As a family, it is our language and our speech that identifies us.
While some call it as “robot”, others will call it as “traffic light.” Others call it “dairy” while others refer to it as a “corner store”. Americans call it “flip flops” while Aussies call it “thongs”.
Our speech locates us. It identifies where we are at.
1. Speech tells me where you’re from.
It is your accent that gives you away.
When people hear you speak, do they hear the accent of heaven? Grace, love, compassion, joy, holiness, Jesus…
2. Speech reinforces the culture of a kingdom.
Daniel and his buddies were being marinated in a different culture (Daniel 3:1-4). However, they didn’t allow the new culture to eradicate the language/culture they grew up in.
As a spiritual family, we can’t lose the words that define us.
Moreso, watch out for the literature of another kingdom that might expunge the language and the speech of the family.
You’ll know what’s inside when pressure comes.
Get a tomato and step on it. The pressure will reveal it’s contents.
3. Speech has creative power.
Hebrews 11 tells us that God spoke and the worlds were framed.
Our words frame our and someone else’s worlds. And we can either frame it or shrink it.
We became a new creation by the words we speak. Romans 10:9-10 says that it is by the confession of our mouths that we are saved.
Proverbs 18:21 says that life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Ezekiel was commanded to speak to a valley filled with drybones. What used to be dead came alive by the very words he prophesied.
QUESTION: Will you let your situation speak to you or will you speak to the situation?
By faith, we speak into our situation… and watch God move!
(Insights from Wayne Alcorn, one of the speakers at our Every Nation World Conference)