Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me
Growing up we are often told that the words we speak or others speak towards or against us have no relevance. However, this belief is contrary to what the Bible says as the words we speak can drastically change our tomorrow.
So let’s open the book of Genesis Chapter 1:
(Genesis 1:3,6,9,11, 14,20,24, 26) ‘Then God said’,
When we read the first chapter of Genesis, God tells us how he created this earth, he spoke and creation was formed.
e.g. (Verse 24)’ Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds”. And it was so.’
So we understand that when God spoke, creation was formed, but how does this relate to us? For this we will need to read (verse 26) of the same chapter, where God (Father, Son and Spirit) makes man after his ‘Own likeness’ and his ‘Own Image’.
Own image: our physical appearance and structure is similar
Own likeness: We share similar characterisitcs or nature to God e.g. our ability to love and feel other emotions.
With that same likeness and character , he gave us the ability to also speak things into being. This was demonstrated through Jesus Christ the one whom we should model our lives after. Whilst heading to the temple in Jerusalem Jesus spoke to a fig tree to never bare fruit again and the following day the tree had withered (Mark 11:12-14, 20-21); what he spoke came to pass, therefore, what we speak will also come to pass.
No other passage explains the importance of the words we speak and of controlling our tongue than (Jame 3:3-12)
‘Though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire lights’ …Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing'(Verse 5, 10)
James speaks metaphorically, as he uses the tongue, the part of our body that is used to speak, to symbolise the words we speak into our lives. We can through our tongue choose to bless our life by speaking God’s words into being or we can choose to curse it. Our ‘tongues are like sharp swords‘ (Psalm 57:4), we can choose to kill our future or to protect our future with them.
Therefore we are instructed to :
‘Keep [our] tongue from evil and [our] lips from deceitful speech'( Psalm 34:13)
For when we speak evil we are binding evil towards us, but when we speak life we are binding life towards us.
Hopefully you understood what has just been said, because we are about to go a bit deeper now into this topic, and your understanding of the importance of the words we speak will increase.
‘I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven’ (Matthew 18:18)
This scripture is saying that whatever action you wish to implement on this earth [to bind in this context], has already been implemented in heaven. That means the action you wish to see is already created, it just hasn’t yet been formed here on Earth. In (2 Peter 1:3) we are told that God has ‘given us everything required for life and godliness’, notice that it uses the word ‘given‘ not ‘give’ meaning the action has already been completed despite us not seeing its formed shape. This is the definition of faith ‘the proof of what is still unseen…Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated[b] by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.’ (Hebrew 11:1-2,TPT*)
So then why don’t we see or have what has already been created on heaven here on earth?–> simple answer–> we have not asked, therefore, we have not received. Think of when you are ordering from Amazon, the item you wish to receive is in a warehouse but without ordering it, it will forever remain in the warehouse. In our context that warehouse is in heaven, when we speak blessings into our own lives it is like ordering blessings of Amazon, but when we curse our lives with ungodly speech it is like receiving a broken gift.
What we speak out of our mouths is so important, the very breath that we are using to speak is not of our own but of God, for it was ‘God who breathed the breath of life into [our nostrils] (Genesis 2:7), that breath of life is the Holy Spirit and if you have chosen the Lord as your saviour you have chosen to speak with that same breath and as such your words hold great authority. So when we speak we are causing the action to take place in heaven so that , that action may be manifested here on Earth. I believe this is one of the main reasons why no man was allowed to speak when the Israelites walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days , should in case somebody utter words that would hinder the plans God had implemented. On the seventh day the Israelites then shouted, in Hebrew the word ‘shouted’ means ‘acclamation of joy or a battle-cry’, therefore, on the seventh day the Israelites praised God speaking good things to being. As mentioned before, our words are weapons of spiritual warfare for it is the Holy Spirit authority that carries them.
Let no rotten talk come from your mouth , but only what is good for the building up of someone in need’. This means not to speak negatively over someones exams, family and even your own personal circumstances.
I just thought to add this last section that was taught to me many months ago. Remember Peter, one of the disciples, He when Christ was heading to the cross had denied knowing Christ three times distancing himself from Christ physically and spiritually through the words he said. However, in (John 21: 15-17) we see Christs’ mercy when he asked Peter if he loved Christ three times to counteract the three times Peter had denied Him . Therefore, though Peter arguably cursed his life when he denied Christ three times, his life was then redeemed when he accepted Christ three times. Whatever you have spoken that has not been aligned with God’s word you can un-speak it and instead allow good things to come out of your mouth and wash your tongue.
Just for fun here are examples of how one can change our speech to speak life and not death.
- ‘I was dead asleep’
I was asleep
- ‘They are going to hate me’
God bless me with favour amongst my peers
- I’m terrible at this
I will become great at this