Watching the Words We Speak
By Rev. Lynette Hagin
Every day we speak countless words, often paying very little attention to the words themselves. However, it is important to realize that we are creating our world by the words that we speak. Proverbs 18:21 in The Amplified Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
I would like you to reflect on the kind of words you have been speaking. Are they negative words or positive words? Are they uplifting words or harsh words?
You may be wondering why things are not going well for you. Perhaps you need to put a watch over your lips. Perhaps you have created your situation by the words of your mouth. Proverbs 6:2 says, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
I have always endeavored to look on the positive side of things. Often when I am facing a challenging situation, my head wants to say, This can’t be done. However, I always allow my heart to speak a confession of faith, saying, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13).
We need to be careful of the words we speak to our spouse, children, and loved ones. Our words can either hurt or heal. They can inspire or destroy. Too many times, we speak kindly to strangers, coworkers, or friends, but we speak harshly to our family.
Wives, it is very important to speak uplifting words to your husband as he leaves for work. He will meditate on those words for the rest of the day. The words you speak to him may determine whether he makes right or wrong decisions that day.
Many years ago, my husband was preparing to leave for an extended missionary trip. I knew he would face challenging conditions where he was going. The children were young at the time, and I knew he would miss his family. So as I was packing his suitcases, I placed encouraging notes among the clothes. I knew my husband would not unpack all his clothes at the same time, so I knew he would randomly discover the notes throughout his trip. When he returned home, he told me that at the exact time he was homesick, he would discover one of the uplifting notes of encouragement.
We should make it a practice to only allow faith-building, positive words to come forth from our mouth. I encourage you this day to put a watch over your words.
I fondly remember the story I read as a child about the train that fought its way up a steep hill, saying, “I think I can, I think I can.” As the “little engine that could” was about to accomplish his mission, he began to exclaim, “I know I can, I know I can.” We need to take that same attitude when adverse circumstances come our way.
Your head—your thoughts—may give you a problem. Your head will scream in your ears, You’re going to fail this time! Your head will say, You’re going under this time! When sickness and disease are devouring your body, your head will say, You’re not going to make it this time!
When the devil fiercely attacks your mind, that is when you must allow the written Word of God to flow forth from your mouth. Don’t ever face the attacks of the devil with your mouth shut. Your mouth is your most powerful weapon. In the midst of adverse circumstances, boldly declare, “None of these things move me!” In Acts 20:24, the Apostle Paul boldly declared, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Perhaps you have been moved by circumstances in your life. The enemy may be trying his best to deter you from accomplishing the will of God for your life. He may have already caused you to lose your joy. You may have even allowed thoughts such as Life is not worth living anymore to enter your mind. I admonish you to kick the devil out of your life with the words of your mouth. Know that “. . . greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
With the Greater One living on the inside of you, you cannot be defeated if you will not quit!
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