From the book, “The Simplicity of Healingby Reverend Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy:

Whatever you may be facing, know God’s Word contains the power and authority to overcome it and cause you to be victorious.

It’s important for you to speak the Word out loud so the power of the Word is released into your life and circumstances. When God created the earth, He did it by speaking. Look at Genesis I, the Creation chapter, and you will see over and over, “And God said.It was through His spoken Word that the world was created. The Bible says we are made in God’s image. Just as His Word contains power, so do our words. We literally create or change circumstances by what we speak!

The Bible says faith comes by hearing the Word of God (see Rom. 10:17). The more you speak it, the more you’re hearing it, and the stronger your faith will become. Hearing the Word of God and hearing it again and again will ignite your faith to believe for healing. I’ve always said a person believes what they hear themselves speak more than what they hear others speak. I’ve recommended to people they record their own voice speaking the Scriptures and listen to it often and even play it while they sleep. As they do, the Word will get down into their spirit, helping them to remember it and live by it.

Speaking the Word is not a spouting of memorized verses or mindless repetition. It’s speaking the Word in faith and with understanding. It’s truly knowing and believing it in your heart. When we confess the Scriptures, we should not only speak God’s Word to Him but combine it with thanksgiving. For example, if you’re going to confess Isaiah 53:5, which saysBy His stripes we are healed,” you might say, “Lord, I thank You that by Your stripes I am healed.That way, you’re making it personal, bringing the Lord into your confession, and combining the confession with thanksgiving. If you’re going to confess Psalms 103:4, which saysHe redeems your life from destruction,” you might say, “Lord, I thank You that You redeem my life from destruction.Speak God’s Word with a confidence that it will bring about changes in your life.

One word of cautionwatch your words! Choose them carefully because they will either create a pathway of blessing or curses. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” What does that mean? Simply this: you get what you say. Our words have power, power for good or power for harm. If we speak about the condition or the symptoms, we are speaking words of death rather than words of life. We’ve all heard people from time to time who say things life, “Well, flu season is coming. I’ll probably get the flu.And what happens? They get the flu! They got what they spoke. So, don’t speak what you feel. Instead, speak what you know. Speak, “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed!” You can speak yourself into faith. Even if you aren’t convinced yet, continue to speak that you are healed, and after a while you will become convinced of it. If you say something long enough, it will eventually drop into your heart, your spirit. Why does that work? Because you are a spirit and your spirit responds to the Word of God. So even if you don’t believe it yet, your spirit will grab hold of it. Don’t go around saying, “The doctor says I’ve got three months to live.If you do that, in three months you’ll be dead, not because the doctor said it, but because you agreed with what he said. Instead, say what God says, “I’m going to live and not die!” “He has sent His Word and healed me!” “I am healed, glory to God, I am healed!” The more you say it the more it will register in your spirit and the more you’ll believe it.

We can’t be double-minded. We must be completely convinced of the truth of God’s Word and then speak His Word in faith and refuse to move off of it, no matter what. The Bible asks the question in James 3:11-12, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig treebear olive berries? either a vine, figs?” The answer, of course, is no they can’t. Let all your words indicate your agreement with God’s Word. Make sure the words you are speaking are words that line up with what God has said. Refuse to speak anything that contradicts His Word.

Words regulate our lives. The life you’re living is a product of what you have been speaking. The words you speak create your world. You get what you say! The woman with the issue of blood was healed when she touched the hem of Jesusgarment (see Matt. 9). Was she healed just because she touched the hem of His garment? Well, that, plus something else. There were many who were touching Him that day who were not healed. But she had said to herself, “If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed.She had faith to be healed, but she expressed her faith through her words and actions. She went to where He was and did what she had said. Therefore, she got what she said!

Listen, don’t tell God about how big the problem isspeak to the problem and tell it how big your God is!