We must have all heard countless times how powerful our spoken words are and how effective they are in shaping our lives either for good or bad depending on how we use them.
But we cannot hear it enough because our words are so powerful yet so easily taken for granted. It is because of the potency of spoken words that the Bible has made countless emphasis on WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW we should use our words as believers.
HOW POTENT AND IMPORTANT ARE OUR WORDS?
I would have us look at a few scriptures to give us clarity on how potent our words are.
Proverbs 18:21 says ‘’The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.’’
Mark 11:23-24: ‘’Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’’
From the scriptures above we can see that our words have the power to give life to a thing or destroy it. We can change or recreate our circumstances through our words. We can also use our words to exert authority and control over our lives.
God understands the potency of our words and how much they affect our lives hence the Bible says in Matthew 12:36 that we will give account on the day of judgment for every careless word we have spoken.
Also, it is through our words and our countenance that we open doors for the devil to take charge of our lives.
The devil is oblivious of our thoughts; he is not omniscient or omnipotent like God is. He is only an angel…a fallen one to be more precise and as such does not possess the powers to know our thoughts.
The devil only gets clues and makes accurate prediction of our thoughts through our spoken words and countenance. That is why we should carefully consider the things we say.
All our spoken words carry power to fulfill what is spoken.
Isaiah 55:11 says, ‘’So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
In the above scripture, God talks about the power of His words. We should also understand we possess the same powers because we have been made in the image and likeness of God and the Bible specifically says that we are gods, therefore our spoken words carry the same power like those of God (see Psalm 82:6).
Most times our words lead and propel our actions. What I mean is, we are more likely to do the things we say or act in the way we describe ourselves.
Our words create our immediate reality either for better or for worse and more often than not, most people unknowingly use their words to sabotage their success.
For instance, you desire to succeed in life but you keep saying things like… ‘’I never get things right, I don’t think I’m ever going to be good at anything, why am I such an angry person, no this is too hard I can’t do it.’’ When you say things like these, you are setting yourself up to do the very things you say thereby setting yourself up for failure.
In as much as I would be concentrating on the impact of positive words in shaping our future, I would like to dissuade us from using negative, spiteful, deceitful, evil, godless, idle or useless words because they would set you up for failure and destroy your life (see 1 Peter 3:10; Ephesians 5:4; James 3:9-12 and Ephesians 4:29).
HOW TO USE YOUR WORDS TO SHAPE YOUR LIFE FOR SUCCESS
It all starts with our thoughts. Our words are often a reflection of our thoughts and we can only say the right things if we think the right things.
Out of the abundance of our hearts, the mouth speaks (see Matthew 12:34) and in encouraging us to think good thoughts, Philippians 4:8 says, ’’Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.’’
Therefore we need to control our thoughts to think the right things. We do not have to accept and give thought to everything that comes to mind. We must learn to resist and reject negative thoughts from the onset before they take root in our hearts and manifest into confessions.
A good way to renew our minds and control our thoughts is through studying, meditating, and confessing the word of God. Replace negative thoughts with the word of God.
When we have our thoughts right, we can then use our words to positively shape our lives in the following ways:
1. Speak blessings upon your life. Say positive and good things to yourself. Prophesy good things into your life and avoid talking yourself down.
2. Create the things you want to see in your life by speaking things into existence through faith-based words. Like I earlier stated, our words carry power and when we speak words that are in line with God’s word, His power is also released.
3. Use your words to counter your fears and fuel your courage. Speak words that will uplift your spirit and motivate you to do the things you need to do.
4.Use your words to build and maintain great relationships because we need support from good relationships to build a solid future.
Avoid selling yourself short with your words because your words create an impression of the kind of person you are.
It is through your words most people determine if they should take you seriously or not. Avoid negative, pessimistic, and spiteful words as most people desire positive vibes around them.
5.Use your words to resist the devil’s stronghold, to destroy every evil yoke, to counter evil thoughts, and remove obstacles from your path.
6.Secure your future with your words through constant communication with God. It is through prayers that demands are made and met. God is not an intruder; He wants us to make requests even though He knows all we want and need (see Matthew 7:7; Philippians 4:6).
7.Use your words to be a blessing to others and not pull them down or inflict hurt. God wants us to be a blessing and a good way to do that is through our words. Encourage, praise, compliment, pacify, motivate, and lovingly admonish others with your words.
I encourage us to take our words seriously because every day I reap the benefits of making positive confessions over my life.
Not too long ago I made a list of positive confessions that I declare over my life every day (mostly in the mornings). I look into my mirror while I confess those words and I must say they are good medicine to the spirit and soul.
It is one way I use to recharge and boost my confidence. I use them as a reminder to myself and the devil of whom and whose I am and also to remind myself of God’s promises over my life at every given situation.
Confessing God’s word over your life propels you to take the right action in every given situation as His grace is made available.
Let us take charge of our lives by taking charge of our words; let us be intentional about our thoughts and the utterance of our mouths.