Thursday, April 17, 2014

Word Power

It is Sunday morning, April 13, and we are teaching an adult Bible study session on the power of our words.  Joel walks back and forth speaking with passion on our favorite subject.  As I look around at the small group of people who grace our presence every week, I can see that they are listening intently.  I hold my breath with the realization that our words hold so much power.  Word power.  It is a responsibility that we do not take lightly, but this sunny Spring morning it hits me afresh...the life altering power found in the spoken word.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue"
Proverbs 18:21

Today is Maundy Thursday, the night of the Passover meal where Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper.  "My body broken....My blood shed....for you."  For us.  Can we comprehend the meaning and the promises held here in these few words?   His body, His blood, our salvation, our forgiveness.  He promised to always be with them.  He promised them a Comforter....Holy Spirit power.  We hear Truth in the words He spoke.

Good Friday brings us to our knees weeping while simultaneously giving thanks for Jesus suffering and death on a cross.  His death giving us life.  His last words spoken........"It is finished."   His suffering for our sins.  Finished.  He suffering for the wounded and brokenhearted .  Finished.  Oh, the pain He bore, the incredible pain and suffering of the world wracking His body.  And is finished. 

Easter morning we hear the most powerful words ever spoken.  He is Risen!  Resurrection power proclaims, shakes the living, and offers salvation and healing to us all.  He. is. Risen.    Our Savior!

Jesus knew the power of words.  He weighed them carefully and spoke them with confidence and authority. He used His words to save, to heal, to teach, and to command, telling His followers they would do greater things than He did because He would be with God and yet resides in us. 

As we reflect on the Resurrection of our Savior we rejoice!  And yet we can celebrate Easter every single day!  We serve a Risen Savior.  We speak powerful words of life or death every day.  We have been given the privilege to do so~ to praise, proclaim, pray, encourage, and  yes, teach the Living Word.  With obedience we teach the truths found in His Word with our words and Holy Spirit's guidance.  There is life and death found in our words.  So today, on this Maundy Thursday as we walk into the next three days of Holy Week, let us lift our voices and worship our Lord and Savior with our words!

I am linking up with Faith Barista Jam using her prompt word for today, "Easter".


Krista Sprankle said...

Happy Maundy Thursday to you Renee!
If we celebrated Easter every day... treated each day as if it were the resurrection, How could we not face each day with joy then? :)

Have a blessed Easter!

Sharon said...

Beautiful thoughts about our beautiful Savior. Oh, how blessed we are by His sacrificial Love. What hope we have for eternity!!


(That was the most interesting picture of the thorn tattoo. Wow.)

Trudy said...

What food for thought, Renee. The power of words. And oh, what power in three words: He is risen! Thank you. Have a Spirit-filled Easter!

dunlizzie said...

I am just loving your posts Renee! When I think about words... well, don't get me started. In the beginning was the Word and it has continued on, for He was yesterday, today and ever shall be. With this Word was everything created. I think of our own words, and the science that teaches us how our human words travel in waves for a distance before fading completely. While they may not be forever, for certain they have an impact. So, yes, let us use our voices to proclaim Him and His glory!

HisFireFly said...

brilliant post!
may my words be few
and His resound!

Anita Johnson said...

Happy Easter to you and your family!!

Debbie P said...

Happy Easter to you, Renee! This is a great reminder on how powerful words are!!

Renee said...

Hi Krista
Happy Easter!

Renee said...

Hi Sharon
I confess, I did not notice it was a tattoo...oops Have a blessed Easter.

Renee said...

You have a Spirit filled Easter too, Trudy.

Renee said...

Hi dunlizzie
I found what you said about our words traveling a distance before fading very interesting. So glad you are enjoying what I write! Wow...thank you. Have a blessed Easter.

Renee said...

Thank you so much HisFirFly. Happy Easter!

Renee said...

God bless, Anita!

Renee said...

Thanks Debbie ....happy Easter!