Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
We sometimes forget how important words can be. Words often cut sharper than any blade. We know that we should be careful when talking to or about others so that we don’t hurt their feelings. Yet we don’t apply that same consideration when speaking about ourselves. The bible also tells us that we can call a thing to existence when we speak. We often think of it in this way, “That thing/person I want, if I speak about it like it is already there, then I will have it”. That’s true, but don’t you think that also applies to the negativity that we are all guilty of speaking over our own lives? We are not known for being patient, at least I am not, we tend to want things on our timetable. If God doesn’t move when we think He should we often confuse that as Him not moving at all. So, then we get in our feelings and flesh (first mistake) and start to declare EVERYTHING dead. “It’s never going to happen”, “I’m never going to get the job”, “They’ll never notice me”, and the list goes on and on. After you declare all of that over yourself, you wonder why nothing is growing in your pasture?! You’ve already declared it all dead!!! You end up pitting your spirit against your flesh. You want God to perform miracles and work in your life, but you have declared your purpose dead. Don’t get me wrong, God can bring dead things back to life, but what good will it do for Him to resurrect you, if you are going to keep putting yourself back in the grave? He won’t waste His grace. You pray for life but speak death. When the words you speak don’t match your cries to the Father, you can’t get upset when He doesn’t act. Don’t question His abilities when your actions don’t match your prayers.
When there is a mismatch between the two, you become a double minded, wavering man. As James states, “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let him not think that he will get anything from God”, 1:7-8. If you are going to ask for something, you have to ask in faith and you have to cling to it. When things are not going well, it is easy to become afraid. Becoming afraid isn’t the sin, but dwelling fear, empowering your fear over your faith is the sin. Pressure always comes, but it forces your faith life out in the open and shows its true colors. When it comes, don’t despair and bring death to your purpose by speaking recklessly. Let your spirit do the leading and not your flesh.
Stop speaking death over your life. If everything IS dead, then maybe you should stop talking, pray and LISTEN.