Dearest brothers and sisters,
James 3:2-5; 10
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 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. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. NKJV
According to these Scriptures, if we can control our tongue, we can control our whole body, our lives and determine whether we live in blessing or cursing. Like the rudder of a ship, a bridle on a horse or the steering wheel of a car, the words you speak will steer you to the future you want.
I remember one woman kept saying: “My stomach is very sensitive. “ Before you knew it, she was at home reeling back and forth with a stomachache. Her tongue got her there. The Bible says: “Let the weak say “I am strong” “But I want to be realistic.“ Someone might say. Well, you will be realistically stuck with your problems. However, like your Father God, you can call those things that be not as though they are. (Romans 4:17b.)
Jesus said you will have what you say. (Mark 11:23.) What if you kept saying things like: “Things always go well for me. I walk in great favor. The graph of my life keeps moving forward and upward.” What if you said that all the time and didn’t doubt it? According to the Words of Jesus in Mark 11:23 what would happen? You would have what you say! This works for everybody either positively or negatively because it is spiritual law. It works for Anglicans and Baptists. It works for Pentecostals and Catholics. It words for boys and girls. It works for old men and old women. They have what they say. What they believe and say consistently is what is happening to them. If what they say doesn’t line up with Scripture, then they are trapped in life by their own words.
Prov. 6:2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
Another translation (BAS) says: “You are taken as in a net by the words of your mouth, the sayings of your lips have overcome you.”
Do words have the power to entrap you? Are there people living in bondage because of their own words? That lady that kept saying, “I have a sensitive stomach.” She didn’t realize what she was saying was the way to create a weak stomach! Your tongue has the ability to create and the ability to demolish or to destroy. Tumors have been destroyed by words. Using our words right is a great privilege and an awesome responsibility.
What if that lady said, “Thank You Lord, I have a strong stomach. I can digest anything. I’ve got the life of God in my stomach. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead quickens, vitalizes my stomach. I enjoy my meals.” What would have been the outcome? The life of God would have overtaken that stomach making it function normal. The Bible says our mouth is a well of life. (Proverbs 10:11)
Did you ever think that the “well” of life is right under your nose?