This is an extension of my previous post about the power of life and death in the tongue.
I (along with a partner or small team) spend a fair amount of my time praying with people who are ‘stuck’ in some areas of their life.
We set aside time to pray together and we ask God to reveal through His Holy Spirit the reason or ‘root cause’ of the issue and why it’s been allowed to take place to such a degree that it is holding the person back and preventing them from stepping into the freedom God has offered through Jesus Christ.
There are usually a few key reasons, but one of the more common ones is negative words that have been spoken over, or to the person, usually during a time when they were physically, emotionally or spiritually vulnerable.
These words have then been deeply wounding to the person and they have taken it on as their ‘truth’, and then lived it!
There is a reason that God places such importance on self-control. We must learn to submit ourselves to Christ and to moderate our thinking and our speech.
We are kidding ourselves if we think that words are harmless.
They carry great power!
The people I have the privilege to pray with are left dealing with the fallout of carelessly spoken words.
God is gracious, faithful, loving, and ALWAYS during these prayer sessions, reveals HIS truth, HIS thoughts, HIS attitude and heart of love and acceptance for these people, His children.
It is a powerful and emotional experience to watch. To hear people, often for the first time, declare truth, the truth they will now live out of. Truths like: “I am loved. I am wanted. I am a child of God. I have a plan. I have a purpose. I am valuable. I am unique. I am important. I have not been forgotten.”
How would you feel if one day someone had to have prayer to reverse the effects of words you had spoken over their life? Words that in a moment of anger or thoughtlessness had escaped your lips and lodged deep into someone’s wounded spirit where it grew and became their ‘truth’?
Lets not even entertain the thought…
Lets speak life!
Whenever I see a learner driver under instruction, I remember the overwhelming feeling of responsibility I had as a learner. The realisation that I was now in control of a machine, that with the slightest lapse in my concentration could kill someone in seconds, not just changing their life but the also the lives around them!
By the time I got my provisional license my ego had well and truly kicked in and that sense of responsibility lapsed…. Dramatically.
I was reckless, and I am very blessed that I didn’t cause some serious damage, other than to cars and my inflated ego.
Now as I mature (don’t laugh, it’s happening, albeit slowly) I am once again hit with that overwhelming responsibility, though in a slightly different form…..
Regardless of whether or not you drive, you are in possession of a ‘vehicle’ that also carries the power to elicit life or death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)
How quickly do we forget that even before we open our mouths we can CHOOSE to plant seeds of life in the hearts and minds of those around us. Not just to those we love, but to every single person we come in contact with!
Conversely, we can also choose to tear down, to suck light, life, hope and blessing from one another. This is done, though not always intentionally or with malice, far too often.
This should be a deeply sobering thought and one that I hope and pray in my own life will continue to awaken an awareness of not just the responsibility of how we manage our tongue, but also the sheer joyful privilege of speaking life into each other’s lives that we have been given.
That, my friends, if given deep contemplation, is a revelation that will change the way you choose to live. It’s power, through Jesus Christ is limitless!
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:10 NKJV)