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The Life of Faith

5 Things the Bible Says About Praise and the Power of Words

Throughout the world there are piles of proverbs, wise sayings, and pieces of sage advice about the way people are impacted by the things that are spoken. Even the world outside of the Kingdom of God has seen that words can create life or bring death into the mind, the spirit, the soul, and even the body of a person.

“Self fulfilling prophecy” is the world’s way of referring to a prediction that comes true if someone believes it enough, but for this “prophecy” to come true inner belief is not enough – it is when the words are spoken and the mind hears them that a person begins to take action on them to their own destruction.

Essentially, by speaking your thoughts out loud, you convince yourself of a reality that doesn’t exist and then, without realizing it, you gravitate toward the very thing you feared and it then becomes your reality.

You are in a spiritual battle and you have an enemy, an accuser (Revelation 12:10), who wants to use your words to take you down. Whatever you’re holding it that is all in your head, or in your heart, when you begin to speak it and confess it, you give access and then permission to the enemy to use it against you – and every time he can, he will.

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What Does it Mean to Speak in Faith?

Speaking in faith doesn’t mean denying reality. Sometimes people think they are operating in faith, when really, they are simply denying realty and using “faith” as a way to avoid taking difficult action, or to shift responsibility off of themselves.

You can understand how hard things are and face hard things while still believing in faith that the Lord is with you, that you are not forsaken, that “though you walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death” you don’t have to fear evil. You can believe in faith that God keeps His promises even if you’re still waiting.

Sometimes people think they are operating in faith, when really, they are simply denying realty and using “faith” as a way to avoid taking difficult action, or to shift responsibility off of themselves.

~Alicia Purdy

Speaking in faith means speaking God’s Words more than you speak your own. Your words have power to bring life or death into your own heart and soul, and into someone else’s as well. Of course, your enemy who wants to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10) wants to see you ruin your life or someone’s else’s and he will tempt you to speak words of death.

God wants to “bring life and life more abundantly” and He wants your words to be filled with that life that only He can bring.

Speaking in faith means that – no matter what you see, hear, think, or experience – your words line up with God’s Word.

  • God “watches over His Word” to see it carried out. (Jeremiah 1:12).
  • God’s Word goes out and doesn’t come back empty and accomplishes what He sent it to do. (Isaiah 55:11)

Remember, your own words will never have more power than God’s do. To experience the “life more abundantly” through Christ, you must submit your thoughts and your fears and your words to Him, and learn to speak His language – the Words of God.

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1. “Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue”

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” says Proverbs 18:21. Your words have spiritual power. How? Because all of humankind are made in the image of God. His words created life, so, in a much more limited way, yours can as well. You can speak life to the spirit or death to the soul. Every person is given that marvelous, terrible power.

Your mouth is the primary instrument by which you will speak and sings words of ministry to the Lord, and the words of life to others, so of course your Adversary wants your words to only bring death and destruction – to yourself and to everyone else. Who will win that battle?

James 3:9-10 says:

With [our mouth] we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

In Matthew 12:34 Jesus said that what is in your heart will be revealed by the words that you speak out of your mouth- be it blessing or cursing, fear or faith, hatred or love, rejection or reception and life or death. Think about this: More lives have been destroyed by words than by bombs.

When you worship the Lord from a place of thanksgiving for what He has done for you, you are not only ministering to Him, but you are also testifying to others, prophetically, that what God has done for you, He will do for them as well! (Revelation 19:10)

Think about this: More lives have been destroyed by words than by bombs.

~Alicia Purdy

In Isaiah 6:5-8 the prophet wrote, I have filthy lips…Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal…He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven...”

Notice that Isaiah had seen the Lord. He’d had an encounter with God, as you have. Yet, even so the Lord still had to deal with with Isaiah’s mouth, and then Isaiah was able to do more, and to become a messenger for the Lord!

2. “Faith Comes by Hearing”

Jesus said, “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be. (Matt. 6:21) Inevitably you will speak about the things that are important to you and people will be able to perceive who you are just based on what you talk about… how you talk about it.

In Romans 10:17 Paul wrote that “…faith comes by hearing the words of God”. If you’re struggling in your faith, one of the keys to becoming stronger is to listen to God’s Word.

Yes, go to church and let your pastor speak it, but you must also speak it to yourself. Your own words, in your own voice, will have the greater influence on your mind, your spirit and your heart than anything else ever can.

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You believe yourself more than you believe anything or anyone else, so speak the Word of God out loud to yourself, and over yourself and your situations. Whatever it is that you are convinced of is true – to you – even if it is a false reality. In the world, perception is reality.

Yet, in God’s reality, the dead live, the blind see, the prisoner is set free, the broken are whole, and there is light in the darkness. That is why you must train and discipline yourself to “…walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) And your mouth needs to speak that reality – God’s reality – through His Word.

Praise and worship are God-centered and they remove your mind from yourself and place your focus on the Lord – the true source of your strength!

  • Praise the Lord with your mouth, confessing His Word in your praises.
  • Speak the Word out loud to yourself.
  • Sing praises that are clearly based on God’s Word.
  • Write down His promises and declare them to yourself
  • Testify of what God has done for you before – He’ll do it again!

Praise that is based on God’s Word is a faith-building strategy that the enemy does not want you to use – because he knows its power over the flesh and to realign your faith with God’s reality!

3. “Out of the Content of the Heart the Mouth Speaks”

“I believed, indeed I have spoken…” the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 116:10. Jesus put it this way, “The mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart.” (Luke 6:45)

What you really feel and how you really thing are revealed by the words you speak. Even the world knows that. Spiritually speaking, you can speak about the reality of your situation without speaking words of doubt, anger, bitterness, fear, blame, accusation, or death over what you see, hear, and feel.

How does that work? By speaking words of faith to yourself and framing your experiences through God’s promises. Where do you put all the VERY REAL things that you are feeling? You take those into God’s presence.

David wrote, “Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a shelter for us.” (Psalm 62:8, MEV) God already knows what’s in your heart anyway, so even if you are struggling with doubt or unbelief, you may as well acknowledge it all to Him.

  • You can call upon the Lord in your times of distress. He hears and knows and sees and understands.
  • You can call upon other believers who will pray with you, stand in faith, check in with you, and offer godly wisdom.

You will always face battles in the journey of your life because you will always have an enemy. That is why you cannot allow yourself to weaken your own faith by your own words and confessions.

In the Hebrew, “YADAH” is a form of praise that means “to raise your hands and make confessions to the Lord”. “YADAH” is one of the 7 Hebrew Words for praise and as you praise the Lord and make confessions about who He is, what He has done and what you know, in faith, that He will do, your faith in Him and His ability becomes stronger.

Learn more about the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise and how each one helps create strength, intimacy, and fresh revelation as you understand more about God’s plan for praise in your life!

Don’t give the enemy access into your situation through your own words – declare God’s Word in His presence. Praise the Lord in faith knowing that you serve a living God who can do “exceedingly, abundantly above all you ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)

  • “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips,” David wrote.
  • “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
  • “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and their tongue speaks justice.” (Psalm 37:30)

The enemy has enough access through sin and the darkness of the world. Walk in the light and don’t let him overwhelm you with fear, vain imaginations and evil forebodings. He is a LIAR. YOU HAVE THE TRUTH.

4. “Open Your Mouth Wide and I Will Fill it”

“I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) The Lord desires to hear you sing testimonies to build the faith of yourself and others. He wants to fill your mouth, but it has to already be open.

As you obediently “open your mouth wide” in your worship, He will fill it- it’s a promise! He will fill your mouth with testimonies of His faithfulness in your life; of His miracle-working power; of His answers to prayer; of His salvation from trouble; of His goodness and so much more.

“My heart is overflowing with a good thought; I am speaking my words for the King, my tongue is the pen of a skilled scribe,” David wrote in Psalm 45:1. When David experienced hard times – he praised the Lord.

David’s spiritual strategy in his battles was to keep his heart filled with beautiful thoughts about the Lord all the time and to use his mouth to write worship songs to Him, instead of to exact justice and retribution on the world. 

The only thing God has ever asked in return for what He has done for you is the sacrifice of thanksgiving- worship. Sometimes it feels difficult to worship because there are so many other things weighing you down, but praise is not what you feel – praise is a sacrifice of things that needed to die anyway.

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That is what makes worship a true sacrifice, and most pleasing to God- when you deliberately and intentionally set aside everything to minister thanksgiving to Him. He is faithful to honor your sacrifice. (see Genesis 22:17)

Thanksgiving is the point of origin for all worship. Once you begin to thank Him in worship, you will find more and more to thank Him for. Don’t stop! He will continue to fill your mouth with reasons to worship and thank Him and soon you will find yourself in a cycle of worship and His manifest power that won’t end.

5. “Lord, You Have the Words of Eternal Life…”

Have you ever faced those seasons in life where you’re walking through a battle experience and maybe, just a little bit, way, down deep inside, you are a tiny bit afraid that the “weapons of our warfare” (2 Corinthians 10:4) aren’t enough to win?

Be honest, did you ever think that the “helmet of salvation”, the “breastplate of righteousness”, the “shield of faith”, the “shoes of peace”, the “belt of truth” and the “sword of the Spirit” aren’t really REAL weapons, in the sense that they’re enough to fight a REAL enemy with?

After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples struggled with the same issues all believers deal with when faced with many trials and tribulations, but they never turned their backs on Jesus Christ. Instead, they turned their faces toward Him.

When many believers had abandoned Him in hard times, Jesus finally asked His remaining disciples, “Do you also want to go away?” Yet, Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)

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If you look at Ephesians 6:13-17 where spiritual armor and weapons are listed, notice that in that list there is only one actual weapon – the sword of the Spirit – God’s Word as Paul wrote in that passage. ONE SWORD?! True, it’s the Bible, but it’s ONE SWORD. Against Satan’s entire army of minions, demons, angels under darkness and wicked human beings. How do you fight all of that with one sword?

You don’t.

 Think of it this way, every, single word ever written in the Word of God is a sword, not just “the Bible”.

For the sake of simplicity, Iook at the King James Bible as an example. There are 783,137 words in the King James Authorized Bible. Every word is a weapon to fight with!

  • GO.
  • STAND.
  • FIGHT.
  • REJOICE.
  • HIDE.
  • TRUST.
  • RUN.
  • REST.
  • PRAISE.
  • HOPE.
  • WAIT.
  • WORSHIP.
  • KNEEL.
  • NO!!
  • AMEN!
  • BELIEVE.
  • DELIVERER.
  • STOP.
  • HALLELUJAH.
  • WORTHY.
  • FORGIVEN. 
  • JESUS!!!

Add just one more of God’s Word out of your mouth and the power of those words continues to grow:

  • LET GO.
  • STEP BACK.
  • HE ANSWERED!
  • HE HEARD.
  • HE CAME.
  • HAVE MERCY.
  • MY REFUGE.
  • STRONG TOWER.
  • SET FREE!

Can you imagine how the power of words grows as you add to that? When you build your life around the Word of God and stay connected to Him in praise and worship, you become attuned to His voice and as you draw closer to Him in all seasons of life and seek Him for a word, He will send it. And even if it is literally JUST ONE WORD – you have the exact right weapon of power in your hand.

Thought for Today: God Can Only Fill a Mouth (and a Heart) that is Open

Just one word from the Lord has more spiritual, emotional and even physical power to ignite transformation in your life and your situations than any other weapon you’ll ever use. You are not weaponless if the power of words you have been given are God’s own Word.

You are not stuck with “the Bible” and “prayer” and “worship” against the army pursuing you. It’s a lie from Satan to discourage, defeat and scare you when you think you don’t have what it takes to win.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

The Word of God holds power beyond your imagining, but the Holy Spirit understands how to use every, single word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and chapter to quicken your spirit with the spiritual weapon you’ll need for the battle you’re in.

Psalm 149:6 says this: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and two-edged swords in their hands.” 

  • Worship keeps your connection to the mighty Spirit of God alive, vital and flowing. 
  • Prayer keeps the conversation going between you and Him.
  • The Word of God is the language He speaks.

Once that word comes, do NOT let go of it.

  • Stand in faith.
  • Write it down everywhere.
  • Declare it with your mouth.
  • Refuse to speak against it.
  • Make it your confession about your situation.
  • Say what the Word says and don’t stop until the battle is won.

Remember, with the Holy Spirit speaking to you through the Word of God, you – as one person – have more weapons through the power of God’s Word that YOU SPEAK at your disposal than your enemies.

Need more weapons? Grab another Christian and start to fast, pray, study the Word and worship together! Can you imagine what a battle would look if every single soldier could wield 783,137 swords through their mouths all at once?? YOU ARE GOING TO WIN, FRIEND.

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If you are struggling in worship- great! That means you can lean on the Lord even more. Anyone can praise the Lord when things are fine. Anyone can declare a wonderful testimony when they are happy. It’s when things are the worst that you are at risk of facilitating death with your mouth instead of life. You will be tempted to blame God, speak negative things, and accuse people, maybe even yourself.

PRAISE THE LORD. Praise is a winning strategy because God’s presence dwells there. (Psalm 22:3)

No matter which is you right now, each day is another opportunity for a fresh sacrifice, a new song to sing. That is the path to victory in your seasons of battle! The challenge for the rest of your life will be to offer a brand new sacrifice every day, and not simply resort to what you have brought to Him in the past.

This discipline will keep your connection to Him strong, and you’ll need that connection as life continues in a fallen, sinful world.

Only a perfect person can control their mouth all the time, and only Jesus was perfect, but worship will help you win your battles so you are not “hung by the tongue”! God is faithful. He knows what you struggle with. He made your mouth to worship Him and He won’t turn you away just because you’re not perfect, but He does want more from you, and better for you.

It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!