This is one of the most controversial topics I have dealt with. It’s often ignored in many religious circles, and it’s the topic on which I’ve argued with people the most. In my experience, however, when I find a topic as controversial in Christianity, it tends to be something that is incredibly powerful. There are few topics that I find more powerful than the principle of the power your words.
What does the Bible say about the power of our words
God’s word states that faith, combined with our words, can literally cause inanimate objects to move under your control.
Luke 17:3 NIV
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Jesus is saying here that, along with our faith, we can command have the same authority he has. See also: John 14:2
While I could probably end this here, I want to continue. Why, because even the old testament requires the testimony of 2 or more witnesses.
Let’s check a similar passage:
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
This same passage is echoed in Matthew 21:21.
There are many other passages about how powerful our tongues are, or our words are. In context of these verses, they make a lot more sense.
Personally, I haven’t seen inanimate objects throw themselves in the sea. However, I have had many things come to pass solely on the power of my words.
I used to speed a lot. There were numerous times I have passed police officers speeding. I would declare, out loud, that they would not come after me, or if they do they would have to run to the bathroom. Both I, and the person who taught me the same thing, have seen police officers come out to start after us, and then turn around the other direction.
The few times I did get pulled over, I would declare out loud that they would not give me a ticket, only a warning. I literally had a buddy in the car one time that this happened, and I was given a warning.
If you are a police officer, I apologize. I do try much harder to obey speed limits and honor the law. And yes, I do think there’s a biblical justification for being obedient to the law.
That said, our words have power.
Jesus came as God to earth, but fully as a man. Jesus used God’s word to combat Satan when he was tempted. Because Jesus knew God’s word, He was able to combat Satan’s misusing the word. See Matthew 4.
Further, we are created in God’s image, and God’s word created the world. If we are created in God’s image, and we reflect who God is, then isn’t there also a possibility that we have that same power in us?
If you want to dig in to this further, there are two great books called “The Tongue a Creative Force” and “Hung by the Tongue”. Both are short and are packed with more information than I have to give here.
If we need faith AND our words, how do we increase our faith
That’s a topic that Jesus doesn’t go into directly, but it’s covered partially in other spots of the word. This is my experience of what increases our faith:
- Your words create faith (that’s another reason they are so important). See Romans 10:17
- I’ll cover this more in the next section.
- Our friends affect our faith.
- When I was going through the situation with Samuel, I had a lot of friends. However, when it came to what was happening with him, I was very careful to share and pray with only certain people.
- Using our faith, and seeing results, increases our faith
- I’m very grateful I had exercised my faith earlier in my life, so that when I had a life threatening situation with my child, I already understood part of my authority.
- Hearing other people’s testimonies increases our faith. See Revelations 12:11
- I love hearing testimonies of what God has done. I’ve heard some really wild ones, like people literally being raised from the dead, people walking on water, bones regrowing, sight and hearing being restored, and even itchy STD’s being cured. That’s a funny story and it’s not mine. I am grateful I was around people who believed for God’s miracles and saw them show up in their life.
How do I apply this
If you are going through something where you need God’s miracle, I would suggest this.
First, find a promise of God to hang on to.
Second, confess that promise over your life and over what you need. Cling to that promise.
Third, seek out God’s specific will in your life. He has given you a general overview of what He wants in your life. Dig deep and ask Him the specific.
When Samuel was going through his 18 months of medical challenges, the first thing I did was I found out what God said about it. I found two specific verses. The first was in Psalm 112:2. It states:
“Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.
His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Psalm 112:2 NIV
When I read it, I knew this promise was for me. It wasn’t until later that I found out that all of God’s promises were for me. But I knew Samuel could grow mighty in the land unless he grew old enough. No one calls a baby mighty.
The second was the whole blessing of Deuteronomy 28, which is verses 1-14.
Over the course of 18 months, I would confess an amalgamation of these verses that fit the same message: “Samuel will live long in the land and grow strong in the land.” When Samuel went to bed, I confessed this over him. When I was afraid or I had terrible visions, I confessed this over him. When I grew sad or worried, I confessed these verses. Just like Jesus confessing God’s word, I confessed these verses.
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Samuel is now 7 years old. He’s fantastically healthy, and he’s a wild man. I love it. For a 7 year old, he is mighty. And he will continue to live long in the land and grow strong in the land.
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