Who knew playing Bingo with my daughter would remind me about the power of words?!?
It was a lazy summer day – the perfect day to play board games, my daughter suggested. Eager to comply with her request, I asked her to pick a few games. There among her favorites, lied an old-timer we had not played in a while: Bingo.
“I-30, G-51, B-10, O-74…” As my daughter called out each letter-number combination, my plain Bingo card filled with color. It was full with possibilities… At one point she called out: “N-34”… So close… I needed N-43 for the win so I jokingly told her: “No, you have to call out N-43!” She laughed and said: “Thanks for the tip!” Laughter filled the kitchen, where we were playing.
As she reached for the next Bingo ball, she could not believe her eyes… Yes, it was N-43! I could not believe it either! It was hilarious! As we laughed, I announced: “I have a prophetic mouth!” Shortly after my declaration, the thought came to mind that we do have prophetic mouths– to an extent, at least. It was a teachable moment and I grabbed it. I shared with my daughter what I am about to share with you (maybe not in so many words!). Here it goes.
Words have power to build and destroy(Proverbs 18:21) so we’d better watch out when we open our mouths. I also thought about how we, as image bearers of our God, have creative power in our mouths because He has creative power in His mouth. Now, we do not have it to the same extent. God created the Earth just by saying the word. He literally spoke the world into existence! Genesis 1 tells us about creation and how “God said… and it was so.” We cannot create something out of nothing or call something into existence but we can call out to the One who does.
I am not implying everything we declare will come to pass. At times God will grant us what we want because it is part of His will, not because we said it. What I am saying is our words have an effect on the people around us and can change our approach to a situation. We can create a new atmosphere with the words we say. We can lift others up instead of tearing them down (1 Thes. 5:11) We can speak of possibilities instead of calling negativity into a situation. It is the power of the words we chose to speak.
Do not think for a moment that I am the beacon of excellence when it comes to “speaking life”. There are moments where my choice of words is poor and I end up hurting those I love. There are also moments where I am more like Job, complaining and speaking in the bitterness of my soul (Job 10:1). At times it is easier for me to see the negative side of a situation instead of the possibilities… Yet, God is good and teaches me His ways. He uses people around me to point me in the right direction. He takes me to His word. He also exercises His creativity and uses a game of Bingo to remind me there is power in my mouth and that I can choose to speak into possibilities rather than into empty spaces.
Speaking life is not something we can do on our own. John 6:63 (ESV) says: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” The more we immerse ourselves in the Word of God, the more life He’ll breathe into us and the more life we’ll be able to speak into others.
So today I want to remind you of the power your words carry. You have a prophetic mouth that can point your actions in the direction of the words you speak! They say we have two ears and one mouth for a reason: we need to listen twice as much as we speak… James 1:19 says is like this: “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”. Lets try to listen more and practice awareness of our thoughts so we can choose the right words to say.
Today I invite you to explore how you use your words. Become aware of how your thoughts interact with your mouth.Invite the Holy Spirit into your conversations that you may choose your words wisely.
Dear God, thank you for my mouth and the ability to speak. Help me be more aware of my thoughts because I know my thoughts will translate into words. Your word says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Fill me with your Word, your love, your compassion, let me mouth speak out of the overflow of kindness I receive from You. Give me discernment to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it so I may build others up, not tear them down. Give me your eyes to look around me and help me see possibilities when all I can see is a problem. Help me speak life not only into people but also into situations. Give me your eternal perspective that I may choose the better response and in doing so You be glorified.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For His glory,