In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

(Genesis 1:1–3)


God has invested a lot in your mouth. He put the power of life and death in your tongue—in your speech…We know God’s power is the ultimate power. He entrusted you with the ability to exert power through speech. So you can speak life to your life or situation or you can speak death to it (see Proverbs 18:21). Your words can take you over or take you under. Simply put, you can change your future by changing your words. You have the ability to do this because you are a child of God. In Romans 8:16–17 and Galatians 4:7, Christians are referred to as sons and joint heirs. God as your Father set the standard as to how His sons and daughters are to live.

In our scripture this week, you will notice although the Holy Spirit was moving upon the face of the waters, nothing was happening. God was God; the Holy Spirit was the Holy Spirit. Yet, nothing happened until God released the Word. For God to repair the earth, or start His restoration of this earth, He spoke to it. He used words to create the universe.

Finally in Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” This means He was making man to operate as He does. It is normal for sons and daughters to take on the attributes of their parents. Talking like God should be viewed the same way. This perspective is critical to victorious living!


Dear God, Thank you that You made me in Your image. Your plan is for me to talk like You talk. I will speak words only that agree with Your Word and experience Your victory in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Power of the Tongue. To order this must-read book that will empower you to speak words of victory, click here.