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Words Cause Life (and Death)

February 20, 2018 | Kristen James

Spiritual Growth

Have you ever read Ezekiel 37? It’s one of my most favorite passages. God brings Ezekiel into this valley of dead, dry bones. They are very, very, VERY dead bones. And God asks Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel says, “O Lord God, You know.” 

Then God tells him to SPEAK to the dead, dry bones and tell them to come to life and they do. I love this passage because every time I read it, I see something different in it. But what I want you to see this time is that God literally shows us, plain and simple, that there is LIFE in our words.

You’ve heard God say this in other verses like:

  • Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
    The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.
  • Proverbs 16:24 (ASV)
    Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

But here, you SEE it. There is life giving power in your tongue but there is also death. So choose wisely. We can either choose to build each other up, put each other back together and give each other new purpose and life (like the dry bones) or we can break each other down.  Be careful with your words.

It’s important to speak life to each other and it’s just as important to speak life into your own situations. Think about where your dry bones are. What is your lifeless situation? It’s not hopeless with Jesus. Nothing is impossible for God.

Trust that God is bigger than what you can see and understand. Know that He loves you and has your best interest in mind. And say, okay God, I’m listening, how are you going to speak to these dry bones in my life?

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