Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
THE POWER OF WORDS
Do the words you speak match your walk? What you speak comes from your thought life. Preconceived ideas keep us in a rut. They also keep us from learning. The book of Proverbs talks about wisdom.
Proverbs 16:23-24 says, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Our bones are the strength of our body.
The Proverbs are full of verses that use the mouth and lips together. Our words give verbal expression of our thoughts. Our words come through our mouth when we open our lips. David understood this. Psalm 141:3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Our words have power. Proverbs 18:20-21 says, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Life words are pleasant and wholesome. They feed and benefit the hearer. However death words are acidic and bitter. They crush and destroy the spirit.
Ephesians 4:29 Amplified says, “Let no foul or polluting language, or evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” Wholesome means: uplifting, edifying, health-giving, uncontaminated. Contaminate means: pollute, defile, infect, poison.
Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” Amplified uses the word rashly.
The fruit of our lips is the expression of our thoughts. Proverbs 13:3 says, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life…” Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” Verse 6 says, “…The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body…” Verse 10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be.”
What we think controls our brain, and our brain controls our body. What we speak is expressing our thoughts. Our verbal words sow seeds into our hearts and the lives of those around us to bless or defile.
“I can’t” is focused on ourselves. “I can” is focused on the Lord and His strength. Our thoughts of “I can’t” send a negative message to our brain. It is contrary to what the Lord designed our brain to do. The brain tells the body it can’t. We create a double negative.
Our thoughts are private, but our actions are on display. Our actions are the fruit of our thoughts. Have you ever said something you wish you could take back? Our words are seeds we sow that will produce.
Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” We reap far more than we sow. One seed produces many seeds. The seeds we sow to our flesh, will make our flesh stronger and more resistant to the Holy Spirit. The seeds we sow to the Spirit will increase our sensitivity to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 15:18-19 says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”
We are not responsible for how others think. However we are responsible for how we react to the expression of their thoughts through their words. Harsh, derogatory, defiling words spoken over us do not have to be received. It depends on the condition of our heart. If your heart’s soil is full of thorns and nettles, it will receive the weed seed.
However Proverbs 26:2 says that the undeserved curse will not alight. Therefore if the soil of your heart is free of the things that choke out life, like unforgivness, bitter root judgments, and anger, the seed will be sterile. It will have no effect.
Psalm 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 104:33-34 says, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” The soil of our heart depends on our thoughts. Cultivate a right spirit by hiding His word in your heart.
j marilyn adams ~ February 25, 2016