Words Part I

A word is a combination of letters in written or spoken form that we use to express ourselves. We communicate through words. We were born and found words being used for they are an integral part of the human life and if so, it goes to show that words are both powerful and important.

Words are powerful.

In the beginning when God was creating the universe, he used words – let there be the sun, plant of all kind and they all came into being through words apart from the human being. He didn’t speak us into being, he moulded us and breathed his life into us – that feels awesome!

Further, in the old testament we see God instructing his servants to use words as a means for his power to move and perform miracles that we his children need. Joshua spoke to the sun to a stand still and it did! 👉 Joshua 10:12-14 – ‘On that day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun stand still over Gibeon, and you moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on it enemies as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fightingfor Israel!’

Prophets in the Bible were told to convey God’s messages to the people. Those words became a channel through which God’s power could move and bring hope to the exiled.

In the New testament, Jesus, the Son of God, used word a lot. He spoke of the kingdom of God through parables:-

Parable of the shower -Mk 4:1-20 Mustard seed – Mk 4:30-32. the Tenants – Mark 12:1-11. The Faithful servant – Matthew 13:33-37. The Lost Sheep – Matthew 18:13-14.

He performed miracles through words 👉John 11:43-44 – where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Mark 1:21-28 – Jesus commands unclean spirits to come out through words! Words that have power…!

Have you heard many people say that words are powerful? Yes? Well because it’s power has been felt and words are known to not only to affect an individual but society at large. Example of word quotes 👇👇👇👇

✓ “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime.” -Rachel Wolchin

✓ “Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.” -KushandWizdom

✓ Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.” -Unknown

✓ “Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.” -Joel Osteen

If words are powerful and are channels/doors through which good news or evil flows then there is a need to be careful how we speak.

Proverbs 18:21 – death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Meaning we have to be careful how we speak. Some 2 guides which I hope will help us apply the brakes before we utter a word(s) also help us get the best out of our words.

1). Self -control. Apply self control. We do not have a Spirit of timidity but the Spirit of power, love and self control. It is possible that we can or have found ourselves uttering words out of control. E.g when and especially when we are angry and hurt, we can find ourselves speaking carelessly without control and even insult someone and then be like,”Aki I didn’t mean it.” I don’t know what happened.” I am sorry I said that, I was not in my right mind.” It happens. But sometimes the damage is so bad making us live in regret for along time before we eventually forgive ourselves and move on from that bad situation and be free from guilt. To avoid this we need to be conscious of ourselves most times if not at all times and apply brakes when needed to avoid regrets. You might be thinking, “As for me, I just can’t, for I find myself slipping and I speak carelessly.” Well don’t worry for we have the Spirit of Self Control. Pray for the Spirit help you in this area. He can quell and fire. He can quell anger, and foolishness – he can remove.👏👏 But you could also be thinking, why should I control myself? ‘Others around me don’t control themselves, actually they seem to not care’ and, ‘what if someone hurts me with their words?’ ‘I’m I not to put them in their position and show them that I am not be messed around with?’

Remember fools mess with fools. Entertain the actions and words of a fool and soon you will be speaking like one. Sometimes it’s just enough or rather best to just keep quiet and let it go. With time the careless talkers around you will move away and find someone else who gives them attention and entertains their careless talk. If we don’t apply this control in the way we speak or even choose company wisely, then one day we might find ourselves without control(wisdom) in our speech. This can get us into regret situations or worse yet soon people may start avoiding your conversations because people don’t talk like empty, careless talk.

✓ “Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke.” -Unknown

2). Authority – John 14:12 – Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Jeremiah 1:9 – I have given you authority to uproot, to pull down, to destroy, to over throw, to build and to plant.

We need the authority to speak blessings and breakthroughs into our lives and this authority comes from Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can set captives free. He is the only one who can heal and bring restoration. He puts destinies in check and moving in the direction he wants. We as man have authority to subdue the Earth as written in Genesis 1:28 but we don’t have authority over the rulers of the earth and he who comes to steal, kill and to destroy{John 10:10a} and if we are going to be victorious and successful at achieving our goals and living out our heart’s desire then we need to be smart and use our words to usher victory into our lives through authority that comes from Jesus Christ. Is Jesus the Lord over your life? Do you have a relationship with him? If so, then you have authority. Please exercise it.

Things that influence our talk/speech:-

1). Things we watch.

2). Things we listen to.

3). The books we read.

4). The people we hang around – birds of feather flock together.

It’s now upon us to decide and choose the path that will help us and be of benefit.

Christ the kingdom come.

God bless you.