Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Power of Your Words

"You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways." (Job 22:28, NKJV)

I find it particularly powerful that this familiar verse is found in Job. Every time I read about Job, I want to give him a hug and a gift basket of Neosporin for his painful boils. Job's suffering was pronounced and his complaints were justified in the natural.

After the LORD challenges him, Job answers the LORD. He says in Job 42:5, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You." (emphasis, mine). Job rightly understood that he was nothing without God, and repented. Job was driven to repentance the moment his eyes were opened to the nature of God. Job had accumulated knowledge throughout his years. Knowledge of suffering. Knowledge of wickedness. Knowledge of injustice. The knowledge only drove him further into the shadows of reproach, shame, and bitterness. However, the moment his eye was opened to the holiness of God, he became keenly aware of his own sin nature.

The LORD not only forgave Job, but called him "My servant" and restored a double portion to him. God desired Job in the midst of his despondency. He heard every prayerful plea. However, Job wanted to reason with God more than he wanted to surrender to God. Once Job saw God rightfully, repentance and restoration followed.

I believe once we truly see God's love for us through Jesus, we can clearly see who we are in Him. Once we embrace that relationship, we can activate His promises. The words we say have power not because of our own righteousness, but because of His righteousness operating through us. Once our eyes are opened to this revelation, we can decree a thing, and it will be established.

If you and your spouse are facing a hopeless or impossible situation, start opening your mouth each day and command God's blessing and favor in your life. Your words will become the vehicle that takes you to your destiny. Recognize that whenever you complain and confess negativity, you essentially withhold praise from the LORD. Complaining creates a place of captivity, or a false sense of reality because it denies the power of God. Unwittingly, you usher in condemnation because you essentially become the judge of your circumstances, rather than giving that rightful seat to God, the One who created you and who HAS delivered you.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, "Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls-- 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

Ask your husband/wife to hold you accountable for your words. Be cognizant of every word that you speak, with a poignant realization that words have prophetic power and implication. Activate God's blessings and promises over your lives, and expect deliverance.


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