What Did You Just Say?

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Matthew 21:21 NLT, Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.

Isaiah 55:11 NLT, It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

I don’t believe God wastes words. It says here that each of God’s words are deliberately sent to be productive. Nothing comes back without doing what He intended those words to do. Jesus believed and did what he saw the Father do with his words when he spoke to the unproductive fig tree to dry up at the root, it did. If we then, are children of the most high God, made in His image and likeness, why aren’t we practicing the same with our words? I believe it’s because we don’t understand the value of our words.

Last night I took a friend to dinner at a restaurant I’d never been to before. When the waitress came to take our order, I asked her what was good on the menu because it was our first time here. She said, “The chicken marsala is to die for!” I replied, “Well, I guess I won’t have that, because I’d like to keep on living!” The look on her face when confronted with the reality of her words was priceless. She stood there thinking of a better response but I’d made my point. I won’t die for chocolate, food, a vacation spot or anything else. We simply say what we’ve heard without thinking of the consequences of those words.

I can’t say it enough; Stop the stupid talk! Don’t just talk for the sake of talking, instead, our words should make a profound difference in the world. We should use our words to bless, not curse. Do you know how many people use curse words on a regular basis? They have such a limited vocabulary, like they’ve never thought of what they’re saying and how it’s affecting those around them. I’d rather have someone say, “Bless you!” then “Damn you!” any day of the week.

Proverbs 18:21 has always been one of my favorite verses; “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” I love to talk, but I want my talk to have good purpose. I want my words to hit a target, not aimlessly hitting and missing. It’s a waste of ammunition if you go out to hunt deer, load your gun and shoot aimlessly at the trees. Good hunters use ammo wisely. Well, God’s children should do the same with their ammunition, their words. If you see someone sick, speak healing. If you see someone in need, speak provision. If you see someone crying, speak comfort.

Father, I want to use my words right today. Not based on my loose feelings, but based on Your Word that is in me. I want to reflect you to those around me and I don’t want to sound like the world. I’m YOUR child, not the worlds child. I want to produce good fruit, not rotten fruit. May my words bring life and not death, blessing and not cursing. Place a watch guard on my lips that I may be known as one who makes a difference in my surroundings. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen

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