Monday, February 29, 2016
Ten times in the first book of Genesis, ‘And God said’ appears, each time having to do with His creation, starting with, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.’” Genesis 1:3 What happened then? The rest of the verse, “and there was light.” Light came into being on the Creative Words our Father spoke!
In verse 26, He speaks about creating when He remarked, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” We’ve all heard this and generally know and accept that we are made in the image of our Heavenly Father. So then why do so many Christians—Christ followers—speak as though they have no idea that their words are creative?
“I was scared to death!”
“You’re driving me crazy!”
“My back is killing me.”
“I’ll be…. (fill in what comes next, like…a monkey’s uncle)
“This will be the end of me.”
Because we are made in His image, our words—like His—are creative! These are curses we speak on ourselves. And here are a few we speak on others, many times our loved ones, our children, our husbands:
“You never do anything right!”
“Shame on you!”
“You’ll never change!”
“What’s wrong with you? You can’t hold a job more than six months!”
“You’re such a liar!”
Isaiah 57:19 clearly tells us, “I create the fruit of the lips;” And what else could be deemed as ‘fruit’ of our lips besides words?
What about when someone says in your presence, “We’ve forgotten about God’s Holiness. We go on living our lives, accepting our sins, because no one’s perfect, right?” Something similar said in a Sunday School Class I attended caused me to respond, “Do not include me in that ‘we’! I will never forget His Holiness or stop moving toward being perfect.”
No one in the room agreed with me and went to defending the teacher, but if a teacher says something like that, they are speaking that over every person included in the ‘we’ and in future days, some of those will ‘forget His Holiness’ or ‘accept’ and ‘explain away’ that little sin even though convicted.
Another Women’s teacher was saying it was okay and perfectly natural to be afraid. I couldn’t let that stand because God didn’t give us a spirit of fear! All fear is straight from the pits of hell, the devil. If I had let that stand, then a spirit of fear would have the right to mess with me and bring fear to me.
Words we speak and those spoken in our presence are so important!
A very familiar verse in God’s Holy, Living Word is found in Joshua, twenty-fourth chapter, verse fifteen: “…Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Every day, every hour, we choose our future, speaking words that will get there ahead of us.
Is this sin? Of course, we’d all agree lying is…yet…are you a guardian of the Truth? We do know our mouths can sin from this verse: “For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.” Psalm 59:12
BIO: Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County.
Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.