Have you ever thought about the things that go forth from your lips? People love to defend what they say because of freedom of speech, but I challenge you to think of our words as being conduits of life and death. God had been ministering to me over the past weeks about how powerful our words are. Proverbs 18:21 in the Bible says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I had two visions/encounters with God that I knew in my spirit was not only a message for me, but for people who choose to receive it. While at church two Sundays ago during praise and worship, I began to repent for every word curse that I had spoken over myself or anyone else either knowingly or unknowingly. As I did this, I could see Jesus standing directly in front of me. He reached out his hand that was full of golden keys and placed them in my heart. After He did this, there were bright white lights that began to illuminate from me. Later in the day I decided to listen to a message entitled “I have something to say”, not knowing it was going to be about the power of our words and word curses. I began to pray once again, but this time to break off word curses that others may have spoken over me. As I prayed, I began to see darkness leave my body. The Holy Spirit said it is time to start speaking life and to cease negative speech even if things in the natural may not appear as if there is anything positive. Word curses are negative things that we say about ourselves or others. For example, when we say that we cannot do something or that someone will never accomplish anything we are speaking word curses. When we speak negative things, we come into agreement with those words. I was also reminded that light will overpower darkness. We serve a victorious God. Sometimes we think that we have to completely try to rid ourselves of darkness (sins) in our lives in order for God’s light to shine. But Jesus reminded me that He is the light and the way. He placed the keys in my heart and it was his light placed in me which shone so brightly and drove out the darkness. He then showed me the following verses:
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”
Psalm 18:28-29 You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
There are several verses in the Bible that give us instruction and highlight the importance of our speech. It is easy to get caught up in negative speech because of what we are being fed by various media sources and in our everyday lives. It is also easy to get involved with the trap of gossip and pass it off as casual speech or joking around. But God has made it very clear in his word the truth of how we should live and he wants to remind us (me included).
Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
2 Corinthians 4:13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke”, we also believe, and so we also speak,
1 Peter 3:8-10 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with a blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”
The God we serve wants us to know that we have a choice. We can choose his light and allow it to shine brightly in and through us. He never promised us that we would not see trials in our lives, but He does say that we can use our words to speak life and allow His Word to overcome the battles we face. He has given us the keys to victory if we choose to pick them up.
Originally written December 5, 2017