Change the Conversation // Episode 1 // The Power of the Spoken Word
We are so excited for the launch of our team podcast, Change the Conversation. We invite you to listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, I Heart Radio, and RSS to listen to the full episode. (Or click this link: https://rss.com/podcasts/changetheconversation/ )
This blog post is where you can find Annie's written notes and accompanying scripture verses that go with the first podcast episode.
So, without any further ado, let's get into it!
Episode 1 // The Power of the Spoken Word
Words are a HUGE deal to God.
Because, as cliché as it sounds, they literally hold the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)
There are 1,225 verses referencing mouth, lips, words, or tongue (Strong’s)—taught by instruction. Additionally, we’re taught the power of words all throughout the Bible through story.
We see power of life and death being in the tongue right from the beginning:
God spoke creation—LIFE—into existence
The words the enemy spoke to Adam and Eve brought sin—DEATH—into existence
POWER OF OUR WORDS: DEATH—4 Dangers of the Tongue
Our words have the power to grieve God. Ephesians 4:29-30 (NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Our words have the power to destroy unity. Proverbs 16:28 (NIV) A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. Proverbs 15:1b (NIV) ...but a harsh word stirs up anger. And unity is a big deal to God. In John 17, just before Jesus goes to the cross, He prays for Himself, for His disciples, and for the unity of all believers.
Our words have the power to cause emotional harm. Proverbs 26:18-19 (NIV) Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” Proverbs 26:22 (NIV) The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. Proverbs 15:4b (NIV) ...but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Anything we speak should line up with the Word of God. Nothing we speak about others (or about ourselves!) should be contrary to God’s Word.
Our words have the power to cause spiritual harm. Matthew 15:18 (NIV) But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. James 3:6 (NIV) The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts [defiles] the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Words are a WORLD OF EVIL because EVERY form of evil can be displayed through our words. The tongue is a small part of the body, but it holds the power to set the whole course of one’s life on fire. For example:
I hate you vs. I love you