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Understanding The Power of Words
I’m not beautiful! God couldn’t love me. I’m useless. He can’t forgive my sins. I’ve done too much. I deserve this. I deserve to be sick. I deserve to be unhappy. It’s only right for all I’ve done wrong. Such as life. No one see’s. No one cares. I’m so fat and ugly. “He doesn’t really love me, how could he? Look at me.” I’m a failure. I’m such an embarrassment. So stupid. I don’t care. All of these are thoughts that I have everyday, but even more so, they are words I have spoken on a weekly basis. As I sat reading my bible, I came across a scripture in Matthew that speaks on the importance and power of words. I was in total shock when I realized just what I was doing and what the outcome would be if I didn’t stop. Read on to learn more!
Understanding The Power of Words
In Matthew 12:34-37, Jesus says, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Oh, I have heard this scripture, or rather a piece of it many of times. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of” but I have never truly listened to what Jesus was saying.
In this scripture, you hear Jesus speaking to the Pharisees but make no mistake this Word is applicable for today as well. To be quite honest with you all, I felt convicted and afraid when I read this. The fact that I have to give account on the day of judgement for EVERY empty word I have spoken, and that I will be either freed or condemned for them, set my heart into utter repentance.
I began to repent immediately. Crying out to God, to please forgive me for saying untrue lies. Of course, this was my flesh. What I mean by that is, I was only repenting for lies that I had ‘thought’ I had told. I was only repenting based on my understanding of the scripture. The Holy Spirit quickly corrected me and once I was able to remove my fleshy understanding and rely on his guidance, He revealed the many lies I speak over myself, my marriage, my finances, my relationships DAILY.
Understanding the power of words
He started by teaching me what a lie truly is. In the natural, the term lie is defined as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
However, in the spiritual the term lie goes even deeper. Plainly put, a lie is the direct opposite of God. A lie will always be utterly and completely contrary to the word of God, and thus it will always in nature, work against His will. This is why the Word is clear about how God feels about lies.
God’s word says in John 14:6, ” I am the way, truth and the light.” so you can understand why God has no dealings with the lying.
But let’s get back to the power behind your words. Anything we speak contrary to God’s word, is considered a lie. There is no gray area. It’s simply a hard truth we have to deal with. So the Lord began showing me lies…that I thought were only…well…words, I speak over myself.
No one loves me.
What a terrible lie from the pit of hell! Often times, when I am stressed or feeling a lack of attention from my husband or even from family and friends, I begin to say in my heart and out of my mouth, “No one loves me.” I have done it so much that it has become a subconscious ritual. Here is why it’s a lie.
It does not matter if my entire family abandoned me. It does not matter if I did not have a friend that lived, walked and breathed on this earth. It does not matter if I didn’t even love me. God’s word is clear and precise when He states in John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that He gave HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.
By speaking such lies, not only am I held accountable for those words but I’m literally calling God a liar. I’m telling him your love isn’t enough and probably doesn’t exist, because I don’t feel it. See, Jesus was not only warning us but also informing us of our true condition.
The mouth only speaks what the heart is full of. Hmmm. What does my mouth say daily? Does it declare His glory and praises? Do I speak of His ever lasting love and unmerited mercy and grace? Do I speak life into my situations? Or am I constantly saying words that are full of death, negativity and hurt. Clearly you guys know the answer to that question as I’m writing this post, but man o man, have my eyes been opened.
1 John 4:8 states Whosoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Here is the underlying issue. I spoke these terrible words not just because I didn’t know the power of them. But because I don’t know the power of the God I serve.
God’s word says I was made in His image according to His likeness. Then in Isaiah 55:11, God 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.”
Do you understand now? We don’t get to pick which words have power. All of them do. So I don’t get to be angry and say “I hate life and no one loves me and I’m a terrible mama”, and then act as if those words have no power. The very fact that we were created in His image, in His likeness, bears proof that our words bear power due to the authority granted us by Christ and the power invested in us by God the Father and His Holy Spirit. In other words, were made like our daddy SO we should understand the importance and power behind our words just as God did. The Lord has never gone back on His Word. Countless times in the Bible you will find scriptures that speak on the power of your words, letting your yes be yes and no be no, not lying, not making empty promises etc. It’s because God is a Holy God and so he requires Holiness.
Side note: another word for empty in this scripture is idle. Idle words. Words that produce no fruit. They take no action. They are simply spoken to be spoken. See, I don’t want to just explain the negative words and the impact those could have. No, you could say some words that aren’t “negative” and still manage to speak idly. For example: making an empty promise.
If I could tell you how many times I have promised God I would do something, or even promised my husband I would take care of something, but didn’t follow through. Yes, I know better than anyone life happens. Things come up but as sons and daughters of the most HIGH God, we are required to be responsible for our words.
Moms, how many times have you said to yourself, ” I just can’t get it right.” How many times have you said inwardly, “Maybe I wasn’t cut out for this.” How many times ladies, have we messed up and said, “God is not going to forgive me for this one.” when His words, clearly says he is just to forgive.
Understanding the power of words
The word is clear that the power of life and death lie in the tongue! We must choose to speak life. We must choose to be intentional in our words because we will be held accountable.
I wrote this post not to make anyone feel bad but to show you how much God loves you. We serve a God that teaches us in His word how to live this life for His glory. No we aren’t going to always get it right but we should strive to be righteous and our righteousness is in Christ Jesus.
Sis, I urge you to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make you more aware of the words hidden in your heart and spoken out loud. Begin being intentional in what you say. I know we all want to glorify God in every area of our lives. This is my prayer for you all and myself!
What are some words are some empty words you’ve spoken? Over others? Over yourself?
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