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As a Man Speaks - The Power of the Tongue

Dear

How are you using your tongue? Are you speaking life or death? Do you understand the power of the tongue?

Let's explore this topic together in today's devotional:

As a Man Speaks - The Power of the Tongue

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverb 18:21 (NKJV)

A friend of mine was going through a difficult season in her life and as she shared about the challenges she was facing, I encouraged her to use words of life and hope about her circumstances even if the circumstances had not changed. Her response to me was that she did not want to speak dishonestly about how she really felt and thought it would be hypocritical if she did so. Hence, she continues to speak death and curses upon her life, fueling a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Unfortunately, my friend is not the only one who feels that way. Most of us do not understand the power of our tongue and how the enemy uses it to reinforce his plan for our lives. We can control our lives by controlling what we say. Our life and circumstances are the by-products of the things we believe and the words we speak. By changing your words, you will change your life, circumstances, and destiny.

Here are a few scriptures that speak to the power of the tongue:

1) Your tongue has the power to bind, bound, and lose things in your life
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 18:18 (NKJV)

2) Your tongue has the power to give life and death
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverb 18:21 (NKJV)

3) Your tongue can define your destiny
"Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell." - James 3:3-6 (NKJV)

4) Your tongue has the power to condemn or justify you

"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" - Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV)

5) Your tongue has the power to destroy others
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man." - Matthew 15:18 (NKJV)

6) Your tongue has the power to fuel gossip
"Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases." - Proverbs 26:20 (NKJV)

7) Your tongue has the power to bless the Lord or curse man
"With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God." - James 3:9 (NKJV)

How are you using your tongue? Are you speaking life or death? Choose to use your tongue to speak life to your business, make a declaration of God’s plan for your life, and articulate a preferred future. Remember, life and death is in the power of the tongue.

My prayer for you today is that God will give you the grace to speak life so that you can realize the purpose He has called you to realize in the marketplace.

Reflection: What are you declaring over your life and destiny?

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Posted on Thursday, 13 January 2022

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