Do you believe in the magic and beauty of words?
Though He doesn’t use the term “magic,” God does. Only, He calls the speaking of words Holy Spirit-breathed, dunamis (dynamite-powered), the power to give life (or death) in in our tongues.
In His Word, the Lord relates countless moments when He created light and worlds with only His Words. And Genesis explains how, making us speaking beings after His own Creative Heart, He has put that same power within His People, intending for us to come alongside Him and create beauty, hope, everything that brings life with every word we speak.
Oh, what might change around us if we only did!
When we say something like “Cross my heart and hope to die,” certainly we don’t mean those words literally. It’s just an idiom, right? But if we are to take God at His Word literally, are we not speaking a sort of death knell into the atmosphere with those types of sayings?
Worse still… what if Satan – who used to know and walk with God as the one called light-bearer (Lucifer) – takes God at His Word more than we do? That he, thief and murderer that he is, comprehends greater than we have how we give him license with our words to kill and destroy, because he knows and truly believes… God has made us speaking people, filled us with His very self, and put power behind our words – the same dunamis power He used to create worlds, resurrect Jesus from the dead, and bring forth life!
Can you imagine Satan’s glee then, every time he hears us gossip, speak careless words of death, go along with the crowd that is tearing down another? “Go get those words and bring them to pass!” he engenders his minions!
In the same way, God tells us in His Word – His ministering angels are standing by us, ever waiting for God’s Words upon our lips! Waiting upon us to speak them, so they can take them and fulfill them on our behalf, on the world’s behalf, on God’s directive! Its an overwhelming, yet so true gift of God – but what words are we giving the angels and God to move in?
Often, I find myself reading and marveling at a most beautifully and stirringly written novel, how gifted is this author in the art of taking words and making the reader feel, touch, hear and see them! Yet… there are many with the most stunning talent, who not seeming to know their Creator… take that gift and bedazzle the world with evil under the guise of creative fiction. Or some who just taint their beautifully written words with land mines of muck to be waded through…
Sometimes, savoring the artistry of a talented writer who has also strung their words with unnecessary passages, I am overwhelmed with prayer for the Holy Spirit touch on their hearts – for oh, what greater life they might bear to a world with His dunamis in their words!
I’ve also been musing on all of this lately as I peruse Facebook. I expect to find rantings and ravings and negative verbal and video bashing on sites where I know those who are posting don’t really follow Him or have publicly said they don’t want to.
New to this avenue of social media though, I am somewhat stunned to see these very same videos and postings, those that are tearing down politicians we don’t necessarily agree with, cursing with our actions what life God might be wanting to bring through these elected — on the sites of many I know are faithful to His Word!
“It breaks My Heart,” I sense His whisper, as I gaze at this sort of content on these sites. “Have I not called My People, My Bride, to pray for kings in power? Promised to heal and restore the land of those who pray for such?”
I think I understand the righteous sort of motivation… wanting to enlighten others with what we perceive as unworthy on the political scene… yet, is it not a whisper of our enemy such as he insidiously wheedled into Adam and Eve’s thinking in the Garden, to make us join in with the hate war out there? To make sure our words (and videos are today’s most powerful word-bringers) don’t bring the the LIFE God intends, but tear down and destroy instead?
I think we are just being thoughtless, not really realizing the impact. Posting things we think the world should know. Yet…
Proverbs 12:18 warns: ” Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.” (Good News Translation.)
God has set certain laws in place, just as much as the law of gravity – and one of those is that we bring life… or death… with our words. Magic in the sense of beauty. Power in our words.
Let us activate His Word in this world… NOT Satan’s invectives. If you have posted things that tear down just for the sake of fueling hatred against someone who is leading whether or not we want him to, I would suggest un-posting them. Ask God to give you uplifting and prayer-laden truths that challenge others to see the story behind people they might not otherwise see… the kind of story that makes us recognize tenderness or hope or light.
Let us lift up our leaders to God’s leading. Let us be willing to look for the good that is being done, whether or not we voted someone in, and laud those events! Satan has tried, and succeeded in many ways, in turning our world into a sort of black and white “he’s wrong, he’s right” sort of place. But God says no one is so unreachable that He can’t transform… pray, build up, speak LIFE into these and see what I will do with My words in your mouth! Let us use our words and platforms to open the way for God to lead through our leaders… Give His angels words of His word to pour out…
Even when we do something as “simple” as posting… let us ask ourselves if it is Philippians 4:8 worthy, lovely, Life-Giving…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think (and speak!) about such things.
© Pam Depoyan
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