I listened as someone I’ll call Mary, shared a story with me. An employee she’d seen, from time to time, at her company seemed to be acting different, suggesting to Mary that she was going through a tough time. Although Mary didn’t know the person that well, she decided to reach out. She only said a few words and they each went on about their day. Mary didn’t think much about it, but sometime later the employee expressed appreciation. It was as if the exchange of those few words that day had encouraged the employee, and lifted their spirits just to know that someone cared and for a moment was willing to go alongside of them in their battle.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21
What a responsibility to know that what comes out of our mouths has the potential to affect lives and influence others on a path toward life or death. Think about it, your tongue can cause someone to experience joy, sorrow, fear or peace.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” –Ephesians 4:29
There are times when God shares with individuals specific messages to be communicated to others. This happened with Deborah, the Prophetess. She sent for Barak, the commander of the Israelite army, to share the message. The words she shared affected the battle plan Barak used to defeat the Canaanite army.
God had a plan. His plan covered everything. Deborah even told Barak that if she went with him, a woman would get the credit for killing Sisera, commander of the Canaanite army. Barak decided that Deborah’s ability to hear from God in the midst of the battle was more important than getting the credit for killing Sisera. So Deborah went along, offered insight from the Lord and victory was gained for all the Israelites.
Are you somebody’s Deborah?
What are you speaking as you go about your day? Whether you have a specific message from God for someone or you just speak life to a random person, as you go along, are you saying what God’s word says or simply using your own words.
Has the Lord impressed upon you to speak to someone, make a phone call, or send a text? Don’t question yourself or talk yourself out of doing so. What if the Lord wants to use you to deliver His message? What you say could shape their strategy for victory.
You don’t have to be a prophet to speak a word to strengthen, encourage, or comfort someone. Just open your mouth and loose your tongue, in love. Make it your goal for the person to feel better after you’re done, not discouraged.
The words you speak may not win a military war, but they could make a world of difference in someone’s personal battle.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.