This week's focus: God's Word
The Bible teaches that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Words are powerful because what we say has the ability to bring good or evil into our lives.
There’s an interesting passage in the book of Job that asks the question, “Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?” (Job 26:4)
We must always remember that we have an enemy who loves to speak lies to us and sometimes through us. Our job is to discern what voice we are listening to and be careful about what we say, think, and believe.
Now, more than ever, we must read, study, and memorize God’s word to guard against the lies that are rampant in our world. One of the ways the enemy deceives us is by manipulating words in order to manipulate our behavior.
Satan is a master deceiver who twists and distorts words in order to kill, steal and destroy. In the book of Genesis, we are shown how this happens when Satan spoke through the serpent. He suggested to Eve that she may have misunderstood God’s words by stating, “Did God really say….” Satan’s “suggestion” caused her to doubt herself and worse, to doubt God. In this first example of gaslighting, sin entered the world when Eve chose to listen to the wrong voice. The consequences of this mistake ushered in ramifications that are felt to this day.
Fortunately, God has given us a highly effective weapon—the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. As God’s children, we must take our sword and fight against the onslaught of lies that are trying to destroy our nation. May we know the truth so well that when the false is presented we won’t be led astray.
When we study the Bible, we can know for certain what God really said.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Pray: Dear Lord, You created the world when You spoke it into existence. Your word brings life. Help me to be careful and responsible with the words that come from my mouth. I desire to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Today, I choose to bless and not curse, to praise and not complain, to uplift and not tear down. May the words of my mouth be pleasing in your sight.
Think: “God has revealed Himself by speaking; that this divine (or God-breathed) speech has been written down and preserved in Scripture; and that Scripture is, in fact, God's Word written, which therefore is true and reliable and has divine authority over men.”
- John Stott
Act: You can use your words to keep the pro-life movement going, and no action is too small. We each play a role in eliminating the desire and ability to take the life of the unborn. It may be as simple as sending an email to a legislator to encourage them to protect life or maybe you have some time or resources you can donate to a local pregnancy center. Whatever action you take, all of us at My Faith Votes are grateful for you and that you are part of being a voice for the voiceless (Proverbs 31:8).
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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