Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | June 26, 2015

OUR WORDS DETERMINE OUR BLESSINGS

Come, my children, listen to Me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies  (Psalm 34: 11-13)

God’s Word offers to teach us the fear of the Lord. The psalmist infers here that “life” and “many good days” go with the fear of the Lord. In Scripture, the measure in which we have the fear of the Lord is the measure in which we enjoy true life. One of the first areas of my life in which the fear of the Lord will be practically manifested is through my tongue and my lips. If I can keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking lies, then I can move into the fullness of the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 13: 3 states: “He who guards his lips guards his soul, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” How many of you “flap off at the gums” (my grandmother’s expression) and immediately wish you hadn’t? Well, I do and probably much more frequently than I care to admit; however, I am getting better as time goes by! Praise the Lord! Your soul is your whole personality; it is the “real you”. Your soul is the area where weakness will be manifested first and where the enemy will gain access first. If you want to GUARD YOUR SOUL, YOU MUST GUARD YOUR LIPS. If you speak rashly (without first thinking about implications); you will come to ruin. If you control your tongue (count to 1000 slowly), you will have protection. God’s Word is VERY clear in the power this small organ has (many Proverbs, James 3) to bring life or death.

If you guard your mouth and tongue; you guard your soul and life and are safe as Proverbs 21: 23 says, He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself from calamity.word and heart   “A wholesome (in Hebrew: healing of the tongue) tongue is a tree of life:  but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15: 4).

This passage suggests that perhaps many of us have tongues that are in need of healing? I wonder how many of us are aware that the words we may be speaking are giving the enemy an open door into our own life and circumstances. Have we recognized that our words can be an area of sin in our life? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18: 21). The alternatives are clear; it is either LIFE or DEATH and both are in the power of the tongue. If we use our tongues properly, they will be as a tree of life. Improper use results in death.

In Matthew 12: 33-36 Jesus says, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are veil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”

The heart is the tree and the words are the fruit. The words coming out of the mouth tell us the condition of the heart. Our hearts are either good or evil all the way through! If you spill a pan of greasy, dirty water on the floor, you don’t have to examine the water left in the pan. You KNOW it is greasy and dirty as well. If impure, evil, unbelieving words come from your mouth; it is an indication of the state of your heart!

The good and bad trees represent two natures; the good tree is the “new man in Christ”; our old nature is like the tree that cannot produce any good fruit. Anything in our lives that has not been submitted to Christ Jesus will still produce fruit that corresponds to our old nature. Therefore, the problem of the tongue leads inevitably back to a problem within the heart. Solomon spoke a great truth in Proverbs 4: 23, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” Whatever flows out in your life or through your mouth originates in your heart. If your heart is pure, what flows from it will also be pure. I believe one of the best examples of how our words can affect our destiny is found in Numbers 13, 14 (take a few minutes to read this passage). I am struck by what the LORD says in 14: 28, “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I WILL DO THE VERY THINGS I HAVE HEARD YOU SAY’…”

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. How much more clearly could that be illustrated? The men (in Numbers 13, 14) that spoke negatively settled for death. The men that spoke positively received life. They both settled their destinies by the words they spoke. When you face God’s promise concerning a certain situation, what are you going to do with your tongue? Are you going to give assent to the promise of God, saying out loud, “God said it, I am able”? Or, will you look at all your problems, knowing what God has said about them, yet still feel unable to accept His truth? I caution you, according to God’s Word, you will settle your destiny by the words that you speak and you will affect the destinies of others by what you speak over their lives.

Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 outlines God’s covenant promise of blessings that follow our obedience to all His commands and I would like to speak them over your life now…because I do BELIEVE there is GREAT POWER released when I speak God’s written Word over His people. You can appropriate these blessings as you completely submit all areas of your life unto Christ, who IS the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE!

The LORD God will…
Set you high above all nations on earth and the blessings will come upon you and accompany all who obey the LORD:

You will be blessed in the city and in the country
The fruit of your womb will be blessed
and the crops of your land and your livestock
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed
You will be blessed coming in and going out
Enemies who rise against you will be defeated
You will have blessing on your barns and on all you put your hand to
He will bless you in the land He is giving to you
He will establish you as His holy people
He will grant you abundant prosperity- in your children, jobs, and in your nation
He will open the heavens and rain on all the works of your hands
You will lend to many and borrow from none
You are the head and in control; not the tail who follows
You are seated above all situations; not lying defeated beneath them.


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