October 20, 2014
The Power of Our Words . . .
There is no greater power than that contained within the boundary of a spoken word.
The very first verse in the Bible (Genesis 1:1) states: In the beginning God. Then, in the first two verses of the Gospel of John is written: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” These verses together establish and substantiate the power of theWord.
Farther into Genesis 1, we note that the phrase “God said” is written 9 times. Why does the Bible not say, “God thought” or “God waved His hand”? Consider this: The reason is because the power of God abides in His spoken word. The earth with every one of its living creatures, the day, the night, and all humanity are a result of the spoken word of God. Of such is the power of God’s spoken word!
The Bible also says that God calls things into existence that are not as though they already were. So, what does this mean?
Scripture tells us that God’s ways are not our ways, that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and that He sees the beginning from the end.
Let us say that you want to cross a river, but there is no bridge. What do you do? You think, now how can I get across that river? Here is where you see the bridge in your mind before you even start. Then, by the power of your spoken word, youcall things into being as though they already were by telling someone to get the materials and machinery necessary to build the bridge. Although this may be a weak example, the seed of understanding is embedded within.
Unlike us, God does not have to see before He speaks, for He already knows the end from the beginning. Nor does He have to tell someone else to do the work. It simply happens by the creative power contained within His words.
Since we are created in the image of God, that same creative power of the spoken word abides within our being, but on a significantly reduced scale. Why? Remember the Tower of Babel and what God said in Genesis 11:1-9? The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”
Because man wanted to make a name for himself, God intervened and reduced the power of man’s spoken word. However, the level of that power is, still, extremely potent nonetheless, as so testified in James 3.
A spoken word can evoke strong emotions such as love, joy, hate, or strife. It can effect healing, bring comfort, inflict pain, and cause deep distress. It can paint beautiful pictures across the canvas of your mind and lure you to a higher level of being by drawing you out from where you are to where you are destined to be.
Likewise you can be cast down, driven into a lower state than what you were created for, causing you to shrivel up and eventually die. Such is the power of the spoken word. That is one reason why God says that we will be called to account for every word that we utter. Is not that a frightening thought?
WE may think we have nothing to offer. Maybe we lack money. Maybe we look at the power of the rich and wonder: What impact can I have, or what difference can I make? Those thoughts are not of God, but are from the enemy who wants us to think that we have no power. But we do! Proverbs states: The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life … the tongue has the power of life and death … a word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 15:4; 18:21; 25.11).
We should make it a point, every day, to use the power that God has given us to speak good into someone’s life, to effect healing that leads to life by speaking anapt word into another. Then, we will be treasured as a golden apple by those to whom we speak.
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