Chances are as a child you either told someone or heard someone tell you, "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, what you say, is what you are" or "I'm rubber you're glue, what you say bounces off me and sticks to you" or how about "it takes one to know one" and don't forget "Liar, liar pants on fire". As children, these phrases are used in self-defense when we come up against negative, hurtful words someone has said to us or about us. As an adult, have you ever stopped to think about the magnitude of the message within these childhood phrases?
God has been dealing with me on the effects in our lives, and others, from the things we say. Words are powerful; they are seeds that will always bare a harvest. Once spoken, they hang in the air and can never be taken back. As I began contemplating on the power of our words, the above mentioned playground jargon popped into my head and I was astounded at the complete truth within each childish phrase. The Bible teaches us words can wound, heal, entice, deceive and comfort and goes on to say that death and life are in the power of the tongue. It's a given, a lying tongue will forever condemn one to perish in a lake of fire. How can such a small member of our anatomy possess such power? As I began to expound upon my study by seeking guidance through the scriptures the answer became crystal clear; it is not what goes into our mouth that defiles us, but what comes out of our mouth defiles us.
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Simply put, what comes out of our mouth tells the world exactly what's in our heart for what lies within our heart defines our character.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
The old saying "you can't judge a book by it's cover" is so true. You can dress a certain way, wear your hair a certain way and smile all you want, but eventually you will open your mouth and speak and the world will really know you. For you see, your words will either justify you or condemn you and the heart of the matter is, you can delude yourself when you see your reflection in a mirror and, for a while, you may be able to deceive the world, but you can't delude God for He searches your heart continually and He knows your heart. And remember...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. When you open your mouth to speak from the abundance of your heart, are your words wholesome, sound and with grace...or are they poisonous and destructive? It only stands to reason that if your talk is negative, the results will be negative. Truly, if all you can find to express yourself in your personal relationships, your health or any issue of concern in your life is negative words, then you will never experience victory in these areas of your life...you will never be the overcomer God desires you to be. But if you will feast upon the Word of God, believe His Word, allow His Word to create in you a pure heart and a steadfast spirit and hide His Word in your heart, then you will open your mouth to speak and rivers of living water shall flow.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
What's hidden in your heart? Slow down, take some time and weigh your words carefully before you answer for one day you will give an account for every idle word you speak and understand this...talk is cheap, but the consequences of our words can be quite costly.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life
Sometimes there are things in our heart which we are aware of but we think if we ignore them they will go away...selfishness, bitterness, strife, unforgiveness, dishonesty, false pride, prejudice, anger, self-righteousness, lust and envy to name a few. These things, if left within, will eventually manifest themselves and not only do they defile you and bring you great heartache, they separate you from God. God instructs us to let our heart be perfect with Him and to keep our heart with all diligence for out of the heart are the issues of life.
I Kings 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep they heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
What do the things you say reveal about the condition of your heart? What kind of seeds are your words planting? What will your harvest be? Is your walk and your talk in agreement? Ponder upon these things, search your heart and think before you speak because...What You Say, Is What You Are
Deuteronomy 11:18; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 59:12;
Psalm 119:11; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 19:9; Proverbs 29:20; Matthew 12:34-37; Romans 10:8-10; II Corinthians 3:3; II Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 3:8 & 4:6; Ephesians 5:6; James 3 (whole chapter); Revelations 21:8
Lola Hall is a native resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, the mother of two beautiful daughters and a woman who's soul is anchored in Jesus Christ. There is no place she would rather be than in His presence. www.anchorofmysoul.com
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