“The Power of Words”
Words are containers of power. They carry either positive power, faith, or they carry negative power, fear and unbelief. Some might say, “I just don’t think that our words are that important!” Well, as always, we need to look at what the Bible has to say about it.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21)
“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
“Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forcible are right words! But what doth your arguing reprove?” (Job 6:24, 25)
“And the tongue is a fire…and setteth on fire the course of nature…” (James 3:6)
This is just a short list of scriptures on the subject. Notice the last one we quoted, James 3:6, it says that the tongue sets into motion the course of natural events, at least, that is what the Greek rendering of this verse is. How important are your words? They determine your circumstances and the events of your natural life. This goes back to the fact that death and life are in the power of your words. That is why it is all important that we choose what we speak, and speak only life-giving words, words filled with faith and the Life of God!
Like Job did, we need to hold our tongues and allow God to teach us where we have erred in our speaking. However, the Bible tells us that we can not tame our tongues with our own natural ability like we would tame an animal. (James 3:7, 8) How can we tame our tongues then? Well, Jesus said that out of the abundance of what is in our heart or spirit, our mouth will speak. (Matthew 12:34) Instead of bearing down on the words coming out of your mouth, we need to look to what we are putting in our spirit in abundance. That’s why Jesus said, “Take heed what you hear…’ (Mark 4:24) What comes out of our mouth depends entirely on what we put in our spirits. You can’t hear people tell you that the Word of God doesn’t work, and that you have to fail…day after day; without it affecting you. Take heed what you hear! You can’t avoid all doubt, fear and unbelief; but you can choose what you hear in abundance. The entrance to the human spirit is the hearing. “Faith cometh by hearing…” (Romans 10:17) But so does fear…doubt…unbelief. Guard your spirit, keep it. protect it. (Proverbs 4:23, 24)
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