Today I am in Portugal after a great time in Spain with the RIM gathering of Pastors in Europe and a great weekend is some churches here in Portugal. God is good, His presence is real, and He is doing good things in the nations. We are blessed to be His testimony in the earth.
I have been writing on the topic of being the word of God in flesh. Who we are is the result of the substance of who we are and it includes the way we think. Our lives express outwardly what we are internally. God is the word and He intends for us to be His voice in the manifestations of our lives. We either affect this world with life or we affect it with death. All things are affected by words. The following is taken from my book, Prophetic Ministry – A Ministry of Life:
Words are powerful. They are much more than expressions of mere communication. Words leave an impression in the spirit and residues that others can find. Words are the release of the issues of the heart, and they can even be felt reverberating in the atmosphere through the power of thought. Thoughts are the first stage of words being expressed.
Thoughts in themselves are words, and they leave an impression in the atmosphere. Your thoughts can influence the thoughts of others. When you think negative thoughts, others around you will think negative thoughts. When you think positive thoughts, others around you will think positive thoughts. When you are exposed to someone who is thinking intensely, their thoughts release a spiritual energy that will influence your own thought life. You can perhaps think of times when you were around others who were thinking thoughts with extreme focus and you found yourself thinking in similar patterns. It may have been someone contemplating actions of suicide. It may have been someone exhibiting a strong focus of hate or disagreement in some manner. It may have been thoughts that came to you while working together with others who were disgruntled with their job or their employer. They could be thoughts of either great pleasure towards you, or displeasure against you. Thoughts can influence others because thoughts are expressions of the heart and the heart is the source of all words.
Proverbs 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.
Many times, the thoughts of others have influenced me while I was preaching. When members of a congregation have focused their thoughts against what I am saying, it has even made me stammer in my speech. I have even had difficulty connecting my thoughts (at times like that). In the same respect, when members of the congregation become passionate in agreement with what I am saying, their thoughts actually cause what I am trying to say to flow more easily and clearly. People’s thoughts can be powerful.
Thoughts are the first stage of words. They are the first stage of the expression of the heart. Thoughts are powerful, and when the words of our mouths match the thoughts of our minds, they become even more powerful. When I have thoughts of love toward my family it affects the atmosphere of my home. When I add words to my thoughts, it has an even greater effect. My thoughts of love towards my wife influence her, but I influence her even more when I speak my thoughts to her with words she can understand. This is what the Scripture means when it says that a husband is to wash his wife with the washing of the water of his word (Eph. 5:25, 26). The thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions of a husband can determine the measure of liberty and glory experienced by his wife and home.
Let’s consider our thoughts today and position ourselves to be words of life to the world we live in. We can bring life to our world, but we must know that our lives are words meant create the world in which we live.
Ted J. Hanson