I’m excited about the Lord putting it on my heart to write about the significance of words. Why? Because I know that baby Christians will get a good foundation in this vital foundational subject and also the older believers will take on more territory for God …like taking cities and counties for the Kingdom of God or starting new churches and Bible schools, through their faith.
So, let’s begin at Mark 11:22-23
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. NKJV
In these words of Jesus, He gives us the application of having faith in God. This is how a person who has faith in God does. He says some things. Do you notice how He put an emphasis on saying? Whoever SAYS to this mountain…and does not doubt in his heart but believers that those things HE SAYS will be done, he will have whatever HE SAYS. Three times, Jesus used the words connected with what you say and one time in the verse He used the word believe
The enemy hates this teaching on words. Why? He’s after your words. He wants you to speak words that are in agreement with his stealing, destroying and killing mission.
But brethren, we must esteem the significance of our words. Is it true that you can say something and if you believe that what you said will come to pass, you shall have what you say? Who came up with this? Who is speaking in our opening verse? The Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
Verse 24 of Mark 11 talks about prayer. But verse 23 is not talking about prayer. It’s talking about what you say. Some people undo their prayers with their mouth. After you ask God for something in prayer, and you believe you have received, if you get out of there and keep talking contrary to what you prayed, you are undoing your prayers. You can mess up a good prayer with an unbelieving confession.
Notice the Lord did not say to pray and ask God to move the mountain (obstacles) in your life. Some people pray and ask God to please make the devil go away. But that’s not what Jesus said to do. He told us to speak to the mountain and not about the mountain. You speak to the enemy and not about him.
When you speak, you must believe that your own words are effective. In other words, you must take your words seriously. You must be a person who speaks the truth by being more selective of your words. If you’re more selective with what you say, you will be more effective. If when you say something, you don’t back off of what you said, you’ll be developing yourself to be a person of your own effective words.
Look at 2 Cor. 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. KJV
Do you believe that you have the same spirit of faith that David had when he faced Goliath? Do you have the same spirit of faith that Abraham had when he believed the Word of God that He would be a father at 99 years of age? Do you have the same spirit of faith that the apostle Paul had when he took the gospel to his entire known world? Do you have the same spirit of faith that Daniel had when they put him in the lion’s den?
When you have the same spirit of faith they had, what do you do? You also believe and therefore you SPEAK. Believing and speaking are foundational to our faith. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord, you believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you confessed with your mouth that He would be your Lord from that day on and He is! Your words changed the course of your life for all eternity.
Brethren, words still determine the course of your life. See James 3:2-5. Till next week, begin to note the words you are speaking. They are significant.