Alex Adegboye

Alex Adegboye

Senior Pastor: Word Alive Ministries International

The Battle Of Words

There is a battle for the words that proceed out of our mouths. Great marshals and experts of war can attest to the fact that wars do not start on the battlefield, it starts in the hearts of men. This is the main battle that leads to other battles. This is the battle that determines the success of other battles. Life is a battle ground. This may not be so all the time in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm it is so.

The battle I intend to talk about in this piece is the ultimate battle. It is the battle in which its victory will determine your success in other battles you may be facing in life. Most of us have lost some things in the past and that is because we do not understand that there is a battle going on in the realm of the spirit. It goes beyond the physical one. There is the battle for survival, sustenance, health, finance, family and many other aspects. The outcome of these battles will be determined by the battle of words.

The battle of words is the ultimate battle and it is words that you deplore in the place of prayers. Anyone who knows how to pray will be a powerful person. Your skill and ability to use words during prayers is paramount. The battle of words is essentially the battle of prayers. Words are swords that are used in the realm of the spirit. It can be used by God, you or the devil. Prayer is what you say with your words. Powerful words win battles. If you carefully and skillfully deploy your words, it will be effective in the spirit realm and this will be the result in the physical.

Joshua 5:13-15, 6:1-3; “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place  whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.”


1. God made the world (universe) by His words Heb 1:3
2. We make our worlds with our words. Matt 12:37, Pr 18:21
3. The power in the spirit realm is in the spoken word. Dan 10:12

Circumstances of our lives speak to us. Joshua saw the wall of the city and it spoke directly to him. The wall was saying that you won’t go through this point. Our problems speak to us every day. However, what you say in line with what God says will eventually carry the day in your life. If you do not like the way your life is going, change what you are saying. It is not that we do not pray, but what do you say in your mind after the prayer? The battle of words does not just start in your mind before prayer, it continues in your mind during and after prayers.

For you to come out victorious in the battles of life, you must utilize the word of righteousness. Otherwise, you will lose. Some people think they are mature in the spirit because they have been in church for a very long time, but what makes you mature in the realm of the spirit is the word that you carry in your heart. God does not measure your maturity based on chronological age. He uses your skilful application and organization of His words that you speak. Strong meat belongs to those that are of full age even those who by reason of use have their spiritual senses exercised.

It is always a difficult thing for those who gave their lives to God in their adulthood to speak the right words. Your vocabulary and conversation will be such that pertains to the old life. You will realize that such things are natural to you. James 3:8, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”


1. Have a deeper commitment to God’s word.
2. Grow in grace. 2 Pet 3:18
3. Make a conscious effort to correct your mistakes immediately.
4. Pray a lot in the spirit. Jude 1:20

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