The War of the Worlds, written by H.G. Wells, narrates our world being invaded by aliens from Mars. For those who have never read the classic, I won’t reveal the invasion results, nor how the book ends.
The War of the Worlds is, of course, purely fiction. There is, however a very real war between two worlds that has been going on for a very long time. It’s the war between the words of God’a world, and the words of the devil, God’s enemy, and his world.
Both worlds are equally real. One is a world of light, love, and life. The other is the exact opposite: a world of darkness, fear, and death. Each world wants everyone to live in its kingdom, its realm. And each world is using words to achieve its purpose. Not just any words, but rather the words of its creator.
This war of two worlds is being fought, not with swords or guns or bombs, but with tongues, with words. Words of life versus words of death. Words of health versus those of sickness. Both worlds’ words are available to all to speak; both worlds’ words are spoken by the choice of the one doing the speaking.
In the Bible, the book of Proverbs has much to say about the effect of words:
Proverbs 4:22 tells us that God’s words are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. The literal Hebrew renders “health” as “medicine.”
Proverbs 12:18 tells us that the tongue of the wise is health. If the tongue of the wise is health, then it’s wise to speak God’s words of health, rather than the devil’s words of sickness and disease.
Proverbs 18:12 states that death and life are in the power of the tongue. They who love it will eat the fruit of it. This tells us that those who love speaking words of death such as sickness, disease, poverty, weakness, insufficiency, will bear death’s fruit in their lives. On the other hand, those who love speaking words of life such as health, wellbeing, abundance, strength, and sufficiency, will bear life’s fruit in their lives.
In the New Testament, John 6:63 records Jesus as saying that His words were spirit and life. Life, not death. The obvious conclusion is that speaking what Jesus says-what God’s Word says- is crucial to us winning the war of words against the devil and his words.
Fiction aside, there is an unseen war being waged, involving every person on the earth. Again, not with swords, guns, or bombs, but with what comes out of our mouths, our words. Not just in church, but in everyday life.
I am more convinced than ever that words are more valuable than silver, gold, bank accounts, and retirement funds. Both God and the devil know this, which is why each listens to our everyday words: God, to bring to pass His words of life; the devil to bring to pass his words of death. The choice of what we speak is all ours, not God’s or the devil’s.
The war of the worlds never happened. The war of words is going on as I “speak.”
Which side of the war of words are you on? Comments are welcomed.