Fighting Words

Duane Vander Klok

The more I read the Bible, the more I am convinced that God is trying to teach us how to talk. Your words are powerful—they carry the power of life and death, Proverbs 18:21. Many people only talk about the trials and mountains they are facing, but the Bible tells you to talk to the mountain. Faith is trust, confidence, and being fully persuaded, and the first thing that faith will move is your mouth. If your faith doesn’t move your mouth, it will never move your mountain.

Before you start speaking, spend time meditating on the Word. Something has to happen on the inside of your heart before it can happen on the outside. Many believe that meditation means emptying your mind, but Biblical meditation is filling your mind with God’s Word. Sow the Word into your heart, and you will reap a great harvest as it changes you from the inside out.

Spiritual battles are fought with words. But you cannot trust and be fully persuaded if you do not value your own word. When you do not follow through on what you say to others, you are teaching yourself not to trust the power of your words. Remember to recognize the power that they carry. In Mark 11:23, Jesus said, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Faith works when we speak God’s Word into our life knowing the power of our words. As trials arise in your life, what are you going to say?

Here is what the Bible tells you to speak over your life:
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…
Psalm 107:2
…Let the weak say I am strong.
Joel 3:10
…The Lord is my helper, my deliverer; do not delay O my God.
Psalm 40:17
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39