Jeremiah 18:18,a,c Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah; Come and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.”
When the people in the days of Jeremiah wanted to plot against him, their focus was on using two things: ‘ using their tongue and silencing that of Jeremiah’. Such is the capacity of spoken words that it is expedient to share a little on the power of words.
1. Words mobilise spirits
The hand of God moves in response to spoken words. Angelic visitations and mobilisations like that involving the rescuing of Peter, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego were the result of words. Likewise, the forces of darkness latch unto and mobilise to words that permit their operation.
2. Life and death are in the power of the tongue.
You can speak yourself into whatever situation you desire. Whether towards life, or towards death. When one begins to speak, it is almost as though you take the cloak of an artist who is searching their environment for inspiration. Whatever tools you find and use, will produce an outcome that reflects your choices.
3. Words create and destroy
At creation, God spoke and it was and when men plotted against Jeremiah, words were the weapon of choice. Sometimes, words hit harder than physical stripes. That is why relationships built over years may come crushing down at a single statement. Your words must therefore be seasoned with grace, and infused with loved.
We live in a world where the delicate balance between light and darkness is maintained through very stringent legalities. Like in the Miranda rights ‘everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law’- Every word we utter therefore carries weight. Even more so because as Priests and Kings unto our God, we are also legislators and litigators. We cannot therefore be careless with our words.
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