“The tongue has the power of life and death..” - Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
The spoken word is one of the most powerful tool the Lord left to his disciples, and clearly of benefit to us even in the present dispensation. It is a gift neither of us should slacken at using.
After he was called to go out and liberate the Israelites, while he hesitated, “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14). After getting to the tomb of Lazurus, having prayed, “Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face” (John 11: 43-44). Once Peter and John met a beggar at the temple courts who asked for money, but Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6).
Almost similar, once Paul and Silas were going up for prayers when they were accosted by a female girl who kept badgering them, “Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her” (Acts 16:18).
The point of interest to us here is the power of the spoken word. The Almighty God sends out his servant Moses with his word, even rebuking Moses where he hesitates, “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14: 15). When Jesus came across a fig tree that bore no fruit, “Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it” (Mark 11:14).
All here is to point out we should never ignore the power of the spoken word. The spoken word has the power of life and death. Creation, after all, starts with the spoken word: “And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).
In our lives we have this precious gift of using the spoken word to speak to any situation. The spoken word has power of “life and death!” Why not therefore use it when you encounter whatever situation. For the words we speak do not just go out in a void, but with them is the power, even to bring the dead back to life, shrivel any spirit, curse any object and bless us mightily!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you have given us the power of the spoken word, which today I pray I may never hesitate to use it to address any situation, in the mighty name of Jesus, I pray!
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.