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The Word


The Word by Julie McAllen

 

Talk in everlasting words,
and dedicate them all to me.
And I will give you all my life,
I’m here if you should call to me.
You think that I don’t even mean a single word I say.
It’s only words, and words are all I have,
to take your heart away. –Words by The Bee Gees

Poets, priests and politicians have words to thank for their positions —DE DOO DOO DE DA DA DA by The Police

“What was said to the rose that made it open, was said to me, here in my chest.” —By Jalaluddin Rumi

 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. –John 1:1, 2

Words create and words destroy. Words heal and words hurt. Words lay on us heavy burdens and likewise lighten our heavy loads. Sometimes, words are all we have. In the 1987 film “Throw Mama from the train,” Billy Crystal’s character, Larry, is stumped in finding the perfect word to begin his novel. “The night was….” repeatedly ends in frustration as draft after rough draft is thrown into the trash bin defeated by writer’s block. Days later when the mother of his student, Owen, casually offers “Sultry….the night was sultry…” he’s furious and fit to kill. He received the perfect word as an unexpected gift after so many months of self-effort. And he didn’t want it.

This Christmas season, I am contemplating the arrival of a perfect gift. “The word became flesh” (John 1:14) This word arrived before I ever became frustrated in seeking it. But it was there, waiting on the tip of the tongue of an unlikely person in an unexpected moment. Sometimes, like Larry, we receive this long sought-after perfect word at a time and from a source we least expect it. If you are familiar with the parable of the seed and the sower (Matt 13:1-23) you know the word is not always received with gladness nor does it produce good fruit. But, that does not mean it has no results. We all know from experience our own words produce results—good and bad. And so it is with God.

Whether we choose to receive it or reject it, what God has spoken touches us and the results return to Him.

 10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
(Is 55:10, 11)

The eternal God who spoke this universe into existence, humbly put on flesh and made his dwelling among us. He has given us His perfect word, what more can we ask for?

 1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:1-4)

As a writer, I can relate to that last line. I write this to make my joy complete. And to quote from the above mentioned movie, “a writer writes.” There it is. I just spoke myself into existence haven’t I? I proclaimed myself a writer, and this article is the result of the word I’ve spoken to myself, “I am a writer.”

I’ve spoken positive, affirming words to myself over the years, “I am talented,” “I am a good dancer,” and “I am loved.” Unfortunately, I’ve spoken a negative world into existence as well, “I am stupid,” “I am not able to go on,” and “I am worthless.” My words matter, even when never penned or spoken for anyone else to know. I know what kind of words dwell in me. And that is why I need more of Jesus. I want only his word to dwell in me.

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:16-17)

Every Christian has a story of how the word of life pursued and finally won them over, but our stories continue as we seek the word that it may dwell richly within us. For the word of God is alive and as anyone who regularly feeds on it will attest, it has the power to discern our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ (Heb 4:12; 2 Cor 10:5)

Have you ever considered that by the words you give yourself, you can disobey Christ? Be careful as you speak the words “I am….” What you choose to put after those two small words have the power to create a world. In the beginning, was the word and the word became flesh. Likewise, our thoughts become words and our words manifest themselves in our flesh. We look to Jesus as the image of the invisible God, but we forget that we too were made in God’s image. The fullness of God dwelt in Jesus. Can it also in us? (Col 1:15-20)

Yes, but first we must be in agreement with the procedure. We must die.

20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

I must live by faith in the Son of God who lives in me. Though I am always a Christian, I do not always allow the word of God to dwell in me completely.  If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll understand what I mean. We say things like, “I am a Christian” and also, “I am not going to forgive you for that!” Remember, “I am…” what follows after creates a world. Which word needs to be crucified? Which word has become flesh? Why so many passages in the Bible about forgiveness? Putting aside fears, bitterness, and even “unwholesome talk” (Eph 4:29) Because if any of that dwells in us, there is less room for the word of God to dwell in us. God wants it all. We, like Jesus, were made in the image of God. The fullness of God dwelt in Jesus and that is also God’s task in us through the Holy Spirit as we participate in the divine nature.

 3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pe 1:3, 4)

When you see the babe Jesus, see yourself also as a babe in Christ. Ask that the fullness of God may dwell in you. As you accept the gift of the word becoming flesh this Christmas, reflect upon your own flesh and the words that dwell within it. Receive the perfect word and make it manifest to a world in need. Give yourself and others the gift of God’s word and make your joy complete!

Merry Christmas.

Keep yourself in God’s love, Julie

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December 14, 2009 - Posted by | According to Scripture, Expressions | , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments

  1. As I finished reading God’s Word this morning in my Read the Bible Through book, I came to the computer to look for prayer requests. I came to this journal and began reading. So many times I let my words come out before I think. Those words can sometimes cause hurt feelings. I want God’s Words to come out of my mouth to strengthen and uplift others. Thank you for a wonderful teching session on The Word.

    Comment by Willie | December 15, 2009

  2. Willie,
    Thank you for choosing to use words of encouragement toward me and this article. We are what we eat and as we feed on God’s word, our own words should reflect it. I hope to get really, really fat!!! It sounds like you have a regular feeding program of reading and prayer, no wonder you wrote words of encouragement. Thank you for the blessings Brother.

    Comment by Julie | December 15, 2009

  3. Actually I am a sister in Women with Purpose.

    Comment by Willie | December 15, 2009

  4. Ha ha. My bad. I’m glad you told me that, I had a picture in mind of you that resembled Willie Nelson! Sorry. Thanks for the blessings SISTA!!

    Comment by Julie | December 15, 2009


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