If you don’t know much about the power of words and the link to healing, then this post will really bless you.
When I first became unwell I would speak words of defeat all the time. “If God was going to heal me, he would have done it by now……my life has been destroyed…….I’m going to be in pain forever…” and so on. Have you ever spoken out words like that?
I basically just said what I was thinking and feeling so the people around would know how bad the situation was and the impact it was having on me. At this point I had no idea I was feeding the illness which delays the healing.
What do you speak out in those moments of distress? Do you say exactly what is in your heart at that moment? It might be because, like me, you’re just not aware of the impact those words have on your body. They actually reinforce the problem.
Life and Death is in the Power of the Tongue
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The Bible teaches that our words are containers of life and death. Our words are seeds, so if we’re wanting a harvest of health we need to plant words of life. This is our responsibility, not God’s.
Have you ever spoken words of defeat in desperation? Have you ever complained about your illness to others? (which I think is ok as long as you don’t live in this place) Maybe you’ve even spoken words of criticism about God for not healing you? Toxic words aren’t just lies or swear words, but also negativity or fear-induced words.
We’re releasing death into the atmosphere, and also our bodies because of the power of words. How can we expect victory when we keep speaking words of defeat? Wouldn’t it be sad that some don’t get well because they never understood this principle?
I was surprised when I realised that it wasn’t my thoughts that would snare me, it was those words I’d actually spoken. How many times have you prayed ‘in faith’ for healing? You’ve quoted Scripture, and said all the right things in prayer. Yet later on, especially during those emotional moments, you completely counteract the prayer you prayed earlier and start speaking words of defeat! Could this be because life and death is in the power of the tongue?
If we want healing to manifest in our bodies, our thoughts and words must come into alignment with the Word of God. Otherwise, our prayers are null and void. The Bible tells us that ‘out of the heart the mouth speaks’. Matt 12:34. The way to speak words in line with the Word of God is to ensure we’re meditating in the Word.
Every day, spending time in the Bible, listening to anointed preachers or declaring Scripture over ourselves. The Word needs to be in our hearts as this is what will determine what consistently comes out of our mouths during moments of stress.
The 10 spies reported reality when they gave what the Bible says is a ‘bad report’. There were powerful giants in the land but they said exactly what they saw with their natural eyes. But such was the power of their words, they totally ensnared themselves and never entered the Promised Land.
In the same way, how many times do we give a ‘bad report’ when telling people about our health? ‘This illness will destroy me…..no-one ever got better from this……I only have 5% chance of survival…..’ Of course we’re looking at the situation in the natural, just like the 10 spies.
So how can we faithfully discuss our situation? How can we tell of our health condition, which is our reality, and it not be a ‘bad report’?
SPEAK YOUR WORDS IN LIGHT OF THE CROSS
Joshua and Caleb never denied the reality, but they saw the giants from God’s perspective and were able to offer a faith filled report that honoured the magnitude of God. “We will devour them (the giants)….God is with us…” Num 14:9.
In other words ‘I have been diagnosed with a terminal cancer…but God says ‘I am restoring health unto you and healing your wounds’…….’I have been in pain for over 20 years…..but God ‘sent forth his Word in order to heal’ so I know I’m getting better.
This way we don’t suppress our reality or tell lies. If we were to speak God’s truth when we don’t actually believe it, this then causes a lack of integrity within us, causing conflict. ‘I am worried about my future but the Bible says that God delivers me from all my fears’.
The next time you’re distressed about your condition and you’re tempted to speak out words of defeat, remember to speak your truth in light of Jesus and what He has accomplished for you. Imagine a world where we all released life into the atmosphere and into our bodies. Think of the difference this would create.
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