One Word that Will Bless You Forever!
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:28)
Somehow I always superimposed the words, “that it may minister grace to the people you want to bless,” but the word says simply, “the hearers!” This appears to include everyone you speak to with no exceptions! What Kingdom favor and grace that word brought to me when I began to practice it!
The word “corrupt” in Ephesians 4:28 means bad or worthless. This signifies that, “if it is bad…in the eyes of God, it is worthless!” The time is short and you don’t want to waste yours on worthless things! Now the scriptures do imply, by their own language, that we may use borderline bad language if it is the absolutely best way to make a point of turning the hearers away from a snare and towards deliverance. Two examples are where God inspires the writers to say our own righteaousness is like used menstrual pads or that if we are not being corrected by God, we are bastards and not sons. (Isaiah 64:6 & Hebrews 12:8) There are others, but they also do not cross the Biblical boundary. Perhaps you were not aware there was this line drawn in the cosmic stardust or thought it was just a cumbersome courtesy. Actually it is, in reality, an everlasting gate which you have entered through the new birth and through which the King of Manifestation can become Big in your life!
I spoke of there being a border which we are not to cross and the border idea is found in these texts: 1Timothy 6:20 and the other 2Timothy 2:16. One says to shun profane and vain babblings and the other says to avoid those profane and vain babblings. We are told to shun or stand aloof from profanity! The word “profane” means crossing a threshold or boundary; or going through a door into heathenism. A lot of words we may have used before we were in Christ are no longer permissible, with good reason, and learning that reason transformed my consciousness.
Words have great power both to tear down or to build up…so what do inspired words build up? They build up the hearers and they build up Christ’s body and the members in particular, on the earth.
In order for the Church to be edified, the members must be built up. When we pray in tongues we edify ourselves. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and our temple and our spirit are built up by “praying in the Holy Ghost.” (Jude 1:20-21) Some people actually say that building ourselves up is a bad thing, but come on, this is 2010. Nobody can be that stupid! If we are not edified, spiritually strengthened, and built up, how can we be built together as “living stones, into a temple of God in the spirit?” (Ephesians 2:22 and 1Peter 2:5)
If we are living in the Kingdom of God, we must be moving in Divine principles. One of these is to be moving in the direction of our prayers. A wise man said, “Your prayers, commitment, and even your intentions will never take you to your destination. Only the direction you are walking will accomplish that.” I wasted years thinking that my intentions were all that was necessary to get me to God’s goal for my life. That is a deception! We are in a dance with the Divine. We will end up looking like a fool if we attempt this dance by ourselves, but we must ever be taking the lead as our master guides us and step out one foot at a time eagerly and precisely in the direction He urges and indicates! If the light of His Heavenly Kingdom shines in us, our actions proceeding from us staying in His arms, presence, and word, should be co-operating in bringing Heaven’s Kingdom to Earth.”
Therefore, whatever comes out of our mouth must be for the purpose of edifying or edification of all the hearers so that it always carries the potential of being a seed that will sprout into a little shoot that one day will become a plant “edified” in the house of the Lord.
This word “edified” literally means “house building.” We may correctly think of ourselves as God’s house, but it’s much more correct for the entire body of Christ to think of its singular being as God’s House! (There is only one body.) It always grieves me when ministers call a physical building God’s House when we collectively are God’s House. “Howbeit, the Most High dwelleth not in buildings built with hands.” (Acts 7:48) We are collectively His temple and house.
We all need to only edify one another with His word and through His Spirit. When we faithfully limit our words to edifying and only to that… we will always be building His House…the very Habitation of God in the Spirit! When I realize I must limit my will, emotions, words and actions to edification alone, I understand the benefits of so doing. and I come to greatly appreciate the power of the tongue and its words. Words are so powerful that Jesus, who is the Word, says, “All power is mine in heaven and in earth!” Our tongue which was once our worst enemy can, when connected to our renewed mind, be our greatest tool for accomplishing His purpose and will which is that all men even all creatures would embrace the good news of the Kingdom.
When we are upset or frustrated, we may wrongly think that the antagonist, the person we are addressing, is the reason for our crossing the threshold into heathenism, but the actual problem is not some other person, but the words we are using and the fact that we have forgotten that we are always to be edifying and building up the Kingdom where God Himself reigns. There, the atmosphere of the Peace of His Presence that fills His House prevails. The course of nature such as the love between a wife and her husband, or the sharing of our abundance is never set on fire by our tongue. (James 3:6-18) “The wisdom which is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
Our mind, when renewed, can move our tongue from a weapon of destruction to always being “our right in front of our face tool,” always building up God’s House and ministering Grace to the hearers! And remember, when we discover the reason that we must control our tongue, we can bring our whole body into staying on the tried and true sacred path from which Jesus never strayed. The word of His testimony brought Him through the death on the cross and the grip of hell and the grave. By our words we shall be justified or by them we shall be condemned. Since life and death are in the power of our tongues what a glorious organ, what a powerful tool for good is our tongue! With it we can deliver a kiss of intimacy, sing and shout unto the Lord, pray and call upon His Name, declare a thing and see it established, preach the gospel to every creature and bless everyone by restoring them into a position of faith and union with Christ. In the old covenant we needed to teach the law and, “Show my people their transgressions,” but now we can see Jesus and show the entire world their Messiah! Yesuah!
Edifying words spoken to a person and over a person can change both their mind and their life! We all need this transformation which God offers to us through His Spirit and by His word. Transformation comes through the engrafted word (the word which becomes a part of our practice). “The entrance of God’s word giveth light or revelation and faith.” (Psalms 119:130) As we continue in this cycle and process of having our mind renewed with revelation light from His word, we continue in our transformation and ensure our manifestation as real sons of God for which the whole creation and every creature is eagerly and anxiously awaiting. God has a wonderful plan and destiny for our lives, but in order to see that fulfilled; His word must completely renew our thinking and our actions! All our thoughts need to become subject to Christ, because our thoughts become our words and our words become our actions.
According to the abundance of the heart or our core being, the mouth speaks, therefore it is written: “Let the word of God dwell in you richly.” It doesn’t say, and read your Bible daily. It really means, “Let the word of God fill you up like a great feast with joy and thanksgiving everyday!” The word richly, used in this sacred text (Colossians 3:16), literally means copiously and profusely. If you ever come to my house as a special dinner guest you will understand what “copiously” demands. Our copious table is spread profusely from one end to the other with delectable’s to feast upon and there is only room for your plate, your eating utensils and your presence. I am certain God wants His word to dwell in you so richly, so copiously that there isn’t room for other things to enter in and make you unfruitful. (Luke 4:19)
Our words have so much power that we can always go about only doing good, just as Jesus did…if we purposefully control them! We will gain that control once we acknowledge and honor what an amazingly wonderful and seemingly miraculous tool the gift of our words really are. Where our treasure is there will our heart be also. If you desire His edifying words more than fine gold and they become sweeter to us than honey and the honeycomb, they will dwell in us copiously and what is in our heart will flow out like rivers of living water bringing life and refreshment to this parched, warped and twisted generation.
Hallelujah for the word and the Man who was the Word from the beginning. He became flesh and dwelt among us. Now, by receiving Jesus the Lord and Savior, the Prince of Peace and God with us, you can become like him. Christ in us is the hope of our being manifested as one of the many sons that He is bringing into glorification. You see over His heart and on His thigh, the place that directs those parts of Christ created for reproduction, there He has given us His signed signature of promise…the name by which He is called: “The Word of God” who has sent His word into our hearts. (Revelation 19:13-16)
It doesn’t matter where you are starting. You might have just gotten out of seminary or the penitentiary. It matters only where you are heading and that you are heading where you intend to go. If you surrender to God’s will and guidance; if you take His word as a light to your feet and a lamp to your path; if you get filled with the Holy Spirit and keep on being filled with that Spirit which brings to remembrance all things Jesus has spoken (John 14:26)…just look what is guaranteed to happen! This commitment by God Himself to you reads as follows in Romans 8:28-31, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified (manifested). What shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?”
Paul said that he cooperated mightily with God who worked mightily in him. (Colossians 1:29) We are to do the same. We have to put the word of God in first place in our lives in order to do that. To go through that whole process we looked at in Romans 8 ending with manifestation, our lives must be set apart to God. Our hearts and our minds must be set on the goal like a spacecraft headed for a distant star; our course will require continual refinement of our heading. For this reason we must be sensitive to the leading of God’s spirit and the words He uses to more closely align our course with His own so we can finish our course with joy. If we abide in Him and His words abide in us our destiny will be manifest to all because His words are spirit and they are life. Jesus put it this way in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that brings God’s life into us; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
“And now my beloved, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all them which are set apart unto God.” (Acts 20:32) Look how powerful this word of God is! It can consecrate us to God in holiness and to the purpose for which He created us as a living stone in the living temple of the Almighty.
Shout Hallelujah to the living God who sends His word to heal us and to ensure that what He has spoken over us and to us will be fulfilled in us. We bless you Lord, and you the hearer will be blessed when you stay in this One Man who is the Word and His Word stays in you copiously.
This man who is the Word is the way, the truth and the Life and this man called the Word is the One Word that will change your life forever.