The Power of Words


Words have the power of both death and life. Your life will only rise to the level of the words to which you consistently expose yourself, believe and speak. The apostle Paul, as well as all the apostles understood this truth when writing letters to the first century church. In every introduction the apostles made a point to remind the church how God viewed them regardless of their current actions. Let me illustrate.

The Roman Church

In his letter to the Romans, Paul opens by stating his credential and calling to be an apostle to the gospel of Jesus. Then he says this:

“To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” The first thing Paul does is to bless the saints: grace and peace. Then he begins his letter.

“ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world…” (Romans 1:7-8 NIV)

What does Paul remind his beloved believers? In this short section he tells them four things:

  1. You are loved by God.

  2. You are called to be his holy people.

  3. I thank my God for all of you.

  4. Because your faith is so profound that it’s being reported all over the world.

The Corinthian Church (First Letter)

In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul opens his by stating his credentials again: “called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.”

Then Paul says to the believers: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people…” (1 Corinthians 1:1-2 NIV)

Here Paul reminds them of three things:

  1. The church belongs to God.

  2. That they are sanctified (purified from sin).

  3. And that they are called to holy.

The Ephesian Church

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he again opens by stating his authority: “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.”

Then he says: “To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.”

Here Paul states two things:

  1. They are holy.

  2. They are faithful.

Are you beginning to see a pattern? In virtually every letter, Paul repeats the same pattern. Regardless of personal struggles within any given church Paul consistently opened each letter by speaking life over the church. Paul always opened with positive truths to remind the believers of their true nature. Paul never addressed the churches: “to the sinners.” Every single letter without exception was opened with: “to the saints.”

Why do you suppose Paul did this? Paul clearly understood the power of words and the truth represented by those words. When the truth of God sinks deep into your spirit and you begin to believe the truths represented by those words, your life will transform to match the truth of those words.

With these thoughts in mind regarding words, below, I have taken many scriptures from the Word of God and turned them into positive confessions. This is what God's word says about us.

God's Positve Confessions

You are created in the image of God.

You reign with Jesus in the heavenlies.

You are continually filled with the Holy Spirit.

You are born again and free from sin. You are blameless.

God has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

You are light, salt, and more than a conqueror.

You have been rescued, redeemed, and purchased by the blood of Jesus.

God’s goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.

He crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

God is causing everything to work together toward your good.

You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.

God has good plans for your life, plans to prosper you and to give you a hope and a future.

When you search for Him with your whole heart, He will restore your fortunes.

The fruit of the God’s Spirit reigns in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

The peace of God rules your mind and heart.

You are steadfast and immovable.

The love of God has been poured out in your heart.

You love others as yourself and God with your whole heart.

These are just a few things that God’s word says about you. It’s one thing to know them. It’s another to speak them. It’s entirely another to believe them. It's even another to walk in these truths.

When you let the truth of God’s words sink deep into your spirit, your entire life will transform. The next time you are tempted to speak something negative over yourself or someone else, remember this: words have the power of both death and life. Choose to speak life.


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