Open Mouth; Insert Foot! What Not to Say!

We’ve all done it: we spoke before we stopped to think. Too many times that’s what happens when you engage your mouth before your brain has a chance to order your words. God’s Word is replete with admonitions about watching the words we speak.

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

If people really believed that death and life are in the power of our tongues, they’d surely think before speaking. The problem is that most people, including Christians, don’t really pay much attention to what they say. But they should because speaking words is actually planting seeds since words are seeds, as we see in Mark 4 regarding the sower sows the word.

Genesis 8:22 (KJV) 22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

We are all aware of the principle in the earth called seedtime and harvest. What we plant is what we’ll reap. If you plant tomato seeds, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get tomatoes instead of cucumbers. But people don’t seem to make that same connection when speaking.

If you speak negative words, you reap negative results. If you speak positive words, you reap positive results. You simply can’t speak negatively and expect to reap positive results. It just doesn’t happen that way.

I like what Dennis Burke says: If words can change my eternal destiny, then words can change my present circumstances. Why is that? Because there are two realms that we’re dealing with. The spirit realm and the physical realm. And as I’ve taught many times, the spirit realm is the parent force of the physical realm because the spirit realm created the physical realm. Therefore, the physical realm is subject to the spirit realm.  Praise the Lord for His awesome truth!

Now let’s look at another scripture in a few translations:

Galatians 6:7 (KJV) 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7 (AMP) 7  Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.
Galatians 6:7a (Phillips NT) 7 Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. 

Here we see that whatever you sow, in this case we’re talking about the words you speak, that and that only will you reap. So what’s the bottom line? If you don’t like the way your life is going, change what you’ve been saying regarding your family, marriage, job, relationships, etc.

Your thoughts become words and your words become actions. By speaking God’s faith-filled Words, you can direct your life to flow with God and reap victory in every area and change your destiny.

Listen to yourself throughout the day and hear what you’ve been saying. Then practice the vocabulary of silence until you can trust the words that come out of your mouth. You’ll reap big rewards and won’t have to apologize as much!

Remember, once you say something, it’s said. You can’t unsay it. Even though you apologize, it has still been said and probably not forgotten very soon.

Here are some more scriptures regarding the importance of our words:

Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Proverbs 10:19 (AMP) 19  In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
Proverbs 29:11 (KJV) 11  A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Proverbs 29:20 (KJV) 20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
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 6:2 (AMP) 2  You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.
Proverbs 4:24 (AMP) 24  Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
Proverbs 16:23 (KJV) 23  The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) 29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 (AMP) 29  Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (AMP) 31  Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
32  And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 16:24 (AMP) 24  Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.
Proverbs 14:17 (KJV) 17  He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
Proverbs 15:4 (AMP) 4  A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
Proverbs 4:24 (AMP) 24  Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
Proverbs 13:3 (KJV) 3  He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
James 3:2 (KJV) 2  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:2 (AMP) 2  For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.


Author: Pamela Moyle

Pamela is a teacher, author, and life-long student of the Word of God, teaching foundational truths to help others walk by faith and not by sight!

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