They're More Than Words
by Jan Ord
How important is what we say? Does it have any effect
on how we live?
Have you ever sat and talked with another person, and
found afterwards that the conversation helped you clarify your
thinking and thereby solved your problem? You were helped by putting
things into words.
Jesus once said that a person will be either justified
or condemned by his words. Negative words will produce a condemned
life. We see this in everyday human life. If you continually tell a
child that he is a failure - that he can't do this and can't do that -
the end product will be an adult who is completely lacking in
self-confidence and who is
to make a positive worthwhile contribution in the
On the other hand, a child who is raised in an
atmosphere of encouragement, love and accomplishment - and who is
praised and encouraged every time he achieves something - will likely
turn out to be an adult from whom one can draw greater and greater
As Christians, we have died with Christ and been raised
with Him to new life. We have been born all over again into the
kingdom of God. "All things are become new." Therefore, we are saints!
Sin no longer indwells our hearts; we have been made the pure in
heart, in fact we have been given totally new hearts.
Now, what do we confess? Do we confess that we are sons
and daughters of God? That our Father is the ruler of the universe,
and therefore in charge of all that happens to us, no matter how
seemingly adverse at the moment? That we are victorious because we are
joined as one spirit with Christ, who is victor Mr. Victory?
Or do we confess a negative confession, still adhering
to the old thing of failure and sin But all of these old things have
passed away: how can we cling to them and confess them in our lives?
So, whenever any doubts come into mind, I can say: "I am the beloved
of the Father; I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
There are no "buts."
In the beginning, the Word
and the creation came into being. Paul tells us that
this same powerful Word is "near, even in your mouth and in your
heart" (Rom. 10:8). The all-powerful Christ who spoke creation into
existence now indwells us and speaks His words in our hearts. As He
speaks within, we should
those works with our mouths. Feelings and outer
appearances do not enter into it. We speak not only what seems to be
externally, but what is, in our hearts, where we are one with God
Once we recognize who we are - that we are one with
Christ, and therefore sons and daughters of the great God - we don't
accept negative thoughts. (The thought isn't sin, but to accept it and
act out of it is.) We know we have passed from death to life, and that
there is no further room for any condemnation. "Who is he that
condemns?" No one can charge anything to God's elect! (And we
anyone do so!) We are His responsibility, and it is up
to Him to bring the outer manifestation of the new heart into
appearance. Our part is to simply recognize the glorious fact of the
new creation and confess it as truth. He then delivers the fruit in
our daily experience.
So instead of accepting negative thoughts, we accept
positive ones. This is not trying to "think positive" and pull
ourselves up by our own bootstraps. It is simply confessing what is
true, though not yet seen. "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of
praise, let your mind dwell on these things." These become our
Words are powerful, much more so than we can imagine.
dwelling in us, and as we continually recognize
and acknowledge that fact our lives will overflow with power. From out
of our innermost being - out of the heart, where we are one with
Christ - will "flow rivers of living water," so that the desert will
begin to turn into a fruitful field. And as our lives touch others, we
will be used to transmit the love and life of God to them also.
We are saints, not
sinners, even though the outer flesh still commits sins. But let us
"see through" the outer flesh and acknowledge the fact, not the
appearance. Let us guard our confession, watching what we say - for
when we confess that we are saints instead of sinners we speak the
truth, and so it will come about in visible experience.