you or I say of our own accord, anything humans speak, can be used by the enemy for his purpose which is only and always to kill, steal, and destroy. What God showed me was that anything we say can be twisted in such a way that it will hurt those who hear. But whatever is spoken by the spirit of God in us can’t be touched by the enemy. He has no authority or power over things of heaven. The safest, wisest thing to speak is the Word of God.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 1 Corinthians 2:13
For some in the church, their words are rarely God’s words. And sadly it’s those fleshly human opinions and advice that can be twisted and used for the enemy’s purpose. We may say something that we think is smart and Satan is immediately making the other person question what we really mean by it. And while we can tell people not to assume things in order to avoid issues with others, wouldn’t it be better for us as Christians to give priority to the Spirit in any and every conversation? Wouldn’t that make things easier all around? We have the ability to speak like God. We can hear from heaven and speak His word, His truth, life, over a situation or over a person.
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm 12:6
It’s so important that we listen more than we speak because where there are many words sin is never far away. But if we have to speak, we shouldn’t be getting our information from the world and then teaching it to the church. We should be speaking God’s wisdom to others for this is wisdom that can’t be twisted. Too many of us are preaching motivational platitudes rather than truth. Remember if the world loves us, we’re probably doing something wrong. Jesus himself warned us that the world hated Him first. So if we’re teaching, speaking, and promoting something the world loves we need to examine our heart and words.
Our words are weighty and can either be a millstone tied around someone’s neck or an anchor of hope in the only One who can save.