Genesis 1:2, 3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
The phrase “let there be” comes from the Hebrew word “hayah” that means “to exist, be, become, come to pass, be done, happen.” God literally proclaimed light in the midst of the darkness. He spoke and it happened! He brought order in the chaos of the darkness. God didn't look out at the darkness and talk about how dark it was; He didn't speak out of the fear that if He called forth for light it might not happen. He commanded the light to come forth to dispel the darkness. As children of the Most High God, made in His image and likeness, we were created to proclaim light in the midst of our darkness as well. How do I know that we as God's children are supposed to speak to our situations as He did?
Well, we find Jesus, after cursing the fig tree that didn't produce figs when it should have, instructing His disciples in Mark 11:22-24 to operate in just that same manner. Jesus had spoken to His situation; the fig tree should have had figs but it was a pretender, a deceiver, and Jesus proclaimed the it would never bear fruit again. He spoke to it and it obeyed.
Mark 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “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. “Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Jesus said that when we place our faith, our trust, in God, that He will honor the requests that we make of Him. When we speak to the mountains of difficulties in faith that they have to obey because we are basing our faith on God and He honors those who place their trust in Him.
In Luke 17:5, 6 we see Jesus addressing this subject of faith speaking into their situations again.
Luke 17:5, 6 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."
Our words are containers of power. When spoken in faith they reach out into the spiritual realm to obtain what is needed. Proverbs 18:21 says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” James said that if we would not stumble in our words that we would be a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2) Once again, Jesus addressed the power of our words in Matthew 12:33-37 where He said that what is in a man's heart is what comes out of his mouth and that we will eventually be either justified or condemned by what we say.
Words are a powerful form of communication. We speak not only to each other to nourish either life or death, but we also carry the power of life and death in what we say about our lives, about what we are going through. Will our words bring life into dead situations, or will we condemn our lives and hinder the good that God has planned for us by speaking negatively about what we are experiencing?
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
God framed our world with His words. How are our words framing our worlds today? Faith believes that in the face of disaster God will bring good. In fact, it takes that belief one step further. Faith speaks good in the face of bad. Faith trusts that God will honor the words of the righteous and so the righteous ones speak, they command their morning, they take the promises of God and use them to frame their world.
This morning as I awakened this scripture was running through my mind:
Psalm 37:25 NIV I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Who are the righteous and how can I frame my world with this scripture? The righteous are those who have made the Lord Jesus their own personal Savior and Lord. The word tells us in 11 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to become sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. So I know that because I have made Jesus my Savior and Lord that I am the righteousness of God in Him. I am in the position of righteousness because of Jesus. That makes me a beneficiary of the promises of God that because I am righteous I will never be forsaken by God and my children will never have to beg for bread.
Now I have no clue as to whether or not the scripture that was running through my head this morning is for my children or yours. I am not aware of any problem in the lives of my children. God knows exactly what is taking place in the lives of my children and yours. He knows where you are struggling in your life that needs the light of His word proclaimed into it. God often speaks to me the scriptures that pertain to situations in my life and for those that pertain to someone that might be reading what I write. So this morning I am proclaiming the light of God's word to my life. I declare that God will never leave me nor forsake me and my children will have all their needs met. They will not have to beg for provision because God is their provider; He takes care of my family. And if this scripture speaks to a situation in your life, then it is for you as well. Take it and speak life in the midst of the darkness that is in your life or the lives of your children.
Psalm 111:13-16 NIV Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Father, I declare this morning that You are faithful to all Your promises. And when You give us a scripture that applies to a situation in our lives we can use that scripture to speak life into the dead places that have need of the light of Your word to revive and fill them with new life. Thank You for the power that is in Your word as we speak it out into the heavenlies to bring into existence the life of God in our lives. Father, I declare that there is no darkness in You and light, or understanding comes to us as we rely on You and live out of our relationship with You. You are the Light of the world. May Your light shine brightly into our hearts to reveal what we need to proclaim from Your word to meet the challenges of our lives. Father, give us understanding of how important it is to proclaim Your word in the midst of our mountains of difficulties. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayers. I proclaim Jesus as Lord over every obstacle, situation and mountain in my life. You are LORD! And every mountain must bow to the name of Jesus and His word as proclaimed in my life. I command my morning today and fill it with the power of God's spoken word! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.