THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
Few things in life are more powerful than the spoke word. The power of the tongue, can heal or hurt, inspire or break down, comfort or cause distress. The Word of God sais that the mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Have ever had a similar experience: YOU sat with a friend and had a chat. The intentions where to be a time to communicate and talk like friends – then at the end of the conversation you felt as though you had been dumped on and that your world had collapsed around you. This is the power of the tongue. As a child, I remember the Lord saying to me that if I learnt to control the words of my mouth then I would have success and victory in life. I have come to learn that one of the greatest strengths and one of my greatest enemies is my own tongue. So often I have spoken to myself and said things like this to myself, ‘Mark, lift up your head and place our hope in God. If you can see the invisible then you can do the impossible. So despite what I see I will give thanks to the Lord with my lips and I change the words of mouth to speak His words concerning my situation’. It is amazing to see how quickly things do change. Our words are very powerful. This happens all to often. You open yourself to someone to receive counsel and words of encouragement, then the very words are like sputum or vomit that has been poured over you. On other occasions you have sat with a friend, and spoken for hours, that seemed only like a few minutes. Then after the time together, you feel that you could climb mount Everest, or sail the oceans. Possibly do the major task that has been haunting you previously.
Proverbs 18:20-22 “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.”
This truth was really was made very clear to me some years ago when Caron and I got married. I received from the Lord and found a good wife. But for this to take place, I needed to ask her to marry me. Since that great day I have seen how my words can build up and destroy. Reckless words and words of blessing that I have spoken with and without thought have shaped our relationship and friendship. Like water spilled on the ground, they can be retrieved. Words cannot be taken back. They can only be added to. I have had to do much repenting in my life and found that it is easier to rather not speak a reckless word than to go after and try to redeem a situation. Well spoken words, have produced life and have brought prosperity and healing to the bones. Well-spoken words affirm a person’s worth and are very prophetic in causing circumstances to change and blessings to flow. When I have had beliefs in my heart and not expressed them, the fruit of my beliefs have been limited. But when I express my beliefs with words of affirmation, something amazing transpires. My words become a mirror, enabling me to see and do things the way they should be. I have seen in my own life when Caron comes to and speaks words of encouragement and affirmation – my secret dreams and desires become so much more achievable. The power of words spoken positively are known as words of encouragement and the meaning of encouragement is simply to impart boldness for good, to inspire and to light the fire of the soul.
The word of God sais in Philippians 4 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy – keep thinking about these things.
Encouragement is an antidote to change thought patterns that effect speech and have a direct impact on circumstances.
This is why the bible continues us to careful of you spend time with and to be cautious about what you listen to. Words do not go in one ear and out the other ear. As I child we used to say ‘sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me’ Don’t we wish that where true. The power of words is so strong that they go into the inner most being and become a part of you think and see yourself. The bible sais ‘chose for yourself life and death..’ Choose life and be let life from your inner most being. Become a river of living water to a dry and thirsty land. Let the word that you speak bring life to all around you. I know that God is continually speaking to me in this area and calling me to renew my mind in Him. As my mind is renewed, then my speech pattern changes and so do my circumstances. You can experience victory and blessing through the power of the tongue. Encouragement and words of affirmation are critical to a successful life. Your destiny will be a success as you choose to believe the words that you speak will bring life.
The bible sais, as a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Sow a thought, you will reap an action.
Sow an action you will reap a habit.
Sow a habit you will reap character,
And if you sow character you will and reap your destiny.
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