The Ichthus Men’s Bible Study began a new series this past week on the words and language that we use.  It is a study that I have been living in for a while and this past Sunday God overwhelming told me that it’s something we should walk through in this season.  By gifting and personality I am a communicator.  I did not say good communicator.  Just as God has gifted me to teach and preach to build the body, I can just as quickly use my mouth to tear down those around me.  My hope is that as we explore how we speak in this season that God can truly redeem the words that flow out of our mouth.  This week we talked about Jesus as the Word of God being the foundation of our speaking.

We learn from the beginning Genesis chapter 1 that words are very important to God because He uses them to create.  If we took a trip to Mount Everest we could look at it and realize God created it out of nothing by speaking it into existence.  We also learn in that chapter that man is made in the image of God.  We have creative ability with our words.  We may not be able to make mountains but the power within our mouths is enormous.  In Jeremiah 1 God tells Jeremiah “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”  The potential of our mouths is almost unimaginable.

In John 1 we learn more about why our words hold so much weight when John reveals to us that Jesus is the Word of God.  John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  And then John 1:17-18 “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”

Jesus, not only was God, He was an exact representation of God.  In Jesus God is known.  Words represent the one who speaks them.  Even if our words are lies they speak volumes about our heart and character.  We will talk more about what our words reveal about us and about our beliefs about God in the future. 

For this week think about Jesus being the Word of God.  Think about the power within God to create with the word of His mouth.  God desires for us to use our words for His glory and our good.  He desires for our words to build the body through encouragement and exhortation.  If we allow God to speak through us or if we allow our words to be dedicated to Him we have an incredible opportunity to bring Him glory and to build the body.  How does God want to speak through your words this week?