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Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil

Updated: May 9

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil
Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil

The importance of harnessing the power of the Tongue for Good and Evil -

Words hold immense power. Just as the Lord spoke the existence of humanity into being in just six days, our own words can shape and create our reality. Are we not made in His creation, with the ability to speak life into existence with our very words? Tonight, let us delve into the profound impact our words can have on ourselves and those around us.

Many Studies on what our words do to plants and water:

Many studies and experiments have been done on plants. In one experiment, the same plants were placed in three separate rooms. In one room, kind words were spoken; in the second, harsh words were spoken; and in the third, there was pin-drop silence. The results showed that the plants exposed to kind words grew slightly more than the other two. What does this reveal?

The experiment shows that words are essential. They affect all living beings. If words can affect plants, imagine their impact on humans.

The Blessing and Curse of Words - Affirmation

Words have the power to bless or curse, to heal or wound. When used correctly, words can bring blessings and positivity into our lives. Conversely, when used for evil and as a tool for destruction, words have the potential to inflict deep wounds and cause irreparable harm. Recognizing the weight of our words and their impact on us and others is essential.

The Impact on Children

Consider how you speak to your children. Do you offer them compliments and words of validation? Research shows that children who receive affirmations and praise grow up feeling secure and more likely to succeed. In the Jewish tradition, families practice praying for and blessing their children, recognizing the importance of uplifting words in shaping their future. Because of that, many are successful.

Building Up or Tearing Down

Conversely, the damaging power of words can be seen when children are subjected to negativity and criticism. Words that tear down and discourage can lead to insecurity and a lack of confidence, hindering a child's ability to thrive and succeed. It is crucial to choose our words carefully, ensuring that they build up rather than tear down those around us.

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil
Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil

The Power of the Tongue

God's word teaches us that the tongue can bring life or death, blessings or curses. Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." This verse reminds us that the words we speak have the power to shape our reality and create the world we live in.

Speaking Blessings

When we speak words of encouragement, kindness, and positivity, we sow blessings that will bring joy and fulfillment. Proverbs 16:24 reminds us, "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." By speaking words of love and affirmation, we lift ourselves and uplift those around us.

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil
Harnessing the Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil

The Link Between Negative Words and Anxiety

Another study revealed a direct correlation between negative self-talk and anxiety in children. The research found that children who engaged in higher rates of negative self-talk also exhibited increased levels of anxiety. This highlights the detrimental effects of negative words on our mental health, as they not only cause immediate stress but also contribute to the long-term development of anxiety disorders.

In essence, the words we speak to ourselves and others can have a lasting impact on our psychological well-being.

The Cycle of Self-Talk and Emotional Health

Negative self-talk is a vicious cycle. When we constantly berate ourselves with harsh words and self-criticism, we reinforce negative beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in self-esteem and self-worth, creating a breeding ground for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. On the other hand, positive self-talk can uplift and empower us, boosting our confidence and resilience in the face of adversity.

Choosing to Speak Positive Does Something to the Brain that Can Trigger Anxiety

In today's fast-paced and often stressful world, it's essential to recognize the impact our thoughts can have on our overall well-being. Naturally, the recognition that holding negative thoughts in our mind is enough to induce stress and anxiety hormones begs the question, "What effect do positive thoughts have?"

How Do We Change Our Thoughts to Speak Positively Over Ourselves?

  1. Recognizing the negative thought, 2. Standing on God's Promises, 3. Casting down the negative thoughts and replacing them with God's Truth. Don't meditate on the negativity around you. Focus on God and see that He is with you and works it out regardless of what is going on.

We can rewire our brains and change our reality for the better. So, let's strive to be the kind of person who speaks words of kindness and radiates positivity in everything we do. After all, as the saying goes, "What you think, you become." Let's meditate on God's promises.

Prov. 16:24 "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

prov. 25:11 - Like apples of gold in settings of silver is the word spoken in right circumstances.

Prov. 15:23 - How delightful is a timely word.

Prov. 16:13 tells us, righteous lips are the delight of kings and he who speaks right is loved.

King of Sol 4:11 compliment His bride (representative of the bride of christ by saying

Your lips, my bride, drip honey, sweetness; honey and milk are under your tongue.

To verbal abuse with words reveal that we are deceived and our religion is worthless (vain and useless).

James 1:26 "If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet doe not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.

Prov. 17:28 "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is counted prudent (discerning).

What comes out of our mouths represents the fruit of the spirit. Love, Joy, peace, Longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. This is the characteristic of the kingdom of God. If we speak evil, then our relationship with God is sick not producing His character and nature.

1 Cor: 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

This love is seeking the best for someone else expecting nothing in return. That is the character of this love. It does not criticize and tear down. We are called to build up - not tear down. 

If our mouths are always spewing out hate and bitterness, there is something seriously wrong with our union with Christ.

 Steps to Examination and Deliverance

1. Ask the Lord to show you what has been stored in your heart through unresolved childhood issues. Your words reveal that there is a need to forgive.

2. Repent of not honoring mother or father.

3. Forgive your parents. 

4. Repent of letting the sun go down on your anger. Negative words come from the unsanctified areas of our hearts, where we judge our parents and turn to false gods.

5. Ask God to forgive you for words you have spoken over yourself or others.

6. Nullify and make void the words spoken over you and that you have spoken over others.

7. Renounce words.

8. Confess as sin, pride, bitterness, resentment, hate, anger, self-pity, feelings of being put upon, and of being a martyr. 

9. Break the curses and command the demons carrying out the curses to leave in Jesus' name.

In conclusion, we need the power of God to control our tongues.

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