It’s Labor Day Weekend and a great time for a message on Words—a labor of love! Speaking words that build up rather than tear down, speaking words deliberately, not randomly is worth the effort when you know how really powerful words are.
Did you ever see a slow motion film of a sneeze? The sneeze moved molecules and our words do too. One day the scientists will figure out a way we can see it—the words going out and how they work to bring those realities to pass—how they move molecules that move other molecules and set up a chain reaction of events that eventually get the thing done that was first spoken. One day we will see how it works, but for now, I just know that it does work.
Author Kevin Trudeau writes the following:
“Words have power. Most people speak words that increase body stress and turn the body’s pH from alkaline to acidic. Words can change the way we think and feel. Researchers have concluded that speaking the correct form of words and thinking the correct thoughts actually changes a person’s DNA. . . .
If you look at people today around the world who have no disease and no illness, there are virtually no common denominators. You can’t look to a person’s genetic disposition. You can’t look to a person’s diet because they vary so greatly. Some of these people smoke, some of them eat monkeys raw, some of them eat dairy products, some of them are vegetarians, some of them do not exercise, others simply walk.
They generally all do sleep very well, but the most obvious common denominator is how they think and how they talk.”
King Solomon said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). James talks about the tongue, comparing it to a bit in a horse’s mouth and a ship’s rudder: “If we set bits in the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about. Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines” (James 3:3-4 AMP).
Your tongue can turn your whole life around. Solomon said, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth” (Prov. 6:2). He also says, “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul” (Prov. 18:7).
A person’s soul consists of his mind and his emotions, so what we say captures our mind and if we say it enough, our minds will believe it, and our emotions will go right along!
I’ve heard that thoughts are what make the creases or folds in our brain matter. Words heard over and over become more and more established as thoughts, and the creases get deeper.
If we want to have a different response to stimuli, we have to consciously labor with words to make it different.
What we say snares or captures our souls, either negatively or positively. We want to be capturing our minds and emotions with true words, uplifting words, saying true things, good things, about ourselves as well as others.
I’m not saying that we should never say anything that sounds bad or negative. We have to be able to say honestly and directly what is not good, before we can actually do something about it. If we refuse to even see it, or we ignore—for instance—a devil spirit, it doesn’t go away. We need to see the negative things so we can speak to them and also use our tongues as weapons to move the negative influences away.
There’s a great expression, “Handcuff a thought before you speak it.” We give life to a thought by speaking it.
Isaiah, one of my favorite prophets, spoke on God’s behalf, saying, “I create the fruit of the lips” (Isa. 57:19). What comes out of our mouths is created into our physical reality.
Usually what we say doesn’t manifest immediately and that’s where it gets tricky, because if we don’t see something right away we think nothing is happening. If we keep saying something, negative or positive, the actual creation into our physical reality may not come until later. By the time it manifests we may or may not remember that we really did say it, but it will surely come.
Let’s look at the record of Jesus speaking to a fig tree. He and his disciples were going into Jerusalem in the morning and he went up to a fig tree, but the tree was fruitless. He said, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever” (Mark 11:14). Even when Jesus spoke to the tree it didn’t dry up right there on the spot. It took a little time.
Jesus was with his disciples when he spoke to the tree; then they went into Jerusalem and spent the day there; then they went back by where the tree was, yet nothing had happened. But, “in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away” (Mark 11:20-21).
“And God SAID, ‘Let there be light:’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). “God SAID, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so” (Gen. 1:11). God created by SAYING.
In the Chumash, which is a Hebrew-English translation of Genesis through Deuteronomy, the created man of Genesis 2:7 is described as a “speaking spirit.”
You and I were made to create by speaking, just like God. We can look into the mirror and say what God says about us: “His love is perfected in me” (1 John 4:12). I choose to say what God says about me. He is bigger than I am, so if God says something about me and I agree with that, and I say that, well then, that’s the way it will be.
I say it and keep saying it and then my brain will start making a new crease; and pretty soon, I will believe it and be it. Amazing, isn’t it?! Why not believe what God says about us? We start saying it and we don’t stop until we see it!
Determining to speak in a new way is a labor of love. Happy Labor Day to all of you.
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