Power of the Tongue
The Lord bless you today.
There is tremendous power in the words we speak. Words can promote life or death (Proverbs 18:21).
Our words set the course of direction for our life (James 3:5)—we shall have whatever we say (Mark 11:23).
If a person, for instance, keeps on saying, “I’m never going to get healed” or “I’ll never be free of this addiction” … or “I’ll always be poor and in debt”, then life may turn out exactly according to what they say.
If on the other hand, a person consistently says in faith, “Jesus is my Provider and I shall be prosperous”, then the Holy Spirit will begin to download ideas of how to generate income and give you the power to excel and increase.
If a person continually says, “Jesus is my Healer and by His stripes I am (and was) healed, I’m coming into complete health, I’ll never be sick another day in my life, God is giving me strength and energy” (plus they are obedient to follow God’s laws of health and nutrition, plus spiritual laws such as forgiveness and walking in love)—then after a period of time healing and wellness will begin to manifest.
God wants us to live in Divine health here on this earth. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t die, because eventually the body will pass away. Some sicknesses are unto death, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for all sicknesses and diseases. Our life can be lengthened and we can live in wellness by following God’s principles and speaking according to God’s Word.
The father of the founding pastor of my former church is an example of a person who had a touch of Divine health on his life. He lived to be 105, and was strong, active, in excellent health, and alert until the end. The day he went to Heaven to be with Jesus, his blood pressure was normal that morning. He went to church that day, came home and rested in his recliner. And then peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Sickness didn’t take him out.
God also wants us to live on this earth healed in our emotions and mind. He wants us to live in joy, peace and fulfillment.
All of us have blown it in speaking wrong things, especially in a moment of weakness, anger or frustration. James 3:2 says that only a perfect man or woman is never at fault in what they say.
I know personally what it is like to be battered with verbal abuse for many years almost on a daily basis. It destroys your self-esteem and does tremendous damage emotionally and psychologically. Once words are said, it cannot be recalled.
James 3:7-8 says that wild animals can be tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. It is a restless evil, always ready to pour out deadly poison.
Jesus said that all of us would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. Words spoken will bring justification or condemnation (Matthew 12:36-37).
The Holy Spirit is grieved when we speak unkind or negative words, and words of unbelief (Ephesians 4:28-32). The Holy Spirit is also grieved when we say anything contrary to His will for our lives or that of another person.
Just last week I was talking to my mother about something, and without thinking, I said a doubtful statement that contradicted what the Holy Ghost wants to do in a certain situation. Immediately I felt a sick feeling in my gut, and I knew I had grieved the Lord. I didn’t think what I said was any big deal, but my statement contained doubt and unbelief. God was offended that I would say something that was in disagreement of what He said, instead of completely trusting Him to perform what He is planning on doing.
The Psalmist David asked the Lord in Psalm 15:1-3, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” The Lord gave him the answer, and two of the things God mentions in this psalm concerns words spoken:
- “speaketh the truth in his heart”
- “he that backbiteth not with his tongue”
When we have a habit pattern of not watching our tongue, our words become a snare to our own souls. We still might be saved, but there is leanness in our souls. And we do not come into the full inheritance of all the blessings and promises of God that He would like to give us.
The great news is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak good things. As we continually stay filled up with the Holy Spirit, God helps us to learn to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The byproduct of walking in the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit being developed in our lives (Galations 5:22-23). To speak life-giving words requires death to carnality and death to the flesh.
The love of God inside of us is the most powerful key to helping us control our tongue and to speak encouragement to others. The love of God is imparted to us by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Continually meditating upon the Word of God helps us in the battle with the tongue. God’s Word gets into us, even into our subconscious and every fiber of our being. And then it flows out of our lips.
The Bible tells us the kind of words NOT to speak (that bring death), and also the kinds of words TO speak (that bring life).
KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES NOT WANT US SPEAKING
- Taking God’s Holy Name in vain (Ex 20:7; Deut 5:11; Lev 19:12; Ezek 39:7)
- Swearing; Foul language (James 5:12; Eph 4:29)
- Deadly Poison, Viper’s venom (James 3:8; Ps 58:3-4; Ps 140:3; Rom 3:13)
- Iniquity, Injustice (Job 6:30; Ps 36:3; Ps 64:6)
- Crafty tongue (Job 15:5; Ps 83:3)
- Deceitful tongue (Job 27:4; Ps 34:13; Ps 120:2; 1 Pet 3:10)
- Smooth as butter, but evil motives (Ps 55:21)
- Enticing words (1 Cor 2:4; Col 2:4)
- Flattery and Boastful words (Ps 5:9; Ps 12:3; Prov 6:24; Prov 26:28; 1 Thess 2:5; Jude :16)
- Cursing and Oppression (Ps 10:7; Ps 59:12; Rom 3:14; James 3:10; Balaam cursing Israel Num 23:8; Gen 12:3)
- Backbiting (Ps 15:3; Prov 25:23)
- Evil speaking (Ps 34:13; Ps 50:19; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 3:10)
- Slander (Ps 50:20; Prov 10:18; Eph 4:31; James 4:11)
- Gossip (Prov 11:13; Prov 16:28; Prov 18:8; Prov 20:19; Prov 26:20; Prov 26:22; 2 Cor 12:20)
- Destruction and Mischief (Ps 52:2; Prov 13:3; Prov 18:7)
- Lying tongue (Ps 52:3; Ps 109:2; Ps 120:2; Prov 6:17; Prov 26:28)
- Devour people with words (Ps 52:4; Gal 5:15)
- Tongue like a sharp sword, like piercing arrows (Ps 57:4; Ps 64:3; Prov 12:18; Jer 9:8)
- Bitter words (Ps 64:3; Job 7:11; Rom 3:14)
- Hateful words (Ps 109:3)
- False tongue, Feigned words (Ps 120:3; 2 Pet 2:3)
- Froward tongue (Prov 10:31)
- Unclean lips (Isa 6:1-7)
- Perverse, Vicious, Malicious, Wicked (Prov 15:4; Prov 17:4; Prov 17:20, 3 John :10)
- Death words (Prov 18:21; Ps 5:9)
- Judgment, Accusation (Isa 54:17; Rev 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and we ought not to get on his team and join in with him)
- Complaining, Murmuring (Jude :16; 1 Cor 10:10-11; Num 11:1; Num 14:27-29)
- Doubt and Unbelief (Heb 3:19; Heb 4:6; Heb 4:11; Num 13:32-14:45)
- Coarse Joking or Jesting (Eph 5:4, NIV)
- Vain words (Job 16:3; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18)
- Words that tear and break others in pieces (Job 19:2)
- Ensnared by words (Prov 6:2)
- Harsh, Grievous words (Prov 15:1)
- Hasty, Quick-Tempered, Not thinking before speaking (Prov 29:20)
- Blasphemous words (Acts 13:45; James 2:7; Rev 13:6)
KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES WANT US TO SPEAK
- Words of refreshment (Prov 11:25; 1 Cor 16:18, NIV)
- Words of healing and strength to the weary (Isa 50:4; Ps 37:30-31; Prov 16:24; Prov 15:4; Prov 12:18; Prov 4:20-24; Prov 13:17; Prov 11:25; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 10:11; Prov 11:30; Prov 16:22-24; James 3:13)
- Edifying words (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:2; 2 Cor 13:10; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11)
- Encouraging words (Deut 3:8; Acts 15:32; Acts 20:2; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 3:2)
- Exhortation (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 12:8; Titus 1:9; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:25)
- Esteeming and Honoring others (Phil 2:3; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:7; 1 Pet 3:7)
- Words to strengthen (Luke 22:32; Acts 15:32; Deut 3:8; Job 16:5; Ps 119:28)
- Words seasoned with grace (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Ps 45:2; Ecc 10:12)
- Comfort (1 Cor 14:3; Eph 6:22; 1 Thess 5:11; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Cor 1:4)
- Faith-filled words (Mark 11:23; Matt 21:21-22; Rom 10:8; Num 13:30; Matt 9:20-21)
- Pleasant words (Prov 15:26; Prov 16:24)
- Nourishment, Positive Affirmation (Prov 10:21; 1 Tim 4:6; Eph 5:25-29; Eph 6:4)
- Gentle, Soft words (Prov 15:1; Prov 25:15)
- Words of Wisdom (Ps 37:30; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 15:2; Prov 22:17; Ecc 10:12; Ecc 12:11)
- Life words (Prov 18:21; Deut 30:19; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 11:30; Prov 13:3; Prov 15:4; Prov 16:22-23)
- Truth, Purity, Sincerity, Uprightness (Job 33:3; Ps 12:6; Ps 19:14; Prov 10:20; Prov 15:26; Prov 22:21)
- Love and Kindness (Eph 4:32; Prov 31:26; 1 Cor 13; 1 Cor 8:1, NIV)
- Praise of God on our lips (Ps 34:1; Ps 35:28; Ps 63:3-5; Ps 66:17; Ps 119:171; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
- Singing praises (Ps 71:23; Ps 100; Ps 126:2; Isa 51:11; Isa 54:1; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
- Speaking God’s Word (Deut 6:5-9; Deut 11:19-21; Ps 1; Ps 71:24)
- Spoken Blessing (Num 6:23-27; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 27; Gen 49:28; Deut 11:26-28)
- Wise counsel (Prov 11:14; Prov 24:6; Prov 27:9)
- Light (Ps 119:130; 1 John 2:9-11)
- Sweetness (Ps 119:103; Song 4:11)
- Pen of a ready writer (Ps 45:1)
- Wholesome tongue (Prov 15:2)
- Tongue of the learned (Isa 50:4)
Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”