Words are powerful. I think by the time you end preschool, you realize that a the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” isn’t true. A lot of pain and trauma come from words. A lot of life and joy come from words as well. Knowing the power we all hold in our words should make us more mindful of how we speak to others and, how we speak to ourselves.
I love the creation story in Genesis because it is a great example of just how powerful words are and in particular, how powerful the Word of God is for life. Hebrews 11:3 tells us that by faith, we believe/understand that God created the earth and everything on it through words. I love the beginning of Genesis because it reads like the opening statement of an epic story…and it is!
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2
My imagination can see this verse playing out on a large movie screen with a wonderful voice narrating. I can feel the anticipation as we wait to see how God is going to create something from nothing!! And what is God’s first action? He speaks. Each moment of creation beginns with, “And God said…”. Powerful words kick off everything!! By faith, as we walk on this journey, we have to remember that God’s words are a source of power. They are the ultimate source of power!
What kinds of words are you speaking? Are they filled with faith or are they filled with doubt? Proverbs 18:21 tells us that both life and death are in the tongue. You have the power to kill or create, which are you choosing? Living by faith means to live to create and build. Now, that doesn’t mean you don’t speak the truth, it means you speak in love (Ephesians 4:15) with a desire to build up either the person you are speaking with or yourself.
Your internal monologue will influence your external dialogue. If you are not speaking words of faith and hope to yourself, you won’t be able to speak those words to anyone else. The same is true of the words you are receiving. If all you are hearing are words of discouragement, your internal words will have to fight to be life-giving. Words make us feel great or down. We certainly have the power to control how we react to words, but isn’t it awesome when someone says, “Hey, nice job!” or “You look great today!”.
Now that we are rooted in the truth that words hold life and death, and we can acknowledge that we have the power to control our words, my question is, are you in God’s Word so that you know what He has said about you and can speak those promises and life over yourself and others? You can’t just look at the Bible and say you know what God has said, you have to read it and experience it. And while a good sermon can make a huge impact, it’s not the same as daily spending time reading the words of God. God has spoken so much life and promise over you already, that if you aren’t searching out what He said you will miss so much joy and freedom!! Your identity, your heart’s condition, your challenges, your pain, your joy…all of these and so much more are addressed in the Word of God. Living by faith means living by faith-filled words and you build your vocabulary by reading scripture.
Be aware that the last thing the enemy wants is for you to be reading God’s word. You may have already believed some of his lies like the Bible is boring, it’s hard to read, it’s just a bunch of stories and so on. If you feel like those types of reasons resonate with you and keep you from the Word, I would encourage you to simply try a different translation of scripture. There are several amazing bible apps available now that put hundreds of translations at your fingertips and they are free! Also, don’t decide you are going to read the Bible cover-to-cover because honestly, that is a rough journey. I always encourage people to start by reading the book of John. John is an amazing narrative about the life of Christ and it is an easy read. It will get you more excited about reading more of God’s Word. Ask God where to begin and He will show you what you need to read to build your faith-filled words.
Faith-filled words are not always easy it speak but, they are always appropriate and powerful. Living by faith includes speaking by faith so be mindful of what you are saying and make sure your words are building up and life-giving. We are all fully able and well-practiced at negative words so let’s endeavor to change those in our heads and our mouths. God is speaking life over you just as He did in the beginning, be sure to let those words take root and produce beautiful fruit.