Have you ever found yourself snared by a particularly persistent problem—stuck in some stubborn spot of trouble you just can’t seem to fix? You’ve done everything you know to do. You’ve focused on it, prayed about it, and scratched your head over it, but you still can’t figure out what’s behind it. You don’t know why it is like it is. It just is.
So, you call up your friends and talk about it. You describe the problem to one person and then another. Again and again, you say things like, “Man, this is bad, and nothing I do seems to help.” Maybe you even know better than to talk that way, but you’ve gotten so caught up in the negative flow of the circumstances and the world around you, you just open your mouth and let it rip. You release a torrent of unbelieving, ungodly confessions that actually perpetuate the lousy condition you’re so desperate to change.
The problem? As long as we keep calling things like they are, those things are never going to change.
What’s the answer? We must start calling things that are not as though they already are. Think of your words like pushing a start button. As you go about your day, you likely push a number of different start buttons to activate different processes and functions at work or in your home. You push a button to turn on your coffeepot, dishwasher, washing machine, computer and television. A start button sets in motion the process by which we receive the desired end result (i.e., coffee, clean dishes, a functioning computer).
The same is true in the spiritual realm when we speak words. We have a host of promises from God’s Word we can expect to see come to pass in our lives. But first we have to set our faith in motion by speaking and calling things the way we want them to be, not how they are.
You might say, “Oh, I’ve heard that again and again, and I do speak words of faith. It just doesn’t work for me.”
It just did.
You see, your words are a start button. When you push the button, it sets things in motion—either good or bad. When we speak words, all of heaven is waiting to hear what we will say so that our words can be acted upon. The devil has no rights to us except what we give him through our words. That’s why Jesus said, “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37, NKJV).
This week we will show four ways your words push the start button and set things in motion in your life—one way or the other.