The saber we’ve been entrusted to bear is not lifted with our hands; it is raised by our words. We speak the Word of God as a weapon heard long before it is ever seen. The last time the world saw the sword, or Word of God, in its mightiest form was when Jesus walked our earth. He longs for us to grow collectively into this stature.
Like our Savior Lord, we have the power to draw forth our sword by the words we choose to speak. We speak as ambassadors of faith, hope, and his love so that people of earth will know they have been reconciled to the God of all through the death of his Son. We are ministers of hope whose words are seasoned with salt and light and sound foreign in a world peppered with darkness. Words are invisible, but if misused, they can prove deadly.
Words are potential weapons for all causes, good or bad.
–Manly P. Hall
We have the power to speak words that can open or close hearts. Now is the time to speak heaven’s words with the intention of releasing others by our words and deeds.
Our ancient language unites all that was once divided because it is the very words of God. Think of it: God has given us his language, and we don’t have to learn heaven’s grammar or punctuation to use it. He has framed the words in strength and carefully structured each sentence so that every syllable is woven with power and punctuated by promise.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT)
Notice it doesn’t say some scriptures are inspired and useful, but all Scripture teaches, corrects, prepares, and equips. If we pick and choose what we speak forth and live out, we will find ourselves ill-equipped and unprepared for what awaits us in the future. The Scriptures become our mirror. God’s word has the power to change us so that we reflect what is true and deflect what is false. Beholding the word causes us to change not only they way we speak but the very origins of our words.
Watch Lisa this Monday and Tuesday on LIFE Today. Excerpted from Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere Copyright © 2013 by Lisa Bevere. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.