Did you know there is power in your choice of words? During our current series, Speak Life, we're grounding ourselves in Proverbs 18:21, which says "The tongue has the power of life and death." This verse shows us there are words that can be so powerful that they literally change the course of our lives.
Has anyone ever spoken a blessing over you? James Goll defines a biblical blessing as "A word spoken for good that carries spiritual power and authority, and that sets in motion something that will probably go on from generation to generation." See, a Spoken Blessing can be life-altering. In fact, our self worth or esteem is typically directly linked to how the most important person in our life views us.
HOW GOD USES WORDS
Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of God demonstrating Spoken Blessings. God uses words to CREATE LIFE (Genesis 1:3), to SUSTAIN LIFE (Hebrews 1:3) and to TRANSFORM LIFE (Hebrews 4:12). In many ways, God's word in the Bible is a LOVE LETTER from the very heart of God himself telling us who we really are are how deeply our Heavenly Father really cares for us.
You know, before Jesus began his public ministry, God the Father spoke words of BLESSING over Jesus in Matthew 3:17 as he was baptized. At that point, Jesus had not performed even one miracle... He had done nothing of substance in his ministry yet. But, God loved Him just as He was. In many ways, God the Father's words of blessing were the words that empowerd Jesus for ministry.... and even gave him the courage to lay down his life at the Cross.
In our lives, we can imitate God our Father by speaking blessings over our kids, our spouses, our colleagues and families. Christ in us is greater than the darkness and brokenness of the word... and God wants to impart his blessing and power over YOU! Spoken Blessing is all about speaking the CREATIVE POWER of God into someone's life... Just as God did at the beginning of Creation... and just as the Father spoke over Jesus at the beginning of His ministry.
Who is one person God is nudging you to reach out to right now and give a Spoken Blessing? Who can you use your words to build up this week? I challenge you - Call or text at least one person in your life today to affirm them with your words or praise their potential... Just as God Speaks Life over you as His beloved Son or Daughter!