Make this confession with me, ‘My words matter, my words bring results, my words are determined by me. If I want life, I speak life. If I want death, I speak death. I can have what I say in Jesus name.’
“Now if we put the bit in the horse’s mouth so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest is set afire by such a small thing. And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity. The tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body and sets on fire the course of our life and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by the human race. But, no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing, my brothers, this not ought to be.” James 3:3-10 NASB
If you can grasp the concept of those seven verses, you don’t need anything else. All you need is right; there is in those verses. The Bible says it is with confession of the mouth that salvation is made known unto man. Without your words, you cannot be saved. Without your words, there will not be healing. Without your words, you will not be prosperous. I challenge you to memorize these verses. Remind yourself, WORDS. There is power in these verses, in our words. Our words can light our life on fire! Tongues destroy families; tongues save families. Your tongue can bring prosperity, or it can bring poverty. Your tongue can bring healing, or it can bring sickness and disease. This is Jesus’ half-brother who wrote this, it is the oldest book in the Bible, and he is saying, man guys, this shouldn’t be!
Your tongue is your igniter. In the winter months, when you turn on your furnace, it ignites, the flame comes o, and you get a fire. Your tongue ignites your faith. We saw earlier where the Bible says, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Your tongue is your igniter for your life. If you don’t like the direction that your life is going, then you need to change your igniter. If you don’t like the direction your family is going, change your igniter. If you are a parent, and you have minor children, and you don’t like the direction your children are heading, then change your igniter. What is hard is when your children are adults. We can love them, but He cannot override their own will. Some of you are frustrated with your children, and you know why? Because maybe you made mistakes raising them, or maybe they don’t want anything to do with God. You may be upset because there is nothing you can do about it. That is when the devil will try to get you into guilt, try to get you to talk bad about yourself. Then, not only does the devil have your children, but he also has you. He gets you out of faith. Why is this important? Because they are adults making adult decisions, don’t let your adult children impact your adult walk of faith. How do you do it? Control your words.
“therefore holy brethren, partake of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus the apostle and high priest of your confession.” Hebrews 3:1 NASB
Jesus sits as the High Priest of His words in our mouth. Jesus is listening; His eyes are searching over the land. He is looking for people who are putting His Word into operation. He wants to honor His Word. A quote from John Wesley reads, ‘God can do nothing on earth for anyone, lest someone asks.’ Asking comes out of your mouth. It is your words.