Romans 10:17 tells us that faith is hear through the message and words about Christ. This can lead us to believe that words are a pretty powerful.
Words can build and they can break
There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of “words have the power to build people up or break people down”. Have you ever been put down by someone’s words? Someone saying you are unattractive? Someone saying your work was less than the desired quality? Or perhaps someone built you up with their words. Maybe they said that you gave a wonderful presentation at work. Or maybe they said you were a great Mom. Either way, words are powerful. They can hurt or they can heal. In some instances, words can even save someone.
Saving the Dead
The power of the Word of God is evident throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are numerous stories of Jesus using the power of the Word of God to heal the sick and wounded.
A good example of the power of the Word of God is the story about Lazarus.
John 11 talks about a man named Lazarus. He becomes sick and dies, and thus buried in a tomb. His sisters, Mary and Martha, are upset with Jesus because he didn’t save him. After praying to God, God uses Jesus to display the power of the Word of God and says this simple command that Lazarus rise and leave the tomb. (John 11:43). Just like that, the power of the Word of God brought Lazarus back from the dead.
Modern Day Application
Now most of us will never see that the Word of God has the power to change life in the means of bringing someone back from the dead. However, many of us, if we look closely, can see that the Word of God has the power to change life in many other ways.
Think about someone you know who is struggling today. You can show them that the Word of God has the power to change their life just by someone sharing a moment with them. Talking to them and offering their helping hand can make a world of a difference to them.
Saving Those Who Call Out
Back to Psalm 107:19-20: Just using His words He was able to save His people from harm, injury, rescue them and even save them from death!
Psalm 107 demonstrates how the power of the Word of God has the ability to heal and save anyone.
The examples given in this psalm include the hungry and thirsty, prisoners in chains, fools suffering from various illnesses and pains they caused. All of these people cried out to God for healing and rescuing.
What was God’s response? He used his word and rescued them from their suffering. (Psalm 107:20).
That’s a pretty powerful example of how the Word of God has the power to change life.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger – BE the Messenger!
Now, can you step up to the plate? Romans 10:17 says that faith comes from hearing the Word of God. That means that God needs messengers to proclaim His power. Will you be the one to praise the power of the Word of God to the sick, hurt and suffering?