Word + Action = Power

Written by Joe Dardano

The Bible points out that words are powerful. The Word, invisible in nature, and identifiable through hearing can crystalize into flesh (John 1:14). The Word is always near us and the things we say can shape others and the world around us because there is power in words (Deut. 30: 14-20). That power is measureable by degrees and the variable we need to add to the mix is the level of action attached to words. Mere words lack in power (Psalm 4:2), but if backed up by action, they become strong (James 2: 14-17). The union of word and deed creates integrity and integrity creates power. The validity of the Christian faith and its efficacy to impact others in regard to the meaning of life, truth and the value of eternal life, rests on communicating the power of God to unbelievers and believers alike. Recall, the verse in 1 Cor. 4: 20, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” This is why when Jesus taught, it was said in the Scriptures, “as one who taught with authority, unlike the teachers of the law.” (Matt. 7:29) Jesus has integrity. His words and actions work in synchronicity. That union of word and deed creates a powerful force and that force convinces people in the reality and existence of God. If people cannot experience the power of God, they wont believe. Further proof of this is found in Jesus recommendation of saying The Lord’s Prayer. He said, “do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do” (Matthew 7:7). The Gentiles thought that by praying through multiple words that they would be heard; not the case. Power does not result in reciting multiplicity of words to God in prayer. Words need action and feeling too.

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Joe Dardano

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