Bible Study

The Language of Faith

- by Joyce Meyer

Did you know faith has a language? Releasing our faith isn’t only about praying and believing, but it also has a lot to do with our speaking. It has to do with the words we say every single day.

Our Words Have Power

The Bible teaches that our words are extremely powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits ESV.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You’re going to eat those words.” There is a lot of truth to this! The words we speak are containers for power, and they have the ability to influence our lives—for good or for evil.


I believe this is one of the most important lessons the Lord has ever taught me: If we want God’s will for our lives, then our words need to agree with His Word. After we pray for a specific need in our lives, it’s so important to follow up our prayers with words of faith and say what God says.

For instance, if you’re praying for your children to know the Lord, don’t go to lunch with your friends and say, “Oh, they’ll never come around.” Speak words of faith! Choose to say things like, “Well, it may not look like it right now, but I know God is working in their lives, and I believe good changes are ahead.”

Or if you’re praying for a financial breakthrough, don’t go around saying, “We’ll never get out of debt—we’re always a day late and a dollar short.” Instead, choose to say faith-filled words like, “God is in control, and He always supplies more than enough to meet our needs. He blesses our lives with good things!” (see Philippians 4:9; Psalm 103:5).

Believe It…Speak It

All throughout the Bible, we can see the connection between believing and speaking. For instance, Romans 10:9. It says, ...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved ESV.

It’s not only important to believe, but it’s also vital to confess what we believe. Our words make a powerful spiritual impact and they let Satan and everyone else know exactly where we stand.

The Gospels tell the story of a woman who had “an issue of blood” for twelve years. She spent all she had on doctors, but her condition only grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she decided to push through the crowds, determined to receive healing.

Mark 5:27-29 ESV says, ... she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up.... 

I love this! Of all the people surrounding Jesus, this woman was the one to get healed. She not only believed Jesus could heal her, but she released her faith through what she said. In verse 34, Jesus tells her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed....

Release Your Faith

I encourage you to begin releasing your faith through the words of your mouth. Find out what God’s Word says about you, then speak it out as often as you can. Regularly confess things like:

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (see Philippians 4:13).

“God loves me, and He will never leave me or forsake me.” (see Romans 8:39; Hebrews 13:5)

“The Lord has a good plan for my future!” (see Jeremiah 29:11)

I’ve learned how important it is to speak out these positive things from God’s Word in all seasons of life—during times when things are going well and also when life gets difficult. The Lord gives us faith to believe even before we see things come to pass (see Hebrews 11:1).

In fact, Hebrews 4:14 ESV says, ...let us hold fast our confession. This means when things get tough and it doesn’t look like anything is working out, we should continue to speak words of faith. We should continue to say things like, “Lord, I believe I’m going to see Your Word come to pass in my life!”

Every time we declare what God says about us, we release our faith and get in agreement with Him. And when we say what God says, and do what God says to do, then we can have everything God says we can have.

Whatever you’re praying and believing God for today, I encourage you multiply your faith and release it through the words you speak. Study and learn God’s Word and begin to say the good things He says about you. Because your words contain tremendous power, and they have the ability to activate all of God’s incredible promises for your life.

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