By Dr. Brenetia Adams-Robinson
Stop clicking your tongue without counting the cost of what comes from your lips.
The tongue is one of the most powerful parts of your body. According to the book of James in the Bible, it is a fire full of deadly poison that can corrupt the whole person. Like a fire, when managed it can bring warmth and comfort that produces a sense of well-being in the midst of cold and uncomfortable situations. However, also like a fire, if not controlled, the tongue can become an inferno that consumes and destroys all in its path…including your destiny.
The book of Mark tells us that our words have the power to cast entire mountains into the sea and wither fig trees. That’s a promise that through our words, we have the power of manifestation. Every promise in God’s Word is the assurance that we have the power to manifest what we desire in life; or we can undermine the very thing we want through what we speak. That is a power that should not be ignored. However, most people regularly misuse and abuse that power through speaking the negative over the positive.
Matthew explains that your words are an outward expression of what's going on inside, and confirms that what you pray (speak) in faith, you will have. In other words, the life you live now is an outward expression of the words spoken in your past and, if not managed, will create the life you don’t want tomorrow. Rather than speak what’s desired, most people speak what they see and experience in the moment. That simple mistake can derail plans to live a 1st class life. Are you speaking the life you desire, or is your speech encouraging the chaos you complain about every day?
If you had a gun for protection, you would not wave it around without forethought or care because you know the potential to kill and destroy. Your tongue is just as powerful when it comes to the life you live. Proverbs says that the power of life and death lies in your tongue. Death can literally be brought about as a result of speaking wrong words at the wrong time to the wrong person, whether intentional or otherwise. Parents can speak death to the spirit of a child; a spouse can speak death that ends a marriage; a friend can speak death that breaks relationships; a leader can speak death that destroys employee engagement.
You can speak death to your purpose and your inner beliefs in the words you say to yourself.
Proverbs further says that unkind words can destroy your soul, and that a person who does not guard his mouth brings on his own ruin. Ephesians cautions that one should not allow corrupt or immoral words to pass your lips as this will result in detriment to your environment. Matthew reveals that the wrong words coming from your mouth actually diminishes you as a person.
If you ever desire to live a 1st class life and soar into your destiny, you must watch the trash that comes from your lips! Trash is any wrong words that undermine you and your value; negativity that demeans or puts others down; lies or mistruths spoken to do harm; profanity or obscenities that subject you to God’s judgement; or any words of doubt, limitation, or stinking thinking that sets you up to fail.
To fly first class in this thing called life, each time you open your mouth, remember the incredible power that lies between your lips. You possess the power to condemn yourself to live a “less-than” life, or to soar 1st class with unlimited possibilities!
The choice is completely yours!
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