Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why His Words


Tom was addicted to alcohol. He came home drunk every night. He was aggressive. During the day, he was not productive. He was a Christian. On Sunday, he will go to church and always felt guilty after the sermon because he felt he was not perfect (and he would continue drinking after he left church). His frustrations grew everyday.

One day, he learnt there was a native doctor who could give him something to overcome his alcoholism. He visited the native doctor who gave him bitter leaf and told him to keep saying some words before he chews the bitter leaf. In his curiosity, Tom asked for the translation of the words he was asked to chant. To his disappointment, it was translated as “I will stop drinking!” He was expecting something thunderous and involving the mention of a god’s name.

"Is that all?” Tom asked.
“Yes, you can go now!” Native Doctor said.
“You won’t mix anything for me?”
Native doctor laughed. He saw that Tom needed explanations.
“The power to overcome the alcoholism is not even in the leaf or anything we mix. It is in the words you say. When you speak, the spirits hear and will back up what you say. We give you the leaf because you will believe that the leaf can do something after you’ve started saying the words” [Paraphrased].

This story enlightened the eyes of my understanding to know what the men of God meant when they preached. The word of God promises us that we shall have whatsoever we say [Mark 11:23]. It is the same principle the native doctor is working with, only that the power backing the words is different. So if I must say anything, why not the word of God?

Why His Words? Thank God His word is not mere word. I thank God that His word is backed up by power, a power that nothing compares to. This is the basis for the series on digging into the bible for the word of God to confess for any situation we face.

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 AMP

Hmmm, now I understand why a great friend of mine always got what she said, even though every time we thought what she wanted was not achievable.

Have a blessed day ahead, speaking positive words for you shall have what you say…

25 comments:

~Sirius~ said...

For the record, I have really missed your blog, Thank God you are back (you're back, right?)- I will get around to your Meme.....*cheeky chuckle

Thanks for this, Sometimes we get carried away with life & our present situation that we become self killers (as Jaycee put it) and this is because we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Your post coupled with Jaycee's says it all.

And I will have a blessed day speaking positive words.....you too.

Dee! said...

Yes! There is absolute power in the spoken word! Particularly when affirming the various promises found in the Bible!

Thank you for your inspiring post.

Uzezi said...

ole native doctor.

very right. the words that we speak are powerful because the bible made us understand there is power in the tongue and what's more, God's words concerning us are just as powerful in our mouths as they are in His mouth, if only we can say those words back to Him in prayer. and the key is believing in what we say. Faith. believing that things that are seen are made out of things that are not seen. Faith. Heb 11:1-3

Afrobabe said...

Amen to that...Having what we say I mean...

Yes, power in the tongue....negative words make u depressed anyway so why utter them...now I just need to follow my own advice...

disgodkidd said...

hi. thanks.

Caelestis Angelus! said...

Girl, im an advent believer of this, pls visit my 2nd blog every monday to get updates on some of Gods promises for us. Those are the words we should hold on to when we speak positively because he said it, promised and his word shall not come back to him void.

Thank you for this girl, you are truely blessed and highly favoured

Caelestis Angelus! said...

http://yourweeklydevotional.blogspot.com/ thats it

Geebee said...

Words are indeed powerful especially when backed up by faith. Positive speaking sure makes a definite impact and makes even the seemingly impossible become possible.

StandTall-The Activist said...

Greetings from Indian.
I just learnt something from here. Thanks for this wonderful post

Enkay said...

Yes o!
I'm glad the Word didn't say we shoud "say what we have" but that "we shall have what we say!"

How profound! My tongue can and should chart the course of my life. If I have a picture of my future then all I need to do in order to get there is to say it!

Thanks a lot for this reminder!

Nefertiti said...

So true. I heard this in a sermon just 2 weeks ago. It's hard sometimes though when u are so buried in the situation. May God help us trust him.

As always, uplifting. Welcome back! (I hope)

Funms-the rebirth said...

the power of the tongue..... it can make or destroy......

Ms.O said...

I really needed to read that! I really believe in the power of the tongue! Have a blessed week!

Kafo said...

it's been a while

glad ur back

Telekinesys said...

Rain and snow fall from the sky.But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to it.Thats how it is with my words.They dont return to me without doing everything i send them to do-Isaiah 55:10-11. We are built in the same image as God.

Rita said...

@~Sirius~: Thank you so much. Yes I’m back. Pls do ur meme quick quick…

@ Dee!: The promises in the Bible is what I am speaking oh!

@Uzezi: LOL @ ole native doctor. Very profound, your words “God's words concerning us are just as powerful in our mouths as they are in His mouth…”

@Afrobabe: Your humour never ceases to amaze me. I never took time to understand the effect of negative words but I think you are right there

@Disgodkidd: You’re welcome

@Caelestis Angelus!: Thank you to. Your blog is on my blogroll…

@Geebee: You know every..

@StandTall-The Activist: Globe trotter, welldone and thank you. Hope you are having fun…

@Enkay: You’re welcome. I learnt so much from your words “If I have a picture of my future then all I need to do in order to get there is to say it…”

@Nefertiti: Amen…it requires faith to trust God when you are buried in a situation…

@Funms-the rebirth: You’ve written about this before, and I so loved that your post…

@Ms.O: Thank you. It was until recently that I started believing in the power of the tongue…

@Kafo: Thank you.

@Telekinesys: Thank you. This is a beautiful summary…

Buttercup said...

wow..imagine a native doctor teaching a valuable lesson..

my new mantra: "positve words, positive words, positive words..."

zara (my alter ego) said...

.. u said it all! this is my believe exactly, and this is why i believe i dont have to be a christian to listen to a sermon or listen to gospel songs, all i want is that inspiration to have and indulge in positive thinking and speaking always!

thank u dear for reinforcing my beliefs!

David C Brown said...

Remember that the One who is called the Word is the Lord Jesus Himself - positive thinking isn't enough: you need the Word of God!

rethots said...

'tis funny but, more often than not we not only know when we do wrong (we actually do before we even do it) but also, can actually choose not to do it. Will power which God has actually given us but we would rather not use.

David C Brown said...

rethots,

Isn't that the problem in romans chapter 7? And willpower isn't the answer - "Jesus Christ our Lord" is the answer - and in Romans 8 "walk ... according to the Spirit".

aloted said...

prov 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Thanks for this word

seye said...

Now I can go around CREATING MY WORLD. Thank you so much for this Rita!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Qute4reva said...

Just stumbled upon you blog, really nice and uplifting.

Qute

babajidesalu said...

Oh Rita,

I am back. The power in words is unbelievable.

Even Obama knew that - "YES WE CAN".

In my house, we do not use the words - I can't.

What a fantastic blog you have going.

By the way, you visited my Images blog, why not visit my diary.

Well done Rita