The True Power of Words
I love to write; stories, blogs, and even essays for class! Writing is a release for me. A blank page is like a blank canvas; there is so much possibility in being able to transfer thoughts in my head to words on a page.
Our words carry meaning. From jokes to heavy conversations, what we say to others can affect their lives in a variety of ways; what we think to ourselves often determines how we are going to live.
It is a beautiful and magnificent thing to realize our words have meaning and power. In fact, the significance of words is a theme throughout the Bible. Words have played a huge role since the beginning of the world!
God literally spoke the universe into existence. He invented light by saying, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). He made water, animals, birds, fish, land, and mankind just by speaking life into existence. God’s words created life.
God created us through words, but He also communicates with us through words. When God speaks, He can personally relate to His people. For example, later in Genesis, God’s word comes to Abraham and assures him that He is with him. While our sin did not allow us to physically walk with Him, He still found a way to communicate with us and guide us.
Throughout history, God continues to communicate with us through His word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
In John 1, “the Word” symbolizes Jesus. Why does the scripture recognize Jesus this way?
Jesus has the same power that God’s word has because Jesus IS God. God’s word holds the power to create life from nothing, to change hearts, to calm storms, to heal disease, to forgive sins. God’s word changes the course of lives and brings us to His side in repentance. His words are powerful, His words are life, His words are truth. So why do we think, as Christians who have His Spirit living in us, that our words hold no power against the shouts of the world?
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces goods, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
We are what we think. If we think that darkness is going to win, then we have already lost. Our hearts are already defeated. We have given in to the message the world shouts at us.
We cannot afford this mindset. The worldly mindset steals our peace and our joy that can only be found in God. We cannot be free if we are still carrying the world’s heavy thoughts in our hearts.
How do we defend ourselves from the world’s lies? It all comes back to God’s word that He has given us.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Within God’s word, we are given freedom, hope, love, joy, and peace. We are not defenseless against the darkness because Jesus speaks life!
God’s word is stronger than any piece of armor and is literally breathed out by Him! The same God who calmed the oceans with a word, who forgives sins, who spoke light into the darkness is the same God who gives us scripture.
Even when it seems like God is not giving us answers, we have access to the words and promises He has spoken over us through the Bible. He gives us comfort, grace, and all truth through His word. The big question is, will we allow His words to pierce our hearts? Will we allow His word to search us? Will we allow His word to change us?
We must cling tight to God’s word. He is our rock, our salvation, our Savior. His words are more powerful than any crisis we are facing. When everything else in our life falls apart, God’s word stands.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)