Open mouth, insert foot! How many times have we done that and then prayed for a “do-over”?
Ecclesiastes 5:2 (KJV) 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5:6 (KJV) 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
Proverbs 10:19 (KJV) 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Here we see that we are to be ever mindful of the words we speak because what we say is what we get and by our words we shall be justified or condemned.
You see, it’s not God’s will that bad things happen to us or that we fail to achieve our desired results. A lot of it is self-inflicted! We have spoken our own doom. Yes, what we say – in prayer and out of prayer in our daily lives – affects everything we do. We write our own ticket!
Now, for those who don’t subscribe to the “you can have what you say” message, let me tell you that it’s already happening for you. Those who say “nothing ever works out for me” are getting exactly what they’re saying. Granted, just because you say something one time, doesn’t mean it will happen instantly. It’s what you say with your mouth and believe in your heart over a period of time is what you’ll get. And remember that faith comes by hearing—whether good or bad. If you say negative things long enough, you’ll believe it in your heart and you’ll get it. BUT, it works on the positive side too. And that’s the good side!
Many times we see this occur more rapidly on the negative side than on the positive side. The reason for this is because some people are more developed in the negative than the positive – so negative things happen faster.
Getting back to the “foot in your mouth,” we need to diligently watch the words that come out of our mouths. Remember, as I’ve said in past blogs, our angels are listening intensely to what we say. If we speak in line with God’s Word, they have something to move on.
However, if we speak contrary to God’s Word, we bind our angels from helping us because they won’t go against what we say. They don’t make decisions about whether or not what we say is good or harmful. They listen and believe that what we say is what we want. If it agrees with God’s Word, then they have an assignment to see it come to pass. If it’s contrary to God’s Word, they don’t cause it to happen. Then just don’t stop it. They let us have what we say. We are the ones who control what happens to us – by our words.
A good rule of thumb is to never, never say what you don’t want to happen, particularly with your children. Don’t prophesy doom over them like: if you play in the street, you’ll get hit by a car or you never do the right thing, etc. Speak blessings over them and watch them grow!
Matthew 12:34 (KJV) 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
What we have put in our hearts in abundance is what will come out – good or bad. If it’s God’s Word, it’ll come out with power and affect things around you for good. But, it must be in your heart in abundance. If fear is in your heart in abundance, that’s what will come out in your speech and negatively affect things around you.
Let’s purpose in our hearts to feed on God’s Word so we’re overflowing with it and ready to do great exploits for the Lord!
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.