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Organizing the Inside – Day 199 Speak Words of Life and Live!

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

The negative words you speak have negative consequences. Your negative words can destroy your relationships, confidence, progress, and even your dreams. You can absolutely talk yourself out of blessings and right into poverty and depression.

God made you in His image.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness Genesis 1:26a (KJV) God spoke the world into existence and He did so by His Word. (read Genesis 1)  1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:1-3 The same power to create that God used when He made the earth, lives on the inside of you if you are a believer. Therefore you must choose to season every conversation, even the private ones in your head, with positive words that bring life. You can bring life to a dead marriage, life to a dead business, life to any situation by speaking words of faith.

Speak life into your future.
Watch out for those defeating phrase that will only kill your vision. Many of them start out with, “I feel like…”  When you hear yourself starting to speak about how you feel, be aware – this is an old trick of the devil to keep you defeated. Your feelings have nothing to do with faith.

Exercise caution every time you speak.
It will take some practice; you can’t control your tongue, without the help of the Holy Spirit. Speak positive words of life, instead of speaking negative absolutes like:

  • “I always mess up.”
  • “I’ll never be able to do that.”
  • “I always feel like…”

Take a more positive approach.

  • “I always do a great job when I trust God.”
  • “I can do all things through Christ.”
  • “God is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Even when you feel discouraged, especially when you feel discourage, speak words of life. The most powerful words of affirmation are those that include scripture, because they are full of life, truth, hope and faith. Make a list of positive words that you’ll practice speaking. Write them down on 3×5 cards and post them around your home, car, office and wherever you will see them regularly. When you see the card, speak the words! Discipline is making your flesh do something over and over again until it becomes an automatic response. Discipline your tongue regardless of how you feel. When the storms of life come and you feel like giving up, something on the inside of you will speak up and says, “I am more than a conqueror!” And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing; fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT) for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34b (KJV)

Really it all comes down to this: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Meditate on God’s Word and allow it to regulate your heart, and then the words you speak will be words of life and love.

Organizing the Inside – Day 121 Is Your Religion Worthless?

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. ~James 1:26

The tongue is a window into our heart.
You can learn an awful lot about yourself by your words; the words you choose and the way you choose to use those words. Do your words heal? Do your words bring about encouragement or restore the brokenhearted? Do your words speak life and hope? Do your words bring out the best in people and situations, like salt do they bring out flavor?
If you answered yes to the above questions then you most likely are a woman who chooses her words with prudence and compassion.

Controlling your tongue is tough, but not impossible.
Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.  James 3:2
Certainly you can’t control your tongue; at least not on your own. The power of God living on the inside of you can help you by cleansing your heart and therefore your mouth will speak good things.
…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34b

Talking too much can get you in a lot of trouble.
If this is your issue maybe it’s time you exercise some constraint. Don’t deceive yourself into believing that your religion amounts to much of anything when you cannot and do not control your tongue. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. James 3:6  If you tend to say whatever you think, and have a special knack for telling people exactly what you say they need to hear to set them straight; don’t blame that mess on your gifts. Religious people in churches everywhere spew out negative and hurtful words by gossiping, complaining, and criticizing their neighbors instead of loving them. God can help you get beyond this and make is easier to speak words that edify and encourage others.

Deal with the problem at the root.
Because, “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, (Proverbs 18:21) make controlling your tongue and top priority. As mentioned before you can’t do this on your own. Turn to God and ask Him for help, and believe that He gives generously to those who seek Him. Then find those scriptures that speak to your problem and meditate on them.  Let the grace and power of God penetrate your heart and mind. If you keep meditating and seeking God for guidance you will find the strength to keep your tongue under control.

Look for opportunities to speak positive words that encourage.
As you allow God to move in your heart, many new opportunities to share a positive word of encouragement will become available. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Give a compliment to someone who you may not usually speak to. Smile and greet a stranger on the elevator and tell them that God loves them and watch the expression on their face. You will begin to forget all the negative words that were a part of your vocabulary and bring words of life to every conversation you are a part of.