“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me…” Who came up with this? It’s probably the biggest lie ever told to kids. Words are the greatest weapon there ever was. When used for evil, words produce fear, insecurity, distrust, hatred, prejudice; the list goes on and on. But when used properly words can change the world. The greatest revolutions in human history began with words – Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, Gandhi’s The Art of Nonviolently Transforming Evil, and even our own Declaration of Independence. The power was in the words. How much more so with the Word of God. He is the reason our words have any power to begin with – for we were created in His image. It was His Words that brought about creation – “And God said, “Let there be light…” Wow! Literally God’s word produced creation. This should bring a whole new meaning to Jesus’ phrase, “If anyone of you should say to this mountain…”
Regarding this, take a look at the temptation of Jesus. With every blow, Satan is attacking Jesus by attacking the authority and the truth of the Word of God. It’s still his M.O. today. Every attack has been a front against the Word, specifically what the Word says about God, and what it says about us. Think about it, if the enemy can get us to question the character and heart of God, even though we might believe in, say, healing….we’ll never experience it, because regardless if we believe in it, we’ll question whether He’ll want to do it FOR ME, thus never experiencing it. This is especially true of the love of God. The church as a whole has been believing lies for years, i.e. God gives sickness to teach us a lesson, God is in control (and responsible) for everything that happens (i.e. a 2 yr old dying in a car crash), God can’t be in the presence of sin, therefore you can’t come to Him until you’re clean. Lies every single one of them and completely disregard God’s true nature of love, grace, and mercy. This is why its so important to read the Word regularly. It’s not a religious discipline, rather its for the establishing of our hearts and the renewing of our minds to what is REALLY TRUE, so that when the temptation comes to question the Word, we are ready and can respond like Jesus. Paul writes to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:13) and says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Most read this like, “Timothy you need to prove to God that you are worthy of being in His service!”. Instead Paul is saying, “Timothy, study the Word to convince your ownself, that you are approved by God – it’s true, but because of your flesh, you’ll need to study in order to really believe it down deep inside. Because of Christ, there is no need for you to be ashamed.” Doesn’t that make so much more sense in the light of the love of God. YOU ARE APPROVED, YOU ARE WORTHY! Yes, I’m talking to you, regardless of what you’ve done, for God’s love for you isn’t based on our actions, but rather on His actions on the cross. It’s in the WORD, so hang onto it.