Scriptures: Proverbs 25:11
Language is a gift from God. It separates us from the rest of His creation: makes us unique. We have been given the power of words. We must remember that with words comes the power to hurt or to heal. Words have the power to heal and the power to destroy.
We can speak shallow words. The Bible shows us how we should desire to speak: "Pleasant words are as honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones," in Proverbs 16:24. Shallow words are those that have no meaning or no purpose. They tickle the ear, but do nothing for the soul. God's Word may not always tell us what we want to hear, but it always tells us what we need to hear! Pleasant words have lasting value. Ask yourself now: am I speaking the right words?
We can speak words of death. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21 "The tongue has the power of life and death." Words have the power to tear down: James 3:8 reads "the tongue...is unruly evil, full of deadly poison." Words can crush a person's spirit and leave them hopeless. Words can be instruments of danger. Jesus said that His words were life! Now ask yourself: could I receive the words I speak to others?
We can speak words of life. Proverbs 15:4 says: "a wholesome tongue is a tree of life." Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:29 to: "let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Every human needs words that encourage, inspire and give life! Words that promote good works in their lives. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer," says Psalm 19:14. Finally ask yourself: do my words promote life?
Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
In these verses we read about how Jabez got God's attention! Jabez was not a wiser ruler. He was not famous on the battlefield. Jabez is remembered because of a prayer he prayed.
He prayed: "Oh, that you would bless me." Jabez asked that his territory, boundaries and barriers, would be enlarged. He prayed for deliverance from evil and the Bible tells us that "God granted his request."
There is safety in staying within the boundaries that we know: in remaining where we are and not moving, But God call us to be more than safe, He calls us to reach the world! Are you ready to ask God to enlarge your boundaries? Are you ready to push beyond your comfort zone? God wants to widen your horizon of influence. We must ask Him to put His hand upon us and to keep us from evil. When we endeavor to do more for the Kingdom, God will increase our efforts!
As a church we must ask God to enlarge our boundaries: we need more ministries, more workers, more fruit and more to do. We must believe that God will grant our request! We must be ready for more!