Proverbs 23:7 (AMP)
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
This means that whatever is in our heart, we will believe and we will speak forth and we will follow. Joyce Meyer says that where the mind goes the man follows. We can be on autopilot and follow our minds, our will and our emotions, but we have been given the Word of God to teach us what the real truth is.
Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
This says that our words have power to build up or power to destroy, our words have the power to bless someone or to curse someone, and as we reap what we sow, if we sow good words regarding ourselves and others we will be blessed and be a blessing to others, but if we are critical of ourselves or of others, then we open the door to the enemy, both for ourselves and for the others.
The tongue is a very small part in our body but it is one of our most powerful tools. Just as you have a large boat, the rudder is a very small part of it, but it determines the direction the boat is going in, so our words give us direction because we get what we believe.
Also the more we hear ourselves saying something whether good or bad, the more we will believe in our hearts that it is so, because faith comes by hearing, and whatever you keep hearing yourself say, you believe, and therefore you receive.
The good news is that we have a choice, we do not have to believe what our circumstances say or what we feel, all we have to do is to believe what God’s Word says, simply because it is the truth.
Again, we do not have the strength to fight the power of temptation in our bodies, but if we are born again, we have the Holy Spirit in our hearts and He is our Counsellor, our Teacher, our Comforter, our Helper, our Intercessor, our Advocate and our Strengthener.
I pray that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you would be filled with the truth of His Word, and that the words that you think or speak would be life-giving to yourself and to others around you.
- What do our words reveal?
- Why are our words important?
- How can our words affect us?