This morning Jeanne and I heard a direct word from the Holy Spirit about watching the words that come from our mouths. It was so impactive we thought the Body of Christ needed to hear what God said. The first thing He said was, “If your words do not line up with My word’s, they may very well be full of poison and have a purpose that is not apart of Me or My plan’s.” He said, our word’s many times when left to themselves reflect our own prejudice and past pain no matter how correct or right they seem to be. God continued and said your words are powerful and showed us Pro. 18:20, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth. From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” In this proverb He said, “we satisfy our appetites with our words. Our belly demands to be filled with an appetite that’s often triggered by our needs and strong desires.” He then said, “what is your stomach, your belly filled with?” After a honest hard look, I had to repent and ask God for forgiveness because my stomach wasn’t filled with good fruit or produce. We all most look at the fruit of our mouths and ask is it good or bad and the produce of our lips and ask is it producing what we truly desire. Remembering whatever a person dishes out, whether beneficial or harmful, he himself will feed on it.
Pro. 18:21, tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.” Looking at the first part of that Proverb we see the negative or positive power our words have when they are influenced by the produce of our lips and the fruit of our mouths. People may do a great deal of good or a great deal of hurt both to others and to themselves according to the use they makes of their tongue. It’s been said an evil tongue slays three, the slanderer, the slandered, and the listener. Solomon might have varied his words sometimes using “mouth”, sometimes “lips” and sometimes the “tongue”, but what comes home is how interrelated they are and how they work in unison to produce something good or bad, healing or hurtful, fulfilling or frustrating, satisfying or disappointing. James 1:26 gives us a true word when it say’s, “If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue his religion is useless and he deceives himself.” James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire.” 3:8-9-10, “but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father and with it we curse people who are made in God’s likeness. Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters these things should not be so.”
So how do we win this battle over the tongue and the words we have the power to speak? First we need to ask ourselves do I want to be led by my appetites or by my affections? Appetites that Phil. 3:18-19 talk about, “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach (belly), and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” OR Affections found in Gal. 6:1-10, where it Encourages us to restore with gentleness all those that have been caught in a sin. To bear and carry one another’s burdens. Always take a humble place so we’re not deceived. Remember we all reap what we sow, let’s always sow to please the spirit and not our flesh. That we’ll never weary of doing good knowing that if we don’t give up we’ll reap a harvest. And lastly show our affection as we do good to all people especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Many have heard messages about our tongue and how out of control it can become but what have we done with those teachings? This morning, I found that it was only through asking forgiveness from God and other’s for a stomach full of past pain created by my own agendas that I was given freedom from the stronghold the devil had over my tongue.
Question: Are you finding yourself unable to find freedom from a tongue that is speaking empty and hurtful words over people, places and things? Stuck in a stronghold where pain and chaos seem to have a free reign in your life?
Key Thought: It’s critical that we allow the Holy Spirit to align our word’s with God’s heart as we ask ourselves what is the motivator in my life. Am I motivated by my appetites full of pain and self? Or am I freed to show people the affection and love that lives inside me?