A Few Words On Words (Whispers of Hope Week 4)

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.  ~C. S. Lewis

The sun captured my imagination earlier this week, as I caught the sunrise slipping through the trees. It paused for me to take this picture, such a poser that Sun!

But, I really want to share today what God has been impressing upon me this past week, and in reality, for much longer.

It has to do with the  words we speak. Don’t get me wrong the words we think are equally important, because our innermost being is naked before God. Jesus reminds us, that which proceeds from the mouth reveals the inner man, or woman, as the case may be. But  the fact is our words do give us away. In essence, words are the great revealers. Perhaps this is why God says through The Teacher in Ecclesiastes,

Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:2

 Jesus is the Living Word. The God who became flesh revealed Himself in the Word. John 1 beautifully depicts the word becoming flesh and coming to dwell with His beloved. We are His beloved, friends.  Is it any wonder why He wants us to weigh our words carefully?

Words have the impact to heal or destroy, bring life, death, encouragement or discouragement. James speaks to the power of the tongue, and if we dare say we are the friends of the Lord Jesus, we better be careful that what we say is a reflection of Him, his grace, mercy, wisdom and truth. If Jesus came to speak  words of life, why do we so often, instead sound like  children of the Accuser?

 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 1 John 4:13-17

This is why I so love the that in our prayer time (and anytime we feel we have strayed) we can first repent, and Acknowledge who we are serving. We need to be deliberate daily in our intention. We too,  need to choose whom this day we serve! We are servants, not of our intellect, ambition, selfishness nor pride.

We are servants of the One True Living God, who died for us to live and to have the power to speak words of life.

Let’s speak words of life!

Let’s live like those who know both Grace and Truth. If we do, it will show. It will be revealed in our words. It will be revealed in our hearts, and others will notice.

Has anyone noticed your words lately?

What did they see?

Pray these words with me if you  feel God speaking to your heart:

Lord, I fail you daily, yet underneath still are your Everlasting Arms. I acknowledge you are the One True Living God, who became flesh, came as a baby, died as a man and rose as the Savior.  At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow  and every tongue will confess you as Lord of all, to the glory of God the Father. Please be conspicuous in me. May my words be a better reflection of you, starting right now. Thank you that you are faithful, I submit to your Lordship, and acknowledge you my Lord. Amen. 

What has God been revealing to you this week in our journey this week? Do you have any praises, epiphanies, revelations to share? Are you struggling on the path? Please bring your honest ruminations and check in.

Don’t forget to give YOURSELF grace as well, my friends. Remember, God is faithful even when we are not, and His love is not based on your faithfulness to follow through! He will get you there, keep showing up, the One who is your Father will finish the work He started in You. That’s what father’s do, but your Father in Heaven will not fail, falter or give up. He’s got you; rest in His everlasting arms, today, will you?

Linking with Jen and the Sistas!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annb48
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 13:39:23

    This morning our pastor spoke on Matthew 17:1-9 & II Peter 1:16-21. Two quotes spoke to me. One from Rev. Mike Slaughter from the Tipp City, Ohio Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church “Don’t worry about getting people into heaven, but about getting heaven into people”. And the other roughly was “it’s not about growing your church community, but about having your church involved in the community”. We need to be involved in our church, but we need to be involved in our community as representatives of our church.
    And what does being a representative of our church (a representative for Christ) in our community mean to us? What you have posted here Dawn is the key I think to being Christ’s representative in our community; I need to let my words give away the fact that I am a believer. I need to let my neighbors see Christ in me. I need to let them see grace and glory and hope pour forth from every word I utter & every action I take.
    Peter, James & John had a mountaintop experience recorded in Matthew 17. I’ve had mountaintop experiences myself (none quite as awesome as theirs). But my ministry is in the valley. I must listen to my Lord, but I also need to take action. I’m not sure what that action is at this moment in time, but I’m listening & ready to go!

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      Mar 02, 2014 @ 17:36:42

      I am learning to walk in the dessert, without grumbling and complaining, and looking back at the cucumbers in Egypt…most days. Other days, I am a stinkin’ grumbling, cursing Israelite in need of a reminder of Who is in control. I think I am getting it. But I am still a tad stiff-necked. I find the ministry is God’s business, and mine is to keep my eyes and ears open, ready for His prompts, whatever the size or style. His grace is sufficient.

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  2. dawnmaurice
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 15:57:41

    Hey! Checking in a little late today–been running here and there…I have a blog post I want to do about being servant of Christ–if I can sit myself down long enough to write it, but some interesting thoughts to share–things that made go, hmmm….so a work in progress we are, always will be…but thankfully progressing. Hugs to you! Hope you get some snow, looks like ours might be petering out on us?? *pouty face*
    PS: I think we need to do a beach Skype date! Yes?!

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      Mar 02, 2014 @ 17:32:52

      Hi Dawn! You are not late, at all. Sundays are busy for everyone. Skype, yes, Beach Skype, maybe! lol. We can figure a day and time – give me a few options via e-mail! Look forward to reading your post! Feel free to link it back here, if you’d like or tweet me!

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  3. Melinda Todd
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 19:02:00

    Words are SO powerful. God SPOKE the world into being. That should have us taking notice of our words and using them more wisely. Very good word today!!

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  4. Kathleen
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 00:28:53

    Checking in. Didn’t do so well keeping up this week. I’ll try to do better next week.

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  5. Lisa notes...
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 21:06:07

    The words we speak (or withhold from speaking!) can be life-giving or life-stripping. Thanks for reminding me, Dawn, that I need to be more prayerful about what I say.

    Love this, too. 🙂 “It paused for me to take this picture, such a poser that Sun!”

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