MakingYour Words Count
(Eph 5:1AMP)
 Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as
well-beloved children [imitate their father].
Yesterday we dealt with the truth (from God) that we must choose our words
wisely. This morning I felt led to continue to flow in that same
vein. In the last message my base text was the first two verses of
Proverbs chapter six, where Solomon said, “My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbour or
pledge yourself for a stranger with a handshake, you are trapped by the words
of your own mouth, caught by your own promise.” The point was that if you
commit yourself to something with your words, then your words have literally
obligated your entire person. Any failure to perform what your words have
obligated you to would be a violation of your integrity. Let me explain.
The word integrity comes from the word “integrated” or “integrate.” You,
like God, are a tri-partite being; meaning that there are three parts of you.
You are a spirit, you possess a soul, and you live in a body. If your
spirit wants to do one thing, but your soul would like to do another, and your
body is pulling you in yet another direction, then you are not fully
integrated. This inward struggle will eventually lead to a conflict and
hence, a violation of your integrity. If you can learn to control your
tongue then you will literally learn to control your life, because what comes
out of your tongue is an outward representation of what is going on inside of
tells us in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God. Paul teaches us to
literally copy God and to follow His example. Well, what example has God laid
out for us? In God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) we see a true example of
integrity. There are no conflicts or contradictions between God the
Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit. Another great truth is that everything the God does lines
up with His Word! Why? Because He chose His words wisely. He said what
He meant and He meant what He said. He knew that if He spoke a promise in
the Word of God that He would be OBLIGATED to perform that promise in our
Numbers 23 there is an interesting story of a prophet (Balaam) sharing a Word
from God with a man named Balak. Balak did not like what God said and he
was looking for another word.  Balaam went back to God and came back with
another word. This is what God said the second time, “God is
not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He
should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said
and shall He not do it?  Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”(Num 23:19
AMP). What was the point of this second word?  It was to drive home
the point that God is not going to violate His Word or change His mind. If
God said something then He is obligated to perform it.
So what does this mean to
you today? 
A few things:
1.  God is a God
of His Word. We can find great comfort in knowing that God has
pledged Himself with every promise He has given us in His Word. If He spoke it,
He literally obligated Himself to make it good.
2.  We are to be
imitators of God. Our goal is to do, in earth, what we see God
doing in heaven. That’s how we will ensure that His will is done “on earth
as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:10).
3.  Our words
mean something. If you ever run into a person that says
something, only to be ignored by others, it is a good indication that that
person may not be a person of integrity. Their words have lost their
value. It ought not be so with a child of God. Say what you mean and
mean what you say! Your words must count if you are to represent God in
the earth! 
Confession for this day: Lord God. My
words count. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I choose my words
wisely. I am a person of integrity because I am fully integrated. My
spirit, soul, and body are all aligned. I imitate God by backing my words
with action.
Jesus’ name.


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