Intellectual words do not move mountains

A while back, I tried to make “confessions” based on scriptures every morning but it did nothing for me and it felt mechanical and lifeless. I later realized that there was no desired change because the words came from my head while my heart spoke differently. We habitually speak from our hearts, not our heads.

Words are potent, they created the universe, but only heart-felt words can move mountains, remove disease, cause multiplication or silence storms not mechanically recited words.

Jesus said “Whoever says to this mountain be lifted up and be thrown into the sea and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will come to pass, will have whatever he says.” I missed the key: believing that the words I habitually speak will come to pass, not just words I speak during my “confession time.” Our words will remain lame if we only speak purposefully at set times time while we go with the flow at other times.

Following Christ requires storing the right words in my heart so I can habitually speak like Him. He used words efficiently and most effectively.

At Lazarus tomb, there was no long prayer, only thanksgiving and, “Lazarus, come forth.” His words were so potent that when he told a tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again,” the tree’s life ended. Peter walked on water based only on “Come.” Experienced fishermen having toiled all night to no avail, caught so much fish that their boats began to sink after a layman said, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught.”

Jesus’ words were not intellectual but spirit, as potent as those behind creation.

I want to follow Him, not just in His love but also in His use of words. I am glad that He gave me the invitation to follow Him and to exceed his impact. I am far but I am following. Step by step, here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept.

One of my primary objectives in 2012 is to sit at the Master’s feet learning about words. I will be sharing what I am learning as well as the attendant results I am allowed to share.

9 thoughts on “Intellectual words do not move mountains

  1. I love this!I pray God will make His face shine on you, grant your requests and make you successful in all you do, Tolulope. I pray His Spirit will grow within you and you will grow in Christ in this coming year. May we all seet at the Master's feet, listening to and soaking up all His words! May He (who IS the Word)live within us and may everything that flows out of us (in thought, word and deed) be from Him, who is the Source of life and is Love! In Jesus' name – Amen.

  2. Processingtheword, what a prayer to pray into 2012! You prayed exactly my greatest desire – to grow in Christ in 2012 and be more like Christ. I pray the same for you. "May we all sit at the Master's feet, listening to and soaking up all His Words."God bless you.

  3. God bless you, brother! Thank you for praying for me, as well. I feel God telling me to pray my way through 2012…I want to pray not only for myself but for everyone. I am asking the Holy Spirit to pray through me for God's will for all!May the Lord grant you the desire of your heart – to know Him more and to grow in Him and become mature, lacking nothing. In the mighty name of Jesus – Amen.Your sister in Christ,Natalie (wordprocessor)

  4. This topic is quite interesting Tolu and quite refreshing.I too have attempted to make scriptural ‘declarations’ and 'confessions' on a daily basis. I started out quite enthusiastically as one does with any new activity, reading them in the morning and sometimes throughout the day, until as you stated, it did feel quite mechanical. To be really honest, it became a little boring. Then I realized, that I had been making these confessions, but my mindset was still predominantly negative. The confessions where coming from my head and not my heart!It wasn’t until I made confessing the Word, one of my Spiritual disciplines i.e. To diligently meditate on the scriptures, until I had deeper understanding of them. To take it slowly until the scriptures were deeply planted in my heart, (I don’t mean memorizing them!). Only then could I speak them, knowing the confessions were coming from my heart and I truly believed them as I personalized them.In turn I realised that my mind was undergoing renewal and my negative atitudes was changing (it wasn't as easy at is sounds it takes determination).Most importantly, I cut down on the looong list of confessions I said in one ‘sitting’!Thank you Tolu for sharing your experience, now I know, that I am not the only one who experienced problems when confessing scriptures.God Bless

  5. This is why I like comments. This was my experience too. You threw more light on it and I have nothing else to say to it except that I do not think your fourth paragraph can be overstated. Thank you Carole.

  6. May our words in 2012 and beyond be filled with the Spirit such that as we speak, they happen. God has also said in Matthew 18:18-20, "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." But I believe He's not talking about just any intellectual agreement. Deep!

  7. That is the key – words filled with the Spirit. Jesus' words were, so "Come" was not just a response to Peter but was loaded with so much power that the water became solid ground under Peter's feet as long as Peter believed.Amen to your prayer. I long for it.Thanks Jennifer.

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