“Unbelievable!” “Holy Cow!” “My foot is killing me!” We don’t really mean it, do we? But words have power.
King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, had a lot to say about words, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21). “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth” (Prov 6:2). “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul” (Prov 18:7).
Our brain hears the words and phrases we speak and sends the message to the rest of our body, so if we continue to say things like, “I get a cold twice a year every year,” our brain tells our body and it will respond by preparing to be attacked by bacteria to cause a cold.
On the other hand we can use this principle to send positive messages to our bodies, like “My youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Ps 103:5).
God says, “I create the fruit of the lips” (Isa 57:19). What comes out of our mouths is created into our physical reality.
God Himself created by speaking, “Let there be light,” “Let the waters bring forth abundantly,” etc. (Gen 1). When He created us in His image, He created us as a “speaking spirit.” (Gen 2:7 in the Chumash).
So you and I are to create by speaking also, just like God.
I’m asking the Lord to make me more aware this week of some of the not so good phrases I still say.
By changing a few words and silly phrases here and there, we can change the direction and outcome of our lives.
“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
“Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:3-5, 13).
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