LET THERE BE LIGHT. Four simple words with such an infinite response. I wish I’d been there in that moment, to see complete darkness be filled with His light. I am compelled by the nature of God. God is the most powerful being in all the heavens. He could have created our universe with the massive strength of His hands. I picture Him holding clay, shaping the planets, adding the oceans, the foliage, all the animals and us. Yet He didn’t do it that way. He chose to use his VOICE. He called into existence everything you and I see today around us, with just His words.
Words are powerful. The Bible — the “Word” of God — weaves a tapestry throughout it’s entirety about the power of words. It paints picture after picture of the the magnitude of our words. With words we create or tear down. With words we empower or disqualify a person. Words are not something that are forgotten quickly. Even death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21
, James 3:6). I find it so intriguing that the moment we open our Bible in Genesis 1:1, we see how words CREATE.
Since God, the Creator, used words to create the world we now live in, and if WE are made in the image of our Creator (Gen. 1:27
), then I would like to propose that our words, too, have the power to create. I believe we bring about change in our world by the words we speak, and the declarations we profess. You’ve heard endless motivational phrases about how we are what we think or say. But it’s true. What we profess and speak with our mouth can and will affect the people and the world around us. But if the words we speak are empty and carry no faith, then they carry no power (unless they’re just hurtful words —those carry power too).
Faith is belief without proof. It’s something that we have no reason to believe will happen because we’ve never seen it, yet we’re choosing to cling to hope and believe. Faith is something we all possess if we believe in our savior, Jesus. It’s a gift from God and the Holy Spirit.
I would argue that even God has faith. I know what you’re thinking…but let me explain my thoughts here. When God spoke the world into existence, with each phrase He spoke, He would’ve had to believe it was going to happen. Otherwise, He would’ve just created it with His hands. I believe He was demonstrating the power of words, activated with the power of faith. He was setting us up for incredible future opportunities to display our faith in Him! The biggest difference here is that God has absolute faith. There is nothing that causes Him to doubt His own words because He knows His words will do what He tells them to do. His words never come back void, or empty. They accomplish all He speaks. Take a look at this verse:
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.” (Hebrews 11:1-3 TPT)
Faith requires hope. And the words we speak require faith. We have to believe that God will align Heaven with our words and create a new reality. Our faith deepens the longer we walk with Jesus because we see answers to our prayers and miracles unfold before our eyes. And that results in confidence that God hears us and God answers the prayers of HIs kids.
“Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in confident faith. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest!” (Hebrews 4:1-3 TPT)
Confident faith brings rest, too. There’s no striving in rest. We don’t need to question if our prayer was eloquent or perfect enough, because we have confidence that our faith activates our words, resulting in a new reality. And this brings rest.
What world are you creating with your words? Are you building up or tearing down? I challenge and encourage you to activate your faith with your words and create around you what God has inspired within you. Your future is waiting. Speak.