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20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;

    he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

    and those who love it will eat its fruits.

A good God declared a good creation – not once but seven times. “God said, ‘let there be’……and God saw it was good” (Genesis 1: 4,10,12,18,21,25). These spoken words are powerful and authoritative. God’s words became the means of his creation. Everything God made before man was spoken into existence. Then, God formed man from the dust of the earth. With his mouth, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7). God exhaled his breath of life into the nostrils of man and this made man a “living creature.” With the same mouth that spoke everything into existence, life came into man.

Not only have all things been brought into existence by God’s commanding words, but all things have also been upheld, given life and assumed purpose by God’s words as well. With words, God blessed his creation. “He said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:28). Without God speaking, there would be nothing, and without God breathing purposeful life into us, we would not be.  God’s main means of interacting with us is through speech and relationship.  He speaks to us through his Son and recreates us through his Spirit into a new creature.

Now, think of the words you speak every day.  While you cannot create from nothing as God did, your spoken words have an effect on the world around you. Since you’re created in the image of God, you share a similar power through word and breath. Your words can be helpful because God made you and declared your goodness, but your words can also be destructive because you’re a sinful fallen creature.  The choice is yours. Ask yourself: do my words speak “life” into the lives of others or do they tear them down? Choose to bless someone today with gracious words from your new life in Him.

 

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth
and does not live in temples built by human hands.
And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.
Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
From one man, he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth:
and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands’.
– Acts 17:24–26

 “Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done, He commanded, and it stood fast.”
– Psalm 33:8-9

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.”
– Psalm 148:5

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By Donna Burns  

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