Last week, we talked about how one word from God changes everything. But did you know that one word from your lips can also shift the world you’re living in?
In Matthew 15:11, Jesus says that it’s “not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” In Proverbs 18:21, we also see that “death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Our voices and words matter and have power.
Whether we realize it or not, these biblical truths have great significance in the current decade we’ve entered into. On the last day of September 2019, we shifted into the Hebrew year 5780. The Hebrew letter for “80” is פ, which is pronounced peh and means “mouth!” In this season, the Lord has made it clear that we need to be intentional and careful about what is coming out of our mouths.
Are we speaking death? Are we speaking words that come into agreement with the powers of darkness? Or, are we speaking life? Are we speaking words that are in agreement with heaven and the kingdom? Are we speaking words that cause the angels to harken to what we are saying?
OK, so I know I’ve probably given you a lot to think about, but here’s what we’re going to do for the activation part of today’s devotional. I want you to turn with me to Proverbs 4:26 and ask the Lord, how can I give careful thought to the paths of my feet in this season?
Maybe one of the ways He wants you to make straight paths is by how you speak about yourself. Maybe one of the ways He wants you to make straight paths is by examining what you’re watching on Netflix. After all, while it’s not what goes into a man that defiles him, what we surround ourselves with can effect how we act and who we become.
The Holy Spirit inside us is waiting for us to speak the language of heaven and exercise the authority Christ died to give us in Him.
May we be a people who are slow to speak, slow to become angry, quick to listen and quick to speak life.
Lauren is a national speaker, author and Bible teacher. The founder and president of She Found Joy, she is a passionate about helping others encounter Jesus in a way that refreshes their faith and fills them to overflowing with His love and joy. Lauren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Alex and their dog Reese.