The words we speak have a lasting effect on our lives, whether we think so or not.
What we speak will be either positive or negative. There is really no middle ground. When we choose our words, we need to consider how they will come out before we speak them. Will they be words of light (positive words) or words of darkness (negative words).
Now, before some of you start thinking that we’re teaching some kind of New Age stuff, like “The Power of Positive Thinking”, think again! What we’re talking about is training our minds to follow God’s spirit and the example of Jesus, by refusing to allow the enemy to influence our words.
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
When we speak, our words will either reinforce God’s truth and principles, which bring light, or they will reinforce the enemy’s lies and lack of light.
Here’s how God explained it to me this morning while I was mowing the lawn 🙂
As we move through our day and our routines, we encounter many different things… circumstances, situations, people, etc. Each of these will cause us to think or say things in response to our interaction with them.
As our words leave our mouth and enter the atmosphere, they don’t just fall to the ground and die. Our words have energy attached to them. It’s a spiritual energy… and that energy promotes life or death. Now, this doesn’t mean that our words will either kill someone or bring someone to life in the literal sense.
But because we live in a world that has a spiritual side, not just the natural side that we can all see, everything has a spiritual consequence. Bear with me as I try to explain this a little further.
Behind the scenes, there is a lot of spiritual activity that takes place each and every day. There are constant battles being waged between good and evil. We don’t see the actual spiritual battles, but we do see the effects of this spiritual tug of war. We just don’t always realize that what we’re seeing is the result of something spiritual.
As we grow closer to God and learn how to discern spiritual things more readily, we will begin to recognize these types of things with less effort.
So… on to our words.
As God was teaching me about the power of our words, I was wondering about how positive words can bring life and negative words can bring death. God showed me that when we speak negative words, those words (and the negative spiritual energy attached to them) attract demonic activity.
Have you ever noticed that when you say something negative that it makes it easier to follow it up with something else that’s negative? And then it becomes even easier to go on a tear and just start slamming everything and everyone you see! Before you know it, everything coming out of our mouth is negative. At this point, saying something positive becomes nearly impossible.
That’s because we have set some things in motion with our words and it can be very hard to stop those things once they’re set into motion.
On the opposite side of things, if we speak positive words, they repel demonic activity. Demons can’t stand light and righteousness. So if we’re speaking words of life and refuse to speak negatively, the devil can find no foothold and will eventually look elsewhere.
I know this might sound really strange to some of you reading this, but I promise that this is not anything weird or new-age-like. It comes from having an understanding of spiritual warfare. I am far from an expert on these things, but I do know enough about it to know that this is truth and is backed up by God’s word.
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Colossians 3:8 (NKJV) But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV) There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
These are just a few verses out of many, many that are there for us to learn from.
One thing that I want to mention is that for some of us it’s much easier to speak positively than for others, based on our personality type. If we tend to be critical and like things to be perfect, we can get negative in a hurry.
Whereas the people with a more positive personality, who don’t get bothered by things as easily, can brush things off quickly and never really let it bother them. They can see roses in the middle of a disaster, even when it seems like the world is crashing down around them.
Speaking positively is something that has to be learned for many of us. It takes time and hard work, but it can be done! Regardless of who we are and what personality type we have, we can learn to think before we speak and keep ourselves from speaking negatively. It just takes a little re-training of our mouths!
So remember that our words have spiritual energy attached to them. And they will attract either darkness or light. Let’s make sure our words are attracting light and repelling darkness as we speak them.
Pastor Curt & Pastor Ellie