The Creative Power of the Tongue

16 December 07


1.      Introduction:

·   Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”.

·   Words we speak are containers – the carry a ‘spirit content’.

·   Words we speak impact our life, relationships and future.

·   We looked at the impact of Lying, Gossip, Flattery, Empty Words, Put Down Words, Angry Words.

·   Now – the power use of the tongue – as God designed us.


2.      Hoe God uses Words:

·   Law of 1st mention – Genesis outlines the pattern and designs.

·   God used Words:

1)      To Create by Releasing:

·   Genesis 1:1-4  -  “And God said let there be light …it was good”.

·   The first recorded use of words in the Bible, the creation of the natural realm.

·   Words have power to create when spoken with faith – they release Power.

·   Hebrews 11:3  -  “By faith we understand the world we framed by the Word of God”.

·   The created world was made out of things not visible, no seen.

·   “Framed”  = 2675 = to put together, put in order or arrange, make what ought to be.


2)      To Establish, Nurture and Protect Relationship:

·   Genesis 1:26  -  “Let us make man in our image according to our likeness and let them have dominion”.

·   God established man for relationships with Him by the use of words.

·   God established a purpose and design for that relationship with words – Genesis 3:8.

·   God protected the relationship by setting boundaries and speaking truth.

·   Note:  Eve fell into sin by listening to words.

               Adam came into agreement with those words.

               Adam failed to speak words to protect their relationship.

·    Ephesians 5:1  -  “We are called to be imitators of God – as His children”.


3.  Your Tongue is your Glory:

·   Why has God designed you with a tongue?  What did He intent?

·   Psalm 16:8-9  -  “My heart is glad and my glory rejoices”.

·   Acts 2:25-26  -  “My heart rejoiced and my tongue was glad”.

·   The tongue distinguishes man above all other living creatures.

·   Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost interprets

   –  Psalm 16:9 - “My tongue is my glory”.

·   Psalm 30:12  -  “My glory may sing praise to you” – your tongue is your glory.

·   Glory = 3519 = kabad = weight, honour.

   Rt = to honour, to bring honour to, to gain value, to impart value, honour.

·   The words you release:

        i)  Reveal your heart.

        ii) Can impart value and honour.

·   Note:  The first use of words in the Bible – was to create value, produce new things in the visible realm.

·   The first use  of Words after the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost:

i)  Honour God the SourceActs 2:11 and Acts 10:46.

ii) Speak and Act as His representative and create new life.

-    Acts 2:4  -  Peter standing up with the eleven raised his voice.

-    Acts 2:40-41  -  Those who gladly received his words were baptised.

-    Acts 3:6  -  In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.


4.  God’s Design – Life Giving Words:

·   John 6:63  -  “The words I speak are spirit and life”.

   Jesus is the model – He is the example to shape and build life upon.

·   Two key purposes for our tongue:

i)  Honour God – our Creator and Source:

a)     Thanks Giving:

·   Psalm 69:30  -  “I will magnify Him with thanksgiving”.

b)     Praise:

·   Psalm 50:23  -  “Whoever offers praise magnifies Me”.


·   Thanksgiving and praise create an atmosphere that God indwells.

·   God delights in thanksgiving and praise – Hebrews 13:15-16

·   Using our tongue to honour and express gratitude nurtures our relationships with Him – Romans 1:21


ii)  Speak and Act as God’s Personal Representative:

·   How do we use words to act as God’s representative?


a)     Fulfill Commitments we make:

·   Psalm 15:14  -  “Swears to his own heart it does not change”.

·   God is a covenant keeping God who watches over His words and reputation.

·   When we keep our word – we act as God’s representative.

b)     Use words to Establish, Nurture and Protect Relationships:

·   Proverbs 15:23  -  “A word spoken in season, how good it is”

   - Isaiah 50:4

·   Proverbs  15:4  -  “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life”.

·   Ephesians 4:29  - “No corrupt word – good for edifying that might impart grace”.

·   Ephesians 4:15  -  “Speaking the truth, in love we grow”

c)     Use words to release the Supernatural Power of God:

·   Faith Confession       – Hebrews 3:1

·   Prophetic Words      – 1 Corinthians 14:3

·   Faith Commands     – Mark 11:22-24

·   Prayer                         – James 5:16