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The Power of Words

A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ~~ Proverbs 18:20, 21    (KJV)

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We all remember that old sing-song from childhood. But it is a lie. We have all been hurt by words at one time or another. And we have all probably said hurtful words to others as well.  Words have power. Look at the beginning of The Book. In Genesis we read “And God said….  ”    He created everything, beginning with light by speaking it forth.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. ~~Job 1:5   (KJV)

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. ~~  Job 3:25   (KJV)

See the words of Job. He sacrificed for the well-being of his children. Then he confesses that he was afraid of losing them (and everything else). He didn’t know that the enemy was listening and taking all these things from him because God was allowing Satan to test Job’s faithfulness to God.

Then scripture tells us of Jesus:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   The same was in the beginning with God.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  John 1:1-3    (KJV)

And we are enjoined by Paul’s letter to the Ephesians….

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  ~~  Ephesians 4:29   (KJV)

Words can teach and words minister grace.

What do our words do? Do they teach or minister grace? Do they express fear rather than faith? Let us watch our words today to see that they reflect only the will of God.

Father, God,

Help us to set a seal on our lips. Fill our hearts with Your words. Grant that our words may reflect only Your words and Your heart in this world. Use our mouths to edify and minister to Your world.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

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A Royal Priesthood

Focus verses: Leviticus 9:24 – 10:6

God is all-powerful. He demonstrated it by bringing the Israelites our of Egypt through the sea. He showed it in the pillars of cloud and fire. He revealed His glory in the Temple and consumed the offering with divine fire.

But when the sons of Aaron used unauthorized fire in the censors, God consumed them with that same divine fire.

When one is a minister to the Lord, he is held to a higher standard than those who do not approach the altar. And for him, scrupulous obedience is necessary.

Wait a minute. Because of Jesus, we no longer sacrifice as the Israelites did. We no longer have a priest who annually disappears behind the veil into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for our sins.

Jesus did that once and for all on the cross at Calvary. Not behind a veil, but in full view of all the crowd. And as He gave up his human life, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.

Because of what He did for us, we can each approach the throne of God. From the most dedicated cleric to the humblest layman, we are all priests to God.

What an awesome thought! And what a fearful responsibility!

Father, God,

Thank You for sending the Messiah to atone for us. Keep us ever vigilant to Your word and obedient to Your instructions.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.