From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, – Proverbs: 12:14
A few weeks ago I was listening to Toby Mac’s “Speak Life” single and the words in the song are so powerful (you can see the video below) that I told my roommate this has to be the theme song in our Jersey pad.
You see, I grew up with a Mom who was determined to inculcate in her children the power of words. She would cancel and rebuke me anytime I speak words of death (or nonsense), warn us of any idle talk or conversation, and cite verses like “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: (Numbers 14:28)” from the Old Testament, referencing how God can move in situations by what you speak.
Words affect us in many ways and we need to make a point of speaking life to ourselves, others, and our situations. Because words aren’t just audible sounds or a set of stringed characters – they have a message and influence.
Words give definition. An individual who always speaks ill of others, can’t say anything good about himself, and is always full of pessimism and bitterness, instantly receives the “negative person” label. It will not be a surprise if that individual reaps negative things in his life, or worst will only see the bad things in life no matter what good will happen to him. The words we speak help form our outlook and identity in life.
Words provide direction. Like a rudder that governs a ship’s course, our tongue and whatever language that comes out of it help charts our life’s path. Subconsciously, we lead ourselves by saying either blessings or curses on our lives. What we say can either build us up or tear us down. Our state of being can easily be influenced by our personal language.
Words hint at a destination. Success or failure. Victory or defeat. Joy or misery. The words we declare on ourselves can be an indication of where our life will be. Many wins in life begin in the mind. The reason: It’s our battleground and affects our actions, our habits, our character, and eventually our destiny.
If we win the battle of the mind, then we can conquer other areas in our lives. But how do we do it? By ensuring that we fill up our mind with good things (Philippians 4:8) and ensuring that we keep declaring great things over our lives.
A simple “I can do it” declaration or a longer “personal statement” filled with hope and dreams for the future can go a long way in setting up a mood, a personal environment, and a personal language that works for us.
It takes the same amount of effort to believe and doubt something. In essence, it won’t be much of a stretch to start believing great and wonderful things for our lives. We can go further and step up what we believe in by speaking life to ourselves, our situations, and the people around us.
King Solomon, the wisest and richest man who has ever lived, has this nugget of wisdom that will be well for us to take heed, “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things (Proverbs: 12:14).”