The Power of Words
Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Joel 3:10 (NIV)
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weak say,
“I am strong!”
2 Corinthians 1:4
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Proverbs 10:19 (TLB)
Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
Matthew 10:32 (NIV)
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
YOUR WORDS MATTER TO YOU
Matthew 12:37 NIV
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12:37 (MSG)
Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.
Ephesians 4:29 MSG
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
Romans 15:6 NIV
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.
29 When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast.
30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
A Cry for Help
69 Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck;
2 I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground;
I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.
3 I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching.
I have strained my eyes, looking for your help.
4 Those who hate me for no reason are more numerous than the hairs of my head.
My enemies tell lies against me; they are strong and want to kill me.
They made me give back things I did not steal.
5 My sins, O God, are not hidden from you; you know how foolish I have been.
6 Don’t let me bring shame on those who trust in you, Sovereign Lord Almighty!
Don’t let me bring disgrace to those who worship you, O God of Israel!
7 It is for your sake that I have been insulted and that I am covered with shame.
8 I am like a stranger to my relatives, like a foreigner to my family.
9 My devotion to your Temple burns in me like a fire; the insults which are hurled at you fall on me.
10 I humble myself by fasting, and people insult me;
12 They talk about me in the streets, and drunkards make up songs about me.
13 But as for me, I will pray to you, Lord; answer me, God, at a time you choose.
Answer me because of your great love, because you keep your promise to save.
14 Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe from my enemies, safe from the deep water.
15 Don’t let the flood come over me; don’t let me drown in the depths or sink into the grave.
16 Answer me, Lord, in the goodness of your constant love; in your great compassion turn to me!
17 Don’t hide yourself from your servant; I am in great trouble—answer me now!
18 Come to me and save me; rescue me from my enemies.
19 You know how I am insulted, how I am disgraced and dishonored, you see all my enemies.
20 Insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. I had hoped for sympathy, but there was none; for comfort, but I found none.
21 When I was hungry, they gave me poison; when I was thirsty, they offered me vinegar.
22 May their banquets cause their ruin; may their sacred feasts cause their downfall.
30 I will praise God with a song; I will proclaim his greatness by giving him thanks.
32 When the oppressed see this, they will be glad; those who worship God will be encouraged.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
1give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.