Words are powerful. Words tell stories. Words teach. Words reach. Words persuade. Words compel. Words are seen. Words reveal. Words speak for the heart. Words are contrived. Words create deception. Words flow. Words go. Words are active. Words activate. Words give life. Words cause death. Words remain, once you’ve released them they don’t come back. Words even have the propensity to go places you cannot and to impact people that you aren't able to reach. For example, someone may not personally hear your words or even want to, but an indirect message from you spoken through the lips of another or from the pages of a book could perhaps reach them. All in all...
Words carry weight. Words carry value. Words speak.
Do we realize this and if we do, shouldn’t we be more intentional with our use of them. I believe the power of our words is something we should constantly be reminded of and word fasts can help you achieve this.
I admire the life and legacy of John Paul Jackson. In one of his many valuable teachings on The Art of Hearing God, he demonstrated the value of developing your listening skills with God oddly through your interactions with others. He taught that how well you listen to others actually displays how well you listen to God and can cultivate your ability to hear Him. From John Paul Jackson, I learned the value of engaging in periodic word fasts.
In a word fast you simply limit your personal daily usage of words, so that you make the most of what you do speak! It helps you to be more deliberate in your conversations and engagements with others. It helps you to think about what you’re going to say before you speak. It helps you to learn to say what really matters and what will be most effective.
Eventually, you will find yourself responding with more wisdom and with fewer emotions. Our emotions lead us to respond quickly, but there is great wisdom found in quieting your soul and listening to the Holy Spirit. Word fasts help to increase your sensitivity to hearing the Holy Spirit and ultimately your ability to hear God.
Learn how to speak with more weight and not just with more words that “sound good.”
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
Ecclesiastes 6:11 NIV
Succinct is a very impressive word for this topic. According to Merriam-Webster, succinct means “using few words to state or express an idea.” (1) Word fasts support you being succinct, but this isn’t just about you practicing something for a period of time and more so driven to help you develop this into a lifestyle.
- To be succinct is to be brief, but complete.
- To be succinct is to be concise, but also comprehensive.
- To be succinct is to be short and sweet, but thorough.
When your words are succinct they may be few, but they will be full of power. May God grace you to add more emphasis to the strength of your words and not the amount used.