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The Rules Of Life And Death Are In Your Words

Choose This Day Life and Blessing or Death and Destruction

The Rules of Life And Death Are In Your Words by Earma Brown

I call heaven and earth to record this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live —Deuteronomy 30:19 para.

How many times have we said, it was just words? ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’ It's just not true. I heard the same child's chant growing up. I even tried to repeat it to myself when someone said something mean that really hurt. Especially, when I didn't want it to. And I wanted even less to show it.

Well, I think you get my point. The truth is there's power of life and death in our words. In fact, words are a serious matter. I'll prove it to you scripturally, in a moment. Then before I end, I have to tell you about the strange and wonderful purpose God has for us and our words.

Before those scriptures, let me tell you about a dear girlfriend. It seems like forever now, the Holy Spirit has been strict with me about my words. I used to work in corporate banking for years before I became an authorpreneur.

During those years, I worked for a bank that failed and laid everyone off in a couple of years. I was the new girl in the office of about twenty. Before me, this young lady from India used to be the new girl. My first day, she started blaming things on me. Any mistake in the paperwork, any office equipment that was left on, I got blamed for it.

Finally, I had enough. I went directly to her and said in a couple of sentences to quit it. I was not the one to treat like that.

Well, long story short, she ran off to our supervisor's office, screaming like I had slapped her and said I cursed her out.

Our supervisor came out walking toward me with a stern face, leaving her still crying and hiccupping that I was most rude and cursed her out. The supervisor said to me, “Earma, I was really surprised that you would do such a thing. We all know how religious and God-fearing you are.”

To my amazement, I told her exactly what I said and asked her to ask the young lady what exact curse words I used. She chuckled saying, no she didn't quite describe it like that and went back in her office. I never heard anything else about it.

But later, I prayed about it. I asked the Holy Spirit why the young lady reacted in such a strong manner to my seemingly simple words. His immediate response, "Your words have authority and power."

My journey began with the Holy Spirit teaching me about the power of not only words, in general, but OUR PERSONAL WORDS and the Bible, God’s words.

By the way, the young lady and I became very good friends. God graced me to lead her to Christ before our jobs expired.

That was the season, God began teaching me about the need we all have to re-program our words, our minds and align them with the word of God more and more. Actually, in the Bible it's called renewing our mind with the word of God. Along with that, came the power to break old habits.

I would go on word fasts. You know things like no gossip, no criticism, no complaints, and no evil spoken words (disagreement with God's word about myself, others.) Don't get me wrong, I didn't think this up on my own. It's how the Holy Spirit led me. If not already, he wants to do the same with you. Stay with me now, there's purpose in all this word changing and shaping...

One of the first people, He led me to with a wonderful God given revelation on the power of words was Charles Capps. Father God supernaturally, started talking to me about this man of God.

New in the faith, I had never heard of him. If you live in Dallas you may remember this bill board for the Capps Truck and Van Rental. I would drive by a billboard on the way to work and on the way from work. Every day, for a few months, I would look over at the billboard Capps Rental and would sense the Spirit of God.

I finally asked my husband, do you know anyone by the name of Capps? God keeps talking to me about him but I don't know what it's about. He said, 'Yeah, I know Charles Capps! I remember him always saying to our congregation at Agape Church, "I came all the way from England to be with you! England, Arkansas that is. Everyone would laugh, then he would teach. He's a great teacher. I can't believe you don't know anything about him.

I began to get excited and wanted to know what his main teaching was. He said, I don't remember but he's famous for teaching the principle 'Calling things that are not as though they were.' I ordered his book and the rest is history. 

I now read this book afresh annually. It revolutionized my life and thinking about my words and the word of God. I recommend you read it, too. If you haven’t read it already, it's The Tongue, A Creative Force by Charles Capps.

Now for those scriptures:

1. We are imitators of our Father God in this speaking...

First of all, we can notice God spoke the world into existence in Genesis 1. God said, Let there be light, the rest of the universe and it was.

2. We all have power in our words...

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21

3. We displease God when we criticize our leaders. In fact, He gets pretty upset when we bad mouth our leaders…

Remember, Miriam and Aaron. …Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?" —Numbers 12:7,8

4. We can transfer a bad attitude to the whole team with our words.

If you get full of words of doubt, unbelief and criticism and talk to your fellow team members, there it goes, the spread of a bad attitude. By the way, it works the same way with passing a good attitude, too. So, watch your attitude. It can be passed like the common cold, good or bad.

…as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; —Colossians 3:12

5. We can start a fire in our lives and the lives of others with the wrong words. The Apostle James warned us with, "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."

6. Nonetheless, we can bless and speak right words over ourselves, our family and the world beyond. You can cooperate with the Holy Spirit so much so that God can begin to order the angels through your words. You can began to express your desire and see good things come to pass in the world because God can trust your words. In fact, it’s God's purpose to use our words to change the world for better. Agree with what God says about the matter and you'll find the power of God activates.

And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. —1 Samuel 3:19

By now, I'm pretty sure you've gotten my point. Be careful with your words. Take a minute and examine what's coming out of your mouth and heart. Are they good words of life, encouragement and faith building? I mean, are you speaking the word of God over your life, family, team and ministry? Are you renewing your mind with the word of God and growing in power with God?

If so, great keep speaking your good words. Pretty soon, you'll begin to see the fruit of them come to pass more and more. If not, now is the time to change the tide. Allow the Holy Spirit to change your bad or slack words to a river of clear, clean words of life for all to enjoy. In doing so, change your life and world forever. Won’t you join me in transforming your life by renewing your words daily? God bless you.

Renewing my words daily,

Earma Brown

Forthcoming Book: WOW! Women of Destiny

Scripture Notes:

 

  • With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:20, 21
  • Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders… —Matthew 15:17,18
  • Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. —Proverbs 4:23
  • who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be rebuilt,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,' —Isaiah 44:26
  • And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14
  • "Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock? —Jeremiah 23:29

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