Words carry power. They carry the power to build, and to destroy. They have the power to start wars, tear down dreams, and incite others to hatred. They also have the power to ignite a movement, bring comfort, calm fears, and inspire greatness in others. Great men and women of history are often remembered by the words that they spoke. Your words carry power as well. However, it is important to remember that it is not just words spoken in prayer, or spoken after a significant amount of thought that have this ability. It is also the words we speak without thinking. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The Message translation says it like this;” Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit- you choose. “ Let’s talk about the power of words.
Life can throw us some challenges. There may even be some circumstances in life in which you feel that you do not have any power to change. I want to tell you that regardless of the situation your words have an impact either positive or negative. The words we choose carry weight. Our words have the power to invite God into our circumstance, even ones that seems impossible. Let’s take a look at David. He was a teenage boy who was taking on a giant. Goliath was not just a giant, but he was also a skilled warrior. If this were a movie I would be covering my eyes at this point or leaving to go get a drink not wanting to see the little guy killed. But David did something that I believed changed the impossible. He declared victory. 1 Samuel 17: 45-47 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” David killed the giant and won a great victory for the Israelite’s that day. I believe that his victory was fueled by his declaration. He went into the battle not just hoping or thinking he would would win. He went into battle with a victory shout on his lips. David declared victory before the battle even began.
David was bold in his declaration of victory, but if you look closer his was also a declaration of praise. David is known as a worshiper. Read the book of Psalms. He loved God with everything in him and so it was natural for him to praise God for the victory before it had been won. David did not say that he himself would defeat Goliath, rather that the battle belonged to the Lord. Praise and worship are powerful tools in the midst of the battle. David spent so much time praising God that he knew, not just thought, that God was mighty to save. Declaring who God is in the battle changes our perspective. Let’s look at another example. Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown into prison for casting a demon out of a slave girl. ( Acts 16) Here they were sitting in a dirty, dark prison in chains, sore and bloodied from a beating. Did they speak defeat or retreat? No! About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. ( Acts 16:25-26 NIV). Not only were Paul and Silas freed from jail, but the jailer and his family accepted Christ as their savior. Another example of God stepping in when His people praised is found in 2 Chronicles 20- King Jehoshaphat sent the praisers out before the army and God won the battle without Israel even lifting a sword.
Our shout has the power to bring life back to those things we thought were dead. Have you had a dream that you felt was from God, but then life happened and you feel that the time has passed you by? It is time to give a shout. Ezekiel 37 tells the story of the dry bones. In his vision God told Ezekiel to speak a prophetic message to the dry and dusty bones that they would live again. A valley full of dry dead bones became a mighty army. When you feel that your hope is gone, that the purposes and plans God put in your heart many years before have passed you by declare life into those things and see what God will do.
Declaring God’s word into your situation is very powerful. The Word of God is alive. ( Hebrews 4:12). When we speak God’s word we build our faith. Romans 10:17 says So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God ( NKJV). I would encourage you to find a scripture to hold onto and declare into your situation. Speak it out loud. God says that He is faithful to perform His word. ( Jeremiah 1:12). Elijah spoke the end of 3 years of drought in 1 Kings 18. Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain. ( 1 Kings 18:41 NKJV) He declared an end to the drought before there was even a cloud in the sky. How? He had heard a word from God. He knew that even when there was no sign of rain God was going to show up because He said He would. Elijah did not give up when the first time he prayed there was no rain. He had to tell his servant seven times to go and look for the evidence of the promise before a cloud even appeared. When the cloud finally showed up it was only tiny, about the size of a man’s hand. That did not stop Elijah’s faith. He knew that even a cloud that small, if sent by God, carried with it the end of the drought. It can be easy to give up in the battle. If it takes time to see a breakthrough it is easy to stop believing and step into defeat. If we see only a small breakthrough it is easy to become discouraged and feel that God has forgotten us. Remember, drought ending rain can start with only a small cloud. Do not be silent. Continue to pray, and speak victory until you see the fulfillment of the promise.
Whatever giant you may be facing speak to it. Declare victory regardless of what that giant may be- sickness, poverty, fear. Do not run silent into battle. Do not let fear make you silent or speak defeat, anger or faithlessness. God is greater than anything you may be facing. Shout your victory. Praise God in the middle of the battle, because He is fighting for you. Don’t stop until you have seen the promise come to pass. Call life back into dreams you thought were once dead. Make a declaration of your victory. Use your words- they carry power. We are victorious in Christ. We know that the war has already been won. ( 1 John 4:4, Colossians 2:15, Hebrews 2:14). Make a declaration of the victory that has already been won at the cross.