While watching a documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I heard something I've never heard before. After the assasination of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. King made a profound, prophetic statement, "The same thing will happen to me. I won't live to my 40th birthday." I don't remember reading that fact in history books! I was immediately reminded of Proverbs 18:21, "Death and live are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life)." AMP
How closely are you guarding your words? As respected and influential as Dr. King was, I believe his words had a direct effect on his premature death. Words carry power. It's easy for our flesh to speak out negative words. But the good news is that our Spirit man is eager to speak forth God's promises. Our job is to fill our hearts with those promises. "For out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34. It is important to speak God's promises over yourself, your own household and over those who have been entrusted to you.
Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf says this, "Reasearchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain - the cingulate gyrus - as a broken bone or physical injury. So the old Scottish nursery rhyme of 'sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me' is most certainly not true." Wow! Does that make you want to think twice the next time you're ready to blow up at someone? How about this verse? "Let no foul or polluting language ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others..." Ephesians 4:29 AMP.
Words carry power. It's a spiritual law. What we speak over ourselves, our spouse, our children, or our students can have very positive or negative results. Sometimes I have to get my own thoughts out of the way and ask God how He sees another person. That helps change my words from negative to positive! Here are some great resources to strengthen your confession and fill your hearts with God's promises!
-Check out our FREEBIE page. Print of your own confession cards!
-Seeds Family Worship. These songs are pure scripture! And the great thing is, when you buy a CD they send you two. One for you and one to share! seedsfamilyworship.com
-God's Creative Power Gift Collection. This powerful book of confessions based on Scripture was originally written in the 1970's, but applicable for today! Available at charlescapps.com