“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
Like it or not, this is a word-created, word-controlled universe. God established it that way from the very beginning. He made everything by calling “things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17, KJV). He set this whole system in motion by speaking into the darkness and saying, “Light be!” and light was (Genesis 1:3).
The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, makes it clear that we live under a word-activated system. It’s always been that way, and it always will be. We can’t change that fact. We can, however, choose the words under which we live. We can change our environment by what we say.
Jesus explained it this way in Matthew 12:34-37:
…whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.
Even in the natural world, you have to speak the result you want. Say you want to build a round building but you tell your builder you want a square one; what do you think you will get? Even though the desire of your heart might be to have a perfectly round building, YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU SAID. So it is in life: What you say with your mouth is what you are going to get—even though you might desire something else.
We live in a word-created, word-upheld universe. Amen. It’s pretty awesome, isn’t it? Words dominate our lives. It’s set. It cannot be changed, but we can change the words under which we live.