“I declare your word to be a source of both wisdom and counsel. I will choose to hide Your word deep in my heart and mind so that I will not sin against You.” (Psalms 119:11)
“I declare that God’s word is a reliable source of wisdom. His Word leads me in decisions I need to make not only today, but it will guide me through every day of my life.” (Ps 119:105)
“I declare that Your Word is reliable, faithful, never failing. It is alive my guide in everything. It is alive! It is powerful! it is sharper than any sword, knife, or scalpel and it cuts deep enough to separate the soul and spirit, the joints and marrow and discerns the thoughts and intents of my heart. Thank you for the power of Your Word.” (Heb 4:12)
Have you ever been caught out by your tongue? In James 3 we see the following verses: "Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity… But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God."
The words we speak are very powerful. Consider the fact that we have been created in God’s image and His likeness (Gen 1:27). If we are like God, then we need to behave like God. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the words we speak can either bring life or death. How do we know that? Firstly, God’s doesn’t lie. Secondly, if we are made in the likeness of God and he spoke and the worlds were created. He gave life through His words. If He did, then we do… Now that’s a powerful thought.
The words we speak can encourage people, build people up, stir them to great things, or they can tear people down, and belittle them, not to mention damage and destroy people’s reputations, or self image. All this because of simple words.
If we go back to James 3, we see that he says, “No man can tame the tongue”. Do you know why that is? Because it’s your tongue. You are in control of it, not someone else, which means we can't blame others either for the words we speak. We can't say it's their fault. We are in control of the words we speak.
Our words will affect our destiny, they impact lives and they change lives. If we want to ensure that we are continually reflecting God in all we do, then we need to start filling our mind with His Word, because it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. If you have been caught out by your tongue, then you need to look at what you are allowing to go in to your mind. We know the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out”. The same can be said for our words - "Life in, Life Out!"
Now that’s a great thing to be feeding on this week - His Word!
Father, I ask your forgiveness for the words that I've spoken that haven't reflected you well. I want my words to point people to You. I declare that today I will be on who chooses to speak life. In Jesus name, Amen
Have you ever considered how powerful your mouth is? You should. Gen 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Think about that. You are created in God’s image and according to His likeness. So what is God like? We understand that He is loving, kind and compassionate, but He is also creative. When He spoke, worlds were formed. When He spoke, demons had to flee; when He spoke, people were healed. Now think again on Gen 1:26 - you were created in God’s image and likeness. You have an incredible power in your ability to speak so use it wisely.
Dr Caroline Leaf is a Neuroscientist and states, “Researchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain – the cingulate gyrus – as a broken bone or physical injury.”
Your words have the ability to destroy people, but God didn’t create you to tear down. He created you to be like Him. Did you realise that Satan was not created in God’s likeness? He has no creative power at all. That’s why he tries to deceive you and get you to say you’re sick, or you need a holiday or say things about other people and so on. He needs you to create with your words because he has no ability or power to do that. Your words can tear down, and your words can build up because you were made in the likeness of God.
This is the very reason we need to get the Word of God into us. Read it daily. Digest it. Chew it over and over. That way when things come up and you want to open your mouth, you will do it with words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit and that are filled with love, wisdom, Godly direction and the authority of God - the authority that you were created with.
Have a faith filled and God directed verbally impacting week.