February 26, 2018 by maryruwe
I just want to do a short teaching on how important our words are in our lives. A lot of words are spoken each day and we need to realize the importance and the power that our words have in our lives and in those around us. How important are these words? Well, words are powerful.
Hebrew 4:12 teaches that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow. And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” So if God’s Word does all that and we are made in His image, then our words have the power too. Words can hurt, discourage, and frighten, or heal, encourage, sooth and give peace.
Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit of thereof”. Another way to say this is: words carry the possibility of either a negative or a positive result (fruit) and therefore they are powerful to us too. We can change our lives with our words.
Actually society believes this truth to a certain level. We know this because educators are always telling us how important it is to speak positively to our children. The sad thing is that people stop there and don’t want to agree that this truth also applies to Biblical truths too.
We must understand that spiritual principles work regardless of whether we believe them or not! I firmly believe that many, who have trouble believing that our words have power – to change our lives, to bring sickness and healing to our bodies, just don’t make the connection between their spoken words and the end results because of a time-lapse. I know a lady who has said for years that she just can’t remember anything; she now actually has memory problems. Are there medical concerns involved when we experience sickness, yes of course; but the Word of God is a higher-eternal power that we can speak over any situation in our life and bring it into subjection to Him.
A number of years ago when I was first learning about the importance of words, I really began to monitor my words. I was amazed at the fact of what I was saying and setting into motion in my life, and hadn’t realized it. These were not “bad” words, just negative words; and I was reaping the results of them – until I changed my words with THE WORD.
PERSONAL EXAMPLES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF MY LIFE:
“I’m so tired”. Was there truth in that? Yes, but the higher truth is that the more I said it, the more tired I became. I was getting what I was saying, not the result that I really wanted, but what I said! So I changed my confession to agree with God’s Word.
Solution: Joel 3:10, “Let the weak say, I am strong”. Nehemiah 8:10 also teaches us that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
So the more I kept my focus on God and His Word, speaking (confessing) the Word over my life, the more joy I experienced and the stronger I became; physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
I’ll never understand this”. Was I having trouble understanding how that computer program worked? Yes I was, and the more I said it the more frustrated I became over learning it.
Solution: James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God –who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly – and it will be given to him”.
The more help I ask of God the more He helped me understand what I needed to know to do my job.
“I just can’t seem to do anything right”. Was I having trouble crocheting the stitch for the pattern in front of me? Yes I was, and the more I said it the more I struggled to get the stitches right.
Solution: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. When I decided to rely upon God for the ability and skill to what I needed to do, whether it was crocheting or something else, the more my abilities and skills increased.
Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger”. The Good News Translation puts it this way, “A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up”. This is pretty easy to understand, and all of us could watch more closely the tones of our voices. Words have the power to stop strife, contention, and arguments.
Proverbs 21:23, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles”. Words have the power to either keep us out of trouble or get us into trouble. Harsh words can cause misunderstandings. Probably all of us at some time or another have said something we wished we hadn’t, and it caused hurt feelings and maybe even severed a friendship. Speaking with softer tones and lowering the volume of our voice creates a peaceful atmosphere in our homes, at work, perhaps even our neighborhood. Isn’t this what we are doing when we teach our children to speak kindly? Yes it is.
I pray that this message encourages you to monitor your words, to ask your Heavenly Father to show you where you need to make changes so your words line up with His Word and therefore will bring the Blessings of His Word more abundantly into your life.