Proverbs 18:21 – NIV
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
Sometimes, it can be easy to say something before we really think about it. That can be true in any situation. When someone makes us mad, our first response is to defend ourselves. Another thing that is very easy to do is to say something as a joke, without considering if we actually want it to come true. I’ve heard so many people say or post on Facebook (don’t get me started) something like, “This job’s going to be the death of me.” Do you really believe that? Is that what you want your cause of death to be? Of course not. Then why did you say it? Oh I was just joking. Nobody actually thought I wanted that. But you still said it. Don’t get me wrong, I joke around as much as the next person (maybe more) but it’s always best to play it safe with that kind of thing and think before we allow it to come out of our mouths.
In most (if not all of them) of the gospels it is mentioned that at one point, Jesus said that if you tell a mountain to throw itself into the sea, it’s going to do it. Here’s the point with that, spiritual things don’t work because of what you mean. They work because of what you say. We, as Christians, need to be very very careful about what we say, because it’s important. So many verses in the Bible talk about how our words have power, not our intentions.
The good news is, there is a very positive side to that as well. Job 22:28 tells us that when we declare a thing, it will come to be. So, even if a situation looks hopeless and dark, Christians always have the upper hand because we have our God on our side. When we begin to speak life and declare the promises of God over our lives, things start to turn around. Where even moments ago discouragement was reigning, hope begins to rise. When we agree with the word of God and proclaim it over our lives, every thought, plan, stronghold, and assignment of the enemy gets canceled out by love. It happens that way every time because our God is stronger than anything the devil could dream up and He is better than we could ever imagine.
Today’s challenge is one that is fairly simple to say, but could be difficult to live out. Today, I want to challenge everyone to watch what you say carefully, and if it doesn’t line up with the Word of God, try not to say it. Also, look for an area in your life or the lives of others to speak life over and into that situation, so you can see the promises of God conquering everything that stands in their way.