This is the first installment of our series, “The Voice: Let Me Clear My Throat”.
Good morning, peeps!
Where do we begin? Oh yeah:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21 KJV
[Author’s note: while sticking out your tongue at someone may get you mud stomped and you’ll feel like death, this scripture is not referring to the physical tongue: the mention of the word “tongue” here refers to the power of what you say.]
So, tell the truth: did you get excited just then? Oh my goodness!! If y’all could look past this computer screen and see my face! Never mind. I haven’t washed it yet. Look now! It’s 3:30 in the morning! Don’t judge me. I have so much to share with you in this study and let me tell you, it’s good stuff.
Ahem! Let me clear my throat.
Your voice is the most powerful weapon you have in this war against the enemy of your soul. Um, Deone, what about the Word of God? Great question! I will let the content of this series answer that. As a matter of fact, I will start with the Word. Throughout Scripture, you read about the power of the voice. Let’s start with the first chapter of Genesis. Like seriously, folks.
“And God said…” – Genesis 1:3 KJV
The purpose of this study is to get you reacquainted with your voice. I don’t think y’all know whatcha workin’ with. I really don’t. It is for more than yelling at the driver who just cut you off or for sounding super professional when talking to a bill collector. Your voice carries power. Not really feelin’ this just yet? Okay, I got you. Check it: things move, shift, fall out, fall over, are rearranged, are created, even cease to exist when you speak. Still need convincing? Bet. Marinate in this for a minute: spirits can’t read.
Are you ready now?
In this study, we will examine three very familiar passages where a voice released the power of God:
Wall of Jericho – Joshua 6:1-27
Lazarus – John 11:38 – 44
Crucifixion – John 19
Take the time to read those this weekend. If you are someone who says, “Well, I’ve heard those accounts all of my life. What do I need to read them again for?”, read them anyway. Pay close to attention to words like “command”, “say”, “declare”, and “shout”. Here’s something else you can do: write down every occurrence of those words and the context. When I holla at y’all on Monday – yes, Monday – I want you to be ready to receive. I may even throw in a couple of extra passages later, but let’s stick with those for now. This is the warm-up.
Let me clear my throat.