Ephesians 4: 14-15
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
James 3: 2-6
Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
I’ve met many people who would never utter a negative or critical word about another person, but when they speak about themselves they are so self-critical, constantly putting themselves down and drawing attention to their weaknesses, flaws and failures. The devil doesn't need to attack them with lies - they're doing his job themselves. Steven Furtick recognises this when he says: "I find over and over again that my greatest enemy of the greater life God has for me is…me.”
I often hear people say things like:
- I’ll never get a job
- No one will ever want to marry me
- I’m so stupid
- I’m such an idiot
- Nothing ever goes right for me
- I never have enough money
- I always get sick
When we do that we are neither speaking truth or love over our lives. We are actually prophesying negatively over ourselves and the words we speak will shape our lives and our futures.
I’m not talking about 'name it and claim it' theology here. However, our words do have power to create or destroy, to bring life or bring death. When we speak these negative words over our lives it's like planting seeds in our own hearts. As we keep repeating these words we are watering these seeds and eventually what we have spoken will grow and become the fruit of our lives. As Paul said, "A man reaps what he sows." (Gal 6: 7)
James described the tongue as being like the rudder of a ship. (James 3: 4) It might be small but it determines our direction. It is disproportionately powerful. Therefore, if you are going to prophesy your own future, why not prophesy it positively? Speak life-giving words over yourself, words of blessing and encouragement, speech that reflects the way that God sees you. You are who God says you are. Align your words with God’s truth. Joyce Meyer affirms this:
"We need to say what God says and do what He does if we want to be what He wants us to be and have what He wants us to have. We should be confessing God’s promises as if they already existed in our lives.... believe what God says in His Word, even more than we believe what we see. What we see are facts, but God’s Word is truth, and truth is greater and more powerful than the facts that we see."
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 7.00 pm.