18 Feb 2014 by Mindy Oon CM –
We may not realize it, but the words we speak set the course for our life. If you want to know what you will be like in five years, then just listen to the words that you are saying about yourself today. Our words are not just simply spoken thoughts – they have power. What we say has an impact on our lives and in what God can do for us, in us, and through us. What is in our hearts will come out of our mouths, and it will either bring blessings or curses. When our words agree with God’s Word, we bring His power into our circumstances.
A Matter of Life and Death
Proverbs 18:21 says ‘The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ This verse describes words to be like seeds that produce fruit. We plant them into the spiritual realm when we speak, and they begin to grow. If we speak negatively, then they will produce negative fruit, and we will have negative life. However, if we speak positively, they will produce positive fruit, and we will enjoy a positive life. We ‘eat’ the life we speak with our words.
Words are note merely sounds that we make to communicate. Something we say may seem insignificant to you, but to someone else, those words can be life changing. When we use our words to lift someone’s spirit and to speak words of vision and life over them, you are depositing seeds that will last throughout eternity!
Your Words and Your Life
We might have hears the phrase “You’re going to eat those words!” While it may should like a mere phrase to us, in reality, we do eat our words. What we say do not only affect others, it also affects us. Words are wonderful when used in a proper way – they can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing (Proverbs 15:23). We can increase our own joy by speaking the right words. We can also upset ourselves by talking unnecessarily about our problems or things that have hurt us.
Plan to Say Something Positive
God has given His children a new nature, and we are taught to daily renew our mind and attitude – having a positive outlook on life and speaking positive words based on God’s Word is one of the things we can do to in this area. For example, saying ‘God will give me strength today to do whatever I need to do and to do it with joy’; as opposed to ‘I dread this day, I want to stay in bed’, will better prepare us for the day ahead.
Anyone who wants to be healthy is careful to choose healthy and nutritious food that will nourish the body. Many times we remember to do right by our physical bodies, and forget about our spirit. If we want to be healthy in our soul and spirit, we should also choose to take in words that will build us up, and increase our joy and peace.
Don’t Get Snared By Your Words
Proverbs 6:2 says “you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth”. Here is a clear example of how one can be snared by what they speak.
During the 1990’s, Jose Lima was the star pitcher for the Houston Astros. One season, he won 20 games and was considered one of the best pitchers in the league. When the Astros moved from the Astrodome to their new ballpark, the fence in the left field was much closer than the fence in the Astrodome. It favored the hitters and made it more difficult on the pitchers. The first time Jose Lima went to the new ballpark, he stood on the mound, looked at the fence, and the first words out of his mouth were “I’ll never be able to pitch in here. The fence is way too close.” Sure enough, he went from being a 20 game winner to a 16 game loser. It was one of the biggest negative turnarounds in the history of the Astros. What happened? He prophesied his future.
We need to be aware of what we are saying in order not to be snared by the words that we say. When negative thoughts come, do not speak them out. Instead, speak life, speak hope, speak blessing – speak what you want to see happen!
Here is a video of just how powerful our words can be!
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