Word Power pt. 1

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Let’s bust this can of worms wide open. There is power is the spoken word! Power, really simply, means influence, control, authority, the ability to produce an effect. A word is an expressed thought. Consider both words and what we have is an expressed thought that has the ability to produce a particular effect. If you are anything like me (brilliant, charming, dashing uhm…humble) then you may not fully appreciate just how significant and spiritual the matter is.

So just how powerful are words? The Earth, nay, very reality was spoken into being by the Lord, God Almighty. With the words “Let there be…” everything that is, was created by the spoken word. Big-bangers stay with me; it gets better. In proverbs 18:21 the wise man says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue…” And Jesus Christ claims that faith-filled words have the power to move mountains, literally. That’s all interesting and heavy stuff but how does it all work?

There are words then there’s the Word. The Word refers to the divine authority, wisdom and love of the One who created all things created which is manifested in the physical realm. The Word is the infallible truth, its the measure by which all other words are judged. The more our words agree with the Word of God, the more effective they become. The greater the belief or the faith that is pumped into our words the more potent they become in altering our reality. This is why Jesus taught “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.

This would be but a fragment of the book that could be written on the topic and, if writer’s block would cut me a break, I may just write that book one day. Until then we’ll explore Word Power from a more terrestrial and social perspective in the next post.

For no word from God will ever fail.~ Luke 1:37

Hither and Yon

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Its December 25 and I reflect on the year that has just screamed by and how time rushed ahead without a thought about my readiness to keep up with it. There weren’t enough mornings in my mornings, no energy in my evenings and little will to do anything productive in my “free time.” I am thankful, however, that I wasn’t oblivious to its hurried pace and even more thankful that I did manage to accomplish  even if but a few things. Somewhere during the year I lost my momentum though; my energy waned and my will weakened. Where did it go? Why did it go? What was the source of my motivation?

My accomplish-all attitude and passion came following my devoting to time to fast during the Easter. I reserved that season to seek the Lord, to hear from Him, to live for Him and to be separated unto Him. What followed was… POWER. It was power to achieve. It was power to do and be. The verb revealed to me at the end of that fast was simple “ABIDE.” Remain in Christ. It meant perpetually having a heart and a mind for the Lord. It meant that I met with Him in the morning, spoke to Him throughout the day and poured out my guts to Him at night. I was ever-conscious of His presence and eye. I was His and He was mine.

So, abiding in Christ is like a branch remaining as a part of its tree. As long as it remains, it remains green and fruitful. If it no longer abides it dries up and can bear no fruit.

Selah.