Christ Defeated the Spiritual Power of Words
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”
Proverbs 18:21 NIV
"Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
Proverbs 4:23 GNT
What I am about to share is a revelation that is tied with the death of Christ. The death of Christ reveals to us the spiritual power of words. What is going to astound you is what was revealed to us through the Bible centuries ago, science has just recently discovered!
I will do my best to break this revelation down but for all this to come together seamlessly for you, we will first have to look at what science has discovered about the power of words.
SCIENCE HAS PROVEN THE POWER OF WORDS
Did you know science has already proven there is spiritual power in words? Scientist Masaru Emoto discovered the effects words have on water molecules and documented these results for the world to see. Mr. Emoto created different water samples. Each water sample was subject to a specific word and applicable emotion. Then, it was swiftly frozen by a cryogenic chamber. Once frozen, each sample was viewed under the microscope. What the water molecules revealed is that our words have undeniable power!
The six-minute video below will provide greater detail of the findings this experiment produced.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the power behind our words, I pray the Lord opens your eyes to what I am about to share.
CHRIST CAME TO SAVE US FROM SPIRITUAL DEATH & PHYSICAL DEATH
Luke chapter 23, Matthew chapter 27, Mark chapter 15, and John chapter 19 detail to us the culmination of the death of our Lord. What I am going to share is a deeper understanding of what Christ’s death on the cross means to us and how the power of words is revealed within.
Christ came to rescue us from two types of deaths: a physical one and a spiritual one. The spiritual death is the one I will tap into here but before I do I want to share that we are all already spiritual beings trying to figure out how to be human. Christ came to teach us how to be human and finally fully activate our spiritual side.
Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV says,
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
These Words are from our Heavenly Father, and they were true for Christ while He was here on earth, and they are true for us today. Father is in essence saying to us, "I gift you with the gift of free will. As such, you have the choice to chose anything you want but for it to really be the gift of free will, I have set before you the choice of life or death. I will not intervene with your choices but my wish is that you choose life so that you and your children may live the good life I intended for you."
You see, if Father decided everything for us we would be His robots and that wouldn't be considered free will. Father doesn't want robots, He wants you to deliberately and whole-heartedly choose the life He desires for you, not by force, but because that is what you truly want.
But how does Father set life and death before us as it says in Deuteronomy 30:19? What are life and death referring to? This is answered in so many scriptures, but I will use one that rose to my heart. Proverbs 18:21 NIV reads,
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs is teaching us that words have spiritual power over us because we are spiritual beings. Words are so powerful they can produce the effect of spiritual life or spiritual death in us, and in others. However, you are probably wondering what that would look like. I will use a fictional story to demonstrate how, spiritually, words can bring death or life to someone.
LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
Emma was 6 years old when she became fond of music. She found it thrilling to sing her favorite tunes so loudly she could be heard throughout the entire house. However, one day her mom had a terrible headache and tells little Emma, “Honey, quit singing! Your singing is so annoying!”
This in effect causes little Emma to stop singing altogether. Years go by and now she is a teenager and has friends that enjoy rocking out to their favorite tunes. When their favorite songs come on, her friends sing their hearts out. Emma, on the other hand, is mute as she recalls what her mom told her. As she recalls, she thinks to herself, “If I sing, I will annoy my friends like I did my mom and God forbid it gets out in school that my singing is annoying!”
This is what it looks like when our words cause spiritual death in someone. Mom’s words caused death in little Emma’s desire to sing because little Emma believed mom’s words. Again, little Emma believed. Emma believing mom’s words and never singing is what it looks like when words cause spiritual death for someone.
If science has proven that words can affect water molecules, how much more do you think it affects our reasoning and thinking bodies that are made up of 60% water? To add, science has also proven that stress kills. What causes stress? Studies reveal that negative emotions are the cause of stress and these negative emotions are birthed from negative thoughts. Did you know that the Bible was telling us this all along? Proverbs 17:22 EXB reveals what science has just now proven when it says,
"A happy heart ·is like good medicine [brings healing],
but a broken spirit ·drains your strength [dries up bone]."
Our own thoughts and negative mindsets have the power to cause spiritual death to ourselves by the things we believe and speak over our own lives, not just the lives of others. This is the power Proverbs 18:21 NIV is teaching us about words and thoughts when it says,
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”.
Proverbs 4:23 GNT confirms this as well when it says,
"Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
EMMA BEGINS TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT HER IDENTITY
Fast forward, Emma turns 25 and accepts Christ as her Lord and Savior. As her relationship with Him grows and she gets to know Him and her Heavenly Father by reading the Word of God daily, Emma begins to learn and embrace her true identity in Christ. Being that she is now baptized by the Holy Spirit, her Lord begins to lead her to heal in areas she had no idea were still lingering.
One day, Emma’s favorite song comes on the radio as she is driving, and she feels the Spirit rise up the desire in her heart to sing alongside the singer. Emma begins to sing but before finishing the first sentence, her mom’s words rise to her mind, and she quits. After that day the Spirit began to lead her to the truth about the cross.
THE POWER OF THE CROSS REVEALED
The truth about the cross is clear to see when we read all that Christ suffered and went through. As He was on his way to the cross and even on the cross, people hurled insults at Him, shamed Him, made fun of Him, laughed at Him, however nowhere in the scriptures do we read that He curled up and began to cry in shame or hurled insults back in anger. Nor did He complain to our Heavenly Father about the mess God wasn’t getting Him out of. Christ didn’t begin to cry feeling sorry for Himself or the circumstances He was in. Why? Because He didn’t believe one word of death that was voiced about Him or His circumstances. Christ chose to believe Who Father said He was above and beyond what everyone around Him was voicing about Him.
Those insults people hurled at Him and the circumstances Christ was in, were brought on by the demonic forces in an effort to make Christ doubt Who His Heavenly Father said He was. They were also intended to make Him question Father’s power and love for Him. Satan was using all these people, the ones insulting Him and the ones killing Him, in an effort to bring death to the purpose Christ came to fulfill. These people’s insults and words were bullets of dark spiritual power and manipulation intended to make Christ renounce to Who His Heavenly Father said He was.
These demonic forces used an assortment of people on His way to the cross in hopes that He would successfully believe that He was a fake-wanna-be Son of God, a loser, a liar, crazy, and more! They even tried to put into question that God was even for Him considering the mess He was in! But even with all that, our Lord and Savior chose to believe the words of life. He chose to believe all the way to the cross who His Heavenly Father told Him He was; the Son of God.
Because Christ chose the words of life His Father spoke about His identity, we see Christ carrying the cross gracefully, and without wavering amid insults, laughing, torture, and shaming. He didn’t believe any of the words of death being hurled at Him. Nor did He let the circumstances put doubt in His heart regarding God's good purposes over His life. He chose to believe Who His Father said He was and trusted in Father's goodness and control over His life, though on the surface things looked questionable.
Christ chose to eat and believe in the fruit of the tree of life which were the words, thoughts, and purposes of our Heavenly Father about the identity of Christ and the purpose for His life. What the enemy intended for the destruction of Christ, God used for the ultimate good. This is true about us too. What the enemy intended for evil over your life, God always turns around for good. Genesis 50:20 GNT says,
"You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good."
THE CRUCIFIXION SITE WAS CALLED GOLGOTHA (PLACE OF THE SKULL)
Besides conquering physical death, Christ overpowered and conquered spiritual death for us too! This is why the Bible tells us Christ was crucified in a place called Golgotha which means the place of the skull. (Mark 15:22 NIV) Just like nothing in our lives is a mere coincidence, there is no coincidence about the place the crucifixion took place. This is pointed out in the story because there is a deep spiritual meaning behind it that reveals what the cross conquered for us.
You see, Christ was crucified in a place called, “The Place of the Skull”. What is in our skulls? Our minds. This is what the devil has been after all of our lives. If he can control our minds, he can control us, and control the outcome of our lives. This is why our heavenly Father tells us in Proverbs 4:23 GNT, "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts."
What is the location of the crucifixion revealing? Christ being crucified in this place is very significant. Through it, Father is revealing to us that He sent Christ, not only to save us from physical death and give us eternal life but also to free our minds from all the lies we have ever believed and that are hindering us from all He desires to bless us with.
You see, the devil is clever. Like Emma, he has made sure to groom us early in life by orchestrating people and circumstances all around us. And because he knows we fall into the trap of believing that we are what people say about us, that we are our failures, and identify with our traumas; he succeeds. That is, until the power of the cross is revealed and you believe and embrace the identity Father paid so dearly to gift you.
CHRIST DESTROYED THE SPIRITUAL POWER THAT WORDS OF DEATH HAVE
Through the cross, Christ revealed to us the spiritual power words have and how He destroyed their power to harm us ever again. By Christ believing Who His Father said He was to the very end, He taught us how to come against the spiritual power of words that carry death on them. Our Heavenly Father rose Him up from the grave to reveal to us, that if we follow the example of Christ, and believe who God says we are; both physical and spiritual death will have no power over us! And when you embrace this truth, Christ tells you, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
Christ is your Truth. He is your true identity. If you believe in the truth He is pointing you to about your identity and believe in the way He believed in that truth, and walk in the way He walked in that truth, the Life that God has written in His book of Life for you, to enjoy here on earth, will begin to unfold.
WHO THE SON SETS FREE, IS FREE INDEED (JOHN 8:36)
When Emma received this truth from the Word of God, her eyes were spiritually opened. For she knew now that the darn devil made her believe her mom’s words of death all of her life to keep her from doing what she loved most; singing. When she received this truth, she opened her heart to her Lord and Savior and said, “Lord, if you say that you created me to sing, I shall believe that as my truth. I am who you say I am.”
When Emma began to believe what her Heavenly Father said about her, she replaced the lies with Father's truth about her, and when she did, she began to sing to her heart's content. One day, while singing with the window down at an intersection, a music producer was waiting to cross the street and overheard her. He was blown away, pulled his business card out of his pocket, and began waving at her to catch her attention. As he got close to her car window he told her, “You’ve got quite the pipes on you! Would you be interested in coming to the music studio on my business card to audition in front of our music production team!?”
Emma went on to be a famous singer after auditioning for that Christian music producer and her songs spoke powerfully of the truth she embraced. Through her songs, many people were moved to accept the Lord as their Savior.
Though this story is fictional, there is an Emma in all of us. Don’t let the devil keep shortchanging you like he did Emma all of her life! Believe in the power of the cross and let Father lead you into the life of abundance that He promised you and the devil stole from you. All you need to do is just believe that you are who He says you are in Christ!
“But we have the mind of Christ”, says 1 Corinthians 2:16! That is who Father says you are! Stop believing what anyone ever believed or said about you! Stop believing what you believe about yourself based on your past traumas, hurts, or failures! Father is calling you to believe in who He says you are and He is telling you, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Mark 1:11 AMP)
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)
Colossians describes the scene in the spiritual realm when Christ died on the cross for us in vivid detail. In Colossians 2:11-15 TPT we read, “Then Y’shua made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Y’shua led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his.”
Did you read that? Christ stipped away all spiritual authority and power from the kingdom of darkness so that their power to accuse us no longer holds any power over us! And with this, the spiritual powers and principalities of darkness became His prisoner! Their words no longer have power over us when we believe, just like Christ, who Father says we are!
"As he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)
Scripture says all that Christ is, we are too! He is our true identity! You are a Son of God! Learn about and activate your true identity by reading the Word of God and ask Father, like Emma did, to teach you by the revelation of the Spirit how to walk and embrace the gift He paid so dearly to gift you.
Christ is telling you right now,
“A thief (the devil) has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” (John 10:10 TPT)
Be like Emma, forget the past and all the lies you have ever believed. Like her, forgive everyone that has ever hurt you and instead have compassionate love for them. Their actions reveal that they have no clue that the enemy has them captive and because of this, they don't know who they truly are in Christ. If they knew who they were in Christ they would've never harmed you in any way.
Choose like Emma and believe in your Heavenly Father's Life-Giving Words for yourself and also choose to speak them over others. Come. Father is anxiously hoping and waiting for you to believe in who He says you are!