Updated: Dec 1, 2021
If there is one thing that the LORD has really been dealing with in my own life the past year it is the power of the tongue! I have been so convicted by His Spirit to become mindful of the words I speak, not only over my own life and circumstances, but the words I dare to speak over others.
There are so many Bible verses that spring to mind; of which Proverbs 18:21 is probably the most famous, and the Amplified phrases it so eloquently:
Amplified Bible “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
I have wondered often in the past year how many of my own disasters and misfortunes were in fact self-inflicted, due to my own negative words? How bitter have the fruit been that I have had to eat of words sown in anger, bitterness and fear?
It is one thing to eat the fruit of your own negative words, but how awful that we speak negative words over others, and the thought that the enemy would agree with our words and use it to hurt someone else? That is just heart breaking! One of the passages that have really been haunting me is Psalm 15:1-3 that says:
Complete Jewish Bible
“ (0) A psalm of David:
(1) Adonai, who can rest in your tent? Who can live on your holy mountain?
2 Those who live a blameless life, who behave uprightly, who speak truth from their hearts 3 and keep their tongues from slander; who never do harm to others or seek to discredit neighbours;”
Our spirits yearn to be close to Him, to experience His presence. But these verses would suggest that we may be the cause of our own separation from Him through our words of slander, discredit and lies. I have found in the past months that when I struggle to study the Word, to pray, or when I feel so far from God and I just cannot seem to experience Him, it is often due to sin I committed with my own tongue.
In an attempt to bridle my tongue, to commit it to the speaking of life and truth, I have made it a habit now to start my prayers in the morning by asking the following:
· Lord forgive me for my words of slander, gossip and judgement
· Forgive me for the negative words I have spoken over myself and others, and silence those words with the blood of Yeshua
· Create in me a clean heart
· Bridle my tongue
· Circumcise my tongue
· Fill my mouth with Your wisdom and truth
This message is not one of condemnation, we all fall short of the Glory of God. This message is one of hope, and of knowing that each of us have the ability through His Holy Spirit that empowers us, to use our tongues for good and not for evil. I hope this message will inspire you to become mindful of how you use your tongue, and of the words you speak over yourself and others. It is exactly as James said, this small little organ has the ability to move our entire destiny! Be careful how you use it! I leave you with the words of James, may each one of us receive the help of the Holy Spirit to empower us to bridle our tongues!
4 And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. 5 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! 6 And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna). 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts]. 11 Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
Elzaan, Monique and The COACH Team,
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