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.
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?