“Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue.”
Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”[NKJV]
According to Proverbs 18:21, words have the power to create life or death. Unlike the old popular saying by children, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.” The truth of the matter is sticks and stones will in-deed break bones, but speaking negative words can cause death. They can cause death to relationships and they can cause death to dreams and aspirations. People’s lives, in terms of how they live and what they experience or achieve in life, are largely based on the words they speak. To speak “life”, according to Proverbs 18:21, is to say what God has already said in His word for you, about you and about your life situation. To speak “death” is to say what the devil wants you to say about yourself and your situation. It is to speak negative about yourself and your situation. It is to declare defeat over your life and over your situation. It is to constantly complain about what’s not working in your life rather than thank God for what is working and what His word says about you and about what He is going to do for you. Words do indeed have the power to create life or death. But no matter what you may be going through right now, purpose in your heart and declare with your mouth that you will choose to only speak “LIFE”!
“God is a Covenant Making – Covenant Keeping God.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” [NKJV]
Deuteronomy 7:9 reminds us that God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God. Because of His faithfulness and Love for us, He will always honor His word, which is His covenant. Trust that whatever God said He will do for you, He will!
His plan for you
Know that God’s plan for you is a good plan! And as you patiently wait for Him to do what only He can do, He will cause your spirit (your mind, will, and emotion) to be renewed, giving you the ability to continue to wait with confidence and with expectations. And in due season (at the time God set before the foundation of the world), the plan God has for you will come to pass!
““Our Labor in the Lord is not in Vain.””
1 Corinthians 2:9– “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” [NKJV]
1 Corinthians 2:9 reminds us that what God has prepared for us is for us and is far beyond what we could ever ask or think. Not just for the world to come, but also for this world. The key to receiving what God has prepared for us, however, is found in the latter part of the verse: “…prepared for those that love Him.” It is those who truly love God who will receive what He has prepared for them. And how do we show that love toward Him? The answer is very simple, by being faithful and obedient to His word. In other words, being a doer of the Word not just a hearer of the Word only.
Let us demonstrate to the world our love for our God by being a “doer” of His word! Then we will be known as lovers of God. And what God has prepared for us will be released to us. Not just the things prepared for us in the life to come, but also the things He has prepared for us in this life as well!
“What God has prepared for us is for us.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 – “However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.” [NIV]
1 Corinthians 15:58 is a reminder that everything we do in accordance to the will of God is part of the plan and purpose He has ordained for our lives. So while we are on this earth, let’s strive to achieve our purpose by keeping busy working for the Lord!
““In God will I Trust.””
Psalm 91:2– “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” [NKJV]
Psalm 91:2reminds us that when we put our trust in God it keeps us from worrying about our situation and focusing on our problems. It also shields us from the attack on our minds by the enemy (the devil). Let us put our trust in where it belongs, not in man, not in ourselves, but in God!