DAY 15 – PROVERBS 15
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. Proverbs 15:14
Words: Our brain lights up sending a signal telling our lungs to inhale, we activate our voice box then move our lips and tongue until sound comes out. We all do this effortlessly and without thinking about it everyday. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but it’s easy for us to be unintentional with our words. I propose that we be more intentional with them.
You see, words don’t come from nowhere; whether it be during a conversation, writing a letter or tweeting, words come from the thoughts of our heart. Trying to watch your mouth without watching your heart is like frantically mopping up the floor without fixing the gushing water leak. The NIV Bible says “…the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.“
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Matt 6:45
God has put us in a voice activated world. Your words are powerful, your words have eternal consequences – What will you say?
God said let there be light and there was. God brought the galaxies into existence with His words. We are made in the image of God and our tongue can be the greatest force for good or not; we can drag people down or we can build people up, we can speak life or we can speak death. Our words can be constructive or destructive, encouraging or discouraging, life-giving or life-draining.
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Proverbs 18:21
To declare or confess comes from the Latin word Homologia which means to say the same word as, to agree with. When you speak, who are you agreeing with? Are you saying the same as the world? The devil? The doctor? What are the thoughts of your heart aligning with?
You say you’re a worm? You say you’re insignificant, that you don’t matter and who are you for God to take any notice of you at all? How humble and religious that sounds!! I’m not impressed. Here are some useful definitions for you:
Humility= agreeing with God
Pride= disagreeing with God
Why not agree with God? What does God say about you? What does God say about the irritating person you work with? What does God say about this situation you find yourself in? God’s opinion matters and so does yours, so align your thinking with His. Don’t be ignorant of who you are and what you have in Christ.
Change what you say; agreed with God. Stop cursing yourself, start blessing yourself. Don’t give power to struggle, worry, anxiety, disappointment, hurt in your life. Stop saying you can’t overcome that problem, stop saying you can’t so that thing. You can do it, you can overcome and conquer. Sin, sickness, inadequacy, loneliness, doom and gloom, guilt, mediocrity, inferiority, confusion – ALL dealt with on the cross.
Start Declaring Who Your God Is
Look at Psalm 121. Did David spend the whole psalm describing how big and scary the mountain was? Did he explain how impossible it was to climb, how steep and treacherous is was? Did he tell us how intimidated he was whilst standing in it’s shadow? NO! He declares who God is!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Start Declaring Who You Are in Christ
Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing so start speaking the Word of God into your life.
In my very first week of Bible College the students were given an assignment to look in the mirror every morning for three weeks, eyeball to eyeball, and declare: I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Honestly, the first morning I felt awkward and foolish, the second morning I felt like a liar, trying to convince myself of something that wasn’t true. But faith comes by hearing!
Two weeks into this thing and I was speaking with conviction. I believed it. I started walking and talking differently, I began to see myself the way God saw me; He changed my whole identity and showed me who I was in Christ.
What I had done was to bring my thoughts and words into alignment with God’s Word which translated truth into my life. I strongly urge you to try this same exercise every morning for the next 3 weeks and you’ll be amazed at how God speaks. I promise you!
We’ve touched on identity here but whatever it is you’re going through; an argument with a spouse, struggling with your bank balance, received a bad doctor’s report – see what God says about it and start speaking that! Speak life, speak blessing, speak encouragement, speak freedom, speak words of life from the mouth of the Life-Giver Himself and watch things change.
Have you every said something you wish you could take back?
Do you have an example of how your words had an effect on another person for good or for bad?
As we journey together and learn from each other, using the comment form below, please share your experiences or insight on this topic…
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