Welcome to My Thoughts this is the third segment of our Words are Powerful series, The Power of God’s Words. In my last two segments, I discussed how we need to be in control and careful with our words as they are more powerful than we realize.
In this segment, I will talk about how powerful God’s words are. You ask, “how powerful are God’s words?” His words are so powerful, they can create anything, especially the world we live in, and never will come back void.
Grab your Bible and turn to the Book of Genesis, Chapter One. Eight times in this chapter alone, when God said something, it happened. Here is what happened when God used His words:
- Let there be light (Genesis 1:3)
- Space between the waters of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:6)
- Waters beneath the sky flow together, so dry ground appears (Genesis 1:9)
- Land sprouts with vegetation, including plants and trees (Genesis 1:11)
- Lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night (Genesis 1:14)
- Waters swarm with fish and the skies be filled with birds (Genesis 1:20)
- Earth produces every sort of animal (Genesis 1:24)
- Let us make human beings in our image (Genesis 1:26)
Now, in verse 30, we find something very interesting that proves when God speaks, you can bank on it happening. “And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.” How did God get all of this done? He did not use a magic wand, wave His hands and arms around, or stomp His feet. God used His words to create everything in the universe and all we visualize on earth.
Hebrews 11:3 confirms Genesis 1:30, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that faith is a very practical thing, in spite of what unbelievers say. Faith enables three things:
- Understand what God does.
- See what others cannot see.
- Do what others cannot do!
People laughed at these great men and women when they stepped out by faith, but God was with them and enabled them to succeed to His glory. Let us take a look at them in Hebrews 11, known as the “Hall of Faith” and everyone acted “by faith.”
- Noah, being warned by God of events that were unseen, constructed an ark.
- Abraham, went as God instructed, to a land He promised him, and made him a father of all nations. He also offered his only son Isaac.
- Sarah conceived after child-bearing years.
- Isaac invoked future promises on Jacob and Esau.
- Jacob, when dying, blessed the sons of Joseph.
- Joseph mentioned the exodus of Israel.
- Moses obeyed God’s calling, and took the Israelites out of Egypt, kept the Passover, and crossed the Red Sea on dry land.
- Joshua saw the walls of Jericho fall after seven days.
- Rahab did not perish because she believed in the God of Israel.
J. Oswald Sanders put it perfectly: “Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.” All God has to do is use His words and faith combined and things will happen, Glory be to God!
Our Words and Faith
Your Bible, no matter if you have a paper or digital copy, is God speaking to you, and it is a copy of what God has already used to release His faith. Psalm 119:89, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.” We should be the same in our faith. We have the same faith in our words which is attested by His faithfulness. When we pray or say something, we need to also say, “I believe it and I receive it.” Remember, in Romans 10:17, “faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God,” hallelujah!
When you use your words with faith, it also takes action, because action releases power. Look at James 2:17, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead.” Another word that is used in place of works is deeds. James makes this vain boast about “faith by itself” which means faith with no evidence of any action is dead or means nothing. J. Ronald Blue states, “Workless faith is worthless faith.”
Faith and Works
The most misunderstood section of chapter two of James is verses 18-20, “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?” It is the evidence of true faith.
These works are after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and not before. There are some people who will tell you in order to become a Christian, you must perform certain acts or works. That is not so and is a lie.
How could a person show his faith without works? Can a dead sinner perform good works? Impossible! When you trust Christ, you are, in Ephesians 2:10, “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Being a Christian involves trusting and living for Jesus. The action here is “walk in them.” Show others through your godly actions that you are a Christian. When God used His words in faith, He produced such an action that the power created all that we see and possess.
Do not let anyone fool you for a second, God is sovereign, all-powerful, and when He says anything, believe, it is going to happen, and right before your eyes. When you open your Bible daily and as you read, ask God to clear and open your heart, and listen to how His words just flow off the pages. Close your eyes and feel His holy presence. You will know that God’s words are the truth and you can believe in every word that you are reading, Amen!
I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!
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