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by Steve Countryman  
6/11/2011 / Christian Living

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Ephesians 4:29-32 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Words: so much more than I know. So much more than I would expect. So much more than I could ever imagine. So much more than I could ever dream of. So much more implications and influences than I ever thought was possible. So much power in the spoken Word of God. It is what we miss or dismiss as common. It is what has ALWAYS been in front of us all the time. It is the obvious secret of the Bible, hidden in plain sight. Spoken of in scripture and taught in countless sermons and Sunday school classes through time. Words, words, words the power of the tongue!

How blind have we all been to know what the Bible says about speaking words, blessings, curses, power of the tongue and yet not practice it as Christ taught us. God spoke the universe into creation. God spoke the earth and all that is in it including mankind into creation. Spoke, not thought, not mumbled, not guessed at, not written down but spoke everything into creation. God declared it and it became real and living according to His will and plan. Only God can create and change reality. Only God can make it real. The Bible tells us that we must guard our tongues. That we must take care of what we say, when we say, how we say and to whom we say it. Our words influence our surroundings, influence our behavior, influence our moods and feelings, influence our faith and trust, influence our fears, influence demons, influence others around us, influence the heavenlies, influences our spiritual growth and awareness, influence the angels, influence the Holy Spirit and influence the supernatural realms. Can we afford not to take our words more seriously?

Words can get you into trouble or out of trouble. Words can hurt long after a wound to the body has healed. Words can imprison or set free. Words can hinder or enable. Words can heal or harm. Words can build up or tear down. Words can bring joy or anger. Words can start fights or bring peace. Words can empower or disable. Words can convey love or hate. Words can hurt or help. Words can torment or liberate. Words can bring truth or lies. Words can be deceiving or reassuring. Words can be misleading or crystal clear. Words can be sarcastic and insulting. Words can be idle gossip or out right lies. Words can be foolish talk, belittling and demeaning to others. Words can be full of praise. Words can be thoughtful and polite. Words can be loving and caring. Words can be full of thanksgiving and humbleness. Words can be boastful, arrogant and prideful. Words can be exaggerations or straight on truth. Words can convey all emotions. Words can last long after we are gone. "For out of your mouth your heart speaks." Even mumbling reflects one's inner thoughts and feelings.

My church held a 40 day word fast/ feast. You fast or starve the negative words and feast on the positive words. At first it sounded pretty easy, so I thought. After a couple of weeks I have realized that it would be easier to not speak at all than to avoid speaking the negatives, to retrain myself. We all have had a lifetime of practicing speaking the negative and really need to learn to speak the positive. What we say is by choice. It doesn't have to be a thoughtless word. Sometime no words are better than mean hurtful words. We must all practice the positive words more and more each day. We must work them into our conversations and prayers.

Too often we hold grudges against those who have spoke mean to us, harshly at us and hateful over us. God showed me recently that I am not to allow the negative things spoken at me and around me to "stick" to me. I am to deny, rebuke and denounce the negative from landing on me or calling me home. I am not to carry other peoples' negative words around with me. They are not who I am and they are not part of me. Their problems are their problems and are not mine. Our job as loving caring Christians is to point them in God's direction to receive the help that they need. God is the answer to their problems not us. We are blessed by God when He uses us to be a blessing to others according to His will.

Declaring God's Word releases the power of God and dispatches His angels to fulfill His Word in the earth. Declaring your prayers out loud carries more power and authority than you can realize. It is important to declare who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you. You do that by declaring God's Word in your prayers. By declaring who Christ is to you. By declaring who the Holy Spirit is in you. By declaring who God is through you. "Speak those things that are not as if they were." Declare what God will do for you and your problems by speaking God's Word and His will at your problems. By declaring God's goodness to you by answering your prayers before you see the end results. Declaring the end result at your problems as if they were already done. Not telling God how to answer them but to acknowledge that He has already done so. Declare your thankfulness to God for answering your prayers before they are answered. Continue to thank God for His faithfulness in answering your prayers until you witness their completion. Declaring out loud is your faith in action!

Declare Palms 91 in the first person as part of your daily prayers. It also works well for someone that you are praying for to insert their name in Palms 91 in your prayers. I had heard once sometime ago that reading scripture in the first person makes your prayers more personal and intimate. The book of Palms is a good place to start. Declaring out loud what it is to be a child of the Most High God. Receiving the Spirit of wisdom and revelation each day. Acknowledging that Christ in you is the hope of glory. Acknowledging that Jesus can do everything through you today because He strengthens you. Acknowledging that you are His temple, God's dwelling place. Acknowledging that you are His vessel made to hold His glory and be spillers of His Holy Spirit. Acknowledging that you apart from God can do nothing but with God you can do all things. Acknowledging that God chose you before time began for a time and place such as this. Acknowledging that your life is chuck full of His blessings and you over flow with God's goodness in your life. Acknowledging that God shines the brightest through you when you let Him. Blessed be the Lord!

So carefully consider your words every time you speak. Make a conscience effort to remove all of the negative words around you and those from your lips. Don't let negative words come near your ears. Music, movies, friends, Internet, TV and radio can discharge negative words in your direction if you allow them to. Don't call yourself degrading names at a mistake you commit. Don't allow negative words to be in your daily vocabulary. Speak truth and honesty in love whenever possible. A careless thoughtless word can do great harm. A positive word of encouragement or praise can be a big blessing in someone's life. Let the words of your mouth be edifying to others and a blessing to God. A child of the King is easily spotted by the words coming from their lips.

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