For many years I have been a strong proponent of the scripture Proverbs 18:21 It says:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
This concept is a central theme throughout the Bible. It starts in Genesis 1 where God speaks and creates the world. No where in the Bible does it say anything about thinking and creating. As Christians we have been given the same amazing power just by speaking out the Word of God.
I have been noticing lately that the Christian world has become more and more silent. Why has this happened? We have replaced prayer in school with moments of silence. We have accepted the idea that we can pray silently and be as effective as when we pray out loud. While I do believe that God knows our thoughts and when we pray in our heads. He knows our prayers and that is fine, it just has one great drawback, and that is that we give up the creative power of speaking. Nothing can replace the power of the spoken Word. It not only affects things in the spiritual realm but it truly affects things in our own lives. We believe what we say more than anyone else. When we hear ourselves speaking the Word out loud it moves from our mouth/head to our heart. It becomes who we are and then begins to really impact what we do.
I am reminded of the Centurion who came to Jesus to ask for healing for his paralyzed servant. He understood the power of the spoken word and ask Jesus to “just say the word” knowing that there was incredible power in speaking.
5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, “]Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7 Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. Matthew 8:5-10
Speaking the word is an amazing creative power. Truth is we see it happening in our lives everyday. We become what we say we are. Even psychologists agree with this fact. So my question to you today is, what are you saying? You are what you have said you are in the past. Here’s the great part. If you don’t like who you are and where you are in life you can change that just by being intentional about what you are saying. I encourage today, get in agreement with what the Word of God says you are. Begin to use the creative power that God has placed in you by speaking the word. I promise that as you begin to speak the Word OUT LOUD, your life will change. I guess it goes without saying but I feel obligated to add this final thought. You didn’t become who you were overnight. You became you because of what you have spoken for years. You probably won’t change over night. I do promise though, that if you keep speaking the Word of God over your life you WILL see change over time. Take back the creative power you have been given and begin to become the person God says you are.