Luke 1:5-21 (NLT) 5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.
6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.
7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple,
*11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.
12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him.
13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.
14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”
18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”
19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!
20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
57 When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son.
58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.
59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”
61 “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.”
62 So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him.
63 He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.”
64 Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.
It was so important that Zechariah not speak unbelieving words that the angel shut his mouth until he (Zechariah) could speak believing words. If you notice in verse 12 it says that Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw the Angel. He would have spoken fear words, when he needed to speak faith words.
Inverse 20 the Angel says, “But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my (God’s) words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
When Zechariah had enough faith to speak God’s words then he was allowed to speak again. He had to speak words of faith, God’s words.
Just like Zechariah God has given us His Words to speak, we find them in the Bible. We need to use our faith and believe what He says even when it looks impossible. He has promised that,
Mark 10:27 (NKJV) But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
As long as our praying and believing and saying are in line with God’s word we can see the impossible happen. Remember words are important.