Words are powerful
if you choose to believe them
have no power at all.
Words when spoken by someone you trust can have a lifelong impact on you, positively or negatively. When you realize though that a person should not have been trusted the negative words no longer have the same power. Belief is a powerful force. And as we will soon find out there are two types of words for belief in Greek.
There is a teaching in Christianity, now a days, that holds to the belief that we can create circumstances or cause things to happen if we speak them. Just as God spoke the universe and all creation into being we also as Christians hold a power to speak things into existence. It comes from the verse Romans 4:17 and only a part of it:
“…..calls those things which do not exist as though they did;” NKJV
I have written about this particular scripture in ‘Fake It Til I Make It’ OR…..; but now I want to expand on it. I want to explain that I have also held to this belief for so many years but no longer do. I want to talk about something the Lord had showed me a few years ago.
In the past I wouldn’t be caught wearing this shirt. I used to believe I would speak these words over myself and they would become true and I would start “not acting like a good Christian woman”. I used to believe if I said I was sick I would be speaking sickness over myself or anyone else I was speaking about. I would be as sick as a dog and still be trying not to say I was sick…now you can understand where the fake it til you make it came from. Or, let’s say you could see that a child was autistic but you couldn’t say that this child is autistic because that would mean you are speaking that over the child and cursing the child. It would be better to state the child had demons or to blame this condition on someone else “opening a door to the demonic” than to diagnose the child appropriately. We walked around lying all the time. Which is worse? I still know people that are deathly afraid to speak anything they consider “negative” because their “experience” is such that when they spoke something it happened. Now this experience has been made into a doctrine. I am here to tell you, “We do not have that power”. As we will see later this scripture has been pulled out of context and how we have exchanged God’s power to ours. I have made it very clear in my past blog posts that only God can create with words.
As Christians we first need to understand that faith can be a powerful thing. Please remember the word “faith” is translated from the Greek word pistis (4102) and it is a noun not a verb. This means we should see it as a person, place or thing. In this context it is a “thing”. Like a “gift”. Pistis means “God’s divine persuasion”. This is actually not something we have in and of ourselves. We don’t come up with it but it is gifted by God to us. He persuades us to trust Him, believe in Him, have confidence in the promises He has given to us. In secular antiquity the meaning of this word meant “a guarantee”. This means that we have a guarantee that what God has birthed in us (peace, wholeness, kindness, fruits of the Spirit), all His promises from scripture, all His revelation of things to come will come to pass. This is His guarantee. This is a continuous process within us. This is why faith is described by Jesus as a mustard seed that grows into a huge tree. Let’s look at a great statement from biblehub.com:
“(faith”) for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion” – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it.”
I know I have walked around thinking, “Oh I just don’t believe hard enough or trust enough.” In reality both of these come from God not me. Trust is peitho in Greek (3982) and is the root of the word pistis. Again this is the Lord’s doing. He births these in us. He persuades us to trust and have confidence in Him. Remember how I have talked about how God meets with us in our “heart”. It is the place we commune with Him. It is where we are tied together. Where we are made one. This is where I believe these things happen. Remember God said He would write the law upon our hearts. He would come to dwell in us. We would be made into a new creation, we have been rebirthed. This is the gift of Grace the Holy Spirit coming to dwell in us all because God gave us the ability to believe. Let’s look at one more word: believe which is pisteuo in Greek (4100). Let’s get a direct quote from biblehub.com and you will understand how the three words are intertwined:
4100 pisteúō (from 4102 /pístis, “faith,” derived from 3982 /peíthō, “persuade, be persuaded”) – believe (affirm, have confidence); used of persuading oneself (= human believing) and with the sacred significance of being persuaded by the Lord (= faith-believing). Only the context indicates whether 4100 /pisteúō (“believe”) is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith.
Perfect love casts out all fear. When we are persuaded by God He helps us know that He loves us, has good for us, accepts us, has made us righteous, has fully forgiven us then it is much easier to not have fear. Obviously we can believe something that was not birthed by God and this can create fear. This is where the fear of words causing things to happen comes into play and where the enemy can gain a foothold. When we start believing we can create things to happen to us by our words (like God does) we have an erroneous belief. One that is without sacred or divine meaning or origination. God never told us, not even Adam, that we could create something out of nothing.
God has persuaded us, as Christians, to believe, trust and have faith in Who He is and who we are in Him. He has planted the same mustard see in all of humanity. We each have the free will choice to either: as Christians grow in what He is growing in us (faith) or as not yet Christians to let that mustard seed sprout. He still wants us to choose Him. Yet all of that ability still comes from Him not us but the freedom to choose (saying yes) comes from us. Now I wholeheartedly admit my sickness, weakness, need, desires, wants, failures, complaining, all of it….the good, bad and ugly to Him. He wraps His loving arms around me and together within my heart He patiently does what is best for me. I am not the one doing the betterment God is; and even my choice to say yes is encouraged by Him. It might not look all pretty and lovely but it is the best for…….me. God has promised to be on our side and I believe with every part of my being that the enemy can not touch me. He has been placed under our feet because of Christ. That doesn’t mean bad things will not happen…we live in a fallen world. God never promised us a perfect world. It isn’t time for that yet. He did promise to never leave us nor forsake us; so I choose to live life head on knowing God is for me not against me that I have this treasure in me, knowing that God’s power lives through me and that I may be afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (paraphrased from 2 Cor 4:7-9)
Let’s now look at the entirety of Romans 4:17:
“(as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU “) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.” Romans 4:17 NASB
God is the One who calls into being that which does not exist and gives life to the dead. Remember we, because of Adam, are now dead. But God calls your name, puts the mustard seed in you, grows the mustard seed. All you do is choose to say yes and that yes is sometimes a whisper within your heart that is quiet yet relieved.
As a side note: There are times when humans, Prophets chosen by God, speak on earth what God has already spoken in Heaven. The Prophet is not the one calling something into existence God is. The prophet is only relaying what God has already spoken. God, for His own reason, wanted to make known what He has spoken. The prophet will also make known future events to help people prepare.