I’ve been meaning to continue blogging my thoughts on the “once saved, always saved” doctrine but have been so incredibly busy–what with spring sports starting–that I have been a poor blogger. However, the subject that is burning a hole in my soul these days has to do with the power of our words.
Do you believe that what you speak has power? I do. And no, I’m not on some New Agey kick. If the New Agers believe in the power of the spoken word, then they stole the premise from God’s Word. The ancient Jews put great stock in the power of words. For goodness sakes, they wouldn’t even say His name YHVH out of respect for the power and sacredness of it and the scary potential of using it in vain. When they gave their word, they kept it even when it meant great heartache to them.
Remember when Jacob took his family back to see Esau and the home folks? Unbeknownst to him, his beloved wife Rachel had made off with her father Laban’s household idols. When Laban chased them down to see who the thief was, Jacob cried out, “But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live.” (Gen. 31:32) Rachel was not caught at that time and did not die immediately, though the curse had been pronounced by her husband. Not long after that, however, she died an untimely death while giving birth to Benjamin.
The spoken word has been vital since creation. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3)
Jesus is called the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4) This Scripture shows the power in the Word–it creates, it gives life, it brings light.
So if that has been true of the word (Word) all along, why do we negate the power of the spoken word today? Yes, I know that some preachers involved in what has been called “The Word of Faith” movement have abused this truth. I shudder to think of the preachers who taught that Christians could go lay hands on what they wanted and speak it into existence–the whole “name it, claim it” movement. I remember reports of people laying hands on Cadillacs at the dealership, naming it and claiming it. I am embarrassed by that.
I wonder if they got their Cadillacs. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
In some cases, the movement has given way to “faith in faith” rather than “faith in Jesus Christ and His words.” My daughter believes that in a sense, it has become a religion in itself, like using the Scriptures as a magic mantra/formula to try to get what one wants–a hoodoo voodoo incantation to get results.
That being said, I DO believe that there is credibility to the Word of Faith movement when applied correctly and according to the Word of God. There’s no way that the spoken word had such power long ago but suddenly doesn’t today. You can’t convince me of that.
And yes, I’ve read myriad teachings against the Word of Faith movement. I’ve read testimonies of people who have escaped a cultish-style of teaching in some of these churches. They make a lot of valid points. But just because some leaders and churches have abused and misinterpreted Scripture doesn’t mean we throw out the baby with the bath water. Don’t veer back too far to the right just because you got mixed up with some folks who were too far to the left. God’s true way is not found in either extreme.
Joyce Meyer, in one of her books on healing, tells this story:
“There was a man who was sick and who was confessing the Word over his body, quoting healing Scriptures and believing for his healing to manifest. While doing so, he was intermittently attacked with thoughts of doubt. After he had gone through a hard time and was beginning to get discouraged, God opened his eyes to the spirit world. This is what he saw: a demon speaking lies to him, telling him that he was not going to get healed and that confessing the Word was not going to work. But he also saw that each time he confessed the Word, light would come out of his mouth like a sword, and the demon would cower and fall backward. As God showed him this vision, the man then understood why it was so important to keep speaking the Word. He saw that he did have faith, which is why the demon was attacking him with doubt.”
If the Word was a light in John 1, then why can’t the Word of God still produce light and healing? (The point is to make sure one is speaking the true Word of God, not some “name it and claim it and get a condo in Hawaii” word.)
If the Word was life in John 1, then surely speaking the Word of God produces actual life (not just eternal life in Heaven). “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;” (Hebrews 4:12) His Word is living!
Speaking (literally) and applying His Word to our bodies (through Godly lifestyles) could, according to my interpretation of the Bible, produce light, life and health. “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
But what should it all point back to? Faith in faith? Faith in words as a magic formula? NO. God forbid.
(I have TONS more to write on this subject; this is just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until you hear how I think quantum physics supports the theory of power in our words. I am studying things such as frequencies and vibrations of the spoken word. And before you make the sign of the cross and say, “Ooh, New Agey!”, remember Who created this Earth with the frequencies and sound waves. He certainly had a purpose in this, and I believe He intends for Christians to make use of His creation. There’s a reason that playing heavy metal music to plants eventually kills them, while peaceful music makes them healthier. . .something about those sound waves and vibrations. Tune in soon!)