I had the opportunity to speak at a homeless shelter several months back, and I had no clue what to expect. It was quite the experience, to be honest. I delivered a message of hope and purpose, was given public speaking advice by one of the homeless, and prayed for one man's lungs. But none of that effected me more than what happened as soon as we pulled up to the shelter.
When we arrived at the shelter, I got out of the car and, to my suprise, there was a homeless woman sitting on the steps of the shelter without any pants on. She looked me directly in the eyes, opened her mouth, and began to speak, or at least try her best to speak. Her words were completely illegible. She was speaking in unknown tongues. Or, to get my point across, her voice was gone.
This woman was seeking help, but she couldn't get any due to the fact that she was dumb (not in the modern sense of the word, she literally had no ability to speak). This brought me to the incredible reality that, if the Devil can steal your voice, he can steal your influence.
YOUR GREATEST WEAPON AGAINST THIS WORLD IS YOUR WORD
How did God create all that is in this world? Words. We read this in Genesis 1,
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.”
9 Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years.
You get the point. God used his word to create all that is. That is power! God's Word holds creation power. Hear this!
GOD'S WORD HOLDS CREATION POWER
God cannot lie. When he speaks a word, it must come into being. How insane is that!? That means that when we take the Word of God (the Bible), everything written in it has creation power as well! When you speak God's Word in faith, whatever might seem "void" and "empty" in your life can become alive and vibrant with just one word of God's creation power. The Spirit of God is hovering over your health, your peace, your finances, your family, and so many other areas in your life, waiting for the Word to move. Take the Word of God and it's creation power and see life come out of the void! Speak to the dry bones and watch them come alive in Jesus' name. Take hold of Hebrews 4:12 [ESV], "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
YOUR WORD HOLDS CREATION POWER
What is even more crazy is the reality that God gave us the ability and the power of words as well. Genesis 1:27 tells us, "So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female." As God created you and me, he gave us the ability to use and speak words. More than that, our word also holds tremendous power! Think about it, out of all 8+ billion species on this planet Earth, only one has the ability to use words. Apes are the closest animal to be able to speak through sign language. Yet, a mature ape can just barely put 4 words together to communicate at the same level of a 2 year old human. No other species has the ability to communicate like the one made in the image of God. Because of that, we hold a tremendous responsibility. Know this, your word has the power to free you and the power to bind you. Use your words wisely!
YOUR WORD CAN BIND YOU OR FREE YOU
In his book, The Fourth Dimension, Dr. David Yonggi Cho shares a conversation he had with a neurosurgeon on the incredible power of the spoken word. The neurosurgeon said, "Dr. Cho, did you know that the speech center in the brain rules over all the nerves?" He went on to say that, "the speech nerve center had such power over all of the body that simply speaking can give one control over his body, to manipulate it in the way he wishes." What does this mean? It means that when you say that you are old, your body hears your words and begins breaking down, preparing for death. When you say your tired, your body hears that and begins to slow and you become lethargic. Conversely, if you begin to speak life and health, your body will respond by giving you strength and power. How much more power can your words have when you partner with the life giving breath of the Word of God!
Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." You eat the fruits of what you speak. When flu season comes, do you begin to worry and say, "everyone's getting sick, it's bound to come to me!" When Spring comes, are you always talking about how your allergies are going to act up? Your words direct the course of your life, health, wealth, and overall well-being.
YOUR WORDS ARE THE STEERING WHEEL OF YOUR LIFE
We see this principle in James 3:3-5, "If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things."
Your life is steered by what you say. Be careful with your words! Because they are either full of faith, or full of doubt. Your words reveal whether you believe in God or not. Ask yourself this question, "do my words show faith in God, or faith in my circumstances?" And then begin to think on this throughout your day and in every conversation you have. Do you speak life or death? The harsh reality is this, your words determine what's in your heart. Jesus said, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
HOW YOU CAN APPLY THIS
Know that when you speak, it's far more than vocal chords strumming, it's the power of God being released from your spirit. As your words leave your mouth, they hold creation power; the power to create life and the power to create death. So, "be slow to speak". Worship God with your words. Stop complaining about your problems and start speaking the Word of God over your problems. If you've been given a word from the doctor saying you have cancer, know that God's word is true and every voice that contradicts it is a lie. Speak Psalm 91:5-7 "You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence (sickness) that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence (sickness) will not reach you." You might feel like your lying because your words don't match up with your reality. But God's word never lies, it never fails. Romans 3:4 says, "Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, "You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court." His word holds creation power. It takes your reality and changes it. Either faith goes or the mountain goes, they cannot both stand. So speak God's truth, and the creation power of the Word of God will change your circumstance and the empty void in your circumstance will soon be full of life in the name of Jesus.