The Problem with Speaking Life
It’s time to NOT focus on changing your words…
 Can you believe I just said that?

If you know me at all, you know that I believe that life and death are in the power of the tongue, and that words have a huge influence on our lives. Let’s look at some verses that tell us our words are important, then we’ll go a bit deeper. Proverbs 18:20-21, Matthew 12:37, Proverbs 13:2-3, Proverbs 21:23, Ecclesiastes 10: 12-14 are just a small sampling of verses that talk about the importance of life giving words.

 These verses tell us what comes from evil words, and what comes from good words. We learn that words have the power to give life, we learn that our words make us condemned or innocent, we learn that we can either protect ourselves or invite ruin with our words, that being careful of our words keeps our soul from distress, and that wise people have gracious words, but fools are consumed by their words.

But if we start with changing our words, we’ve missed a few steps!

Your words tell me the condition of something else. If you focus on changing your words without changing the deeper issue, you will be an actor in a movie striving in your own power, you will be focused on performance, and people will easily see through your façade.

If you must strive to keep your words positive, then you have missed the other steps in the process, because “Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks” so whatever is inside is going to come out at some point!

You cannot put rotten eggs in a jar and get out pickles.  Your heart is a fermenting jar! Fermenting only magnifies the benefit and flavor of what you put in.  When you try to ferment rotten produce you will amplify the rotten, when you ferment good healthy veggies, even healthier food is produced!  

It’s time to focus not on what is coming out (your words) but what is inside, and even more importantly, what you are getting filled with.

It is popular and trendy to focus on our words, our choices, and our actions. This culture is results oriented. But we forget that the health of those things is determined by what went in. Have you been listening to, and looking at things that cause a hard, trampled heart, thorns, thistles, and rot?

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