The Power Of Speech
Scripture says that life and death are in the tongue, but we often forget that we must open our mouths and speak to release this power. Find out more about the power of speech in your life.
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
Have you ever wondered why your teacher made you read aloud in class, no matter how much it scared you? Or why your thoughts, ideas, or to-do lists swirl around in your brain until you write them down?
Unspoken words are like caged birds. As the hinges squeak and the door opens, our words take to the air. And when we write our words, we give them a place to land and rest. Both speech and writing give life to our thoughts.
The Power of Speech
The Bible shows us the power of speech on the first page. Eight out of 31 verses in Genesis 1 start with “God said…” But He’s God; couldn’t He think the universe into existence? I believe He wanted to show us that words not only have life, but can give life. And as his children, our words also have the power of life and death, too.
So why not give this life to ourselves?
We know the enemy whispers lies in our mind to steal our joy and destroy our lives, but God’s Word penetrates past the mind even to the soul. So to stop the enemy, let God’s Word loose. Life and death are in the tongue for everyone who hears your words, including you.
In the early days of my recovery from crippling anxiety, I’d go to my car over lunch hour, lay the seat down so no one could see me, and I’d speak against the spirit of anxiety and declare God’s peace to myself out loud. I always came back from lunch better able to face the rest of the day. I didn’t understand it then, but now I know that my destructive thoughts were drowned out by the sounds of God’s life-giving truth.
Our words are like soul-care pills consumed by the earful. What have you prescribed for your hearing today? If you’re not sure what to take, I recommend you consult with your Physician for the right doses of faith, hope, love, and peace. Because if you don’t, your soul will decay on the world’s moldy crumbs.
Father, thank You for Your life-giving Word. And thank You for giving me the power to speak life, too. Please convict and forgive me when I speak hurt and harm towards others. And please remind me to come to You for Truth when others speak harshly towards me. Help me to speak Your Word boldly to lift myself and others for Your glory. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.
What lies have you been listening to? Determine a place you can go to begin speaking life over yourself.
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Valerie is a wife, mother, blogger, breast cancer survivor, and virtual assistant. After suffering years of debilitating anxiety, she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. Valerie writes to point women to the Jesus as co-director of Candidly Christian, and as a freelance writer and editor. You can learn more about Valerie at ValerieRiese.com
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
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