Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Every Word Counts
We will certainly carry out every word that has proceeded from our mouths.
Jeremiah 44:17 (NAS)
Every word counts. 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21); 'My tongue is the pen of a ready writer' (Psalm 45:1); 'But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment' (Matthew 12:36). Note the word 'every' from the Mouth of Christ.

Every word counts. God spoke the world into existence: 'Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light' (Genesis 1:3); 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1). If God uses words to create and destroy, so do we.

Every word counts. God told His prophet Ezekiel, 'Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord' ' (Ezekiel 37:4). The result? The bones reassembled, took on flesh, received God's Spirit, and were resurrected into men.

Every word counts. It's overwhelmingly simple and fearfully possible that every single thought we think and word we utter comes from one of two places: God or Satan.

Whoa! That's just too much to contemplate. We can't wrap our minds around it. We've said millions of words. What about our plans, business meetings, neighbor greetings, idle words, small talk, big talk, school talk, trash talk, ESPN, CNN, TV, commercials, monologues, speeches, or sitting around 'chewing the fat'? What about texts, emails, and phone calls? What about freedom of speech? Can't we say what we want? Yes, but...

Every word counts. I find it painfully obvious in reading the Bible that we, God's creations, 'Made in His own image' (Genesis 1:27), were given power with words. How many self-fulfilling prophesies have we spoken? 'I'm so sick, fat, stupid, mad, irritated, poor, or broke. No one likes me. I'm having a bad day. I can't find a job. It's impossible. It's useless. I'm useless.' How many curses have we spoken over our future? Over someone else's?

A quiet man is described as a 'man of few words.' Maybe he uses godly self-control. Maybe we should, too.

Every word counts. Make it a good one.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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