My grandmother used to always tell me that life and death is in the power of the tongue. She would tell me that if you asked God for something, but then you spoke doubt unto it, it’s like you’ve denied Him the chance to decide if or when you were able to receive what you’ve asked for. You’ve basically told God forget it. She’d tell me that if I don’t speak about what I want, how can God Bless me. I have to be looking for a miracle and expecting the impossible. I vowed that I would never do that, but of course I was 11 years old at the time. As the years have gone by, I admit that there have been times when I know that I haven’t used that advice, and I didn’t speak life into those things I asked God for, and then wondered why it hadn’t happened. Sometimes we say things like, “Well maybe God doesn’t want this for my life,” but there’s an even better chance that He wasn’t the one that didn’t make it happen, it was You!
There is no better feeling than waking up in the morning and proclaiming that today is your day. It feels like nothing will take away your joy, or cause you to not have a winning day. You have spoken it with your lips up to God’s ears, in Jesus’ name. Then on your way to work, you’re listening to Kirk Franklin, “I Smile,” your grinning and singing partially off key all the way to the parking lot. You get to work and speak to everyone, and you literally float to your desk. When you sit down, you open your email, and see that you forgot to complete a project that was due at 9a.m; it’s 10:30. Do you panic? Or a fellow employee comes up to you and says they heard somebody was talking about you not knowing how to do your job. Do you get upset and want to run over and get to the bottom of the mess (or want to muff somebody; I’m just saying)? Doesn’t it seem like everytime you want to have a good day, something always goes wrong? You spent that morning praying and praising God in advance for a Great day, yet, it seems everything is starting to go down hill. Is this the time when you just throw your hands up and accept today is just not your day? You wind up saying something like, “I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” Lord knows I have done this, and the good news is that even by His grace, He still helps me to build up the strength to overcome that bad morning or situation. My day does turn around when I believe, But I have had those days where I didn’t believe and not only is the morning bad, but the day gets worse. That one statement that accepted my fate for the day, manifested itself and became a self fulfilling prophecy. Y’all that are reading this may be able to relate to this exact analogy, or you’ve had your own situation that applies to what I’m saying. No matter the situation or circumstance, we all have to realize that it’s about what we say, how we say it, and the power that we give to those words.
In Proverbs 10:20, it reads, “The tongue of the just is as choice silver, the heart of the wicked is little worth.” The ‘silver’ that is referred to in the scripture speaks about redemption and righteousness. Although the enemy tries to have its hands on how your situation will turn out, you have the power to forgive those who try to come against you, and even yourself for any mistakes you make. Also, by staying righteous, you are giving those words hope, even in the midst of people with wickedness in their hearts. So there’s no need to despair or be discouraged, because the Lord has given you the strength and the power to defeat your enemies and remain focused on what you’ve already spoken unto your life. I know some of you are saying, “Come on Nicki, it can’t be that simple.” Y’all, I’m not saying it’s simple, but if we choose our words wisely, and stand in Faith, it’s much easier than it seems. Choosing our words wisely entails us understanding God’s Word and knowing that He wants the best for us and He wants us to want that as well. It’s in our walk, our talk and the way we live. He wants the Holy Spirit to be our guide. In 1 Corinthians 2:4-7, Paul addresses how he himself had to correct they way he speaks by saying, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power; that your Faith should not stand in the wisom of men, but in the power of God. Howebeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” So for my non-Biblical decipherers (that often includes myself :), these verses are merely saying that if when you speak, you try to please other people, you are in the wrong. Your words are not about what’s pleasing to the ears of man, but should always be focused on what is pleasing to God. We can’t speak life unless we understand who is in control of our lives.
Speak life into your dreams and your hopes, into your family, into your career, into your finances, into your want of a potential mate, into the fate of the world etc… Close your eyes and speak without seeing. Do not be conformed unto the world’s expectations. Why do you always have to go along with the negativity that others speak of? Be the example to them, by showing them that no matter what it looks like, you have Faith that it’s going to get better. It is a struggle for all of us, and this is why I wrote this post, because it starts with myself. God has not given us the Spirit of fear, He’s given us Power. Power over our enemies and even Power over ourselves. I leave you all with this verse from Proverbs 18:21 that says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit therof.” So speak what you love, and if it’s life, than that’s what we need to speak of all the time!
Praying for us all as we continue this journey filled with pitfalls and mountains to climb, but it’s also filled with joy and love and happiness…so keep on pushing, praying and speaking life unto your life! 🙂