THE POWER OF WORDS
Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 29-30
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 30:14-15
But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil…
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my blog friends…May God bless you in amazing ways in 2015!!!
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). When God first called Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of slavery, Moses tried to avoid the task by telling God that he had problems speaking (check out Exodus 4:10-16). In our readings over the past few days, it’s obvious that after 40 years of leadership, Moses no longer had a problem speaking. Four times in today’s reading Moses stresses, “Keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do” (Deuteronomy 29:9).
The Apostle Paul quotes our key verse in Romans 10:8 and then gives us some powerful words of assurance of our eternal salvation. Romans 10:8-15 tells us that when we speak our faith in Jesus, who is Himself “the Word of God,” we truly have “life and good.” Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, thank You for the gift of speaking. Please grant that we will never speak “death and evil” by gossip, slander, half truths, and other destructive words. May my words always speak life and good in this New Year of 2015. I pray In the Name of the One whose words are most powerful, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In Grade 10 high school I was given a book of words. The title on the cover was “WORDS ARE IMPORTANT.” The student sitting next to me changed the title to read, “WORDS AREN’T IMPORTANT.” Learning new words every day was truly important, I discovered. When God made it clear to me that my vocation (calling) was to become an ordained minister of Christ, I realized that a large part of carrying out my responsibilities was my use of words. Words are my trade, my means of communicating God’s message to precious people. One of the greatest communicators during the 20th century was Malcolm Muggeridge. On the BBC, he debated such people as Bertrand Russell, the noted agnostic. In my opinion, Muggeridge won the debates. He and his wife Kitty appeared on 100 Huntley Street to give their witness for Christ. He also was our narrator for The Scroll, a musical masterpiece composed by Bruce Stacey, which was the centrepiece of our Crossroads sponsored pavilions at several World Expos. The epitaph on Muggeridge’s tombstone reads, “HE USED WORDS WELL.”
Yours for God’s Word to be communicated clearly,
P.S. During our webcast Tuesday night, we held up to the camera the Superman pyjamas which Norma-Jean gave me for Christmas, and we had a good laugh. I know it’s silly, but we need to laugh more in 2015. There are so many things to cry about in our world. Let’s cry and also laugh. Therefore, Ron took my picture on New Year’s Eve and his son, Adam, doctored it up a bit! Check out the picture below and have a good laugh!!! Technology is amazing! We tend to live up to our confession, verbally and with body language! Also, here are some comments from several people who watched the webcast Tuesday evening:
“The ministry of Crossroads is truly worthwhile to support financially. I have not found it to be, “Giveme, Giveme.” In fact I find it totally opposite to that. I trust that tonight God will give people who can give with a generous heart so that they will give cheerfully to this great work of God.” – Don
“David, Love this podcast thank you lets do it more often in 2015! I wanted to call in but was working.” – David
“WOW! So pleased to watch tonight’s narrowcast with a Superman who represents our Super God so well. Looking forward to reading Dr David Jeremiah’s latest book and pray for success in the current fundraising endeavours. Shalom.” – Graham
“I have just donated & I join in prayer for over & above what you need. I am honored to be able to to give to such a worthy cause. I know many people have come to know JESUS so that is why I give. I have been blessed reading the WORD with you I appreciate you getting up early to prepare the WORD our daily manna. This is the first time I have kept going & I find I want to learn more.” -Deane
“The webcast last night was directed to the followers and supporters of this ministry and puts it on a much more on a personal level. It was like we were there with David and Ron. My hope is that this narrowcast is the first of many. A great way minister to, and bless my fellow 100words bloggers and others that care about the ministry of Crossroads. Thank you David and Ron, I was blessed.” – Allan