Our Mouth Establishes Our World

“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3. David understood how what he said could create his heaven or his hell. He recognized that we can allow our enemy to use those words against us at a later date. Ephesians 4:27 states “Neither give place to the devil.” One of the ways we give place to the devil is through the words we speak. When we speak discouraging words (I can’t), limiting words (I’m not smart enough), hurtful words (I’m stupid) or hindering words (I feel like I’m cursed), we give the devil ammunition to use against us down the road. The devil is not obligated to jump right on the place we have given. He, like gold miners of old, can stake a claim, and then come back later to begin to mine the place we have given him. Look what Solomon writes, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.” Proverbs 6:2 (emphasis supplied) Our words can become a trap to us, we can find ourselves caught in a situation which we created by our own words.
You’ve heard some people say, “My mouth made a promise my checkbook can’t fulfill.” What happens when we agree to buy something we cannot afford. We get caught up in the moment and make commitments before we can fully think through the consequences of what we said. Sometimes, we forget what we said months ago and then—–POW! we’re hit with something, seemingly ‘out of the blue’. However, if we reflect back, we can see that we gave place to this by what we said several months earlier. We must, like David, ask the Lord’s help in keeping watch over our mouth and guarding the door of our lips.
Jesus made it very clear how powerful our words are and how that can have a positive or negative effect on us. “But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37 (emphasis supplied) Our words will either allow us to be rewarded or damned. The Message Bible translates Matthew 12:36-37 as “Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” We can be freed or incarcerated by our words. We can keep the devil at bay, or invite him in because of the words we speak.
We must not only know when to speak but what to speak. Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The Message Bible translate that as “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit——you choose.” Look at the power our tongue has——Death or Life. We control our own world by how we speak ans what we say. If we are constantly speaking bad things, then bad things will befall us, but if we speak good things, then we will have good things in our life. An old pastor of mine once created a tract entitled “Heaven or Hell, Your Choice.” Although the tract was geared to win one to the Lord, it could easily be used as an admonition for our speech. We can create our heaven or our hell, by what we say. Speak wisely!

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