WORDS CREATE YOUR WORLD
Freedom Life Groups | Fall 2019
SESSION 1: LIVING WITH INTENTION
“Living with intention is a phrase that’s really big for me right now.” — Jeana
“Living with intention is going to require you to work out a new muscle, so to speak. It’s going to be something you have to work up to, but over time it’s going to become second nature to you. Don’t get discouraged. If you let a thought run away with you or your words that don’t align with faith, just clean up the mess and continue on. Don’t berate or curse yourself. Just receive the grace of God and move on. It’s a journey—enjoy it!”
Let’s get started.
THOUGHTS, WORDS & ACTIONS
Your life is a product of what you think, say and do. Everyone is born into a particular situation—personality, family, society—that bends our existence into a certain shape. Yet, we all have the power to bend our existence into a different direction. By the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we are BORN AGAIN. And when we are born again, we receive a new self, family and society. We take on the nature of God in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
This new reality of who we are and how we are related to everyone and everything around us takes shape through our thoughts, words, and actions.
Our primary focus for this Group study will be our words. WORDS CREATE YOUR WORLD.
Your words are powerful!
Just to get started, look at this sampling—and it just a sampling!—of scriptures that emphasize the power of your words. It is important as followers of Jesus to realize just how all-pervasive the scriptures are in your Bible about the power of your words. This idea is everywhere! Here’s a sampling:
1. Psalm 19:14 NASB
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
2. Psalm 141:3 NIV
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
3. Proverbs10:19 NLT
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
4. Proverbs 12:14 NLT
Wise words bring many benefits.
5. Proverbs 12:18 NIV
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
6. Proverbs 13:3 NASB
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
7. Proverbs 15:1 NASB
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
8. Proverbs 15:4 ESV
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
9. Proverbs 15:28 NLT
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking.
10. Proverbs 16:24 NIV
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
11. Proverbs 17:27 NASB
He who restrains his words has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
12. Proverbs 18:21 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
13. Proverbs 25:11 NASB
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.
14. Matthew 12:36 NASB
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
15. Matthew 12:37 NLT
The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.
16. Matthew 15:11 NLT
It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.
17. Matthew 15:18 NASB
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
18. Mark 11:23 NKJV
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
19. Romans 10:10 NKJV
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
20. Ephesians 4:29 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.
21. James 1:26 NLT
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
22. James 3:3-6 NLT
The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
23. James 3:10 NLT
And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
24. 1 Peter 3:10 NLT
If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
25. 2 Corinthians 4:13 ESV
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak.
There are many, many more.
WHY ARE WORDS SO IMPORTANT?
Because God created the world with words, and since we are made in his image, our words create our world. And it remains continually urgent that we talk about how we talk because most of us still struggle with getting the words right.
And the Father is eager, excited about helping us break the power of the curse upon creation by learning to release blessing through our words. He calls you today to partner with him, the Creator of heaven and earth, as he shows you how to create your own world.
Look at how God created the world with words:
Genesis 1:1–5 (ESV): In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering (fluttering, vibrating) over the face of the waters.
3 And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
The word of God is still creating today:
Isaiah 55:8–11 (ESV): For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The word of God is released into the world through OUR WORDS. When we speak the word of God, it creates new creation through us.
John 15:7 (ESV): If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
The holy angels move into the world to take action on our behalf when they hear the word of God coming out of our mouth:
Psalm 103:20 (ESV): Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
The word of God in our mouth is a mighty weapon:
Ephesians 6:17 (ESV): And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God.
Let’s take a closer look at “the word of God” mentioned here: the weapon we use to make war is the RHEMA word of God.
It is important to know that speaking God’s word is more than just memorizing and quoting Scripture. In fact, the New Testament doesn't use the word “word” for Scripture; it uses “grapha” and “gramma,” two Greek words for “writing.”
So, while God’s word is always rooted and defined by Scripture, the word of God is more than just quoting the Bible. It is hearing the voice of God and speaking what he is speaking.
Then, the New Testament uses two different words for “word”: “LOGOS,” which is the general word for “word” meaning “idea, thought, concept, speech” and “RHEMA,” which means “a specific word, a right now word, a word spoken for a specific season and time.” A rhema word is a fresh, right now, prophetic word spoken into your life.
We make war with the rhema words we speak into our world.
1 Timothy 1:18–19 (ESV): This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.
When you intentionally and repeatedly recall the RHEMA words that have been spoken into your life, you wage war against fear and doubt, anxiety and depression.
*Have you learned to develop the habit of journaling what God is saying to you? If not, start today!
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
Let’s think for a few moments about the Children of Israel.
So...they’ve left Egypt, the Red Sea became a watery grave for Pharaoh and his army, who decided at the last minute he wanted his servants back. They had to feel absolutely euphoric at this point in the journey. They’re headed to the Promised Land. A land they’ve been told is flowing with milk and honey, meaning it was a fertile land. They were finally going to live in abundance.
However, on their way to the ancient equivalent of paradise, 3 days in to be exact, they began to murmur and complain—or, as the Bible puts it, grumble.
GRUMBLE means to: 1. complain or protest about something in a bad tempered way.
Some of the synonyms that stood out to me were...moan, whine, object to, find fault with, bellyache and gripe.
Their negative speech turned an eleven day journey into a forty year journey!
Talk about, “Dad are we there, yet?”
Sadly, their griping and complaining cost them everything. They ended up dying in the wilderness. They never saw their dreams fulfilled because they never aligned their words with the promises of God. They partnered with the lies!
In the Book of Numbers, Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the Promised Land.
After forty days they returned, ten saying, “Moses we don’t have chance! The people are huge and strong! Compared to them we felt like lil old grasshoppers!”
Take note of their words.
They continued by saying, “Their cities are strong and fortified and very large!”
They began to name the Amalekites, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites and the Canaanites that lived there. They were speaking unbelief, unbelief, unbelief!
The ten unbelieving spies began to to talk and their unbelief spread like wildfire. It incited fear in around two million people.
Think about it. This is without modern technology. No phones, no internet, postal service, daily newspaper, or bullhorn, for that matter.
Their words were creating their world.
Let’s look at the meaning of the names of their enemies that inhabited the land that God had promised them.
The Amalekites: the people that wring.
The Hittites: ones who are broken, ones who fear.
The Jebusites: trodden underfoot.
The Amorites: talkers.
The Canaanites: servant.
Each of these people groups that inhabited the land of promise, their enemies reflected their own fears. They partnered with the enemies lies.
Your greatest fight will be your own fears!
Joshua and Caleb came back with a totally different report. They told Moses the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able, let us go in and take the land at once.
They saw the obvious, but they knew that God was able and true to his word.
Exodus 23:20 says,
Behold I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice do not rebel against him for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
They believed God was going to do what he said he would do. They had faith. They saw countless miracles, as did the ten unbelieving spies, but the difference is Joshua and Caleb spoke in alignment with what God had told Moses rather than partnering with the lies of the enemy.
With whom shall we partner our thought life and, ultimately, our words?
It’s as true today as it was in the days of Joshua and Caleb, we must declare and decree with our words that our God is able and we will overcome.
MOVING FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE SPEECH
When we talk about the power of our words, we most often focus on getting rid of the negative speech, and that is good. But it is not enough just to STOP speaking words of fear and unbelief. We must START speaking faith and trust. We REPLACE the fearful words with faithful words. We must put the word of God IN OUR MOUTH.
Romans 10:8–10 (ESV): But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
2 Corinthians 4:13 (ESV): Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak.
Mark 11:23 (NKJV): For assuredly, I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he SAYS will be done, he will have whatever he SAYS.
2 Corinthians 13:1 (NKJV): By the MOUTH of two or three witnesses every WORD shall be established.”
God’s RHEMA word is established in our lives through our MOUTH.
SESSION 2: SCIENCE CONFIRMS THE SCRIPTURES
GOD VIBRATIONS (Dan McCollum)
We will watch and discuss a video from Dan McCollum that shows the incredible discoveries scientists are making that powerfully confirm the truth of God’s Word: your words matter!
Frequency: Everything Vibrates
Resonance: Every Vibration Makes a Sound
Entrainment: The Breaker Power of Sound
SESSION 3: THE POWER OF “I AM”
Exodus 3:13–15 (ESV): Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
God is the I AM. Not the “wish I was,” or “maybe I could be,” or the I DO—God is not measured by what he DOES but by who he IS. For example, God IS love. God does not just experience or share love, but love is WHO HE IS. God is perfectly at rest in who he is. He has nothing to prove.
You were created in the image of God, and while you and I can never be God, we are called to be LIKE God. This means that the standard we are challenged to attain is the I AM standard, the goal of living up to simply who we are in Christ. The challenge is TO BE rather than TO DO. When we root our identity in our performance, then failing to perform perfectly strips us of our perceived identity. We collapse into despair (the existential crisis of non-being) when we fail to perform perfectly.
God calls us to imitate him, to live in the I AM reality of our identity in Christ. And the way we THINK and SPEAK manifests our identity. (Proverbs 23:7 — “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”) Too many of us are living a pseudo-identity because we are thinking and speaking the wrong “I am’s.”
Your life becomes whatever words follow “I am.”
Here is a great video on the power of “I am” taken from a motivational website. (Joel Osteen, Bob Proctor)
Our life manifests what we think and speak. Sometimes, our thinking is brought under control by our speaking. What we say changes how we think.
We must learn how to play THE OPPOSITE GAME. (Read more at https://www.stevepixler.com/home/the-opposite-game)
BUT WHAT IF I’M NOT?
One of the most powerful ways to shift your thinking through powerful, intentional speaking is to ask, “But what if I’m not?” Here’s Graham Cooke explaining this simple yet supremely effective tool:
You have the power to shift your thinking through your words and your words through your thinking. When you align your thoughts and words with Christ, you emerge into a profound divine-human synergy that will recreate your world.
But we must be intentional about it. We cannot hit and miss. We must learn to guard our heart by guarding the gate of our mouth. We must simply refuse to speak anything that does not align with what God says about us. You must become militant about guarding your speech.
Develop the habit of daily affirmations. Watch this adorable video of a little boy repeating positive affirmations his mother taught him:
Here’s a sample of daily affirmations (thank God for Pinterest!):