Some of my muscles are weaker than others. I realized that doing the same exercise routine for almost a year now has caused disproportionate strength in my body. As I started lifting heavier weights, I could feel the distinction between different muscles groups, especially in my upper body.
I somehow strained a major muscle group in my back–either the rhomboids or trapezius. I know that injuries are a normal part of any competition, but it still doesn’t make the pain and setback feel any better. I found myself complaining at the gym to my coach and friend.
I didn’t like hearing my words. I’ve been in a season of my life where I’m doing a major word demolition. I’m tired of allowing words of complaints, anxiety and worry fly out of my mouth. There is absolutely no reason for it. Jesus died to give me freedom from guilt, shame, lack and insecurity, and I dishonor His sacrifice when I willingly walk into the thick mire of negative talk.
I said something about being weak, and I had to stop myself. My negative talk is not going to help me get into competing shape. It’s not going to help my injury heal. In fact, my words of death are only going cause more barriers that I will have to overcome to achieve my goals.
“My words are not helping me!” I exclaimed. So in an instant I changed the trajectory of my speech and began saying, “I’m strong! I am healing! I’m overcoming this setback!”
Yes! Finally, words that will actually pave the way to me achieving the goals that I set in place.
We live in the natural world, but our hearts have the imprint of a greater, spiritual world (Ecclesiastes 3.11). Eventually, heaven will be our home and eternity will be our reality. Right now our earthly home is encased like a womb in our spiritual home. The spiritual reality is greater than our natural reality because it is eternal.
Since we have both flesh and spirit, we have the power to access both the natural and supernatural worlds. We have much power in our natural strengths and abilities to make a difference for the Kingdom of God, but our truest strength is found in our words. Our words have the power of life and death because they give us the ability to reach the spiritual world and change our natural circumstances.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18.21 ESV).
There is so much power in the spoken word! By our own mouths we can speak tree of life fruited with blessings (Proverbs 15.4). We can bless others (Proverbs 25.11). We can turn away wrath (Proverbs 15.1). We can bring health to our souls and bodies ( Proverbs 16.24). We can even preserve our life (Proverbs 13.3).
But with that same tongue we can create death! What always sobers me to the power of words is that fact that I will be accountable to every one I unleash on this earth! I need to be a good steward of my words because they have so much power!
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12.36 ESV).
It not a coincidence that Jesus is called the Word (John 1.1). He spoke salvation and redemption over creation by saying “It is finished” on the cross (John 19.30). God used words to create all life, speaking everything into being. If God’s words are that powerful, and we are made in His image, shouldn’t we be more wise about the words we choose to speak (Genesis 1.27)? I know that my words have power, and I choose to not bring death into my life. Instead, I choose to bring life!