More Than a Word

In the beginning God created light, formed lands, and brought forth living creatures by speaking them into existence. His words created substance.

The Bible goes on to declare, He created man in His image after His likeness. Now here’s where a light bulb should come on; if He created things by speaking them and we’re made in His image, maybe we’re wired that way too.

The words we speak can change our situations. Words whether positive or negative have power. The Bible confirms this stating, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverb 18:21). The ancient adage, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”, couldn’t be more erroneous. Words are transactions that affect our lives.

To this point, affirmations play a significant role in the life of believers. Using certain key elements aid in making our affirmations more effective. One key to affirmations is momentum. The more consistent we are at making an affirmation the more effective that affirmation becomes. We should fill our atmospheres with what we want to occur. Another key to effective affirmations is to not counteract them with negative words or confessions because they will render any positive affirmations ineffective. Finally, the greatest affirmations are declared when we speak the word of God over our lives. In the words of minister Jesse Duplantis, “The Word will work if you work it.” Jesus said, “The words I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life,” (John 6:63 KJV).

The bible restates this over and over again: 

“For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword”,
(Hebrew 4:12KJV).

 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”,
(Isaiah 55:11).

We can learn a few things for the Jewish culture about confessing affirmations. The tradition of blessing their children by speaking words over the child often catapults the child into a success life. This often happens at the child’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. An elderly Jacob spoke over his sons in Genesis 49, blessings to most and curses to others.

Laban Jacob’s father-in-law accused him of stealing his idol gods. A younger Jacob quickly responded “with whomsoever you find with your gods, let him not live…” Jacob didn’t know his beloved wife Rachel had stolen them.” Rachel dies a couple of chapters later in childbirth.

Personally for years, I habitually confessed my desired weights. My affirmation, “I weigh a certain number of pounds (I won’t disclose the amount), I eat right and light and I exercise regularly.” During those years my weight remained within 3 pounds of the amount I spoke. When I slacked up and eventually stopped saying this (for more than a year or two), I found myself 15 pounds over my desired weight. The story doesn’t end here. I’ve been making that affirmation again for months and I am exercising regularly and eight pounds from my desired weight. This personal declaration worked for me. How much more will His word work for us.

When we speak the word angels are activated to fight our battles, bring blessings from heaven, and work out situations on our behalf. They listen for commands which align with God’s word. They are often the catalyst between our words and our blessings. The Bible says we will judge our angels. However we limit them by not speaking right words.

One final note, names are affirmations spoken over a person their entire lifetime. If the name is positive it impacts that life in a positive way.  God renamed several of His servants to propel them into their destinies. Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, Father of many nations. Jacob (supplanter, the trickster) became Israel (one God fights for). A name is more than a word. A name is an affirmation that can change a destiny.

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Yvette Forbes

Yvette Forbes is an ordained minister of the gospel. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree from Spelman College and a Masters in Divinity from Oral Roberts University. She presently serves as Overseer of Chosen Vessels of Jesus Christ Ministries under the spiritual covering of Apostle Terry Ball of Word Explosion Ministries.

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