Words are indeed incredibly powerful. George Orwell’s 1984 describes a totalitarian state that systematically tries to reduce the vocabulary of people to a few hundred words (Newspeak) in order to obtain total control over their minds, their thoughts and over their behaviour.
God’s Word by contrast is expansive, illuminating, empowering, liberating. US pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen have put up lots of amazing sermons and blog posts. But the latest one struck me in particular. It is about the power of words and especially God’s word…
How often do we tap the incredible power of our words used creatively and positively?
By Victoria Osteen
In Genesis, it says that in the beginning, God saw that the world was dark and formless. It was a great void, and He spoke to it and the worlds came into existence. He said, “Let there be light!” And light came forth at 186,000 miles per second. When God commands a thing, it happens fast!
Take a minute and think about how the very DNA of this world is made up by God’s spoken word. The very essence and core of creation is God’s Word. He established a pattern for us to follow when He spoke life that day. We are created in His image, and our words carry great power, too.
The Bible tells us that life and death are in the tongue. Words are containers of power. Thoughts are simply a bunch of words in our heads. Thoughts are constantly bombarding our lives, and so we have to take a serious stand on what we allow to dominate our lives. We have to take captive every thought and be careful not to put the power of words behind thoughts that are destructive or self-defeating.
Instead of speaking about the voids in your life, speak to the voids in your life! Where things are missing, empty, broken or heavy, speak the life of God into your situations. Speak light to the dark places. Speak life to the dead places. Speak hope and life and watch it come forth at the speed of light! Your words are powerful, and you have creative power with your words!
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV)