by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.” Hebrews 11:20
By faith–absolute certainty in what he hoped for, but could not see–Abraham’s son Isaac spoke a blessing, a promise of inheritance and a prophetic word over the lives of his twin sons, Jacob and Esau.
Words have power.
As a believer in God–the God who spoke the world into existence–Isaac was not just speaking about the good things he hoped would happen to his son in the future. Isaac’s blessing came from God because it was spoken out of his relationship with God.
And God speaks life. God spoke everything that is into existence. God speaks purpose. “For many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21.
As followers of Christ, our words have power too, because they also should flow from our relationship with God. Our words have authority because of our relationship to the author of life from whom all authority comes.
We need to recognize this authority and use our words wisely then. We should not be careless about how we throw our words around and/or away because they carry the very power of God in them.
Words can build up or tear down. Words can be a spring board or a stumbling block to others. James 3:10 warns us that, “Out of the mouth come blessing and cursing”–harmful and hateful words towards others–“My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
In A.W. Tozer’s book THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY, he says that greatest work we do is to, “pass on undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God we have received,” from those who came before us.
You see, our life is like the conductor in a circuit. If we are connected to God, our power source, then our lives should close the circuit each time we touch another person, letting God’s power flow into them.
God wants to speak life into those around us. He wants to speak purpose and to bless the world we live in. He wants to speak healing and salvation to the nations.
And He has entrusted you and me with the task of standing in the gap and closing the circuit to make that happen.
Are you connected to God your power source today? If so, are you conducting His power through your words to bless the lives around you?