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The Power of the Spoken Word

by Joanna Pierce on January 18, 2017

I’ve just recently discovered the wonderful invention of sleep machines. I don’t know where they’ve been all my life. Who knew listening to something while sleeping can actually promote sounder rest?

You may already be a member of the elite group of people who don’t need peace and quiet to sleep. But, some have taken it a step further—they actually listen to people speaking while sleeping!

The notion of listening to self-help tapes during slumber times has been around for years. What people pour into their minds at night is supposed to come to fruition during their waking hours. In the past, I’ve scoffed at this concept, but Northwestern University researchers indicate “depending on what we hear during the night, it is indeed possible to reinforce existing memories and enhance our recall after we wake up” (Smithsonian.com).

Basically—what people listen to at night can be perpetuated during waking hours; it can become a reality in their life. If you listen to musings on the power of positivity, you will be a more positive person. If you listen to encouragement on how to overcome social anxiety, you will become more comfortable talking with others. On the flip-side, if you continuously listen to negative words, you will become depressed and anxious.

Here’s where our spiritual life is impacted…

Whether we’re awake or when we’re asleep, the devil constantly speaks lies into our life (John 8:44). Over time, if we don’t do anything to combat these words, they will manifest themselves in our lives and negatively impact us.

God’s children need to take action against negative words the devil whispers in our ears at night! Each day we should be in prayer and in God’s Word. When we dive into the precious Word of God—penned by holy men as they were moved by the Holy Ghost—we can be reminded:

  • Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4)
  • God is near to all who call on Him (Psalms 145:18)
  • We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  • We are chosen, royal, holy, and a peculiar people called into God’s marvellous light (I Peter 2:9)
  • We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)
  • If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)
  • God has plans for us and wants to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)

When we hear the continued promises of God spoken into our lives, this will cancel out the words of the enemy. God wants to empower His children to go and live a full, empowered life! When we read Scriptures, remind ourselves of His promises, and prophesy them into our life, they will be manifested—they will happen!

Make a decision today to drown out the voice of the enemy and hear what God wants you to hear. Remember who you are in Christ Jesus, and that His words are the only ones that matter. If you choose to listen to Him, you’ll see His presence in a greater way. The enemy’s words won’t even be a distant memory.