Have you ever been excited about something you heard someone say? Have you ever felt sad or angry about something someone said? Or maybe, words have left you unsure or even speechless? The truth is: there is great power in the words that we speak.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
This is so powerful. We can actually speak death or life from the words that come out of our mouths. It’s also important to note that words can bring about certain feelings and emotions and what comes out of our mouth is a pretty accurate indication of what we have in our hearts (Matthew 15:18).
I remember a few years ago, when my family was hoping to travel to Jamaica for a vacation but it just didn’t quite fit our budget at that particular time. We prayed about it and sensed that it would somehow work out. Some time passed by and I came across a contest which looked very interesting. You had to come up with a short video which had to include a Christmas jingle tune and some other requirements. What really caught my attention was the prize which was an all inclusive vacation for two to any resort in Jamaica. I immediately shared it with my spouse and said, WE CAN WIN THIS!
We got on it right away and came up with the video and waited a bit to submit it. I will never forget the moment on Christmas Day when they made the announcement on Facebook that we had won. What an amazing blessing it was and we definitely enjoyed the trip. You see, I spoke the words believing in the One who would bring it to pass.
Power of Words
The Bible is full of many verses that talks about words so today let’s look at 3 examples of what words can do:
1. Words can help accomplish a purpose.
Psalm 33: 9
“For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”
Here, we see a cross reference from Genesis 1:3 when God said, “let there be light” and there was light. God spoke and He accomplished a wonderful purpose here in the story of creation and of course we see many other examples throughout the Bible when God speaks to accomplish different purposes.
2. Words can bring comfort to others.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
I don’t know about you, but I love sweets. They taste good, and give you a nice “pick up” when you need it. The words that we use can bring great comfort to others and make them feel better. This is so important especially in these times when many people are in isolation. Let us be encouraged to bring pleasant words to others to make their day. It is amazing how long of a way this can go. Just try it.
3. Words can allow us to grow and mature spiritually.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
What a beautiful prayer we see here by David. When we ask God to look inward, He will change us from the inside out which will result in us using words that will allow us to grow and mature spiritually. Let us be encouraged to make this a daily check for us when we are praying.
Prayer is Essential
As children of God, we are constantly being renewed and transformed. It’s a process and it’s something that we experience each day. That’s why prayer is so important. It is a great way for us to ask God to search us, as David did often.
At OMS Canada, prayer is essential to us and we believe in the power of praying. Would you consider using your words to pray with us? We pray together every Tuesday and Thursday through zoom. Please contact us to get more details. We would love to have you join us.
What kind of words have you been using lately? Are they building up others?
Let’s use this powerful tool that we have to praise God, build others up, and speak life into our lives and families. Speaking life is something we need to make a priority and practice in our lives daily. I once heard someone say that if we placed a live recorder in our homes for a full day, the interesting and maybe not so interesting things we would hear.
Let’s be encouraged to speak life. In every challenge, in every situation, in every battle, and in every season. God is there through His Holy Spirit to comfort us, guide us, and encourage us when we need it.