I was reading recently and this reminder came through the following verses, so I wanted to share it because some things just bear repeating.
The tongue has the power of life and death...Proverbs 18:21
It's strange to think that such a small muscle can hold such power, isn't it? But it's not our physical power this verse refers to. What it's referring to is words, and that brought me to two other verses in Scripture:
...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God...Ephesians 6:17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
See, sometimes I think we forget the power behind the Book in our hands. It's not just a bunch of words scrawled across a page or simple stories of old. No. Each little word in our Bible is God-breathed and full of his essence, his power. And when we speak those words? They hold all the power of the God who created this world, raised people from the dead, healed with one touch, and still commands the very stars above our head. These words give life to all he's called into being--our dreams and our purposes--and kill all the plans of the enemy.
These words are not to be wielded lightly, nor are we ever to think it's an ounce of us that gives them power. When Proverbs says the power of life and death is in the tongue it's not referring to our breath or muscle giving power to the words we speak, but rather the power of the Holy Spirit wrapped inside them.
Which is why it's so incredibly important to know his Word! Right now my family and I are doing something we started called Challenge 66. Starting in Genesis, each week we move to another book of the Bible and learn a verse from it. Some weeks we do great, some are a miss, but we are still farther in our Scripture memorization then we've ever been. And that's what I want. To inscribe his Word on every brain cell so I can speak it into every situation of my life.
What about you? Do you realize the true power on the tip of your tongue?