“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.” — Mark 11:23.
I know I have used this verse several times lately in talking about principles of healing, but I have another point I want to bring out. Too often instead of speaking to our mountain and using our words to make it leave, we unknowingly use our words to bring mountains into our lives. We are using our faith and the power of our words, but it is directed to the wrong area, and we speak it out, and it comes to pass. It is faith in the power of the devil and his schemes instead of faith in the power of God and the victory we have through Jesus.
Let me give an example. You hear that a certain sickness, say the flu, is going around. The seed of fear is planted in your mind. You think, “What if I get it?” Then you start believing you are going to get it, and you say so accordingly. “Yeah, the flu is going around. If anyone is going to get it, I’m sure I will. Bad stuff is always happening to me.” Then shortly after that you get it. Then you speak out, “See, I knew I would get it. I told you.”
Putting faith in the bad thing happening and speaking it out opened the door for the devil to just come right in. We need to start shutting those doors folks. We need to put faith in what Jesus has done and speak out those words of life instead of speaking out sickness and the power of the devil. We need to be careful with our words and realize that they do carry power and set things in motion in the unseen spiritual realm. Proverbs 18:21 states: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Do not just casually glance over that verse. Read it again, slowly and out loud. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Death and life. We should not curse ourselves with our own words but speak life over ourselves and others.
I first started learning about the importance of our words when my father was sick. I mean no disrespect to my father. I loved him dearly and miss him very much, but he cursed himself with his own words due to not knowing our words have the power of life and death in them. He actually said that he would probably get cancer and die before he could enjoy his retirement. I don’t know why he said it, but the devil planted a seed in his mind, and he spoke it out. His words became a self-fulfilling prophecy. He died of cancer at the age of 64 before he was able to retire. I am sharing this story, not to put my dad down but to make others aware of the power of our tongue.
Now I want to share a positive example of speaking life and seeing positive results. Many probably remember the story of a local woman who passed out and was unconscious for several days due to a severe heart condition she was unaware she had. She was in very bad shape, and the doctors didn’t give her much hope. They said if she did live, she would have to be in a nursing home and couldn’t take care of herself. Because this woman was unconscious and could not believe for herself, I think her husband provided the breakthrough for her healing by not speaking death over her.
When the nurses approached him with paperwork to fill out about possible nursing homes, he refused. He refused to speak death or negativity over her and told them he didn’t want to hear about it again. And guess what? She made a miraculous recovery that the doctors considered a miracle. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and her husband chose to speak life over his dear wife.
Father help us to be aware that the words we speak carry power and remind us to speak life over ourselves and others. Amen.
Amber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: November 22, 2016