How important are words?
Can they change the course of a person’s life?
Absolutely! They can encourage you to stretch yourself to do something special, or they can undermine your confidence, sending you crashing into the pit of failure and despair.
The Bible gives us three terms covering three parts of speech (adjective, verb, and noun) that can lift us from our broken state into a closer relationship with the Father.
Empowering Term No. 1:
God wants us to be courageous. This is our adjective. It’s like the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz. He had his courage all along, but he had to find it inside of him.
Joshua 1:7-9 talks about our courage.
“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you … for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Empowering Term No. 2:
God will sustain us. This is our verb, our action word. God is our strong right hand and our shelter in the story. Like the ship that watches for the lighthouse in the storm, we have no fear when we trust in God.
Psalm 55:22 reveals our sustaining God.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Empowering Term No. 3:
God requires good conduct from us. This is our noun, the thing God requires from us. Our behavior, right or wrong, tells the world of our relationship with the Father. We are his emissary to the world, and if we behave badly, what does that say about our connection to God?
Proverbs 20:11 outlines God’s requirement for our conduct.
“Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.”
Let’s look at God’s empowering words once more.
- Courageous (adjective) – We are to stand up to the devil.
- Sustain (verb) – We can trust in God to be our strength.
- Conduct (noun) – We must behave as though Jesus walks at our side.
Incorporate these three words into your prayer life, your Bible study, and your devotion times. You will be different from this day forward.
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