The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
(Proverbs 18:21 NIV)
Our words are powerful. What would make us think otherwise? God Himself created the heavens and the earth with His words.
As Proverbs says, we have two choices with our words: life or death. That’s it. We are either agreeing with God and His Word or we are not. There is no in-between.
What are your words currently lining up with: life or death?
Seriously, evaluate your words right now. Do you speak life or death to your family? Your parents? Your siblings? Your spouse? Your children? Your boss? Your pastor? Your neighbors? Your friends? Yourself?
Recently my husband pointed out to me that my words about myself were not filled with life. I was actually shocked because I thought I chose my words carefully. But then I started listening to myself and realized that I would say silly things like, “Oh, I look terrible this morning.” It’s simple and maybe even factual, but it is not speaking life over myself.
So I started keeping a tighter rein on my words because I know that out of your mouth your heart speaks (see Luke 6:45). I thought, “Okay, God, what’s wrong in my heart? What am I not understanding fully? In what ways am I not trusting You? Why have my words become so malign?”
Knowing who you are in Jesus is a daily journey. It requires daily—sometimes moment by moment—reminders that this is not my home and I am a daughter of the King, adopted, chosen, wholly loved, accepted, safe, and never alone. I was created by the Potter, and I am His masterpiece. When I undervalue myself, I am really criticizing the artist. Ouch!
Our words impact not only us but also others around us. The way we choose to build ourselves and others up will be directly seen in the fruit.
This makes me think about how we see sickness and disease and battle illness or resist the enemy. Do we agree with God and speak only life, or do our words show that we agree with the enemy or the battle? I do not want my words to be destructive in any area of my life. My God is too worthy! Isn’t He?!
If you are in a battle for your life, I want to give you this free resource of healing words you can listen to so you will begin speaking life over yourself.
Your words will be either life-filled or death-filled. You get to choose. Will you be a bringer of life?