He spoke light into existence three days before creating the light SOURCE.
Fast forward to verses 14-19 of the same chapter:
When the waters were raging around the disciples in the boat, Jesus spoke “Peace, be still” and the winds and waves obeyed. (Mark 4:39)
Words Mean Things
He made it abundantly clear, by both Word and deed, that words truly do mean things. Since we are created in His image, it only stands to reason that a little bit of the creative power of words would trickle down to us. In much the same way that we have our mom’s eyes or our dad’s dimples, being God’s child comes with a bit of “inherited” character. And that’s one of them!
That’s why the Scriptures make reference to it again and again.
Consider these verses in Matthew:
If there were no power in our words, then how could we possibly be justified or condemned by them? There would have to be sustenance to them, wouldn’t there? What’s more, our words, once uttered, are forever engrained in the strands of time. Jesus spoke of this too:
Have you ever sat and reminisced with someone about those who are no longer with us? I know I have!
When we talk about our friends and family who have gone on, we almost always talk of some of the things they said. That’s because those words do not pass away. They are forever with us, whether good or bad. They resonate across generations, whether good or bad and should be treated for the immense weight that they hold.
Words Can Create Fear
If you listen long enough to many of the voices around you, it’s possible to become reduced to a complete mess. While we may not believe them at first, a repeated message is often one that becomes more believable the more it is SPOKEN.
Jesus knew this when He accompanied a man named Jairus, who had asked Him to heal his daughter, back to his home where the girl lay. As they drew closer, people from the man’s house came and asked why he was troubling the Master. His daughter was already dead, they said. Jesus knew the power of those words, and the power they could yield if they took hold of the man. So…
Not only did Jesus pull the man’s focus away from the naysayers by reminding him what he should think about (only believe!), but He also limited the number of people that went into the house with Him.
Once inside, with Jairus, Peter, James, and John, Jesus SPOKE to the girl, “Talitha cumi” or as translated, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise,” (Mark 5:41), and she arose and walked “straightway.”
These words recorded for us in the Scriptures are not there randomly nor by chance. They are not simply stories because the Word of God is Living, and sharper than a two-edged sword.
We have to address the fact that we can speak life or death into many situations and lives around us, especially when it comes to ourselves and our children. I dare say, even the words we hold in reserve in our thought lives along can be enough to cripple ourselves and trample out many opportunities to go about the work of the Kingdom. Remember:
Don’t make the mistake of talking yourself to death.