What matters is matter
In physics, matter is that which is concrete, tangible, evident.
Although our words seem intangible, yet words matter — and are matter. In reality, our words make truth, create truth. That which is spoken can all the more become reality, simply in the speaking.
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with GOD and the Word was GOD.” John 1:1 and “In the beginning GOD created…” Genesis 1:1
Imagine this: The Word spoke and the earth, the universe, all points in between and surrounding, came into being. That is powerful. The intangible became tangible, simply by being spoken into reality.
And so I come to my first point which is this: What we say — and even that which we think whether we speak it or not — matters. Jesus said if we even lust after a woman we have committed sin in our hearts…
Align our thoughts and our words to GOD
Our thinking needs to be aligned with GOD or we create a reality that is less than optimal.
The first step to aligning our thinking with GOD is to recognise we have a choice in what we think; there is fleshly thinking and there is surrendered thinking. This is what Paul was referring to when he wrote about the renewing of our minds in Romans chapter 12:2
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Where we stumble in our thoughts and words
To begin then, let’s recognise — let’s agree — that we always have a choice. We do not have to be victim to our thoughts or our words. That is negative emotion creeping in, blocking our peace, our submission to the Father and our relationship to the Holy Spirit. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit…” (Ephesians 4:30)
What we choose to think, what we choose to say, can be GOD-given and GOD-centred, or me-centred and flesh-centred.
Choose life… and that more abundantly. Let’s begin with our words and our thoughts.
Meditate on this principle and if you “get it” great! If not, keep meditating until you do. Try going to the scriptures, using Bible Gateway online to look up “thoughts”, “word”, “speaking” and the like. What does GOD say to you, directly and/or through His Word, to bring you to a fuller understanding of the power of our words and our thoughts in our lives?
“Be perfect as our father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)
These aren’t just instructions or commands. Rather, these are promises that are possible when we trust the Word, lean not on our own understanding, but allow our minds to be renewed by the Lord Jesus so that we catch all his meaning…. and our lives are transformed into his likeness.
4 replies on “Words Matter: they define our thinking”
Amen. Thanks Sarah I pray all who read this today will be enthused to think first then utter what the Holy Spirit prompts us to say. Sheila
All I know, Sheila, is that when the Spirit leads, my foot doesn’t end up in my mouth:) Praise the LORD!!
Thanks Sarah for this great challenge about our utterance and to be always watchful of the source of our thought life, that is, whether fro God or from our flesh
Good to be reminded that our words have the power of life or of death.May we be willing to allow God to mould our thoughts, emotions and lives to be more Christ like
Thank you too for your “proposed action”. God bless you
We so easily speak don’t we? And we have the freedom to do so. But I also know there are many times when I say something and then wish I’d not. I am learning by GOD’s grace, to speak less, ponder my words first… but the learning curve continues.