I’ve been thinking about the importance of our words recently. It’s something I’ve felt challenged about for a long time and over the last week I’ve started noticing more and more reference to this in the Bible. We all know what we say is important, but just how much do our words affect? Here’s why I think our words literally have the power to change our life.
I always try and speak only positive things to my son. I never want my words to in any way hurt or belittle him. I also always want him to be completely secure in who he is because of what I have spoken to him. We all know that words have a lasting impact, but over the last few weeks I’ve really been challenged over how our words can actually create. They can change situations and direct our paths.
When God created the world, He spoke things into being. Genesis 1:3 ‘God said “Let there be light”, and there was light’. It continues throughout the following verses: ‘God said’ and ‘there was’. God literally spoke things into being, into creation. He didn’t wave his hands and create something; He spoke and it was. But this is God, surely it’s not the same for us is it?
Have you ever been in a motivational talk or a preach? As words are spoken you can literally feel them stirring up something within. The words can create desires, or vision that can change how we walk out the room. Our words create. And the right words, they have more power than I think we often realise.
But our words can also kill. This sounds extreme but it’s so true. A wrong word, or enough wrong words can squash dreams, change someones life and cause long-term damage. I can still remember something negative a teacher said to me when I was in infant school. She said what she did in jest and yet her words caused an insecurity in my life that I have had to acknowledge and actually work hard to combat.
Proverbs 12:6 says ‘the mouth of the upright will deliver them’. Is that really right? By our words we are delivered in the face of trouble?
Proverbs 18: 21 says ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’
Psalm 34 talks about those who fear God not being in want. So what does this fear look like. The writer goes onto say to fear God is to ‘keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit’ – Psalm 34:13. What is this deceit? Anything that contradicts what the Bible says about us, our lives or God.
These are just a few of many biblical references to our words and the power they contain. But if what we say has the power to:
- deliver us
- cause life OR death
- cause us to not be in want
then we really need to make sure what we say is right.
We speak about ourselves all time. We make declaration over our situations without often giving it a second thought. Have you ever heard yourself say ‘this situation will never change’ or ‘this is such a bad day’. But what if we started speaking out what God has to say. What if when we have a bad day, we actually look at what He has to say, and declared it.
My question is this, could it be that speaking those words, words of life, would actually change our circumstances? Could it be by speaking what God says, things would be created in our lives. Could it be that we would see changes in our finances, health, deliverance, dreams, visions and wisdom. I think we would.
Lets be conscious of what we say. Not only to our children, but also to ourselves. Remembering that our words can create. They bring life, or death – lets choose life!