Have you ever seen a cruise ship and wondered how such an enormous vessel could the piloted by one person? The Apostle James may have looked at the large boats of his day and considered that very thought. The Holy Spirit painted such a picture for him:
“Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.” (James 3:4-5 NKJV)
If the ship represents our life, then according to this Scripture, our tongue is responsible for getting us to the place where we are today. We have shaped our lives by what we have said. The words we have spoken have had a powerful effect on us!
Have you noticed that those who have a positive outlook on life and talk that way, often get positive results? In contrast, those who have a negative outlook on life and speak that way, often get those results. What we say is what we get!
King Solomon put it this way:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)
If our words have that kind of effect on our lives, then we need to be careful what we say. Don’t you agree?
We have to be careful not to be afraid of every little slip of the tongue we make. We don’t want to fall into superstition! It is what we focus our minds on that will shape the way we believe. If we believe a certain way, then it will shape the words we speak, and change the course of our lives!
We can put it this way: Right thinking causes right believing, and right believing will cause us to speak the right things. It is those words that will either help us become an overcomer or drag us down to defeat.
Our words are containers. They are either overflowing with faith or filled with doubt, fear, and failure. Those words not only have an effect on our life but on the lives of everyone else around us. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)
No one likes being around a negative person. We usually avoid people like that. We need to be a person that others like being around by having a positive outlook on life. God is a good God and He has good things in store for His children. If we speak that wherever we go, we can expect something good to happen because we know we are in God’s hands. Even those who do not consider themselves to be believers appreciate cheerful people who bring a positive energy to the room. In that kind of atmosphere, people are more likely to believe the best about others and be kinder and gentler in dealing with those around them.
According to God’s Word, what we say also has a spiritual effect on our circumstances. It either opens the door to the blessing of God or it hinders it. When we declare God’s goodness, His loving kindness and tender mercies are extended toward us. In the same way, when we declare the promises of God, then what He has promised becomes a reality in our lives. We possess what we confess! The writer of Hebrews wrote it this way:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
When we dare to believe that God’s promises are true, and declare them with our mouths, then He honors His Word and causes those things to come into our lives. It is all about the faithfulness of God to keep His Word. We do not have to make Him do anything. It is His delight to keep His Word to us!
Trying to force God to do what He has promised is actually a sign of doubt and unbelief. When we believe His promises, we enter into a state of rest with the full assurance that God will do exactly what He said He would do. Those who believe that, will speak it out of their mouths until they see the answer come. These are the kind of people God is looking for – those who know the power of their words!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you ever noticed how your words have had an effect on the way things turned out in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]