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Power of Words (17 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
As Christians, we must take care to draw from the scriptures rather than imposing ideas on top of scripture. In most New Age and Eastern religions, there is an emphasis on the power of words. It has also been a part of pagan religions for thousands of years.
Occasionally, Eastern philosophies will seep into the church and be mixed with Christian sounding terms, and will even take certain passages out of context to support the claim that the Bible teaches these things. As we have seen, the Bible warns us to test the spirits to see if they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out. A false prophet is someone who claims to speak on God's behalf. A book that was introduced in several local churches in my area has the following statement:
God created the universe by speaking it into existence. Seven times He said, "Let there be..." and there was! This ability to speak things into existence is how we are like God.
How does this match up with passages like 1 Corinthians 4:20?
For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
Does God give us, the individual Christian, the power to create? Are we like God? If we master the spoken word will we be able to speak things into existence and be like the Most High? The lie that deceived Adam and Eve was the promise, "You will be like God." The fall of Satan came through the confession of his mouth, "I will be like the Most High." When man tries to be like God, consequences follow.
The Bible gives us unmistakably clear instructions on how we use words, what power words carry and how we apply this understanding to our individual lives. Words are very significant and we'll look at how the Bible addresses this later in this section. But first, let's look at the meaning of words.
Do Words Contain Power?
A doctrine that is rapidly growing in popularity is that words are containers that we either fill with positive energy through speaking positivel ...
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