(watching our words)
Did you know that every word you speak has the power to heal OR the power to harm?? You can speak Life to your situation OR you can speak death. You can speak success over your husband and your children OR you can speak failure.
What words are you using when talking to friends about something that’s going on in your life? What words are you using when you speak about a family member or friend that is going through something?? Are you speaking positive about it OR are you speaking negative?? Many people “blame the devil” for everything… seriously I believe we give him FAR more credit than he deserves. Many of us are cursing our own lives by the words we carelessly throw around. Speak blessings!!!!!! Stop cursing your own life!!!!! I dealt with this personally for a very long time. My life began to shift tremendously when I started changing the way that I spoke about things going on, IF I spoke at all. I began to learn when I needed to speak about problems and when I just needed to shut up and give them to God.
The way that you speak also affects those around you. The words you speak can uplift and inspire people to love, to laugh, to achieve greatness, to believe in themselves. Your words can also do the opposite of good, it can instill a sense of fear, hatred, hopelessness, failure, doubt, belittled, hurt.
The true power of words is mentioned many times throughout the bible.
Here are a few:
The bible which is the word of God tells us that “The tongue has the power of life and death, and tho who love it will eat its fruit (proverbs 18:21)
For as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34
A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? (James 3:5-12)
“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4)
“The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin” (Proverbs 13:3)
God Spoke to Adam about his sin. He said to Adam “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree…” (Genesis 3:17)
WOW right??? That’s just good stuff right there.
Did you catch that last verse??? What might have happen if Eve had not listened to the enemy and had not spoken rebellion into her husband’s life???!!!! How different would things have been?? Yes Adam made the decision to sin, but it was the power of Eve’s words that influenced him into rebellion. <OUCH>
From the beginning we have been dealing with this issue!! Maybe…. JUST MAYBE, it’s time to deal with this.
The way you use and CHOOSE words defines who you are, without really thinking about it, you can change another’s thoughts and beliefs and actions by the power of your words. Kinda scary once you think about that right???
I try to do an inventory often about the things that I speak, which means I do an inside Inventory of my mind, my heart, my spirit.
How?? Well, it’s pretty simple. It’s called seeking the Spirit of God, his sweet Holy Spirit. If you are unsure about the way you speak. Ask the Holy Spirit, ask him to reveal to you when you say things that you shouldn’t say, Speak awareness over your mind. The Holy Spirit is your counselor, your guidance, if you ask him for help, he will help you. He will guide the things you say, he will give you discernment of when you should speak and when you should shut up.
So today, spend a few minutes, take an inventory of the words you speak. Could you use some change in this area??