After the divisive tongue there comes the argumentative tongue, then the boasting tongue, then the self-deprecating tongue, then the slandering tongue. Then come the tongues of gossiping, meddling, betraying, belittling, being cynical, being a know-it-all, the harsh tongue, the tactless tongue, the intimidating tongue, the rude tongue, the judgmental tongue. There are also the tongues that are self-absorbed, cursing, complaining, retaliating, accusing, discouraging, doubting, loquacious, indiscreet, and finally the silent tongue. So as you can see, there are many ways that we can use our tongue. There are good ways, and obviously some very bad ways.
The Power of Words
A careless word may kindle strife;
a cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill;
a brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way;
a joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress;
a loving word may heal and bless.
If you haven’t read the last several posts on dealing with your tongue, I encourage you to do so. Meditate on the Scriptures given in each post along with the Bottom Line for that day. After you’ve read them, come back to this current post, because I’d like to take what we’ve learned so far and go beyond that – not only being kind and generous with our words, but speaking life with our tongues.
We’ve learned, and we all know just from personal experience, that words are very powerful. From the tongue comes life and from the tongue comes death. As humans, we’re made to want to desire power – most of us who have experienced this have done so more in an environment such as at work, maybe if you were promoted to a position where you led many people instead of being one in a more servant position. Or maybe you are financially very wealthy, so because of this you may feel that you have power. The power that we receive just by speaking life with our tongues is something much simpler in retrospect, yet something that can change lives – doesn’t that sound better than just having more money, or more influence over other people?
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.” Genesis 1:3
“Then God said, ‘Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth’. And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:6-7
“Then God said, ‘Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.’ And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:9
“Then God said…And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:11
“Then God said…And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:14-15
“Then God said…He did this, and saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:20-21
“Then God said…And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:24
“Then God said, ‘Let us [God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit] make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground. So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. At that time you won’t need to ask for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use My name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using My name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16:22-24
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-14
Everything God ever spoke into existence was created. Everything that God said to happen, happened. In His image, we were created. By Jesus dying on the cross for us, we have His authority. If these things are true, doesn’t this mean that we also have God’s power?
“The Word gave life to everything that was created…” John 1:4
Life was never created; in Christ it just always was. When we speak God’s Word, God’s life, over anything created, it is fulfilled because God’s Word is living and moving. So when we use God’s Word and speak it over our circumstances, our situations, our activities, our relationships, it must be done, because they were all created and designed by God for His purposes. And when His Word is used, together the Word and whatever is spoken over receives life.
“The message of the Cross… is the very power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
The message of the Cross is the Good News about Christ’s death and resurrection for our sins. The gospel becomes the power that snatches sinners from death and imparts eternal life.
With the Lord’s authority, I say this to you: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:17-24). Take this as encouragement, that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:15-20).
Begin speaking life, not death, over your everyday circumstances. Instead of stating over Facebook that today will not be a good day, speak that it will be a great day and you will reach out to others and show them the love of Christ. What do you think will happen? If you believe that this really will happen, then it will. Choose life. Instead of stating the obvious, that you’re poor, always state that you have plenty and more – and this will become reality. Instead of telling others that you are not feeling well, if those around you ask tell them that you are healed and feeling fantastic. This isn’t a bunch of mind games, it’s the power of God working through His Word in our lives. Speak what you know the Bible says over your everyday situations, and watch His favor explode in your life.
But the words you speak come from the heart – that’s what defiles you.
The Message version says it like this: “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands – that’s neither here nor there.”
The Bottom Line: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.” 2 Corinthians 13:5-9. Test this out; begin speaking life.
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