For years medical research has been studying and discovering the impact spoken words have over an individuals health. Whether they want to admit it or not, they are agreeing with what the Bible says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Proverbs 18:21) So, how a person perceives themselves will determine what they say. If you perceive yourself as having poor health, even if you don't, it will become so real that you will most likely live out that reality until you die. However, the opposite applies. If you speak of yourself as having excellent health, even when you don't, chances are you will live a long healthy life (remember, Proverbs 18:21) Jesus said it this way, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)
Right now some who are reading this may be thinking that I talking about
metaphysics, the power of positive thinking or some type of mysticism.
No, I am talking about the confession of God's Word through faith. I am talking about believing in and agreeing with God's Word and speaking it over your body. "My
son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not
let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them, and health (medicine; marginal
rendering) to all their flesh." (Proverbs 4:20-22) We can say it this way, "God's Word is medicine to my entire body." Look at what the Psalmist says, "He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." (Psalm 107:20) Did you notice something here? He sent His Word and healed them.
In Matthews gospel we see a great act of faith. However, it was not from a child of Abraham, but from a pagan. Let's look at what took place, "Now
when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading
with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed,
dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal
him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You
should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be
healed." (Matthew 8:5-8) Look at what the centurion said to Jesus, "...only speak a word and my servant will be healed." Do
you see the power that words have. Now let's look at the outcome of
this event, "When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who
followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great
faith, not even in Israel...Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your
way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his
servant was healed that same hour." (Matthew 8:10, 13) This event had nothing to do with metaphysics, but faith in Christ and the power of His Word.
All to often Christians speak things that are contrary to God's Word
because they have been taught or have assume things that are contrary to
God's Word. This is a result of living today on their own past
experiences, the experiences of someone they know or accepting the word
of another even a church leader that they admire. What it comes down to
is their personal perception or interpretation of God and His Word. This
is due to a lack of understanding His nature, character, will, purposes
and plan. This is also why many Christians believe that God lets bad
things to happen to His Children (them or other Christians) even though
Jesus has fully redeemed humanity and has restore him to what Adam was
before the fall.
The following are some other scriptures concerning speaking words whether they be positive or negative; "You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth."
(Proverbs 6:2) "There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. (Proverbs 12:18) "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24) "A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul." (Proverbs 18:7)
So, with that said, "Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful". (Hebrews 10:23) PTL...