The Power of the Tongue (Part 1)

The Power of Your Words

The Bible says in Psalms 18:21 that “Life and Death are in the power of the tongue, and from it we will eat of its fruit”. From this verse we learn that our words have the power to either bless or curse on any situation, person, or even ourselves. Our words have the ability to curse someone from fulfilling their God-given purpose here on earth. And we do it just by talking. Words are that powerful! And we need to be careful how we use them.

If we are to succeed in using our words for the glory of God, we must learn the principles as exposed in this key verse. In this article we will focus on three main points.

1) Words are very powerful

What we say about ourselves is especially important. It displays to others how we think towards our worth and value.  If we have the wrong belief system about ourselves we will automatically treat ourselves with disgust and hatred. Our identity is not based on God’s word.

However, if we know who we are in Christ then we display a healthy care and love towards ourself that brings glory and honor to God.  We display to others how good God is, and that with God we can overcome any obstacle.

I remember a time when it was my goal to complete my first marathon. I was always interested in reaching this goal, however, I was always discouraging myself with negativity and self-defeating thoughts. I would always think to myself “I could never do that. That’s for athletic people”

Looking back on it now, doing a marathon was not a far-reaching goal, but because I was defeated in my mind it was an “impossible” goal for me to complete a 5k at the time.

My thinking was not of the mind of Christ, and therefore I was not able to encourage myself to do something I knew God had given me the inspiration to do. In fact, my words caused me to believe that I was inferior to everyone else. This is not the way God wants us to believe. 2 Corinthians 2:16 says the we “…have the mind of Christ.” And with that mind we “can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. (Phil 4:13)

Once I  got my thinking in line with the word of God, I started to say positive, motivating words, and, I was able to complete my first marathon in January 2015.

2) Words have consequences

Everyone on planet earth has been affected negatively or positively by words. And therefore have gone on to make choices based on those words. As we can see from our key verse, there is the power of life or death in our mouth. Our words are like seeds that get planted into the soul. They have the power to bring a harvest of either blessings or curses.

It is God’s principle that we speak “life” into a situation by speaking the word of God into that situation. Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word of God is alive and active; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” By speaking God’s word into that situation, we have anointed God’s spirit to work and produce results to the honor and glory of God. Without God, we can do nothing in and of ourselves (John 15:5).

Consider the story of Ezekiel 37. In this story, God instructs Ezekiel to prophesy to a valley of dead, dry bones. And with his words bring the dry bones back to human life. Ezekiel followed God’s orders and used his mouth  to produce living and breathing human army right before his eyes. Ezekiel trusted and believed that what God said would happen was to happen. And through his belief he spoke life; producing a holy people for the Lord.

3) Words connect us to Jesus.

John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

God paid the ultimate sacrifice when he died on the cross for us. His death on the cross forgave us of all our sins and reconciled us unto God. His resurrection and our acceptance of his free gift of salvation has given us a new life; healed and whole. No matter what our present circumstances are in life, they do not dictate who we truly are in Christ. We have been given a new life unto God and live for him alone. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We are given the privilege to know God intimately through his word. And by speaking it we ignite his presence to reside with use.

Why is it important to invite God to work into our life. For the simple fact that his words says in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So as you go about your day today remember that we have the choice to speak good and not evil, life and not death. Continuously praise God for the work he is doing in your life. And use your words to be a blessing to someone, and bless yourself in return.

Residing in God’s presence,

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