Many of us have heard the phrase, “Watch your mouth!” from our parents at some point in life. Well, for me as a kid, most times it was annoying because I felt that I wanted to be able to express myself without being popped in the mouth or fussed at. Even as an adult if someone was to tell me to watch my mouth right now, I would probably look at them crazy because I’m grown. Right?
Well thinking about some recent conversations I’ve had where I realized that some of the things I was saying were not positive. They were complaints about something I was stressing about or me doubting my ability to accomplish a goal. Most times if I do feel stressed I know to pray and get in the word.
Recently I watched a sermon called “Where is your word?” To summarize it in short, it was saying that if I am a child of God why am I not able to speak to my storms and troubles and see a change? Do I not know the word? Have I not been given the authority through Christ Jesus to speak life over a situation like he did? Why is my initial reaction to cry, stress, worry, and complain? This message instantly hit me and I felt guilty. I had been getting upset and quickly complaining and speaking negativity. I hadn’t thought twice about any of the words I had been speaking about my own life and situation. I had done the opposite of what James 1:19-20 tells me to do when it says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”(NIV)
Many of us do this on a daily basis and wonder why things just don’t seem to be looking up for us. Well in Proverbs 18:21 it says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”(NIV) So basically what we have been speaking we will reap the consequences of, good or bad. Ouch! Well it doesn’t just stop here. There are a few more versus we can look at. In Matthew 12:36-37 it says, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”(NIV)
Even when we look at the life of Jesus, we can see that he used his words to speak life over dead situations. He was very careful not to speak loosely. He knew that his words had power. We, too, must realize that our words have power. We must first understand who we are in Christ and that when we must submit our lives to him. We are a part of the Kingdom of God. We are the sons and daughters of the Most High! With that comes the authority to use God’s word (which we know is life changing) to change the world around us. We need to study and understand God’s word and believe what Jesus told us in John 14:12 that, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”(NIV) In order to do that we must become disciplined even in the words we speak!
Thank You for Your word. Thank You for Your holy spirit that dwells in me. Help me to realize who I am in You! Help me to understand that everything I do even down to the words I speak are important in bringing change to my situations and those around me! I want to speak life over situations and they be changed by the authority You have given me so that when someone inquires about this I can tell them about You and how You have changed my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to watch your mouth! Realize who you are in Christ Jesus and understand that you are a game changer in this world. God did not put you here so you could walk and talk like everyone else. He put you here to make a difference with your words! Have faith and walk in the authority of Christ. It’s time to speak life over the dead situations in your life and those around you and watch them change!
Misha White currently resides in Daphne, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, and daughter. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”