“You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” Matthew 12:34-37
Jesus sure did say it like he saw it, didn’t he? The whole ‘minds like a snake pit’ and ‘foul-minded’ is such a visual reference. It shows how easy it is to allow the evil one access to our thought life and cause us to speak those thoughts out loud, creating destructive pathways away from God and His purposes.
The King James version says; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is fearful, you will speak fear. If your heart is full of unbelief, your words will reflect that. The sad fact is that if words produced a garden, many of us would have weeds or poisonous plants in abundance.
If we know that Satans strategy is to steal our blessing, kill our dreams and destroy our hope and future by corrupting our thought life so that we spew opposite words than what God desires us to think and say, wouldn’t we guard our minds and hearts?
Regardless of what your enemy has planned for you, the only way you give him power is with your mouth. Know this, God’s plans are to prosper you and give you great success. He is for you not against you. Turn a deaf ear to the lies of your adversary and speak in agreement with God’s Word. It never fails!
Father, help me to guard my mind against thoughts that would try to oppose what You’ve said. May I place the truth of Your Word above all else that I may not sin against You. Put Your hand over my mouth before I utter things that would bring you shame. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.