I remember times when as little kids we would play in groups, and while playing one of us would playfully insult another kid. Almost immediately an elderly person nearby would hush all of us. “Don’t you know that there is power in the tongue?!”, the elderly person would shout. They could not have been closer to the truth.
Romans 8:17 tells us that “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ“. I’ve read this verse a lot of times. But last week it took a whole new meaning for me. I had always thought that the verse only applied to someone else’s words. As you speak, you also hear yourself. So it’s not only when someone else is speaking that faith comes, as the verse is commonly used to explain, but also when YOU speak.
Your own words can be the instrument through which your faith is built or broken down. Faith is essentially a belief, so it’s safe to say that when you say something constantly you begin to believe it.
In case you breezed over that last part, let me go over it: when you say something constantly, you will begin to believe it. Whatever you believe has the power to change your life.
I know that our words are powerful. I know this because God’s words are powerful, and we have been created in His image and likeness.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11 NLT
So when we speak, we send commands and proclamations into our universe that go about accomplishing one purpose or another. Our words are not just mere combinations of meaningless syllables ; they can be as powerful as prophesies. This is why we need to exercise restraint in our speech.
A prime example comes to mind when I think about this. It seems almost unrealizable to go through an entire week without one cringworthy relationship horror story. From “so and so saw a picture of her boyfriend at his engagement” to “so and so’s girlfriend got pregnant for her other man when he was away”, and these are the relatively nicer ones. Some tales of wow make you feel like giving up on the entire human race altogether . These stories are the popularized ones, the ones that get most of the ‘clout’.
In a world where a barrage of bad news is paraded on social media regularly, it so easy to form concepts like “all men/women are scum” and actually begin to say these things. Here’s the thing though, if you say all men and women are scum, what does that make you? If later in life you want to marry, what does that make your future partner? These statements seem like a joke, like it doesn’t mean much, like it’s not that deep. But it is, it is that deep. We cannot spend hours in prayer declaring positive things over our future then use the same mouth to counter it with “men/women are scum”. +2-2 equals 0, so with your mouth you may be taking yourself back to square one.
It’s funny that in the rowdiness of it all, are people in thriving relationships. People whose stories aren’t always on your feed but may be somewhere down the line on your explore page. Why? Because, well, bad news sells more than good news generally. They are perfect people, because no one is, but people who are comitted to loving and nurturing each other. Truth be told, all this relationship negativity was beginning to scare me. It took the Holy Spirit reminding me who I was in Christ AND a lot of blocking of certain social media accounts to get me on the right path.
I can’t emphasize this enough: be careful of what you gaze upon. An adage says that ‘the eyes are the window to the soul’. When you see something for long enough, you’ll begin to say it. So many follow all the gossip sites and view their (questionable) posts for hours on end but don’t have much of inspiring news on their timeline, and then wonder why they think and speak they way they do. It’s almost inevitable, you become what you behold (that is why the Bible tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus).
The principle of ‘speaking it into existence’ works for every aspect of life. Do you want to declare positive things? Then streamline what you’re looking at. Who you’re talking to. Utilize one of the most amazing app features ever created (i.e the Block/Restrict function) and purge your timeline of all that negative energy. Watch your inner circle, make sure that the people you are closest to are not speaking doom over your future e.g “we won’t pass this course o”,”you can’t understand anything”.
We may not have control over today’s weather, or what pair of shoes the President is wearing tomorrow, but the words that come from our mouths are under our control. The words that we speak into the atmosphere have the power to shape and influence the mindsets of ourselves and others.
Choose to speak life today.
Sidenote: This is not to say that all you need to guarantee success in life is talk, but the words you speak over your life without a doubt contribute to the kind of person you become.
Thank you so much for reading!