Power of Scripture Words

Words are Powerful!
more powerful than we are able to measure with present scientific equipment. Without the equipment, we have little hard data on the subject.

However, the Lord in His Word has some serious things to say about the
power of the words of Scripture and what that power will do for us as we use it.

I followed this trail after noticing a powerfully energizing effect of prayer and Scripture meditation. The prayer and meditation surrounded an extensive writing project I have going. Instead of being fatigued by the effort of the project, I found myself buzzing with energy and enthusiasm…for everything. I had tapped into the
power of the words of Scripture!

Having a long-standing interest in energy production, my interest was piqued. So this morning I had to dig into my Bible, into the
Strong’s Concordance. It’s like a treasure hunt. Exhilarating! Do come along with me on this exploration:

Power of Scripture Words
First Stop:
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Powerful: energes #1756 in the Strongs’
Active, operative, powerful

By implication, the Word of God itself is energy (energes), a powerful energy. In the Greek (language of the New Testament) there are two particular words that describe this power. They shed light on this energizing effect of Scripture. Let's look at them.

Next Stop:
Ephesians 1:19
(Paul says: I pray that God may give you enlightenment to know) what is the exceeding greatness of His power (1411) toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (2904).
Power: dunamis #1411 in the Strong’s (root of our word “dynamite)
Miracle power, might, strength (from 1410: able to do)

Power: kratos #2904 in the Strongs’
Dominion, might, power, strength
By the working of God’s might (kratos), He releases His miracle working power (dunamis) toward us who believe. And what do we believe? We believe what He has said, what He has promised, and that’s found in His Word. The
power of the words of Scripture come the exceeding greatness of the power of God, Himself.

Paul, who had great revelation of the kratos of God, ends the epistle to the Ephesians with
Ephesians 6:10-11, 13
Finally, my brethren, be strong (1743) in the Lord and in the power (kratos) of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil….Therefore take up the whole armor of God…
Strong #1743 endunamoo
Empower, enable, increase in strength

How are you empowered, enabled and increased in strength? The key is in the next verses of the chapter where Paul goes on to describe the armor:
A belt of truth
Breastplate of righteousness
Gospel of peace for shoes
Shield of faith
Helmet of salvation
Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God
Each of these pieces of armor are principles found in Scripture. Just how do you put on the whole armor of God? Prayer proclamations of Scripture, prayer affirmations of Scripture! Cover yourself in the Word that is active and FULL of power, the kratos power of God.

Pray with Increased Faith and the Power of the Words of Scripture
Let’s come back to Hebrews 4:12: the Word of God is a two edged sword. As you pray and proclaim Scripture, it is a sword with one edge that swings out and impacts the people and situations you are praying for. The other edge swings back and impacts you. Previous to this, I had thought only in terms of the sword cutting and exposing in me what was not aligned with God. This is part of the meaning of the verse.

Now I am realizing that there is an energizing and empowering that takes place as well. This explains why I tend to pick up
The Power Of Your Words, by Don Gossett and EW Kenyon, for a quick few minutes. The book is dog-eared and grandly marked up from use. I see now I’ve been using it like an energy bar, a spiritual energy bar.

In fact, this morning as I was praying out of
Blessing Your Spirit, I prayed the following prayer touching the energy-bar craving in me. It sent me down this trail, which produced the page:
“By the words of Jesus you have life. Listen with your spirit to God’s Word in John 6:63.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.’ I bless your spirit with hearing and knowing the words that Jesus speaks to you and the Spirit of the words. I bless you with meeting Him daily spirit to Spirit. I bless you with not doing anything by mere human effort. I bless you with being energized with the life of eternity upon all that you are, and think, and do. I bless you in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, who is your life.” (from Day 32 Strength to Equal Your Days, Blessing Your Spirit)

Blessing Your Spirit is an inspired resource for praying Scripture. You can order it from our catalogue along with some excellent CDs of recorded Scripture prayer. Use these resources to ramp up your own praying. With CDs, stay focused in prayer at times when your mind might wander, like times when you drive, exercise, bathe, cook, etc.

Let’s redeem the time by increasing the release of God’s dynamic power: the
power of Scripture. Pray Scripture with intent and purpose. Can you think of any more hopeful an investment than that? Pray and proclaim! The power is delegated to you and to me. Use it now!

More Resources
Pray Scripture: a fine intro to the subject of Scripture prayer
How to Pray Scripture: a hands-on guide to praying Scripture