Power of Words
What does the Bible teach about words? In almost every New Age belief system, words are the source of power and in many of the new movements within the church there is a strong emphasis on the power that words give to the believer. There is also a popular book out called 'The Two Minute Miracle' which 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?
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? I believe 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.
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 positively or words carry negative energy that will fulfill our negative confessions. This has been taught in New Age and mystical circles for thousands of years, but recently has been modified to make it palatable to Christians by substituting in the words 'faith', 'fear', and 'doubt' as the substance that fills the containers. Misconceptions of the power of words has led many people into the realm of superstition and fear. Many people live in fear thinking that they have created negative circumstances by a slip of the tongue. Others have bought into the original lie Satan used to tempt Eve into rebellion by claiming 'You will be like God'.
There are scriptures that address the power of our words which we will look into as we go through this study, but first we will look at the misconceptions about the ...
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