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  • Bishop Keith Butler

The Power of Words

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)


Words control everything on the earth. Your words either agree with God, or they agree with Satan; there is no in-between.

You are the only creature God created with the ability to determine your future by how you use your mouth. In the same way that God created the world by His words, you have been given the ability to shape your world by the words you speak.


So, ask yourself, “What do the majority of my words sound like?” Are they complaining words? Doubt-filled words? Inappropriate words? Imagine receiving a paper from God that had all of the words you spoke this week. He hands it to you and says, “You get the majority of what you have said.” How would that turn out for you?


Proverbs 6:2 tells us that the negative words of our mouths can do two things. First, they snare us. Snare comes from the Hebrew word yaqosh; it means to lay a snare with bait. We lay our own traps with words that are not faith-filled. Second, our words allow us to be taken. The word taken in Hebrew is lakad; it means to be frozen, stuck, or captured. It represents someone who can’t move forward because of the words they have allowed to spill out of their mouth.


Your words are seed that you sow into your future. Do not allow doubt and negativity to come out of your mouth. Only speak faith.


Practical Application – When are you most tempted to speak negatively about your life? Identify your behavior and memorize a faith statement to speak instead. This way, every time you are tempted to speak words of defeat, you can choose words of victory instead.


Mark 11:23; Hebrews 11:3

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