I’m always amazed at how people will shout until they’re hoarse at sporting events, concerts and other venues. But those same individuals remain silent when it comes to giving God praise. I don’t know about you, but when I find myself embroiled in the heat of adversity I have to consciously fight off the tendency to go silent on God.
I’ve discovered there’s something called a voice command device. “A voice command device is controlled by means of the human voice. By removing the need to use buttons, dials and switches, consumers can easily operate appliances with their hands full or while doing other tasks.” This same principle holds true in God’s kingdom. Although our lives may be filled with a host of things, there’s no need to operate in our own power. God has blessed us with the power of voice activation.
The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) It’s not enough to think, we must speak, because nothing happens in the kingdom of God until something is said audibly. Things came into existence in Genesis 1:3 when God began to speak. In Genesis 1:1-25 God was modeling what He expects of His children. As His children, we’re empowered to turn things around with our words. Mark 11:23 says we shall have whatsoever we say. We’re created to be verbal beings.
Occasionally, I accidently press the mute button on my cell phone when I’m talking. When this happens, I can hear the person on the other end of the line, but they can’t hear me. When a phone is on mute, it’s a one-way conversation. You can’t communicate effectively. The thought occurred to me that this illustrates the dynamics of our conversations with God when we complain. Complaining puts you on mute. Although He can hear us, we can’t hear Him because God doesn’t respond to complaints. We must be mindful of what we speak.
Have you done a sound check on your speech lately? What are you saying to God, others or yourself? You sow seeds with the words you speak. The Bible says you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7). Ask yourself, “Will I reap a harvest of blessings or a harvest of hindrances by the words that are coming out of my mouth? Do my words build things up? Or do they tear things down?”
There’s great power in your voice. Satan knows it and that’s why he works so ferociously to keep you silent. Your voice is a powerful weapon. But situations can unfold that stun you into silence. The last thing Satan wants is for you to open your mouth and speak words of faith because when you do, it cuts through spiritual debris. The sound of your voice activates things in the supernatural realm that sets things in order in the natural world. You can’t afford to go silent on God, especially when difficult times hit. You may detest what you’re going through, but you must keep reminding yourself you’ll make it through. Talk to God. God longs and loves to hear the sound of your voice. You activate things with your voice, not your silence. God knows your thoughts, but He responds to words of faith. We are the redeemed of the Lord and we need to say so! Give thanks even in the middle of a stormy season knowing God will bring you out on top, even if it doesn’t feel or look like it right now.
Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” This illustrates the power of our speech. When God spoke into the chaos in Genesis 1:3, His words began to produce order in an unstable situation. God has empowered us to operate the same way He does.
As babies mature they progress from crying for what they want to learn to say what they want. Complaining is synonymous with crying which doesn’t activate anything positive. Complaining won’t get you anywhere. Your voice is designed to command things into existence. Romans 4:17 says we can speak things that are not as though they were. Is anything out of order in your life today? Now is the time to open your mouth and use your voice activation power to turn those things around.
Be blessed! Until next time…
Reverend Cynthia Jackson