"Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me"...REALLY??? I wonder who came up with that one!?! Speaking from my own experience, I am here to say that could not be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! How about you?
Today I want to talk about the power of our words. Or maybe more importantly, the power of God's Word(s). I may never get this thought wrapped around my "thick skull"...that by the power of God's Word creation came into existence. We see it in Genesis 1 NKJV starting in verse 3..."THEN GOD SAID...THEN GOD SAID...THEN GOD SAID..." all the way through the end of the chapter. It boggles my mind!
Not just that, but just the very breath of God had the power to breathe life into the first man Adam according to Genesis 2:7 NKJV. We catch a glimpse of the breath of God bringing forth life!
The book of James NKJV, specifically James 3:1-12 NKJV speaks about the power that our own words have, both to good and to bad. I want to focus on the good for today. As an example, Antoinette Tuff became an "everyday hero" by helping to thwart a school shooting in Decatur, Georgia...keep in mind the power of our words.
"Everyday Hero" indeed. The power of her words, that I believe were God given, saved many lives that day. Her words to that young man that day were more powerful than any bullets, any confusion, any fear, any evil intent, any hopelessness, any circumstances that were taking place, even any force of weaponry our own police and s.w.a.t. teams had available JUST OUTSIDE THOSE DOORS. Her words were more powerful ONLY because they were God breathed.
That young man fully intended to leave collateral damage strewn all across that school campus, ultimately ending even his own life. BUT GOD fully intends collateral healing be strewn across the heart of every man willing to turn to Him. I think He displayed it that day.
Antoinette Tuff did not have any way of knowing the gunman's deepest need, BUT GOD did! She was used by God to reach him through that great need, which was love.You know, in the past when I have heard the phrase "love conquers all"" or "love is more powerful than hate"...etc., etc.. it sounded cliche to me, BUT GOD's love IS exactly that. We just witnessed it on that tape. You have probably witnessed it in your own lives. I have witnessed it in mine. There is no denying it. God has saved me, mostly from myself, more times than I can count...how? THROUGH HIS WORDS of love to me (and to you).
She shared with the gunman some of her past struggles...do you think she has a clearer understanding of why God may have allowed some of the devastating events in her life in the past? She surely sees now how He was able to use those hurts of hers to minister to the gunman! Genesis 50:19-21 NKJV What was meant for evil, God meant for good and in the process many lives were saved. I pray that this lesson does not go by us!
Antoinette Tuff became a sort of Esther, "for such a time as this" August 20, 2013. Esther 4:13-14 NKJV. Just an ordinary woman in her ordinary life, called in an instant to do an extraordinary task for God...she obeyed and God was able to show Himself through her in a mighty way because of her obedience.
My prayer and my song for us today is that we never forget that God is for us. If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:30-32 NKJV There is hope, there is ALWAYS hope. It can start with just one word...JESUS. And who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:31-39 NKJV
I do not want to bombard you with video clips today, but if you would like to see the story behind the song "Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant, I think you would be blessed by it.
Our song for today is Your Great Name .
JESUS...at the sound of Your great name, every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that You are Lord. Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV BTW, the first word out of Antoinette Tuff's mouth when she knew her ordeal was over was "JESUS"...through her tears of relief. Amen.