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Friday, July 6, 2012

The 3 states of a word

In school, we have learned that matter has 3 states of existence. Gas, liquid, and solid. I have noticed that words also have 3 states of existence. Imaginary, written and spoken. In this study I will illustrate the 3 states of a word in the Bible.

"In the begining was the word and the word was with God and the the word was God...."       -(John 1:1)

This verse of scripture started it all. It illustrates that before anything was, everything was contained with God and His word. It goes on to say that, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made..." (John 1:3) So the word of God had a spiritual state and that state was in the imagination of God.

If we visit Genesis chapter 1 we will see these actions of the Creator God when he created the heavens and the earth  "And God said.." and "and God called".  This illustrates that God verbalized what he imagined and by speaking it brought it into existence.

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." (Hebrews 11:3)

Thus, God made the heavens and the earth out of the imagination of his heart through the spoken word. However who would know it? He could appear to mankind in different times and at different events of human history to prove his existence. Or he could develop mankind's faith in his existence by having them recorded in written words so that He would not be forgotten in the minds of men. So he inspired men to record and write about His acts and communications with men. So men wrote by His inspiration and recorded for us His deeds, His relationship with Mankind both good and bad and His future plans for the human race both good and bad. He laid all his cards on the table and asks one question: Do you believe in Him?

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (1 Timothy 3:16)

How does this help us? Knowing that words travel from the imaginary to the written form assists us to better manage them. Words that are not properly managed can cause alot of destructive things in the lives of people. (James 3:2-10). Preachers know this fact very well. It is the only profession that can condemn a soul with a single word of doubt, and equally lift a soul to new heights with a single word of faith. (Mark 4:1-20) We preachers are held accountable to God for the words we say to people. So when we speak, we must depend on God and his word to speak through us. However, every believer has the same power to uplift their own lives or destroy it. All from a single word. Some people do not believe their words have any power over their lives. Then consider what Jesus said in Matthew, 

"Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." (Matthew 15:11)

What does the word defile mean? It means to make oneself unclean in the eyes of God, to make oneself unholy. So God can make you holy through your faith in the atoning death of Jesus upon your life and you can make yourself unholy by the words that come out of your mouth. God can make you free from your sinfulness through the death of his Son, Jesus, and yet by your big nasty thoughtless words you can bind yourself up in a sinful condition and short circuit the blessings that you have been speaking about receiving from God. Therefore, it is imperative that each believer clean up his conversation because by becoming unholy through the words you speak you frustrate the grace and blessing of God upon your life. If you refused to do so, remember God is not the fool here.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7+8)

So how do we manage our words better? By capturing them in the imaginary state and subjecting them unto the obedience of Christ. Here is what the word says:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)


"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."              (James 1:19-25)

Simply put let the word grow in you. Use the Word of God to find the flaws in your own life and not in the life of others. Once you do, take the prescribed biblical steps to treat them and eradicate them. Do not be so quick with the tongue as to speak words without thought or care of the harm it might do to others. Bring every unclean unholy thought to the obedience of Christ. Simply ask yourself is this thought of God? If it is not do not entertain it but cast it down and throw it away, if it is of God speak those things. It is a great honor to God the father to have his children speaking his words and changing their world for the better.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof". (Proverbs 18:21)

What kind of fruit of your lips are you eating?
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