The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2
All around the world people are talking and people are listening. Words are constantly being used to say something. Trillions of things are being said every day by people all over the world.
As these things are being said, some of them have little to no value and some should not even be said at all. Words of cursing, destruction, cutting down, rudeness, anger, hatred and more should never be said. Some of these words are said on accident, while the majority are said from the heart of the person.
Other words that people speak can have some value and wisdom in it. However, with the value and wisdom of this world, these words are only of temporary value, nothing of eternal value.
David talks about how God’s Spirit spoke through him. God had given him words to speak. These words have eternal value. All throughout parts of the book of Psalms are many verses that David had written under the inspiration of God’s Spirit. He was able to guide and lead the people correctly because of the words God had given him.
God still speaks through believers today. He will give them the words to say, words that build up believers, tear down walls and break bondages in the lives of people. His words are alive and true. There is no falsehood in His words and these words have eternal value. They are as good today as His written word is and was two thousand years ago.
As God pours out His Holy Spirit upon a person and gives him words to say, these words will always line up with His written word, the Bible. God will not and cannot contradict His word. He does not want His follower to contradict it either.
Open yourself up to God and allow Him to give you the words to speak. This can be in any situation, not just with directly witnessing to a another person. God can give you His words of wisdom to work out a situation at home, work, or any other place.
The words that God can and will give to you by His Holy Spirit will always have eternal value woven into them. They will be words of truth filled with love.
Are you allowing God to speak to the world through you?
Or are you using only your own words?
I pray today that you will allow God’s Spirit to give you what to say; that your words spoken will be the words of God; that God will change lives through the words He gives you; and that your words have eternal truth and value in them.
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26
Jesus came to build His church. It was to be built with people who would follow Him and believe in Him and glorify God. He was looking at the church as a whole, not the individual churches that are seen today.
Each individual, physical church today has a part in building up God’s church. And inside each individual church, every person has a part in building up God’s church. Working together, God’s church will be built up.
Over the years, the ways of building up His church has changed. It is common today to see some churches use many methods to build it up. Paul gave some guidelines in what is needed to build a church up. Hymns, instruction, revelation, tongues, and interpretation are all needed in the process.
While there are many churches that use these methods, there are also many that do not. Some churches do not really preach the word of God, but put on a good entertainment show for the people. Sinful practices are allowed openly in the leaders of the church, while claiming to believe in Jesus. There is no real word of instruction, but it is all about feeling good, not being holy.
Flashing lights, fast songs, and coffee may draw a lot of people to the physical church, but the question is are they being changed to be more like Jesus? Without the word of God being at the center of everything being done, the church is not really being built up.
The things Paul listed are all focused on God and His Word, not on the physical things of this world.
As a believer in Christ, when you go to church, you must focus on building His church up. How are you leading others to walk closer to God? What words can you speak that will point people to God, rather than to this world?
Allow yourself to be led by His Holy Spirit to know the word to speak and the revelation to give someone else. Everything you do in the church is to worship God and build others up, whether you are the pastor or a member.
I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do in the church service; that God will reveal to you how to build His church; that God and His word will be the focus of every physical church; and that His church will be built up.
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
Keeping up the pressure, James now brings up the dangers of the tongue, or the mouth, what a person says. He gave the examples of a horse and a ship in how they are both controlled and steered by something very small. Then he gave the example of how just a small spark can start a great forest fire. The tongue is just like these examples and can do a lot of control and damage.
There is the old saying of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Most people have probably said this or told someone this. It was the idea that words are just words and cannot do any damage. It is now known that statement is not true, words can do damage.
The mouths of people do a lot of speaking everyday. That is true even of a person who speaks very little compared to most people. The words that are spoken will do one of two things: build up or tear down. They will build up or tear down others and the one speaking.
Often people will speak negative words, words that do not build up and do not trust in God.
How many times have you said that something is hopeless or impossible?
How many times have you complained about something?
How many times have you stated that you are the one who must do something but cannot?
On the flip side, how many times do you speak praise to God for a situation in your life?
How many times do you thank God for someone (even a negative person) that He has placed in your life?
Your mouth will set something on fire. It will be either on fire for God or it will be on fire for hell. It is your choice of words that will determine which fire will be started.
Strive to be on fire for God. Let your mouth set the world on fire for God. Do not use it to destroy.
I pray today that you will allow God to use your mouth to build up His kingdom; that you will not destroy with your words; that you will speak God’s words at all times; and that you will allow God to control your words.
“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5
The tongue is a very small part of the body that is hidden inside the mouth, yet it is extremely powerful. Notice in Genesis that it was by God’s spoken word that the world you see today was brought into existence. God’s Word is described as living and active. It is powerful. Your words also carry a lot of power.
As James states, a person’s tongue will make a great boast about something. How often do you hear of someone who boasts about his getting ready to do something great, but that event never occurs. Many people boast about what they are going to do and, yet, never do it. This tongue also is like spark. Just like a small spark can ultimately burn an entire forest down, the tongue can do a lot of damage.
You may remember the old childhood saying of “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This statement is false. If you tell a person that they are a failure and cannot do anything, they will believe it and act that way. Words can build up or tear down. Many fights and wars have been started because of words being said. Words that are a lie, grow and cause a lot of damage. Words of boasting cause envy and anger. Words of defamation tear down and destroy.
Your words should be ones that glorify God and build other people up. Who will listen to you if today you crush a person with your words and tomorrow you try to talk of love to him? People will no longer trust you. Your words are powerful and can be used to build or destroy. Jesus did not come to destroy, but to build God’s kingdom. You are to act the same way Jesus did. Speak in such a way as to build His kingdom.
I pray that today God will help you to use words to build His kingdom; that your speech will glorify God; that only the kingdom of this world will be destroyed by your words; that God will help you to control your words; and that no one will have an honest accusation against you because of your words.