Read Proverbs 12 at Bible Gateway.
The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will come through trouble.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him. Pro 12:13-14
The words that come out of our mouths are not idle! They matter as much as the work of our hands. The wicked speak transgression with their lips, while the righteous speak blessing with their lips. In our culture, we tend to dismiss the words that come out of people’s mouths. But words carry power, because by the Word of God He created the universe. And then He made man in His image. I believe we can actually create situations and circumstances in our lives by the words which come out of our mouths.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 1 Cor 1:27-28
This was the first principle I learned when I began learning how to stand on the Word of God until I saw those outcomes in my circumstances, and not just lay down and accept whatever the enemy wanted to dish out to me. God uses the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. So what does that mean, and what does that have to do with words? When God first created the universe, darkness covered the face of the deep. That was the reality, the thing that was. But then He spoke the words, “Let there be light.” And the thing which was not — light — brought to nothing the thing that was — darkness (Gen 1:1-3).
So let’s say your marriage is in trouble, and your spouse acts uncaring to you all the time, and it is distressing. You can speak the thing that is (Why are you mean all the time? Or, My husband doesn’t care for me, etc.) and the thing that is will be perpetuated. Or you can speak the thing that is not (Thank You, LORD, for giving me the gift of my husband, or Thank you, honey, for all you do to take care of us, etc.) and the thing that is not will bring to nothing the thing that is. A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth.
Part of the reason this works, is that it is a spiritual principle that faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17). When we hear the thing that is not, with our own ears, we begin to have faith that it will be that way. And when faith is released for something, then the miraculous power to do that something is released.
In a way, believing and speaking what is not in order to bring to nothing what is, is a form of worship of the one true God; it is a way of rejecting idolatry. You are refusing to bow your knee to the situation, the lie, which the devil has created for your life (My husband doesn’t love me), and by faith you bow the knee to the situation, the truth, which God has created for you and which He has revealed in His word (Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, Eph 5:25).
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