Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 19 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day thirteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are powered by God’s Spirit.
Choose Powerful Words
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)
Have you ever been sold a product or idea by someone using slick, persuasive words? How do you feel when you realize that is what happened? How do you think that is different from someone using powerful words? What makes a word powerful? How often are you tempted to substitute gimmicks for real power? How does having a greater authority behind your words affect the power that they carry? How can you know that the words you use are powerful?
One of the greatest joys of ministry is seeing the power of God’s Word transform a life. If you want to use powerful words instead of settling for words that are wise and persuasive by the world’s standards, you must become familiar with God’s Word. As you pray, ask God to help you grow in your determination not to settle. Pray that you would consume God’s Word in a way that it is natural for you to use it in your daily speech. Pray that you would be bold enough to speak the most powerful word in the world — the name of Jesus! Pray that the people around you would come to know Jesus through the words you choose.