Proverbs 18:21 NIV “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.
Matthew 8:8 NIV “…But just say the word and my servant will be healed”.
Our words are powerful. Our words are so important James devotes the entire third chapter to the power of the tongue. The books of Psalms and Proverbs alone have twenty five plus verses dealing with the words we speak.
God created the world and everything in it except man with words. Jesus calmed the storm by speaking to it. Proverbs 6:2 NIV tells us “you have been trapped by what you have said, ensnared by the words of your mouth”.
The word ensnared is Strong’s #4334 meaning to be captured, seized, trapped, or taken prisoner. It’s clear to see that the words we speak are serious business.
Matthew 12:36-37 in the Wuest Expanded New Testament says, “Moreover, I am saying to you, Every word which men shall speak which has no legitimate work, which is inoperative and thus morally useless and unprofitable, they shall give an account of at the day of judgment, for by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned“.
The gravity of our words is astounding. When we speak death over our finances, I can’t afford that, I always have more month at the end of my money. When we speak death over our health; I get the flu every year, yeah such and such is going around and I always get what goes around. Instead of saying you always get what goes around, say, yeah that’s going right around me and I’m not catching it. When you start to develop symptoms speak the word. If your child is struggling with grades speak life into them don’t speak the bad grades they get. Pray they will retain what they study, tell them they can learn the subject they are struggling in.
Matthew 12:34-37 MSG “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
The words we speak are directly related to what we allow ourselves to think about. The saying goes garbage in, garbage out. If we allow ourselves to think negatively, if we feed on TV shows that aren’t uplifting, that are full of negative talk we will begin to speak those things.
Just like we choose what we watch we can and we must choose to speak words that line up with The Word. None of us became negative overnight. We didn’t learn to speak ill of our bodies overnight, and we won’t change our speech in a day. We must purpose to speak the word and we can only speak the word if we are in the word. If we aren’t reading our Bibles, reading good Christian books and not just the novels how are we going to get in the habit of speaking the word? If you only hear one or two sermons a week how are you feeding your spirit man? Find some good Bible teaching to listen to on the way to work. DVR some broadcasts to come home and watch and not just four hours of all our favorite weeknight dramas.
Take the last two months of the year and make a quality decision, for the next 61 days I’m going to read a chapter a day, I’m going to listen to teaching as I drive to work, I’m going to DVR or watch online faith filled teaching. Do small things that help change your thinking, when your thinking begins to change your mouth will follow.
If we will do this consistently till the end of the year I can say I believe each of our attitudes and lives will be dramatically different and we will go into 2017 completely different people and next year will be a full year of nothing but speaking the word and seeing it produce results.
The bookshelf has resources to help change the way you think in different areas and help change the way you talk.