Words, Words, Words…
Matthew 12:35-37 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
That word justified means to be pronounced just and righteous, just how we ought to be. It means our words will either declare our born again, righteous nature or they won’t. That word condemned means to be found guilty. When we don’t speak right, it denounces Christ in us and what He did for us. We have a choice to make when it comes to our words. Are we going to get our words lined up with God’s Word or are we going to let our mind, influenced by our five senses and our emotions, influenced by this natural realm, control our tongue?
The Bible compares our tongue to the rudder of a ship, to the bit in a horses mouth, and to a small fire. (James 3:2-6) Our words seem so insignificant, but have great power. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us of an important truth, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Literally, your words can bring you life or they can bring you death. Our words have creative power!
Proverbs 21:23 very wisely writes, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, Keeps his soul from troubles.” “I’m never going to get better.” “This credit card is never going to be paid off.” “I’m never going to find a spouse.” “They’re never going to hire me. I’m not qualified.” “Everyday something bad happens..it’s just the way it is for me.” “I can’t…it’s too hard!” “My kids are never going to listen to me.” “I’m never going to be able to forgive so and so.” “I’m so depressed. I’m never going to find happiness.” It’s just so easy to spout off at the mouth isn’t it? But we’re called to guard our tongues!
So what should we be saying? As Christians with a new nature on the inside of us, our words should reflect this truth. Joshua 1:8 tells us, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
If you keep this Holy Word of God on your lips and in your heart, you’ll have good success and be prosperous. The prosperity and success the Bible speaks of here include peace, joy, health, provision, stability, and so much more! Go ahead and try it! I dare you! Speak the Word, stop speaking doubt and unbelief, and watch the change it brings to your life. Amen?!