The Power of Words: Jesus
By Dot Bowen
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5 (NIV)
As we wrap up this series on the power of words, it is essential to understand that Jesus is called the Word. The book of John begins with John calling Jesus the Word and explaining that through Him all things were made. The words we speak can be used for good or for bad and have limited power. Jesus is good, powerful, and the Word. We understand words can be used to determine our direction, bring fear, and keep us from trusting God. Words reflect what is in our heart. Jesus—the Word—desires to captivate our heart.
When we recognize a lie we have believed and replace that lie with the truth of God’s Word, we use the power of His Word to set us free from the lies we have believed. What makes God’s Word truth is who is saying it. God is truth and cannot lie; therefore, what He says is true. The power of His Word is released when applied. Below are a few truths we all need to know. And please remember, these are not my words, but God’s. Look up these twelve verses and let God’s Word be the foundation of your strength.
- All power belongs to God. Matthew 6:13
- Therefore, He can do all things. Matthew 19:26
- Nothing is impossible for God. Luke 1:34-37
- God is able to forgive sins. Matthew 9:7
- God is able to save us. Romans 1:16
- God is able to defend us to overcome our enemies. Psalm 39:9-11
- God is able to deliver us. Daniel 3-4
- God is able to protect us. Psalm 79:1-9
- God is able to make us stand. Romans 14:4
- God is able to come to our aid when we are tempted. Hebrews 2:18
- God is able to provide everything we need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3
- God is able to empower us to carry out what He has asked us to do. Romans 8:11
Do you need to know truth? Do you believe the power of lies or the power of God’s Word? Words are powerful and can be our source of strength or our source of defeat. Do you believe God is able to take care of and deliver you? Do you believe God has saved you? Do you believe God will come to your aid, give you His power, and provide all you need to be the person He created you to be? This is truth!
When you begin to think negative thoughts, you must know and believe God’s truth and replace the lie with which you are struggling with truth! For example, if you begin to feel condemned and ashamed of your past, embrace the truth that you are forgiven and tell yourself: “God died for my sins, and I’m forgiven!” Continue to repeat this until you replace the lie with truth! How often will you need to do this? Every time you begin to believe the lie! God’s Word is powerful! If you believe truth and apply it to your life, you will live free from the lies that keep you in bondage!
Further Reading Matthew 6:13, Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:34-37, Matthew 9:7, Romans 1:16, Psalm 39:9-11, Daniel 3-4, Psalm 79:1-9, Romans 14:4, Hebrews 2:18, 2 Peter 1:3, Romans 8:11