Is it true that one of the secret of successful living is right there in your mouth? The Bible had documented few good men of lower stature that became mighty, and had carried out great exploits. They made a difference. They knew how to tame their tongues.
The Psalmist was aware of the power of words that comes out from our lips, no wonder he penned this song splendidly, “Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies…” (Psalm 34:12 NLT)
You may be on top of the world financially, if health is killing you at your prime age, something is wrong.
You may be the most outstanding brain in the campus, if pornography is eating you, something is wrong.
You may be the most pleasant counselor in a clinic, if divorce is the only choice to save your marriage, something is wrong.
You may be the most elegant and fluent preacher of a church, if relationships in the family are breaking down, something is wrong.
You may be the most hardworking tax payer in the planet, if bankruptcy seems to be your only way out, something is wrong.
We can go on, and on, and on.
However, you can turn your troubled condition into a blessing, if you can only contain your tongue from speaking against the word of God. Listen to James:
“We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And small ruder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” (James 3:3-5 NLT)
When Jesus was here on earth, he rebuked those religious pundits for speaking evil and lying. And Jesus went further. Listen to Him:
“… For whatever is in your heart determines what you say… The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:34b, 37 NLT)
In other words, you speak what’s in your heart. If you talk too much trash, obviously, there’s a huge garbage truck in your heart. And every time you open your mouth, and you’re full of it, you might probably need a reality check right now. Interestingly, the word of God give us success nuggets that if properly applied in life will give us long life and prosperity.
The devil has been in a killing spree since the deception in the Garden of Eden. He never stops. One of his agenda is to annihilate young men before they reach 21. You know what I mean.
In the Book of Numbers Chapter 13 and 14, there illustrate the story of the twelve spies who spied the promised land for forty days. They returned to Moses and reported what they saw. The ten spies, excluding Joshua and Caleb, brought a negative report – evil report. The ten convinced the people that they were unable to possess the land. The city was fortified, and the men of war there were strong and they were big in stature. The ten spies thought and believed in their hearts that to posses the land was a suicide. For some reason, they forgot that God is on their side. They easily lost their memory that God had already delivered the land to them. In addition, they believed the evil report.
Instead of thanking God for the promised land, they blamed God for putting them in danger for possessing the land. Therefore, the people of Israel got what they said. Some had spoken that it’s better to go back in Egypt and to remain slaves there. Others cried and feared, for thought that death was coming for them. Many had looked upon themselves as grasshopper in the eyes of their enemy. In short, they succumbed to unbelief.
Entertaining words of unbelief is a sure way of demolishing faith. Once faith was removed, fear takes over, and when fear lingers, it opens death to subtlety work itself in your spirit, soul and body. As a result, you begin to talk unbelief, doubt, and fear. And like the people of Israel, you’ve got what you’ve said, and have become what you have confessed.
Words of caution:
Negative words will lead you to become a negative person, in words and behavior.
Negative words will lead you to become fearful, which is the opposite of faith.
Negative words will lead you to become a rebellious spirit, you murmur and complaint a lot.
Negative words will lead you to become hateful to those who speak positive words with faith.
Negative words will lead you to become a failure, and also failing those people around you.
“For whatever is born of God, overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (1 John 5:4NKJV)
Learn to tame your tongue. Speak the word boldly in every difficult situation you have. Tell to your mountains to throw itself into the sea and sink down to bottom of the ocean. Declare salvation, healing, prosperity, and long life in your family. Talk to your wallet that it may produce money in season or out of season. Declare to your house that your blessed going out and blessed coming in. Talk to yourself that you are above only, that you cannot be the tail. Talk to your banker and tell him that you will never owe anyone, tell him that you will be a lender, because God has given you the power and the ability to gain wealth.
Rebuke any sickness and diseases and tell them that they have no right to live in the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body. Sickness and disease have no right to the glorious church, and that the church is washed by the blood of Jesus, prepared without wrinkle, made holy and acceptable in the presence of the Father God. As a child of God, there is no way that you can be a loser. You are a born winner, because your Father in heaven is God. There is no other God but Him alone. And every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Your situation, no matter how difficult it is, has to bow down in the name of Jesus.
When Jesus was here on earth, his presence is deliverance, his presence is healing, his presence is salvation, his presence is love, his presence is forgiveness, his presence is serving, his presence is praise, and his presence is joy. Multitudes follow him, gather around him, and touching him. They see the love of God, the care of the Father, the forgiveness, healing and acceptance.
Now, Jesus is the same yesterday and forever. He never changes. Stay in his presence all the time… hang in there… keep on stayin’….