The Power of Words
If I had to select one Scripture that means more for living in the power of Christ than any other, it would be 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. These three verses are packed with wisdom from on high, and if the Body of Christ lived according to them we would be victorious against the forces of evil. "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension (claim) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ."
The truth is that when we received Jesus Christ as our Savior, He gave us power and authority in His name. We were made in the image of God who used His voice to create the universe. Repeatedly, the book of Genesis tells us, "And God said." Then it describes the results of what God said. For example, "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." (Genesis 1:3) Like God, the words that we say have power and authority to change the world around us. However, we must remember that these changes can be for the good or the bad, because our words are weapons. There are two kingdoms, and everything that comes out of our mouths will agree with one of these kingdoms, either the Kingdom of light or the kingdom of darkness.
As it says in 2 Corinthians 10:3, we do not wage war like the world does. God has given us a spiritual weapon that is stronger than any physical weapon the world can produce. Ephesians 6:7 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. This Word comes from the Kingdom of light, and as we speak in agreement with it we have the power to produce life. On the other hand, anything we say that does not agree with the Kingdom of light agrees with the kingdom of darkness and ultimately produces death. Negative words make an agreement with the demonic that give it permission to bring about the consequences of these words. Proverbs 18:21 confirms the power of the spoken word: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (NKJV)
We are here on earth on assignment from God, to live our lives like Jesus did. When we are doing this, we live in His power and authority. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us how to maintain them: We must use the words of God, declaring His whole truth, to destroy every argument and claim that does not agree with the complete truth of God. We must not speak in a negative way that agrees with the proclamations of the world. We must believe that all things are possible with Christ and speak in agreement with His Kingdom.
Cindy Trimm, former senator, author and dedicated Christian whose goal is to expand the Kingdom of God, has good advice on how to use our Scripture. She says, "Use every thought like an architect uses a blueprint. Think about every detail. Ask God to enlarge your capacity for thinking and imagining." As we allow the Lord to do this, and trust Him to work in our best interest, we will speak positive words that transform us and the world around us and lead us to victory.
Joan E. Mathias