Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth,

As it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10

God created the universe with His words. He would speak, and it would be.

As His children made in His image and likeness, we have that same power. To speak, and have things become.

You don’t need to look far to see the power that words carry. Think back to the last time someone praised or encouraged you and how that made you feel. Think back to the last time someone was curt with you and how that made you feel. That’s the power of the tongue. Is it a wonder that life and death dwell in it?

Every day we’re at the impact of words. Words we choose for ourselves. Words others choose for us. Words spoken to us. Written about us.

Words are the distance between life and death.

Pause. Think about that.

Words are the distance between life and death.

The power that words carry is resident not in the words themselves but in the spirit behind them. This is why the spirit who waylaid the man in the Gerasenes tombs panicked at the mere presence of Jesus; while another scoffed at the feeble attempts of the sons of Sceva to cast it out.

It’s not merely the utterance of words that gives them power. The nature of the person behind the words makes all the difference. Our words are merely the vehicle that carries life or death. Out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths indeed speak. We could be saying one thing with our mouths while our hearts refute it louder still.

Parroting the words of Christ and fellow believers we revere simply isn’t enough. We must own those words. Believe in them. Wrestle with them. Have a revelation of them. See the Lordship of God exalted through them.

Our words must first richly dwell in our hearts before they can come alive through our mouths. It takes intent. Of the mind and of the heart. To consume the right thing. To meditate on the right thing. To utter the right thing at the right time.

In this season, perhaps more than ever before, when all around us seems so bleak, we must pay attention to the words we speak. To the meditations of our hearts and minds that give rise to them.

We must learn to see what God sees and create with Him anew. We must be bold in declaring a blessing when it seems utter foolishness to do so.

Speak His blessing over you on earth as it is in heaven.

And let it be unto you according to His word.

P.S. If you’re not sure where to start, declaring Scripture will get you on track.

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