Watch Your Words
Our words make or mar, can kill or give life; can refresh, inspire or depressor even maim.
Num13: 27-33 The speaking of doubt not only caused fear and depression but majority a people started weeping and lost the promised land died in the wilderness.
27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.
“We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 14: Israel Refuses to Enter Canaan
1 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!
3 Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”
4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
On the other hand, Joshua and Caleb were inspirational and full of faith and their faith opened the door for them to enter the Promised land.
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”
This is how we should be speaking when we are faced with giants or Goliaths and “walls of Jericho”, infernos and lions dens against our family, purpose, finances etc.
God will be proud of us and we will be putting springs in our steps and encouraging angels on our assignment.
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Caleb continued in his faith-filled talk even after 40 years had elapsed since he received a promise that was still in abeyance. He reminded Joshua when they were about sharing the Promised Land:
“You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea.
7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’
10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.”
He kept a good record of what the Lord said to Moses and despite the death of Moses, would not let go and reminded Joshua using the record to buttress his case, and he was not denied. Notice that he was prepared to go for the mountain country and he affirmed that he was as strong as he was when the promise was made over 40 years ago. What an attitude and what an affirmation! That is the perspective we should have and the way we should be speaking, regardless of the odds we face. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Little wonder, the Word clearly states:
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof…
So we need to watch what we speak or hear or even what we read. Your word shape your future; they stir the course of your life.
The speech of Mordecai stirred Esther to rise up in faith and fulfil her destiny and saved her nation in diaspora.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.
14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther’s faith-filled words purred her to delivered, with God on her side.
16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. Esther 4:16
The faith filled words of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego sustained them and moved God on their behalf such that even though they were thrown into the fiery furnace that had been heated seven times hotter than usual, they were set free by the fire and they were unharmed. Their clothes did not smell of smoke and God Himself manifested in the fire and glorified His Name.
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Dan3:16-18
This testimony triggered other testimonies as the pagan king began to praise the living God, and rescinded his decree and promoted their God and promoted those who were falsely accused.
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.
When the disciples were arrested for preaching the gospel in Acts4, their speech emboldened others, “Should we obey God or man?” This made their persecutors sit up and take notice that they had been with Jesus.
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard
Later, when they prayed the Word with passion Boldness and faith, the house they were in shook and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Paul and Silas were badly beaten, battered and bled and their hands and feet were in chains. However, rather than complain, they encouraged themselves by praising and singing at mid-night. God so enjoyed their praise that He sent an earthquake that rocked the foundations of that prison to set them free. And their disposition after being set free resulted in the salvation of the whole household of the prison warden.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. Acts.16:22-34
What you say and how you act (respond) or react can make or mar your future and that of others around you. See the picture God shows you in His word. Take sides with Him by affirming what He says, regardless of what you see or how you feel or what people say or what your adversary says or shows you and you will come back with the boon in your hands.
Speak words that will galvanise the angels assigned to you into action on your behalf. Think before you speak.
T– IS IT TRUE, i.e in line with the Word?, it may be factual and yet a lie.
H– is it healthy, will it make you sick or well?
I– is it inspirational or motivational? Is it an injustice?
N– is it noble or nonsensical? Will it affirm, negate or nullify the word? Is it necessary?
K– is it kind; are you trying to off the light of another person to make yours shine?
Get off the Precipice in Your Talk
Get off the Precipice in Your Talk
Stay in the straight and narrow
Talk the walk and walk the talk.
Talk what you see in the mirror.
Just say what God has said of you.
Act as though it is true because it is.
God is not a man to deceive you.
He knows what He had made you.
He knows what He had put in you.
Give Him thanks for what He made you
Give Him praise for His infinite wisdom.
Resolve to make manifest His will
Resolve to give Him glory and honour
Because the Master made you a Masterpiece,
His crowning glory, and Apple of His eyes.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
Prov18:21 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prov 26:18-19 18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “I was only joking!”
Matt12:37 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Mark11:23 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Eph4:29 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers
3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
4 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.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 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.
The tongue is like a rudder, like fire
Your Words Will Rule Your Life
Say What God Said
Your Words Will Rule Your Life
So always speak words of life.
Your words will make or break
So always speak words that make.
Speak words that build and lift.
Speak words that heal and help.
Speak words that warm and warn.
Speak words that correct and calm.
Let your words be seasoned with salt.
Let your words shine the light of God.
Let your words come forth with gold.
Let your words be as sweet as honey.