The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21).
Your words are a powerful spiritual force in your life! Let me explain their importance by looking a moment at the natural laws that we’ve harnessed since the advent of the industrial age.
We’ve learned to harness the laws of motion, and we’ve changed forever how we travel. We’ve found that the laws of lift and thrust override the law of gravity. As a result, I’ll travel almost 10,000 miles to Ethiopia at the end of the month in about 36 hours, including layover time. We’ve put men on the moon, we have vehicles on Mars checking out the terrain. We have unmanned space vehicles that are now courting the edge of our solar system and sending back to us on earth amazing data.
We’ve harnessed the laws of quantum physics, and now enjoy the benefit of micro-chips that enable a plethora of modern conveniences, from mobile phones to laptop computers to iPods to computer games. We e-mail, send text and instant messages and communicate worldwide at the speed of light!
We know about natural laws and use them to our benefit. Jesus wants us to understand that there are also spiritual laws that govern spiritual things, and that harness tremendous spiritual power. I know this sounds a bit mechanical, but there is a real spiritual realm that we must learn to navigate if we’re going to overcome the fiery darts that Satan shoots at us daily! And there are law that govern the spiritual realm that we must understand.
In Romans 8:2 Paul speaks of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus that frees us from the law of sin and death. Understand this law frees you from the bondages that come to us as a result of Adam’s sin. Galatians 3 tells us that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the broken law, providing us freedom from spiritual death, poverty, sickness.
There is the law of love, by which the kingdom of God operates. Learning to live a lifestyle of love will place your life into the flow of the Holy Spirit producing great freeing power in spirit, soul, and body.
There are also spiritual laws that have to do with your words. The power of speech has been given to mankind alone in creation. Words have creative ability. They have the power to carry faith. Faith is the element in the life of believers that takes what Jesus has provided for us that exists in the spiritual realm and manifests it in the natural world in which we live.
Words are faith containers. Notice 2 Corinthians 4:13: And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. Jesus said in many different ways in the Gospels, as you have believed, so be it done to you, or according to your faith let it be to you. Jesus works with the spiritual laws of faith to manifest His promises in our lives. So if you want to know where your faith is in any area of life, just ask yourself, what have I been saying about that? What we say is really what we believe. You see, faith comes from our heart, our spirit. And the words that we really believe and speak also come from our hearts. In fact, the Word declares, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach (Romans 10:8 – NLT). Again, what in our heart comes out of our mouth. What we say is our faith speaking.
Notice Jesus’ word in Matthew 12: 34-37 (Amplified): You offspring of vipers(He’s speaking to religious hypocrites here)! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.(35) The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things. (36) But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. (37) For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
Begin today to fill your heart with faith by meditating in God’s word. The up from the reservoir of your heart will overflow words that show what you believe.
We’ll go further into this tomorrow!