Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

I took a training recently about words. The choice of words. The power of words. One statement jumped out at me. "Your experience when you say words is different than the experience of the person recieving the words."

Take a famous musician. They sing the same songs night after night on tour. They must get so bored with the words they sing sometimes. Even if they made the song up themselves.

But the audience loves the words! They sing along in unison. Sometimes, watching a concert I wonder - why don't you all stay home and save your money? You have obviously heard the song before! You have memorized all the words. What is the experience of going to hear someone sing a song you know by heart?

Oh.. the power of words.

So God talks to Jacob today. Gives him instructions. A huge promise. And changes his name. So everytime ANYONE talks to him, he is reminded of his destiny...

Genesis 35

1 "Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”

2 So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3 We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”

4 So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem. 5 As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.

6 Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan. 7 Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau...

9 Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10 saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”[a] So God renamed him Israel."

God could have called him - "Screwup", or - "Conniver". How about - "Cheater", or maybe "Break yo daddy's heart!"
Instead, God renamed him "Israel" - "He who strives with God".

11 Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12 And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob."

I have named this blog - "God Almighty Speaks to Me."

Words have power. Even moreso when they come from God Almighty.

14 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.


The Old Geezer said...

I wish I could take back some of the words I have spoken over the years.
Praise God for the Blood of Christ !

Jesus said, “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shalt be condemned” (Matt. 12:37).

God Bless you, Ron
James 3:5-10

His Daughter said...

wow, great post phil. my pastor just started a series on the power of words, so this is a timely message ure sending here. very interestg, keep it up.