Many people do not realize the power of the tongue, the words that we speak, and the impact that it has on our lives and the lives of those around us. In the book of Proverbs, we are told that words can bring life or death to us.
"A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruits 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." (NKJV Proverbs 18:20-21)
What comes out of our mouth will affect us, or other people, either positively or negatively. It is a scientifically proven fact that our bodies respond to what we tell it to do. If we say that we cannot do something then our bodies began to respond and act according to what we tell it. Science is only backing what God has revealed to us in scripture. So, if are filled, spiritually and physically, by what comes out of our mouths then we as Christians must be very careful of what we say about ourselves and other people. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are to encourage and edify the body of Christ, that is lift it up and make it stronger.
We must be conscious about what is being fed to us in our daily lives. There is an old saying that goes, "Garbage in, garbage out!" If we are taking in bad or unholy things into our lives then these are the fruits that we will be feeding others and ourselves. By focusing on the Word of God and bringing it into our life daily our hearts are being taught the truths and promises of God which will influence our speech and our conduct. We can live a good life, an overcoming life, a victorious life, by proclaiming God's Word into our lives by our mouths and manners.
"The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." (NKJV Proverbs 16:23-24)
Because of the impact that our words have in our lives, it is imperative that we begin to take control of this area of our lives. If we speak positive words concerning our situations and ourselves then we are speaking good things into our life and in to the lives of others. An example of speaking Godly words into your life would be, "Through Christ I can do all things." The same applies when speaking over other people. If you are speaking Godly words into their lives then you are speaking blessings upon them.
On the other hand, if we are speaking negative words concerning our situations and ourselves then we speaking bad things and death into our life and into the lives of others. An example of speaking negative words into your life would be, "I can not do this," or "It will never happen." The same applies when speaking over other people, such as, "You will never amount to anything," or "You will never be able to accomplish that." We must learn to recognize when we are speaking negative words into our lives and the lives of others. Ask God to bring into light the times that you are speaking negatively into your life and to help you in changing your speech patterns. We must not expect the changes to happen overnight, the patterns that a person has learned were not learned over night, and it may not be easy task. Although, do not become discouraged by this, keep your focus on God and He will bring about the changes. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
As we begin to be watchful of our speech patterns and take control of what we are allowing into lives, those things that influence our thinking and speech, and begin speaking the Word of God into our lives then we are opening the door to receive the blessings that God has stored up for us.