Audio & Notes: Power of Words

Power of Words

Intro

  • Speaking is such an integral part of being a human being that if someone can’t speak we call that a disability.
  • Through words we express our emotions, will, and thoughts.
  • Through interaction with others we use words to exchange emotions, ideas, thoughts, and each other’s will.
  • Since words are so important we must understand how to use them and their purpose from God’s word.

What the word says about God’s words

  • In the book of Genesis, we see God creating the universe with words.
  • In Genesis chapter 1, we see God speaking and we see what He spoke come to fruition.
  • In Isaiah 55:11 the bible says, “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.” NKJV
  • That verse tells us that when God speaks, everything that He speaks shall and will happen. Not only does His words create but His words uphold what He creates.
  • Hebrews 1:3, “….and upholding all things by the word of His power….” NKJV
  • If you notice it says word of His power. This signifies that the words in themselves don’t carry the power but attached to His nature (power), they become very powerful.
  • This connects the importance of His/our words to His/our character. If we are honorable people, the people who hear our words will honor them.
  • The word is within the power. The word worked because of the available power (Genesis 1:2-3).
    • In this passage you see the power (The Holy Spirit) present then the word was spoken. The power is first then the words come second.
    • The words never proceed the power but the power proceeds the word.
  • God’s words accomplish what He says not only because He is God but of His integrity.
  • Anybody can take what God says at face value and it will be true and it will accomplish its purpose in his/her life.
  • God created us in His image and likeness, if that is true of Him it must be true of us to. Let’s, consider the word, and see what it says concerning our words.

 What the word says about our words

  • God created human beings in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). That means that we had the same characteristics as He does. In the context of our topic, our words have power over our lives but not over other people.
  • Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
  • The above verse tells us that our words determine what fruit we will eat. Be it fruits of life or death.
  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says, “…I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, thatI have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” NKJV
  • Combining the two scriptures above us tells us that God has given us the opportunity to choose what kind of life we want by our words. Be it death or life; curses or blessings.
  • God has given us the ability to choose what kingdom, through our words, to affect our lives. Either the kingdom of Satan or His kingdom.
  • Before the fall, man used to be the god of this world (Genesis 1:26; Psalms 8:5-8; Psalms 115:16).
  • Since the fall of man, the devil became the god of this world (Luke 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
  • When Jesus came He completely defeated the devil (Colossians 2:15) and took the authority of this earth back and gave it to us (Luke 10:19; Matt 28:18).
  • Right now, as we speak we have two kingdoms at war with each other. They are both fighting for you and me (Matthew 16:17-18).
  • In John 10:10, Jesus tells us the goals of the two kingdoms. He says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
  • The devil brings death while Jesus brings life (Examples of life and death are in Deuteronomy 28).
  • Proverbs 18 tells us that we choose with our tongues between the devil and Jesus.
  • Both Jesus and the devil has a plan for our lives. The devil’s plan is to destroy our lives while Jesus’ plan is for us to fulfil what God has planned for us. With our words, we choose which path to follow. Before we speak we should first ask the Lord His plan in whatever situation then we speak what He says and watch it happen.

How do I make sure I’m speaking life?

  • In Luke 6:45 the Bible says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
  • Jesus tells us in the above scripture that we only speak what is in our hearts (Matthew 12:34-35; Proverbs 10:11).
  • If I want to speak what is in line with God’s plan, I must know His plan and ways in my heart.
  • Proverbs 4:20-27 answers that question. Especially verse 20-23, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they arelife to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
  • If we want to speak life we must keep His words (His words are spirit and life (John 6:63)) in our hearts so that out of it, we can speak life. If we keep the words of the world in our hearts we will speak them, and we shall have them.
  • Another scripture that helps us to determine what is in our hearts is Joshua 1:8. This scripture adds meditating on the word as another way of getting and keeping the word of God in our hearts.

How do I walk this truth out?

  • Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
  • From this scripture and the above ones show us the connection between our hearts and our mouths.
  • Both the heart and the mouth function as a unit like the knee jerk reflex. When the heart receives something the mouth immediately starts to speak that thing. Whether it is truth or not.
  • That is the reason why God wants us to keep His word in our hearts so that the mouth can speak it.
  • A lying tongue abuses the relationship between the heart and the mouth.
  • When a person consistently lies, a callous form on the heart which deteriorates the connection between the two.
  • This is the reason why some who often lies always tries to swear to someone who is greater than them like a deity or their mother’s graves/life.
  • Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:33-37, “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
  • Here Jesus is admonishing that immoral behavior because He knows why they do that. People do that because they no longer believe their own words. This comes after lying so much that the connection between the heart and the mouth is calloused.
  • James 1:26, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is
  • The way to revive the connection between the heart and the mouth is by simply doing what Jesus said, let your yes be yes and your no be no.
  • An example is when you tell someone you will call them tomorrow. Call them because you said so.
  • The Bible tells us to honor God’s words, but we cannot do that until we learn to honor our own words.
  • The process of repairing the relationship between the heart and the mouth starts by watching over what we say.
  • Proverbs 10:19, “When words are many transgressions is not lacking but whoever restrains his lips is a prudent man.” ESV.
  • James 3:2, “For we all stumble in many ways; if someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who can bridle his whole body.” CJB.
  • The scriptures above show us the importance of watching over our words.
  • The more you do what you say, the more you believe your own words. So, now when faith is born in your heart and you make confessions, you believe it and not waiver.
  • Also, those who are around you will believe you because you are a person of your words.

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