The rudder to success

The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Words carry power. We are created in the image of God. He created the heaven and earth by His word, saying, "Let there be light... and there was light.” Words played a vital part in creation. (Genesis 1:1-2:4) Even today, God is “holding all things together by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)

  •  The tongue needs to be under the control of the Holy Spirit at all times. Jesus’ was. (Proverbs 17:27-28; Matthew 5:37; Titus 2:8; James 3:1-11)
  • The tongue can be used as a weapon of warfare with the word of God; it is full of power. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • By getting God's word deep into your spirit and speaking it boldly out of your mouth, you release spiritual power to change things in the natural circumstances of your life.
  • You can control Satan's activity in your life by learning to control your own tongue. This cannot be tamed with the same natural power that people use to tame an animal; it takes spiritual power and spiritual power is what every born-again believer has at his or her disposal. (John 3:7-8)

The words you speak come out of the abundance of your heart, so fill your heart with God’s word and then that will come out. Your heart is the key to your tongue. If it is full of God's word, your tongue will have no choice but to speak words pleasing to God - directly from His own word. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage, just as a forest fire is started by one spark and cannot be stopped before doing great damage. (James 3:6) We dare not be careless with what we say because, even if we apologise, the scars remain.

When our tongue is uncontrolled our speech is full of:

  • Envy
  • Selfish Ambition
  • Earthly concerns and desires
  • Unspiritual thoughts and ideas
  • Disorder
  • Evil

When our tongue is controlled by the Holy Spirit our speech is full of:

  • Mercy
  • Love for others
  • Peace
  • Consideration for others
  • Submission
  • Sincerity
  • Impartiality
  • Righteousness

Satan is still the god of this world and he has power in the earth over people, but Jesus has provided His body of believers with the power and authority to overcome Satan in this world. We are not of this world, so Satan is not our god. (Mark 16:15-18) It is our responsibility to bind his forces and render him helpless. Through Jesus we have been delivered from the power of darkness and moved into the kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:13) But, we have to stand our ground to prevent Satan from robbing us of our victory. (1 Peter 5:8-9) What we are is what we say!

A prayer for help

Father, in the name of Jesus, I make the decision to take control of my tongue. I get rid of and repent of every word I have spoken against You and Your operation in my life. I cancel the power of those words and dedicate my mouth to speaking Your word. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks", so I set myself to fill my heart with Your word. Put a watch, Lord, over my lips.

I set myself to speak in line with Your word. I acknowledge that You are my healer. I am filled with Your mighty Holy Spirit. I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. I am victorious in every area of my life, because You have made me free.

Father, I thank You that I will no longer be double-minded through the words of my mouth. I let the word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom. Everything I do, whether in word or deed, I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks unto You. (Colossians 3:16-17) Amen.

The four tongues

We have a choice to make in every area of our lives. If we start by putting God's word into our hearts, then letting it come out of our mouths, faith will rise and we will see the power that we have in our own mouths. We must learn to think before we speak, always filtering what we want to say through the Holy Spirit. If what we want to say causes us to lose the peace in our hearts, then we should stop and speak out God’s word instead.

Proverbs gives special attention to words and how they are used. It describes four common speech patterns. The first two should be copied, while the last two should be avoided.

1. The controlled tongue. Those with this speech pattern think before speaking, know when silence is best and give wise advice. (Proverbs 10:14-19; Proverbs 11:12-13; Proverbs 11:16; Proverbs 13:3; 15:1-4; Proverbs 15:28; Proverbs 16:23; Proverbs 17:14; Proverbs 17:27-28; Proverbs 18:4; Proverbs 21:23; Proverbs 26:17)

2. The caring tongue. Those with this speech pattern speak truthfully, while seeking to encourage. (Proverbs 10:32; Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 12:25; Proverbs 15:23; Proverbs 15:26; Proverbs 16:24; Proverbs 25:15; Proverbs 27:9)

3. The conniving tongue. Those with this speech pattern are filled with wrong motives, gossip and slander; they twist the truth. (Proverbs 6:12-14; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 25:18; Proverbs 26:4-5; Proverbs 26:20-28)

4. The careless tongue. Those with this speech pattern are filled with lies, curses and quick-tempered words, which lead to rebellion and destruction. (Proverbs 10:18; Proverbs 10:32; Proverbs 11:9; Proverbs 12:16-18; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 17:9; Proverbs 17:14-19; Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 20:19; Proverbs 25:23)

Other verses about our speech include: Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 10:20; Proverbs 10:31; Proverbs 12:6; Proverbs 12:17-19; Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 14:3; Proverbs 19:5, Proverbs 28:25; Proverbs 27:2-5; Proverbs 27:14-17 and Proverbs 29:9.

Who I am in Jesus

Before looking at the questions, please do read “My confession of who I am in Jesus Christ” from "Life Lessons" Take it like a pill three times a day and, very soon, you will start to see how very special you are. In the same way that you would continue with a treatment that your doctor had prescribed, even if it didn't have the desired effect immediately, keep going with your confession - agreeing with God - until you know that, in every situation related to yourself, you have the mind of Christ!

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