What are they and how do they work?


I had a friend the other day ask me; "Why did God change peoples' names in the Bible "? So I proceeded to teach him what the Bible had to say about it and what the words or names meant. I started with a point that I had taught before and is contained in the study "In the Name of Jesus" found on our website. In that teaching I emphasize that a better translation of the word "name" in many places in the Scriptures is the word "authority". In the example from that study I used was the following verse:


Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

If the word "name" in this verse meant a proper name like John or Bill then why didn't they name him Emmanuel instead of  Jesus or actually Ya'shua. Because the word name meant authority. What the writer was saying is - they shall call his authority "God with us". And in fact the scripture bares this out in that Christ came in the authority of "The Father".


Joh 5:43  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Joh 10:25  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.


Which brings us back to the original question; Why that name? Why did God change Abram's name to Abraham and Sari to Sara? What is this all about?

Here is how it works. When we speak, the words we say are really like capsules or packets of information that we release "into the air", or literally, "into the invisible (realm)". The packets are filled with the authority those words represent. When the word Abraham was spoken it released the authority "father of many nations" into the spiritual realm. It is this authority that is brought to pass. Everything that becomes manifest owes it's existence to the "invisible realm"


Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


When the name of Ya'shua (what is translated in Greek, Jesus) is spoken the authority, "God's Salvation" is released. The mechanics is always the same. If we believe what is being said shall come to pass the authority remains intact. If we don't believe what is being said than the authority is undone.


In Rom 4:18-22  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

The authority remains intact.



Mat 13:58  And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Mar 6:5-6  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Even Christ's authority is undone.


Here is an example I use often to give people an idea of how it works. Let us say that you have a dog you love very much. He is like family to you. And one day I call you on the phone and say "I don't know how to tell you this but as I was driving by your house I saw that your dog Skip had been run over by a truck. Skippy is dead I am so sorry." With the hearing of these words immediately you would become ill, your body would manifest the reality of your sorrow, and you might begin to sob or cry. Now lets change the scene I call you and say "I don't know how to tell you this but as I was driving by your house I saw that your dog Skip had been run over by a truck. Skippy is dead I am so sorry." But as I tell you this you look out the window and see Skippy happily playing in the yard. What happens? Nothing, even though the words are identical, there is no manifestation. The reason is you didn't believe what you heard, unbelief took over. The authority of the words of despair are undone.

Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


This principle works in both directions. Whatever you allow is allowed. Whatever you don't allow is not allowed.



Here we have a father who wants a manifestation of healing for his son and realizes why he hasn't gotten one yet.


Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.


It appears that the power of the spoken word unobstructed in the invisible realm can manifest quickly. However what many experience is that the believers faith that is spoken is not the only force released into the invisible realm. The scriptures say that words of faith war against other powers and princes.


Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


2 Corinthians 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (5)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


1Ti 4:6  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.


2Ti 1:13  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.


Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


Faith comes by hearing because words of faith contain faith and specific authority to accomplish what is the object of the faith.


Salvation is a perfect example of the authority of the spoken word.


Romans 10:8-10  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  (9)  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


Because the capsule of salvation contains the authority of God being released back to him, it is like a missile  that goes straight into Heaven.


Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.


1Jo 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

God's will is his Word.


So, let us look at the "Big Picture". Words are capsules of authority that we release all the time. They fly off into or through the invisible realm sometimes referred to as "air". They are received by other people, spiritual beings (good and bad), even God. They can be stopped by unbelief, doubt, and fear. They can be aimed specifically towards the intended hearer or object. The power that words contain ranges from creation to destruction. They can either build or tear down the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. The saying that goes "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" is a lie from the pit of hell.

One of the biggest problems we have today with our children and society in general can be traced to how society has chosen the inappropriateness of unacceptable words as "normal". A curse has the same power as a blessing if it is accepted. We were warned by Scripture to not use the cursing but society thought that that concept was "trite" and "old fashioned". So now we have the manifestation of curses everywhere we look. Depravity at every turn and all because the authority for that is what was being released into the invisible realm through song and speech. When words were gentile, society was gentile. When words became profane society became profane.

Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Mat 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Words of Death
Words of Life

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Act 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.