31 Days of Power: Day 4

Friday, January 04, 2013

POWER TO SPEAK LIFE

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."
(Proverbs 18:21)

How is power described in this passage? 


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  1. In this passage, power is described as something that we already possess. Even before becoming Christians, God was gracious enough to give us power. And frankly, I believe the tongue is one of the most powerful gifts ever given to us. As the verse describes above, our tongues are so mighty that in them hold humanity's most loathed and sought after possessions: life and death. Jesus exercised this power when he cursed the fig tree for not producing fruit (Matthew 21:19). Jesus' words were so powerful that that the fig tree literally died. We also see Jesus using the power of his tongue to speak life saying, "Lazarus, come forth!(John 11:43)" And we all know what happened after that.
    In my personal life, I need to grow in this area of using my tongue as a life preserver. There have been many a time where my powerful tongue has withered a few unsuspecting souls. I pray the Lord grants me wisdom in how to speak life to those around me, even when what I may have to say to them is hard, difficult, yet necessary for them to hear.

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    1. So true Kristel, the tongue can get us in so much trouble. It shows the world and God where we stand. We can either preserve life or destroy life with our words! Thank you for swapping your thoughts and being honest with how this verse on power affects you!

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  2. We have to take the power and speak life in us. God gives us this power to encourage each other so lets speak life. It's a great power!

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    1. Amen Candy! We must take the power and speak life! Do you find that this is always easy to do or challenging?

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    2. It's not easy but we just have to do it. Sometimes u have to just tell yourself you can.

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  3. What this passage is saying to me is our tongue has a lot of power. A tongue can either help build someone up or tear them down. Words can kill, words can give life. I choose to give life.

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    1. Amen Debra, we must be careful what we do to people with our words!

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  4. Power is described by speaking. You have what you say. In the beginning GOD spoke things into existence. We are created in HIS image. I am not saying that we are GOD but Jesus told HIS disciples greater works would we do. Take for instance getting up in the morning we say "I feel this is already gonna be a bad day". On the way the traffic moves slow, or you cant find your keys before you head out the door, and all chaos breaks loose at home and work. It is because of the words you sent out into the atmosphere. We should watch what we speak. Wake up saying this is gonna be a good day and God is in control. That is power.

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    1. Mel B., this is so true, we can change the direction of our days by changing the words we put out there! What are we speaking into existence? The tongue has so much power!

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  5. Our destiny is control by what we speak into our lives; we can destroy our dreams by negative talk that we say about ourselves. Words are like plants; what we water is what we will grow; so we must be careful that we are not watering thorns and weeds in our garden because we have to eat what we plant. The power in this verse is that our words create whatever we give voice to...

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    1. Amen Maggie! The way you break down the word is so refreshing! Thank you!

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  6. Power is described as a force that can damper or lighten any situation. It can bring death or life. Since that power comes from my tongue, I must be careful of how and what I speak. Words can hurt, even the way I say things can hurt. I must choose to bring joy, grace, and wisdom when I speak!

    Melanie

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