There are many teachings floating around about the power of words as defined by the Bible, but let’s look at it from the point of science, in conjunction with the Bible. Science is not in disagreement with God, on the contrary, science is just man’s way of figuring out how God does things. If we understand this going in, we will see that science and God must always agree. If they do not, then our science is incorrect, or our understanding of God is flawed.
Let’s start with some scriptures that stress the amazing power that words produce:
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
…Death and life are produced by our words.
Matthew 12:36-37 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
…You will be justified or condemned by our words.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
…Words contain creative power.
Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
…We are to steward our words carefully.
James 3:2-6 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
…Words set the course and nature or your life.
These are just a few scriptures that stress the power and importance of words, there are many, many more. The topic is replete throughout the Bible.
Words are the most powerful force available to humanity. They carry immeasurable significance and yet we have a shallow understanding of how they work, and how they affect the quality of our lives, and the lives of those around us. To find out at what words are, and how they function, first we must define exactly what a word is.
This is my definition from a literal standpoint, in the light God’s word:
“A word is a verbal or written communication that carries ideas, creating thoughts and images. The very nature of the word shapes the image that it produces.”
If I say; “Black Labrador Retriever with a red collar,” I just put a specific image in your head. You took what I said, you processed it through your memory and experience, and it produced a specific thought/picture in your mind. It produced an image!
To walk in the fullness of our redemption, we must partner with God as a co-creator, using the power of HIS word to shape us into His image, restoring us to our original created purpose.
We must have a preconceived image already present in our thinking for images to form. Unfortunately, we have so much memory and experience of our fallen, carnal nature that these images tend to dominate our thought life and make up our minds in advance that this is who we really are. Jesus didn’t die for us to remain the same and someday go to heaven, He died so that we could be transformed into His IMAGE, so that God’s original purpose for mankind could be restored.
Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
We see in this verse that Jesus was not only the express image of God, but He upheld all things by His word. This means that, among other things, the image of the Father was upheld in Him by the power of His words.
The point of this teaching is to help you be conformed into what God has created you to be. What you say about yourself is important, are you saying what God has said about you, or letting life speak louder than truth? What is your “self-image”? Does it look like the sum of your life experience to this point, or does it look like Jesus? If you don’t see yourself as a son or daughter of God in your heart, you have the ability to change that image through the power of your words.