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Words to Live By … By Allie Edwards

November 4, 2009

Words are most intriguing to me, and I am sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. With words we share kindness, inflict pain, ask for forgiveness, express our hearts, and direct the very coarse of our lives. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The words we allow from our mouths have great weight, and hold within them great power – for good or for evil. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as we think in our hearts we will be; therefore, the words we think about are vastly important also. In this time, we are being bombarded with many words that try to cause us to grow weary. Some of the words pertain to political issues we are watching closely because the decisions made could greatly affect our lives. Some of the words are trying to grip us with fear concerning sickness during this time of year. Maybe the words are of lack, or financial situations that seem irreversible. The words you hear may be all of the above, and then some. Today, I want to bombard you with words also; words of encouragement! The encouragement I am referring to is what Webster’s 1828 Dictionary speaks of as “the act of giving courage, or confidence of success; incitement to action or to practice.” More importantly, I want to encourage you with the Word, not just words. From the lips and pens of man can come many eloquent, profound, and forceful words. Some of these words are inspired by God, and many are not. What we, as Christians, should truly cleave to, and esteem, are the Words of God Himself. John 17:17 states that the Word of God is Truth. That is very important to know, especially at times like this, when so many are declaring they are speaking truth, and vying for our allegiance. If what is being said contradicts the Word of God, it is not Truth. For example, if words of widespread infirmity try to concern you, remember the truth of God’s Word to you in 1 Peter 2:24. It declares that, “by His stripes you were healed.” Also, Proverbs 4:22 tells us the Word of God is, “life to those that find it, and health to all their flesh.” It doesn’t matter if it is a different strain of sickness, or what ‘name’ has been attached to it. After all, God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him ‘the name’ which is above every other name.  At that Name, every knee must bow! (Philippians 2:9, 10)

     In God’s Word He has given us Truth for every situation.  In the face of lack, allow Philippians 4:19 to remind you that He supplies all of your needs according to His riches in glory.  In times of uncertainty, stand on the Truth that He always causes you to triumph in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 2:14).  You see, He has given us a higher and more sure Word than any word trying to bombard us.

     I encourage you to believe the Lord, and His Word.  May we not be as the ten spies of Numbers 13 and 14, who allowed the giants, and circumstances of the land to melt their hearts, and steal their blessing.  May we esteem, and prize, the Word of God above our thoughts, feelings, and desires.  If we allow the Word of God to be our standard by which we live, we will truly have abundant life, and not what the world foretells. 

(See Blog on November 2 to view, download, or print key scriptures, giving you “Words to Live By.”)

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