Have you every heard of the Rice Experiment? I hadn't until Saturday when I was listening to as podcast radio interview with Trey Smith. The experiment was preformed by Dr. Masaru Emoto back in 2014. He placed cooked rice into three glass jars and set them on a shelf for a month. Every day he told the first jar of Rice that he loved it, the second jar of rice that it was an idiot and he ignored the 3rd jar of rice. After a month, the first jar of rice was still fluffy and white, the second jar was black and the third jar was moldy. I know, sounds crazy, doesn't it? So I did some research on it and apparently many others have replicated the experiment and gotten the same results.
Okay, always the skeptic, I decided that I'm going to try it myself. So yesterday I cooked up some rice and put it in three glass cups and set them on a shelf in my writing room. Here's a picture.
I will let you know in a month the results.
However, this got me to thinking about the power of words. The Bible has much to say about words.
God created the heavens and the earth with simple words.
Throughout the Bible, Fathers passed down blessings on their children through words. These blessings were considered so binding and valuable that Jacob tricked his brother Esau just so he could receive the blessing intended for him.
And who can forget the story of King Balak of Moab who hired the spiritist Balaam to curse the people of Israel? On his way there, God prevented him from doing so by a talking donkey. Now, why would God prevent him, why would He even care if there were no power in words?
And why does just saying the name of Jesus scatter demons?
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. James 3:8-10
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
In other words, I believe God imbued spiritual power into our words. What we say to others (AND TO OURSELVES) has enormous impact in the spirit realm, which impacts our own life and others.
Don't you always feel uplifted when someone compliments you or someone speaks positively into your life or even after a simple hug and an "I love you." And what about the opposite? A harsh word, a condemnation can ruin your day, right? You might say that of course that's to be expected. Everyone reacts positively to kind words. I agree. But I believe there's more to it than that. I believe our spirits are impacted deeply by words, even to the point of changing our lives. Yet, in this culture, it seems words are tossed around so flippantly. I'm guilty of this too. We all need to choose our words carefully, what we say to others, to ourselves, and the words we just toss into the air when we don't think anyone is listening. They ALL have an affect on our lives. They have power. They have consequences. We can use our words to encourage, love, build up, teach, or we can use our words to destroy, discourage, tear down and rip apart.
I believe God is serious about our words. Perhaps we should be too!
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36
Want to see the short experiment by Dr. Emoto, click below.