If we look closely, we can see whatever God said, it was done. Just in case you may have overlooked that verse, God said we are made in His image and are like Him. Another point, we have charge over all the earth. Therefore, if we are in His image and have dominion, then the words we speak will have that same power. So why do we spend so much time suffering with speaking words of belittling bondage? The bible says the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Yet on a regular basis we use this little member to murder others by way of character assassination. “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursing” (James 3:10a). The tongue can give us triumph or tragedy, serenity or suffering or make us a prince or a pauper.
The same tongue in the book of Numbers, spoke from the mouths of the twelve men that went to spy out the land. The same tongue came back with ten of the men giving a bad report only speaking from the perspective of what they could not do which led to a confused congregation. “And with their tongue, the congregation lifted up their voices and cried and wept that night, and that congregation murmured against Moses and Aaron” (Numbers 14:1,2).
Watch your mouth. Those words like cried, wept and murmured are all negative in this case and was the direct result of what they said, even what they thought. God said, by the mouth of Joshua and Caleb, if the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into the land, and give it us; a land that floweth with milk and honey, (Numbers 14:8). Joshua and Caleb allowed blessings to flow from their mouth concerning what they saw in the land, yet the ten other spies allowed cursing to flow from their mouths according to what they observed, what an amazing perspective in those words.
Blessings and cursings proceed out of our our mouth, those words can elevate us or eliminate us. In the story of David and Goliath, Goliath used words to make the men of Israel flee because they were sore afraid, (1 Samuel 17:23,24). Even King Saul, used negative language from his mouth to inform David that he had no chance against this Philistine man of war because David was just a boy, (1 Samuel 17:33).
The same blessings can come from our mouth that flowed from David when he said, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear, and with shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied” (1Samuel 17:45). “This day will the Lord deliver you unto mind hand, and I will smite thee, and take thou head from thee…” (1 Samuel 17:46).
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). Today in the new century how true this verse is in our daily lives. Hawk Nelson has a song called “Words”, a powerful song that gives the principle of death and life and how words can impact us. We spend so much of our time crying, complaining, comparing, criticizing and crippling ourselves and others with the words we speak. Instead, we should establish a common ground with the Lord as we challenge ourselves to confess our sins and let not our words bring harm to the hearers.
I have observed as a therapist, working with people who may be depressed or struggling with some addiction, spending their valuable time speaking words of self defeat and failure which can lead to deeper depression and increased need to numb those feelings with a seductive substance that sinks them deeper into their dilemma. Words have power and when spoken in the context of poor, pitiful, pessimistic phases, can only lead you to have sullen, sickening speech that separates you from the blessings of God. Your words and how you say them, can determine if you are a heavenly helper or a heartbroken heathen.
Out of the heart flows the issues of life and those issues flow through the mouth. We have seen in recent weeks how racial slurs have flowed from the mouth of popular people with some negative consequences. If the issues that flow from your mouth are of the self pity or victim mentality context, your sensitive ears hear them as they are guided to your spirit. If your spirit constantly receives these negative words they then will become a part of your behavior, which eventually will be reinforced by others in their feedback to you which validates your unworthiness. The cycle continues from the heart and the manifestation of low self worth, poor self image, unhappiness, hopelessness, sadness and sometimes suicide.
“For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned” (Matt 12:37). We use words (watch your mouth) to tell the kids how stupid they are and when they score low academically we compare them unfavorably with their sibling which can lead to a future negative sibling rivalry.
Let the words we speak to others be as it says in Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Watch your mouth and please remember, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4:29).
by Gerald Bower