There are laws that govern the universe. Natural laws govern the physical realm and spiritual laws govern the spiritual realm.
If we are going to start seeing the power of God manifest in our lives, we will have to start paying attention to spiritual laws.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18
Words are unseen that’s why they are eternal. They carry life and creative forces. You don’t see words, but their effect cannot be denied.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. John 6:63
Spiritual laws govern the spiritual realm, but they also govern the natural realm. We know this because the word says God is a Spirit. (John 4:24), and He created everything. He is a Spirit being, who lives in the spirit realm, and He created everything we encounter in the natural realm – from the spirit realm. Read Hebrew 11:3
The key to creation and all creativity is the word of God. If the universe was framed by the word of God, it means this planet has always and will always be a word planet. That means Words have power—more than any of us realize, but we often speak them as though they are meaningless.
And because of that, most believers at one time or another have been hung by their tongue.
For sure, words are powerful things. God’s words were so powerful that they actually created everything (Genesis 1).
But even our own words as humans can do powerful things. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18:21 that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
The power of life and death can be seen in jury trials, where witnesses and jury members can speak words that might literally determine whether a defendant is jailed, lives or dies.
Matthew 12:36-37 says, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
One translation says, “every empty word” the ESV says, “every careless word.” The Greek phrase is rema argos, meaning “careless or inactive or unprofitable words.”
So “Every idle word” simply means nonproductive. These are words that you speak but don’t believe. For example, you might say, “I’m dying to see my children.” You really don’t mean you’re dying, but you say it anyway to emphasize the importance of the relationship.
Every time you say things that you don’t really mean, it begins to numb your heart. Unconsciously, each idle word is making it just a little bit harder to believe what you say will actually come to pass when you mean it and it really counts.
In Matthew 12:37, the significance of words is that they will be used to gauge a person’s spiritual condition in the judgment: “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Given the weighty consequences of our words—even our “careless” ones—we as believers must learn to yield our body’s members, including our tongues, to the control of the Holy Spirit—the only One who can tame the tongue.
The Psalmist prayed, “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).
Lord set a guard over my mouth
Keep watch over the door of my lips
In Jesus name, Amen!