How many have ever said this to their children or had it spoken to you as a child? It could have been a crying child who won’t verbalize what’s wrong, or perhaps a reminder to say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’, but the message was clear. There’s a time for tears but there’s a time to just use your words.
The most troubling thing is that although there is so much emphasis in the bible on the tongue, we still don’t take our words seriously. We have a tendency to pick up the language of our surroundings. I could always tell who my girls were hanging around with because they would begin to talk like them. If you listen, you can even pick up on this in your own life. We speak what we hear and than we wonder why our lives are such a mess.
Psalm 139:4 NASB says; “Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all.” Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We were created in the image and likeness of God and He my friends, is a speaking Spirit. He spoke and it came to pass. No waste in anything He said. Every word had purpose. Do yours? Ezekiel 12:25; “For I the Lord will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it,” declares the Lord God.’”
I hear it all the time; ‘You’re killing me!’ ‘It’s to die for!’ People putting words out there and thinking there’s nothing wrong with it. Really? You’re training yourself not believe what you speak is valuable, so now when you need a miracle and speak the Word over your situation, you wonder why your body isn’t responding. Seriously? Your body doesn’t believe you! YOU don’t believe you. We talk for the sake of talking but there’s no value in our words. Mark 11:23 NLT, “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” It’s a pity, really. We were made to be like our Father, but we refuse to spend time in His Word to find out what that means. Remember, you become like who you hang around with.
I’ll hang with You, Father. I’ll feed on Your Word and worship in Your tabernacle, which is me! I’m a carrier of Your Spirit and I don’t want anything I say to grieve You. I’m not perfect by any means, but it isn’t me that makes me perfect, it’s You. So today, put a watch guard on my mouth and cause me to choose my words wisely. To believe that what I say will come to pass just like Your Word teaches me. I want to be more and more like You and that means expecting that what I say will bear fruit. I don’t ‘kinda’ believe it, I believe it wholly with everything in me. As you spoke to Jeremiah (1:12), may you speak to me; Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” Amen