June 18, 2018 by Kgalalelo
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3).
I am often intrigued by people who are able to express themselves clearly, be it in conversations, teaching, presenting, preaching, training or making a speech. I understand that just like in everything, clarity is also relative. What I deem a great speech might seem bogus to someone else and vice versa, however, there are people that when I listen to them speaking, I just fall in love with how they articulate whatever they are talking about. I find this one of the greatest gifts and power that God has given to human beings. It is not everyone who can speak very well in my observation but there are those humans who have been given the ability to put words in a way that really impresses. We are captivated by various things and for me, authorship and clear, well thought speech ranks high. I am a bookworm and there have been many books that I read to finish in just a few days because of how they were written; excellent reads indeed.
Many are gifted speakers, however, the content of what we say especially about our own affairs is what is critical as words carries the power of creation. Speech making is both an art as well as a skill that is taught. We have expert trainers in all the fields. You can be trained on how to carry yourself at functions, as a public figure and many more are trained to preach and taught presentation skills but we are hardly taught or trained on how to speak in everyday life. Conversations just flows based on the topic discussed and often we find ourselves adding to the toxic talks of others. We talk about people, judge them, criticise and talk negatively about our own lives as well. Barely do you find a person in a group who would say, ‘wait a minute, can we change the topic and try to be more positive about life and other people’. We add and fuel fire where negative things are discussed and speak freely and effortlessly. We are hardly deliberate in our conversations nor watch our speech.
Deliberate speaking can change our lives as well as the course of history. The direction that life is taking now depends on us because of the words that we use. We spew hatred, anger and bitterness most of the time when we speak about others and the affairs of our nations and as said by James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy, “Where attention goes, energy flows”. Proper articulation of our needs and wants has a direct bearing on what is produced, be it in public or in our own personal spaces. This is because our words have life in them and create matter. The world is blinded by ignorance, state of forgetfulness and a lack of knowledge and it needs to awaken and realise that what we all choose to experience in life is based on the words that we use. The Bible says that “for whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech” (1 Peter 3:10). We can write beautiful speeches that we memorise and recite at funerals, weddings and different occasions but if we can remember and know how to speak in our everyday lives we can change many things including drawing prosperity and success in our affairs.
God used the power of His Word to create and the Bible notes that He was the Word Himself. His Word existed with Him right from the beginning. The Word was something He possessed and something He was and Is. He therefore, spoke everything into existence and it was. There is no indication of pressure or struggle in the manifestation of anything; all things materialised instantly as soon as He declared. The Bible further says that we have been made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). This is revelation on its own for the manner in which God creates He gave us the same authority and power as well. We are special amongst His creation as animals and birds cannot create like us, they do not have the consciousness that we have as humans. They can’t think like us nor can they materialise the way that we can. Revelation however, comes with great responsibility.
God was precise and articulate when He declared and used His Word to produce only good because when He looked at what He had created, He saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:9-31). He spoke deliberately, He was purposeful because He knew what He wanted to produce including the result that He would produce. He gave man the same power to declare goodness only but because of the fallen state of man; humans are able to declare and speak both good and evil. This is where the creative power of the word needs to be used with utter care because anything emanates from what is said. When humans are perfectly aligned to the divine will of the Father, then declarations are naturally attuned with God and only good comes out of our mouths but if we are misaligned, we speak anything into being and miscreate.
We have been given great power indeed and how we use it is critical. If we want to see how we have used our words we only need to look at our lives and the state of the world today. Wars have been waged by the tongue and chaos in our nations and personal lives have also been caused by our words. We have hurt each other by the things that we have said to each other and behind each other’s backs. We have crippled our societies by ridiculing each other in private and in public with our words. We have produced personalities that are afraid of making their voices heard by chopping them with the tongue. On the other hand, we have elevated many by speaking life into their lives and encouraging them and we have seen them blossom as they gave up fear. We applaud those that we deem eloquent and boo those who are tongue-tied. We praise those who have a flair for speaking and shrink when those who stumble with words express themselves. We fail to see and understand what our tongues do to their confidence and their future power to create in their own lives. We have collectively born a society that is dysfunctional.
Every negative can be reversed and wrongs can also be rectified. There is still hope in changing things around to create healthy societies and households including better individuals. We can build each other up with our words as well as improving our own lives through positive conversations and speeches. Everything is subject to change and things can always improve if we can all learn the power of creation through words that we use. They say that thoughts create at another level, however, words are thoughts expressed and the words are heard by others and by the universe. When you decree a thing, you are giving instruction to the universe to bring that thing into being for you. We learn in Job 22:28 that “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways”. The entire universe becomes your tool for creation. The bible says that when God formulated the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless (Genesis 1:2). There was no particular shape that could be associated with the earth as it is today but God gave it form. When He commissioned Adam and Eve He blessed them and said to them “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it: have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
God gave us the earth when He was done creating and we continue to create by calling things into being as He did, however, we are not deliberate in our creation as He was. We are not articulating the way that He did and still does and that is the greatest downfall of man. Our pronunciations are faulty most of the time and the images of our creations are often distorted. We often wonder why things are going wrong and why we are not making it sometimes and the answer is right on our finger tips, what are we saying on a daily basis in our conversations, what are we decreeing into being. God has created good already and it is up to us to continue the creation process with a single mind which is that of articulating goodness in our lives and the lives of others. Let us turn speaking into an art in our everyday lives that we may help heal the planet and each other.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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