Growth/Maturity, Speech

FIRED!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)

This scripture is pretty popular and I always knew there was power in the tongue but it was not until this scripture had a head on collision with my reality that I understood the sincerity of God’s word.

Let me take you down memory lane…

Sunday June 26, 2011 (Phone conversation with a friend)

Friend: Hey girl, where are you headed?

Me: Girl going to this stupid job! You know I really wish I didn’t have to go to work.

Sunday July 3, 2011 (Conversation with a friend)

Friend: Where are you going for the holiday?

Me: Where else? Work! I promise I should quit! I hate this job!

Saturday July 4, 2011 (Getting ready for work)

*Sighs* I hate this job. I can’t wait until it’s over!

Saturday 16, 2011 (At work)

My manager got spiffy with me today. She doesn’t know, I really don’t need this job. This is not my career. Skip her and her little job!

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a breach spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 KJV)

Now although I truly felt this way, I always showed up to work on time with a smile and did what I was told peacefully. I never called off and picked up extra shifts when we were short of staff. Wednesday, July 27th, I showed up to work with my bright smile only to find out that I was FIRED. My mind was racing…no job, no paycheck. I quickly questioned my manager why my name was scratched off the schedule.  She looked down while speaking to me, “Well Chaunte’, you were sick Saturday and had to leave early. That’s just not tolerable; I have to let you go.” “Are you serious?” was my thought. I angrily walked to my car and said some pretty mean things about her and the company as a whole. But God quickly CHECKED me!

Their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue.” (Hosea 7:16 KJV)

This situation was much deeper than the surface. At first I could only see my manager firing me for what I perceived as nothing at all.  However, the root of the issue had been developing over several weeks as I spoke and released those many negative words into the atmosphere. I had spoken these adverse actions into my life.  As I had this revelation, I quickly humbled myself and closed my mouth!

“Whoso keepth his mouth and his tongue keepth his soul from troubles.” (Job 5:21) KJV

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for checking me! “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction.” (Proverbs 3:11 KJV) Help me to control my tongue. Cancel out any negative words that have been spoken over my life by me or others. Remind that I have power in my tongue to birth and abort. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to watch the words you release into the atmosphere. Speak positively! When your husband is working your last nerve, speak positively about him! When you have to go to the job that you really dislike, release positive words. When your life is in turmoil, began to speak great things into your presence. Speak It! Speak It! Speak It! Because there is POWER in the tongue!

Ms. Chaunte’ Tate is an undergraduate senior pursuing a career in journalism. She is passionate about the spiritual advancements of all followers of Christ. Her favorite scripture is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction” Proverbs 1:7

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15 thoughts on “FIRED!”

  1. Praise the Lord!! This was FoR me!! The school year is starting Monday for me and due to some systemic issues and disorganization at my school I was thinking some of the same things you were. I’m so happy you allowed God to speak through you to check me before I started speaking negatively. Hallelujah!

    1. Glory be to God; I’m glad he used me! Speak over your situation! Everything will work out. Good luck with this semester

  2. Screaming to the top of my LUNGSSSS…HALLELUJAHHHHHHHHHHH……I HEAR U LORDDDDDD….MS. CHAUNTE…WHEN I SAY RIGHT ON TIME…I TRULY MEAN IT…THIS WAS TOTALLY FOR ME….I NEED TO SHUT MY MOUTH….I’VE BEEN TALKING TOOOO MUCH…& SPEAKING NOTHING BUT NEGATIVITY….& THE SAD PART IS….”I KNOW BETTER” & I TOTALLY HEAR GOD TELLING ME TO “SHUT UP”…WHEW, OMG…..LORD I AM SORRY…PLEASE FORGIVE ME…FROM THIS SECOND FORWARD, HELP ME TO CONTROL THE WORDS THAT PROCEED OUT OF MY MOUTH. THANK U FOR USING MS. CHAUNTE TO TELL ME AGAIN BEFORE “DESTRUCTION” COMES. U R SOOOOOOOOO WORTHY….I LOVE YOU…..

  3. Chaunte this is a great word! I preached from the same text last Sunday and my question was “What is coming out of your mouth, life or death?” I have learned this very lesson the hard way so even when I’m irritated about the situation I have to speak positively because I do not want to be a murderer and speak death over any parts of my life! Thanks for the awesome, awesome word! Even though you spoke death, you learned your lesson so God is working it out right now as I’m typing this! “Fired” lol

  4. Thanks Chaunte. I have been praying and asking God to tame my tongue because if I’m mad or frustrated who knows what I’m liable to say. OMG I would always say I want to be an at home wife & mother with a husband that takes care of me so I don’t have to work. I don’t want it to be like that. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a job.

    1. The awesome thing about God is that he gives US the POWER to reverse any negative words that we may have spoken. Bind them up in the name of Jesus. God covers us even when we mess up! The important part is that we learn. God continues to take care of us! I got fired and still have more than enough! He is able!!! Stay blessed!

  5. Chaunte,
    Thank you for sharing/showing us how powerful words really are. I’m quickly learning this lesson as well. I’ve always been one to say “speak it into existence” when talking about positive things; but never really thought on what comes out of my mouth in a negative tone or way. God will definitely provide for you and cover you. God bless you and keep you my Sister!!!!

  6. Great lesson that I am certain we all can learn from. I am not always the best source of positivity and I am certain that I can speak more “life” into my own life. Thanks Chaunte.

  7. WOW oh WOW! I love this! That was pretty deep. Its interesting how we have so much power in our tongues. It’s just like people calling their kids “bad.” Don’t speak that!!!

    I love this!!!!!!

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