The Power of Words Series
Our words are vital to communicating with others and with God. If you think about it, we speak, on average, about 7,000 words a day and that might be on the low side for some of us. Many of us speak much more than that and our thoughts, well, I can imagine that they outnumber our words.
Words matter and they are important. Speaking the right words at the right time is something that we can learn because King Solomon said this, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver, Proverbs 25:11. I’m thinking that this is a learned behaviour. Would you think so, too?
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When we talk about standing on the promises of God we are also talking about praying the promises of God. God’s words matter.
This phrase is true, too, change your words, change your life. So by praying the promises of God, you will discover that His promises contain life-changing words.
It’s time to dive into the Word of God to see what He says about the power of words and how the proper usage of our words can be a blessing to us.
The Power of Suggestion
The words we speak are powerful to the point of making others feel bad about themselves, believing the lies spoken about them, or, our words can cause others to be encouraged, loved, and build up their self-esteem. We can even suggest actions we want others to do simply by phrasing our words carefully.
Words can influence a person to do something. Words can influence your decisions so be sure you are listening to a wise word source.
Recently I experienced the power of suggestion in the doctor’s office. I was constantly clearing my throat as I was waiting for Dr. R to enter the room. I was experiencing an over-production of mucous and felt the need to clear my throat, however, when the doctor arrived, the first thing he said to me was, ‘stop clearing your throat. You don’t need to clear your throat, just let the mucous drain.’
I was surprised at him saying this because the mucous seemed to be never-ending. The need to clear my throat diminished almost immediately after he spoke those words. I still clear my throat but nowhere near as often as I had been a few months ago.
Another example of the power of words is rice and water. What do you suppose rice has to do with life-changing words, do you have any idea?
Have you heard of Dr. Masuro Emoto? He was a Japanese scientist who conducted experiments involving water that had been spoken to for a period of 30 days and then flash frozen through cryogenics. He spoke words of death and words of life to the water samples and then in the frozen state was able to see the effects of his words on the frozen water.
The Rice and Water Experiment
If you want to conduct your own rice experiment, you will need an equal amount of rice in three jars. Cover rice with the same amount of water in each jar. Label one jar “I love you”, label the other jar “I hate you” and label the third jar, “ignore.” You might want to add your labels to the jar before adding the rice and water. Oh, and take photos as you start and end the experiment.
Store the jars side-by-side on a counter so they have the same environment. Daily for 30 days, talk to each jar. To the “love” jar, say “I love you” and to the “hate” jar, say “I hate you”. To the third jar, simply walk away from it, ignoring it. You can pull each jar directly in front of you as you speak to it.
At the end of 30 days, note the appearance of rice in each jar. How did each jar of rice and water react to the words spoken to them?
This is a great experiment to do with children to teach them that words matter. It’s also a great reinforcement for us adults to be mindful of our words because they are life-changing. With our words, we can bless others or curse them. Let’s choose wisely!
Why it is Important to be Praying the Promises of God
You can change your life by changing the words you speak. If you know that you have a habit of speaking hurtful words, you can break that habit by replacing the negative words with uplifting and encouraging words. Remember, change your words, change your life.
It’s just as important to speak encouragingly to yourself and about yourself as it is to build up others with your words. Remember the old saying, ‘you are what you eat’? Well, it’s also true about your words, you are who you say you are. If you repeatedly put yourself down for any reason, you will live up to that image of yourself. If you think you’re a failure, you will be a failure. If this is you, then you need to be praying the promises of God over yourself.
Just like an unopened present won’t do you any good, a closed Bible full of God’s promises won’t be helpful to you either.
The Bible is full of promises from God to you and is beneficial if you read them and realize they are personal for you. These are life-changing words for you if you will speak them out, whether in prayer or simply reiterating God’s Word back to yourself. Remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10:17, so speaking the Word out loud to yourself will help build up your faith.
Three Promises to Stand On
God’s promises are positive words to stand on as you trust God to fulfill His Word. For example, if you are struggling with accomplishing a task or a purpose, the words of Paul in Philippians 4:13 are a promise you can trust God to help you with. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. You will need to read this verse more than once or twice. In fact, you should personalize it for your situation to build your faith. “I can walk daily free from pain because Christ is with me and will strengthen me.” Personalize the ‘all things’ in the verse. You can even emphasize, ‘I CAN do all things. I CAN do this because of Jesus’ strength in me.’ Stand on this Word. Let it be your firm foundation.
Another promise you can count on God to fulfill is Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Remember to keep this in context and don’t expect materialistic things in a selfish way (Hebrews 13:5) because God will meet your needs according to His riches, not yours.
Isaiah 41:10 is one of a few promises that my husband and I stood on for several months during a trial. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. This promise is plenteous.
First, you are told not to fear, why? Because God Himself is with you. What more can you ask for? Or should I say, who else can be with you like God can?
Then God says not to be dismayed, so take Him at His word and don’t fret about the thing you’re in. Why? Because God is YOUR God. He is with you and He will do three things for you:
- He will strengthen you,
- He will help you,
- and He will uphold you with His right hand of righteousness.
This is a powerful promise from God directly to you! Take Him at His word and as you stand on this promise, as you declare it over your life, God will fulfill His word to you.
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Standing on or Declaring the Promises of God
When we say that we are standing on the promises of God, this is the same as believing them to be fulfilled in our lives. It is also the same as praying the Word back to God. If we are praying in a corporate setting, we can declare the Word of God out loud for others to hear and agree with. There’s nothing really more powerful than praying the Word of God out loud, whether you are by yourself or with others. Remember, faith grows when we hear the Word of God spoken, Romans 10:17.
Whether you are praying the promises of God by memory or declaring them by reading your Bible, makes no difference to God. God knows His Word and when He hears His children praying it back to Him, God will fulfill His Word, as He spoke in Isaiah 55:11.
Here’s a great promise you can declare in your public prayers. Isaiah 54:17, No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn... Think about these words, what are they really saying to you? If God is for you, who can be against you? There may be hundreds of people facing you in battle but the battle is the Lord’s, Exodus 14:14; 2 Chronicles 20:15. Let Him win it for you as you stand on His Word and keep praying the promises of God.
Are you concerned or worried about the future? Here’s what King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 1:33, But whoever listens to me will live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil. This is a promise from God that He’s got you. You’re not alone, He knows what you’re going through and He will help you walk through the issue. Isaiah 43:1-2 confirms His word, …Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
So, change your words, change your life as you realize that words matter. Keep praying the promises of God as they are life-changing words intended for YOU to grasp, to stand on, and to embed deep in your heart.
Here’s one more promise to bury in your heart, For all the promises of God in Him (Christ Jesus) are yea, and in Him, Amen, unto the glory of God by us, 2 Corinthians 1:20. Ponder this and tell me what you think it means.
Praying the Promises of God through Prayer Calendars
You’ll love this prayer calendar, 31 Days of Prayer for Spiritual Growth. It’s all about praying the Word of God into your life. And if you want more prayer calendars, check them out in the Public Library.
That’s a Wrap
So, we have learned the importance of praying the promises of God back to God. God’s promises contain life-changing words that matter to us. These promises will shape our lives and cause us to experience God’s fullness that He intends for us. Sure, we will run into problems along the way and that’s because we live in a sinful world. He never promised us a life free from trials or tribulations but He definitely did promise to be with us as we go and grow through the trials.
God’s word will not return back to Him empty. So, when you are praying the promises of God, He is sure to move heaven to fulfill His promise to you.
As you develop the habit of praying the promises of God, your spiritual understanding will grow in leaps and bounds. As you begin to understand His Word more and more, your faith will be stronger and you will be a force to reckon with in the spiritual world.
So, change your life, change your words, and search the Scriptures to find the promises that you need to be praying.
I”d love to hear from you. Do you already have a list of promises that you are praying for God to fulfill? And have you pondered the meaning of 2 Corinthians 1:20 yet? What do you think it means?
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Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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