Two of my favorite rhymes growing up were “Humpty Dumpty” and “Ring around the Rosey.” Humpty’s story is a sad one. His life was so broken and messed up that nothing could be done to fix it. Then, I found out the Rosey song is actually a song that was used to teach children how to survive the Black Plague. I was astounded when I found this out. Why would we be taught something so culturally irrelevant? And as for Humpty, the story that we instill in our children is the farthest reality from the truth of what the Bible teaches. Jesus said no matter how broken our lives become, we can always be whole within him. I believe it’s time we start to change our stories. We need to start telling stories that are both truthful and culturally relevant to our lives and the lives of those around us. It is time for us to learn how to talk the talk.
In the book of Proverbs we have a great wordplay comparison between wisdom and foolishness. Proverbs 18 says that a fool’s words are about as useful as creating a path for another river to pour into an already flooded field. They are useless. But the words of a wise person are timely and well thought out. They speak to the current situation and bring forth life. The final few verses in chapter eighteen surmise that either way we choose to use our words, they will produce results.
The truth is our words are more than just vibrations that come from vocal chords in a physical body. With his words, God created the universe and his words are still expanding and creating today. As we are created in his image, our words do the same thing. They never dissipate from the spiritual atmosphere. Because our words are spirit they contain power. With our words we release in the spiritual realm the authority to bring about the spoken result. With our words, we prophesy our destiny.
Speak the Results:
Isn’t that a mind-boggling thought? The Bible actually teaches that we can choose how we will live the rest of our lives by the very words that we speak. When we speak negatively, it reveals that our hearts are full of bondage and we attract others around us who allow that culture to thrive. However, when our words are positive and uplifting, they are full of life and our mouth releases that reality.
I encourage you today to think wisely about the words you speak.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (Proverbs 18:21 MSG)
Pastor Zac Breckenridge