Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Matthew 12:37 (AMP) 37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
We’ve all done it: open mouth, insert foot! And felt stupid when we did! That’s exactly what the devil wants you to do – speak before you think and make a fool of yourself! And as you know, there’s a lot of that going around these days. However, God has plenty to say about this very thing that will help you.
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.
Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
So why are words of such importance that the Lord said we are justified or condemned by our words? We are a word-oriented society. Everything we do, we do with words. We make agreements, hand down sentences, teach and instruct, and even praise the Lord, all with words.
Where do our words come from? They come from our thoughts. We think on things and then we express those thoughts with words. And that’s not all. Those words are then expressed in actions. So, we see that our thoughts become words, and our words become our actions.
Mark 11:23 (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.
Notice in Mark 11:23 that we can have what we say if we doubt no in our heart, but believe that what we say will come to pass, we’ll have what we say. Now, most people would rejoice at this but let me tell you, it works the same way in the negative realm. What? You say, “I don’t want negative things to happen to me!” Of course not but it’s a principle in God’s Word and it will happen. And it will happen sometimes much faster in the negative than in the positive. Let me explain.
Remember, you have to speak your desire, doubt not in your heart, and believe that what you say will come to pass. So, why can you speak good confessions over yourself and it seems forever to come to pass but if you slip up and speak negatively, it seems to come to pass almost immediately? That’s because you’re more highly developed in the negative than in the positive. You’ve had more “practice” speaking negative things than positive things and it seems easier to believe negative things.
Just look around you and you’ll see what I mean. We are inundated daily with negative news, negative thoughts, fear, and anxiety and then we wonder why we feel so lousy! Really!
What’s in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – Matt. 12:34. That’s why it behooves us to watch every word we speak and put a guard over our mouths until we learn to control what comes out. If we truly believed that what we speak will come to pass, we’d really pay close attention to our words. Don’t fill your heart with negativity and then wonder why things don’t go right for you. Fill it with the Word of God so that in every situation, God’s Word is the first thing that comes out of your mouth.
Remember, Jesus is the One Who made these statements and He can be trusted to know what He’s doing. If you want to live a life of peace and joy, you’ll have to commit to watching the Words you speak. And there’s no greater joy than doing everything God’s way and living a life worth living!