“The tongue has the power of life and death..” – (Proverbs 18:21).
As the Apostle Paul and Barnabas went about on their first missionary journey they met a slave girl with the spirit of a fortune teller. She kept following Paul “and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved” (Acts 16: 17). This girl whose owners were making money out of her fortune-telling kept following around Paul and his team to a point of irritation. “Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “in the name of Jesus I command you to get out of her!” At that point the spirit left her” (vv 18).
One of the significance of this event is that Paul had to speak loudly to the evil spirit which on hearing his voice fled. Had Paul merely kept looking on or just thinking let the evil spirit go away it might have remained unbothered. We see the same pattern when the Lord Jesus was called up to the tomb of Lazarus. After praying to his Father in heaven, “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. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave cloth and let him go” (John 11:43-44).
There is power in the words we speak as we see here. Our words have a certain energy around them. A person may think of someone as dumb and stupid and it will have little effect until it is said to him. One may think of one as beautiful but it has little effect until it is told to the person. Let us not despise our words as neutral. The words we speak can yield positive or negative energy.
Today let us not neglect that power of the spoken word to speak blessings in our lives or those around us. And let us use the same power to speak down that which is arresting, for as Isaiah 54:7 says: “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD!"
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to speak bessings to all my affairs, and that you deliver me from any evil attack and bring victory to all my undertakings, for I am your child, whom you have promised a good future, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!