The Power of Words

 The Power of Words

 

Did you know that the words that you speak have the power to either affect your life in a positive or negative way?  Did you realize that the words that you speak have the power to change any circumstance in your life?

God has told us in many scriptures that you can change the course of your life just by speaking.  In Genesis 1:1-31, the Bible shows us that God created everything that has ever been created by speaking all things into existence.  God has also told us that Jesus is the "Word" that became flesh, and that He sustains all things by His powerful Word. (to understand who Jesus is, and for scripture reference on this topic, please access the "I Am the Way" page from the "Home" page of this site). God says in Proverbs 18:21 "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."  What does this mean exactly?  It means that you will reap the "fruit" of whatever you say.  For example, if you are constantly talking negative about yourself, and your circumstances, you will reap the end result of what you say, and the negative things that you have spoken will manifest in your life.  If you speak positively, the positive things that you have spoken will manifest in your life.

Other scriptures that refer to the power of words are:  Psalm 141:3 - Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Proverbs 18:20 - From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.  James 3:6 - The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.  It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.  James 3:8 - but no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  Proverbs 13:3 - Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.  Proverbs 21:23 - Those who guard their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

Most people make the mistake of speaking aloud everything negative that they are thinking about themselves, and their circumstances.  We all know of somebody that constantly complains about how unintelligent they are, how things never work out for them, how sick they feel, how they will never progress etc.  Have you ever noticed that their situation never seems to improve or get better, but actually gets worse?  This is because of what they themselves are speaking over their life.  As proverbs 18:21 says, they are speaking "death" over their lives, and reaping the fruit of what they say.

In John 10:10, Jesus says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  From this scripture we understand that Satan has come to defeat us by his attacks on our lives. (see more on this topic by accessing the "Spiritual Warfare" page from the "Home" page of this site).  Jesus is saying that He has come to give us life, so that we can have it to the full. 

One way that Jesus expects us to have a full life, is by guarding our mouths, and speaking positive things over our lives.  By confessing God's promises given to us in the Bible over our lives and circumstances, we are allowing God's power to transform us and our lives.  Even if a situation looks grim, as though there is absolutely no hope for change, God expects us to confess what He says about our situation, not what our situation appears to be.  He expects us to have faith, and confess those things that are not, as if they are.  God can take any dead, hopeless situation, and completely turn it around.  Romans 4:17 says, "God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did."  This scripture is saying that God actually calls those things that do not exist yet in the physical as if they already do exist. He is expecting us to do the same; to call those things into existence by the words that we speak. 

The words God has given us in the Bible are alive and active.  Hebrews 4:12 says " For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."  God has also told us that His word does not return to Him void.  Isiah 55:10-11 says "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I have sent it."

If you are finding yourself in what appears to be a hopeless, dead situation, or you are feeling negative about yourself, DO NOT speak the negative. It is better to say nothing at all, then to confess the negative aloud.  No matter what, even if you do not feel like speaking, pick a scripture pertaining to your situation, and say it aloud.  Repeat it over and over, as many times as you need to until you start to see the changes manifest in your life.  Do not be discouraged if you do not see the changes right away.  God starts to act immediately in the spiritual realm.  Sometimes it takes time for these changes to manifest in the physical.  God expects us to have faith, and believe that what He says is true.

Confess the below scriptures over any area of your life.  You can also use the below scriptures as personal prayers to God.  To make the scriptures more personal to you, you can even change any applicable scripture to "first person".  When we pray God's word, we are praying in line with His will.  God always answers prayers that are in line with His will.

Health and Healing

Isaiah 58:8

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Jeremiah 33:6

Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security

Malachi 4:2

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.  And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Matthew 4:23

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Luke 6:19

And the people all tried to touch him (Jesus), because power was coming from him and healing them all.

Acts 10:38

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

Psalm 30-2

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 107:20

He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 118:17

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done

Psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

Psalm 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.

Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Jeremiah 30:17

'But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the Lord, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'

James 5:14-15

Is anyone among you sick?  Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.  If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

1 Peter 2:24

"He himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."

3 John 2

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

 

 

 

 

Hopelessness

Psalm 25:5

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:21

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Psalm 31:24

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord

Psalm 33:18

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 33:20

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 33:22

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you

Psalm 37:34

Hope in the Lord and keep his way.  He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

Psalm 39:7

But now, Lord, what do I look for?  My hope is in you.

Psalm 43:5

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Prosperity

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Genesis 32:9

Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper.'

Genesis 32:12

But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

Genesis 39:2

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.

Deuteronomy 5:33

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 28:11

The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity -- in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground -- in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

Job 8:7

Your beginning will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

 

Doubt

Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?'

Matthew 21:21

Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.

Luke 24:38

He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?"

John 20:27

Then he said to Thomas, "put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe."

James 1:6

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

 

Peace

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 34:14

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 85:8

I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants -- but let them not turn to folly.

Psalm 119:165

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Fear

Psalm 3:6

I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 27:3

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

Psalm 34:4

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 46:2

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

 

Seeking God

Deuteronomy 4:29

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Kings 22:5

But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "first seek the counsel of the Lord."

Chronicles 16:11

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Chronicles 28:9

And you , my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought.  If you seek him, he will be found by you/ but if your forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Chronicles 12:14

He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.

2 Chronicles 16:12

In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet.  Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians.

Matthew 7:7

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

Matthew 7:8

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

Anger

Ephesians 4:26

"in your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Proverbs 22:24-25

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Ephesians 4:31

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Colossians 3:8

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

James 1:19-20

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Being Single

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, "it is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him."

Isaiah 34:16

Look in the scroll of the Lord and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate.  For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together.

Genesis 2:24

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Proverbs 5:18

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Proverbs 18:22

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 19:14

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Proverbs 31:10

A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.

Proverbs 31:11

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.