Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. – Proverbs 18:21
Many people do not understand the importance of what you say. If they did, they would change what they say. The Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. That means that your life is really in your own hands. If you look at this scripture and take it with other scripture that speaks along these lines, you’ll see that it’s not just life and death, but everything in life.
Essentially, whatever you want your life to be, you can make it – it al depends on your words though. As James says, your words are just like the helm (or rudder) of a ship. The ship may be huge, but it is guided by such a little thing. So is the same for your life. Your life may be huge and even overwhelming at times, but it is guided by your tongue.
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. – James 3:2-5 (NKJV)
It’s by our words that we are put over and by our words that we go under. This is a clear Bible truth, even if it isn’t taught that much. It doesn’t matter if it is taught that much or not actually, if it is a Bible truth, it is a truth no matter what.
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. – Proverbs 6:2
These scriptures are key truths in our lives. Almost everyone has heard of Elvis Presley. This truth was the cause behind his own premature death. Officially, Elvis’ death was caused by a heart attack. But that’s not what actually caused it. After Elvis’ death, one of his step brothers was giving an interview and was asked if it surprised him that Elvis died so young (he was only 42). He told the interviewer that it didn’t. This kind of took the interviewer by surprised and so he asked him why.
Elvis’ step brother responded by telling the interviewer that Elvis used to always talk about how he would die premature, just like his mother. He said that Elvis continually said this, all of the time. So when it actually happened, his step brother was not surprised at all.
Another person most people have heard of is Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 of cardiac arrest. After his death, Lisa Marie Presley (the daughter of Elvis Presley) was giving an interview and the interviewer asked her if it surprised her that Michael had died so early. Lisa Marie responded that it really didn’t surprise her. This interviewer as well was surprised and asked why. She responded that for all the time they were married, Michael used to always talk about how he was going to die before his time, just like Lisa Marie’s father.
These two men might created their own life by the words they spoke. They continually said that they would die young and they did. This came not just because they said it once or twice, but continually. And as they did, they started to believe it as well, and created their own future.
One other person that proved this out was Steve Jobs, the man behind the success of Apple. Along with Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs founded Apple, but the two were also friends. After Jobs’ death, Wozniak responded to his friend’s death. Wozniak said that Jobs sometimes talked about how he would die young and was always scared of dying. He felt so strongly that he would die young that he required so much from his employees, demanding they always work as hard as possible, as much as possible, and that breaks and vacations were rare for him.
Steve Jobs as well created his future with his words. But what about us, what kind of life are we creating with our words? The Bible says we can have what we say, so what are we saying. If something is standing in our way, if problems are coming against us, what are we speaking? Are we speaking the problem or the solution? Are we believing what the situation says or what God says?
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) – Hebrews 10:23
The word profession in Hebrews 10:23 means confession. So hold onto your confession of faith. What is that? It’s the confession of God’s Word. Continually confess God’s Word despite what the circumstances may say. While others may say that you are sick, while your symptoms may say that you are sick, what does God’s Word say? What does your confession of faith say? Hold fast to it!