Just like the God who created the universe, your words are eternally creative as well. You can speak things into existence, as God does, and call “things that are not as though they are.” (Rom. 4:17) The God of the ages, the Ancient of Days spoke and there was light. You can speak and bring light into existence as well, by speaking the Word of God. (John 1:4) The Lord of Heaven’s Armies spoke and the world grew and produced life. You, too, can use your words to produce life and growth. But, of course, our words can also bring death, because, “You cannot bear to hear My word,” Jesus said. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning.” (John 8:43-44) So, we are all given the supernatural power of creation in our words and the power to choose how we will use our words to create the reality we live in – even if that reality is death.
The philosopher René Descartes said, “Cogito, ergo sum”, which means, “I think, therefore I am.” The Word of God puts it this way, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7) The Psalmist took it a step further saying, “I believed, indeed I have spoken.” (Psalm 116:10) In Romans, Paul affirmed this important statement when he said this: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ….We have the same spirit of faith. As it is written, ‘I believed, and therefore I have spoken.’ So we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Cor. 4:6, 13)
Your Heart Believes What Your Mouth Speaks
We are all given the supernatural power of creation in our words and the power to choose how we will use our words to create the reality we live in – even if that reality is death.
What you really believe will be spoken out of your mouth. Maybe there are things you think that you would never say to other people, but the words you speak to yourself are the most powerful because you believe them and they will influence and direct your life. Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by hearing…” and that is true about your confession to yourself, about yourself and about everything going on in your life. If you aren’t specifically speaking faith words, out loud to yourself, about yourself and about everything going on in your life, you are still speaking and you are still building your faith- but in what??
Speaking Words of Death Kills Your Faith
I’m stupid. I’m useless. I can’t do it. I have no faith. I’ve gone too far. No one will love me or forgive me if they found out. I can’t face God. I can’t worship Him because of my sin. I can’t tell anyone. I hate them. This is what I deserve. I don’t think God can do it. It’s too hard to face. It’s too big to get over. I’m in too much pain. I can’t ever forgive them. God won’t hear my prayers. I’ll never get there. I’m a failure. I’m a mistake. I’ve ruined God’s plan for my life. I’ve missed His will.
Does any of that sound familiar? The world calls your creative power, “self-fulfilling prophecy“, because even the ungodly have figured out that words have power to create things in your life, for better or for worse, that you’ll believe what you hear yourself say. What are you putting your faith in?? I am not talking about using the world’s empty, powerless hedonistic methods of “positive affirmations”– I’m talking about forcing yourself into faith by refusing to speak anything except for the Word of God over your life because you worship the living God! Whatever you speak reflects what’s in your heart and even in secret, your ears hear it and your mind believes it and you will move in the direction of the words you speak.
Thought for today: Speak Life
Paul wrote in Romans 10:17 that, “Faith comes by hearing- hearing the Words about Christ.” Your spirit can hear your words. Your soul can. Your mind can hear you. Your heart can hear you. If your confession isn’t intentionally faith filled- you need to work on that! Remember, faith doesn’t determine your experience in life- true faith defies your experience! That is the essence of faith- speaking something that doesn’t actually exist, calling “things that are not as though they are” – as God does. You’re going to feel crazy at times, speaking things from God’s Word about yourself, your life and your situation that are literally not happening and you absolutely cannot see happening- but that is faith! I’m not advocating for you to open your Bible and randomly choose something to speak that fits what you want or need. I’m saying- seek the Lord in His Word and He will quicken to your spirit the words He wants you to speak over yourself- and then? Open your mouth! “I believe, therefore I speak.”