The process of learning effective communication is a life-long endeavor. Productive listening, learning, and speaking are truly skills that elude many. So very often we use language incorrectly – to our detriment. We should be thoughtfully cautious. The spoken word is a powerful tool!
Many parents remember the season in their young children’s lives when the phrase “use your words” was a daily, often an hourly, occurrence. They were teaching their little ones, still struggling with communicating their needs and desires, to forego pointing, whining, and “tantrumming” by utilizing their growing vocabulary to achieve desired results.
Yet in our “grown-up” years have we further developed the needed insight to truly respect the power of the spoken word? That understanding is still undiscovered territory for so many.
Quite recently I woke early one morning to hear the Holy Spirit say, “Use your words” -a gentle reminder, an exhortation to correctly approach the issues, requests, and prayerful petitions I had before the Lord at that time. Now I have been growing in my faith walk for 40 years, I have been blessed to sit under powerfully correct Gospel teaching, I have even published a book on the subject entitled Heavenspeak. Still, I was missing the mark and allowing my words to report on the seen rather than using them to usher in the as yet unseen promises of God.
“Use your words.” With that short phrase the Holy Spirit again redirected my thinking and speaking. The spoken word is so powerful. We need to get that. The spoken word is how our Father created all that we see (Genesis 1). The spoken prophetic word was the necessary first step to ushering in the plans and purposes of God throughout the Old Testament. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus, our Savior, Master, Teacher, Redeemer is the Word of God. When we speak the powerful, alive and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) into our situation, we are applying Jesus and all He represents to it (John 16:23 – Amplified). Our Father teaches us, expects us, to put Him in remembrance of His promises (Isaiah 62:6) and to “keep not silence“! The Word of God teaches us and warns us how powerful our words are:
You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)
But I tell you, on the Day of Judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. (Matthew 12:36-37)
What is an inoperative, non-working word? Any words spoken that will not apply the Word of God to the issue; that will not acknowledge that God has an answer for the “problem” and His answer is always good. Words that acknowledge and accept the enemy’s unlawful entry into our faith walk (“I always get sick during flu season”, “We can’t afford that”, “I just don’t know what to do”, etc.) are inoperative and non-working as far as kingdom realities are concerned. But be mindful, words that report things seen (that might be contrary to the promises in God’s Word) do snare us (Proverbs 6:2); they do work – they do condemn and sentence us to receive what Satan desires for us. Our Father wants us to use our words to receive everything Jesus purchased for us through His death and resurrection. He purchased back the Promised Land for us and all that signifies. Satan also wants our words – words of defeat and acceptance of his destructive tactics.
The Word assures us that God is alert and active, watching over His Word, spoken out in faith, to perform it in our lives (Jeremiah 1:12). His Word prospers and achieves its purpose in our lives (Isaiah 55:11). It is an ongoing life practice for us, this resolve to apply the Word of God to every life situation – to effectively defeat Satan’s purposes and to walk in the abundant blessings God intends for His children.
We honor our Father, we please Him when, with His Word on our lips, we walk forward expectantly that what He says He means, and it must be in our lives. Let us all mature into sons and daughters of God who correctly use our words to His glory.