“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” – Hebrews 4:12
The tongue is not a vital organ; however, it is certainly an important one for us all. Especially those with the gift of the gab. It is responsible for taste, and is our primary source of communicating. It is a fact that the tongue is the most strongest muscle in the body, yet also the most sensitive.
The words we speak can have such power in them, we often don’t realize how much of a gift it is to be able to use our words. They have the power of persuasion, the power to speak life or death into situations, the power of encouragement, the power to hurt, the power to praise and lift up. Convenants and promises are made with our words. Our words are actually alive. God spoke creation into existence. (Genesis 1)
“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,a
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.” – John 1:1-5
God’s word is a living thing, it’s fascinating to think about. God has given us a gift of speech. Sometimes it is the ability to speak in other tongues, or understand other tongues. To speak a special prayer language when you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, or simply a gift to be able to encourage others to him with our speech. In my case it is the ability to write words to encourage, and sometimes sing my words in worship.
When we speak our gift of words into our outer space, they travel and land upon the ears of those around us. Sometimes we send them up to the heavens in prayer. God expects us to be able to communicate with him out loud and sometimes through even our inner speak. God can hear even the faintest cry. He even hears our thoughts, and knows what we need before we pray (Psalm 139:23; Matthew 6:8) Why pray then? Because it helps our own faith, and God loves us to communicate with Him. God gives us a gift called a prayer language to use, when we have no words to speak ourselves also. The holy spirit intercedes for us, helps us, and edifies us (Romans 8:26)
“A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.” – 1 Corinthians 14:4
Words have the power to strengthen others, a whole church, even a generation! The word of God is also used to rebuke evil, it is that powerful. (Matthew 4:1-11)
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” – Luke 6:45
Most importantly, by this we know that God’s word is alive, and by reading it, it has the ability to speak life into our souls and not death. By sharing it we can also do the same for others. ( 1 Peter 4:11)
“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” – John 6:63