After reading the book of Job, I was left thinking about words and how important it is to choose what you say carefully.
Proverbs 18:21 says that ‘the tongue has the power of life and death”. Each day the words we choose to speak over ourselves and our circumstances have great potential to destroy or build up. Saying things like "My head is killing me" or " I will never get a job during COVID " are examples of how easy it can be to use destructive words.
Similarly, we build up by declaring God's word over ourselves and our circumstances. “By His stripes I am healed" 1Peter 2:24, and “my God has a plan for me and those plans are good” Jeremiah 29:11. While I may not have a job because of the pandemic, speaking the truth of God’s word helps to increase my faith.
It is so important to speak and pray God’s word because it reminds us of what He has said and that He is faithful. In Isaiah 55:11 God says His word will not return to Him void. So why then, would we not choose to build ourselves up by speaking the truth of His word over our lives?
James, the apostle tells us that the tongue is a small part of the body, but just like the rudder of a ship is very small it is the mechanism that turns the entire vessel. What we say will affect our lives and so it is necessary to make sure that we are constantly asking the Holy Spirit for help to speak words that will build up.
Dear Lord help, me to consecrate every word that comes from my mouth.
Help them to be true, kind and necessary and help me to use them to build myself and others up in your name. Amen
By Martha Peters