Words are powerful. How can I say it stronger: WORDS ARE POWERFUL! That means words contain power. They have the power to heal or the power to kill. They have the power to create or the power to destroy. They have the power to build up or the power to tear down. They have the power to persuade, to deceive, and to exhort, etc.
“Life and Death are in the power of the tongue. And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” Proverbs 18:21.
Words are like fruit or food that nourish us. They either give us strength or make us sick. God said, “Man shall not live by bread (food) alone, but by every word that comes out of my mouth”. Have you ever read the Word of God and the words tasted so good, you could feel them penetrating your whole being and bring you total satisfaction? I personally experienced this many time! I love to read the Word because it is alive and food for my spirit, my soul, and medicine to my body (Prov. 4:20-22).
Words of affirmation are my love language. They are very important to me. When words of affirmation are spoken, it fuels me and makes me feel loved and alive. I always liked words. In school, my favorite time was when we had vocabulary and spelling time. I love to hear new words, learn their root and meaning. Also, words are how we communicate with each other.
Another reason words are powerful, they form and make us who we are. It has been proven that we become the average of the 5 people with whom we spend the most time with. I would even say, we become the average of the 5 voices we listen to the most. So, it is important to make an inventory of who they are, what we listen to and choose wisely.
Let’s explore a couple of the scriptures to see what God is saying concerning the outcome of spoken words.
- In Genesis chapter 1, we read how God created the earth, our dwelling place: And God said, let there be….and there was!
- If you will decree (order, command, proclaim) a thing, it will be established for you. Job 22:28
- So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
- As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom Abraham believed. God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Romans 4:17
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1-2
- For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
So, we learn that words written in the Word of God are full of life and light. They contain His will and have the power to transform us. The way we receive the Word of God is by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We hear the Word, we believe the Word and we speak the Word. Confession out of our mouth brings salvation and salvation is an all-inclusive word which means salvation, healing, deliverance, safety, and rescue.
Isn’t it funny how we can remember some of the mean words or encouraging words spoken years ago by a teacher, a parent, or a friend? And as we recall these words we can still feel that same emotion we felt when it was delivered. That my friend is the power of the spoken words. They affect us.
Now the question is, what words are coming out of your own mouth concerning yourself? Are they edifying, encouraging, positive? Are they negative, tearing down, and destroying? Well, let’s take a look at the fruit your life is bearing. How satisfied are you? How much peace do you have? How much joy do you express? How anxious and stressed are you? How depressed or down in the dumps do you feel? Are you constantly tearing yourself and others apart? How does fear overtake you? Take some time to assess.
Here is a secret, a truth, a principle. We are the ones who create our lives, our future. We are the ones who create our happiness. We are the ones who create the atmosphere we live in. We do this by the words we speak, and by the actions we take. We do not have to be victims of our environment, victims of the tongue of others, or victims of our past. We can take charge, become responsible for our own words and actions.
I love this quote from Dr. Seuss: “You have BRAINS in your head. You have FEET in your SHOES. You can STEER yourself any DIRECTION you CHOOSE.”
Let me tell you a story that happened a year ago. The icon singer George Michael proclaimed, “I’d rather die than sing at Trump’s inauguration”. Yes, he died on Christmas day 2016 a month prior the inauguration. It is also true for John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison and others who predicted their own death in a song they wrote and sang. Some had great details about their own death and it all came true. Coincidence? Or is the Word of God true and ultimate reality?
I know we might not be predicting our own death, but do we use words that kill our faith, kill our joy, kill our well-being, kill our success and prosperity? Example: I will never come out of debt. I will never lose weight. My dad and grandfather had this disease, so will I. There is no use, I can’t etc.
My friend, do you want to live a long and fulfilled life? A life of abundance and prosperity as promised by Jesus in John 10:10? Well if your answer is yes, you have come to the right place. A place of accountability. The good news, you are not alone. The Lord wants to walk with you. He wants to become your partner in life. Talk to Him. Ask Him and He will show you the way. He said He will never leave us or forsake us.
The good news is Jesus paid the price for you to become a child of God through the new birth (new life in Christ), where old things have passed away and everything has become new. You have the power to overcome the issues of this life. He is your Shepherd and you shall not want. He desires not only to meet your needs but also meet your wants. What do you want?
In closing, I want to share one last promise with you: “If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures” Job 36:11.
Ready for a change? Take the challenge
Let’s get started to set you on course for a better tomorrow. As you examined yourself and are now conscious of what you spoke over your own life and the life of your loved ones even your enemies, don’t feel guilty or ashamed. Ask the Lord to forgive you for what you said and let him cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He will do it.
Let’s pray: Lord, I am very sorry for the bad words I have spoken about myself and over myself. The negative and wicked words I spoke to the ones I love. Please forgive me and undo these words and set me free. I position myself to receive the grace I need to change my speech and start to proclaim, confess, decree good things, positive things concerning all areas of my life. Help me Lord, cleanse my lips. In Jesus name, amen.
If you sincerely prayed with me, I challenge you to get a notebook and start writing some encouraging scriptures and promises. Write some confessions you can decree over your life. Take 5 to 10 minutes every day and speak them out loud. Do this for the next 30 days.
Then let us know how your life is improving. We are here for you. My prayer partner Melina and I will pray with you. You are not alone, and we want to see you succeed in every area. You are loved and cared for.
Here are some confessions, decrees, and proclamations you can use if you are not sure where to start:
Call those things that are not as though they are:
I AM disciplined. Full of energy. Beautiful inside and out. Confident. I walk in divine health. Single minded and stable in all my ways. Successful. Organized. Promoted. Wealthy. Highly favored with God and men. Compassionate. Respectful. Generous. Wealthy. Honest. Intelligent. Wise. Discreet. Discerning. Responsible. Committed. Enduring. Faithful. A person of integrity. Grateful and thankful. Even though I am weak in many of these qualities, I am told in Joel 3:10 to let the weak say I am strong.
To your success,
Your friend Corinne 🙂
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