Are Your Words Speaking Life or Death?


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“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”-Proverbs 18:21

Are you awaiting a breakthrough and feel stuck? Are you in the middle of a storm or in the valley and things have gotten too intense? Have you taken inventory of your words? Words are not just what are spoken but what you are accepting that others have said to you or even what you are saying to yourself. Also, it includes what you are reading and writing. What words are you saturating yourself with? Are you murmuring and complaining? Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,  and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water  which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

God promises to bless us when we delight in his word. When we meditate on his word. That means to take in a regular and continuous diet of his word. This can be done by reading the word, listening to and watching sermons or worship music, writing the promises of God, engaging in prayer and worship and so on. If we ingest negative words and music most of the time, it will be hard to stand in faith. Our words are so powerful. Our words can encourage, build up, heal, restore, show love and much more. Our words also can have the opposite effect of causing pain, tearing down, showing hate, discourage and much more. So we need to take regular inventory of our words.

Also, what are the sources of our words? If we are around people who tear us down, we need to make changes. If we have nothing good to say about ourselves, we need to evaluate our self-talk. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  When we interact with each other and with ourselves, our words should be loving, encouraging and positive. We should never tear down anyone else including yourself. I know we have times of sorrow and disappointment but that should never give us permission to speak against ourselves or anyone else. 

Choose to speak life to yourself and your circumstances. Your name is not your circumstance. Your name is child of God. It does not matter the day of the week or what is happening in your life, your name is child of God.  God can resurrect, restore, set free, promote, heal and so much more in an instant. You must continue to trust and believe God, stay in the posture of prayer, stand in faith and have a community of people who will pray you to the other side of whatever is happening in your life. Exercise your faith and praise God in advance. Thank him in advance for what your eyes cannot see or mind cannot comprehend as happening next. 1 Corinthians 2:9, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[a]the things God has prepared for those who love him” I am excited to see what God will do next. In the meantime, let us watch our words and make sure our words are life giving. 

Published by Ada Orie

I am a Nigerian-American Christian woman based in Baltimore who writes about Christianity, dating, food, friendships and more. My goal is to provide a free and safe place where people can express themselves while learning from one another. Thank you for checking out my blog. I look forward to learning from you.

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