Importance of Words
God created the world and all that is in it by speaking words. He even upholds the world by the Word. And the words that God speaks always accomplish and prosper in what He sent them to do. (John 1:1-3, 14; Genesis 1:1, 3; Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 55:11)
With that in mind, I want us to consider that God created us in His image. Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7 says, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. So God created man in his own image. And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being (soul).” One translation says ‘man became another speaking spirit’.
Another fact we should know about God is that “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” More simply put, “God cannot lie.” (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2)
God cannot lie. His Word is true, therefore we can believe that what He says is true, and He will perform or finish whatever He has spoken. God created us in His image, of His essence, and breathed His life into us, making us living souls, or speaking spirits. Words are so important to God that He made the whole world with words and upholds it with words. He even sent His Word to earth as a man, who is the Son of God, Jesus. That’s a mighty emphasis on words! And He created us to be just like Him. He wants us to think words and speak words like Him (We are not God, but we are made in His likeness, and of His essence.) In fact, Ephesians 4:15, 25 tells us that the way to “grow up” and be more like Jesus, who is the Word, is to speak the truth in love, to put off falsehood and lying, and speak truthfully to each other.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21. And God says in Deut. 30: 14-15, “The Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, His decrees, and His laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
And Jesus says in John 15:7, “If you shall abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” When we read and meditate on God’s Word daily, we are abiding in His Word. We are putting His Word in our heart so we can speak it. So we can speak life! And God says we can ask what we desire, and it shall be done for us! As I read these scriptures, I’m struck over and over again what power there is in God’s Word! I get more and more excited, the more I study about words!
We’ve discovered that God is into creating life with His tongue, with His words. Since we are made in His image, He is into our creating life and prosperity with our tongues. That’s a lot of power that God has trusted us with. He has given us the choice which kind of words we speak - words of life and good or words of evil and destruction. But He wants us to speak words of life, encouraging words, words that uplift or “uphold”, and impacting words that accomplish His purpose in our lives and the world around us. He wants us to join Him in His purposes! When God speaks, He creates, upholds and accomplishes! And He encourages us to do the same.