You Will Have What You Say
As a child, they told me, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” That was the biggest lie ever told me! Words are the most powerful forces available to human beings, and they can actually cause things to live or die. I did not say that–God did!
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:20, 21 NKJV)
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3 NKJV)
Jesus knew the nature of words and warned His disciples to be careful what they allowed to come out of their mouths.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36, 37 NKJV)
Remember, we are made in God’s image, and God uses the power of speech to make things happen. He framed the world with words. It is with words that He is holding all things together. And we, being His children, partake of His divine nature! We can make things happen with our words.
To teach His disciples this lesson, Jesus did something unusual for Him. He walked up to a fig tree that had no fruit on it and cursed it, saying, “Let no one eat fruit from you again.”
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:20-23 NKJV)
Peter marveled, thinking that this incident pointed to Jesus’ unique power as God’s Son. So he must have been shocked when Jesus said to him, “Peter, this is not the result of me exercising my divine powers. Whosoever believes that the things he is saying will come to pass will get similar results. In fact, with words, he can even move an entire mountain.”
This is how David managed to defeat Goliath. He spoke words, believed God would make them come to pass, and it happened just like he said. This is how the woman with the issue of blood received her healing. She spoke words she believed would come to pass, and it happened, just like she said. This is how Abraham became a father in old age. He said it, believing the thing he was saying would happen, and it did!
We have been given access to the power of God through our words. Every time we speak, we are causing things to happen, either good or bad. Our circumstances can worsen, or improve, as the direct result of what we are saying.
By understanding the authority you exercise over your own life and destiny, you can begin to cooperate with this principle of God to frame your world according to God’s will and start being “satisfied with the fruit of your mouth.” Bridle your tongue; do not open wide your mouth to allow just any type of word to come out. Instead of cursing yourself with words that steer your life toward destruction, use your faith in God and the power of words to steer in the direction of life and peace.
Words will either work for you, or against you. Why not make the quality decision today to make words work for you always. I did this years ago, and I am so glad I did.