Life is in the Power of the Tongue


 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).  

Proverbs 18:21 is an incredible verse for anyone who wants to bring positive change to themselves and their environment. Unfortunately, the emphasis of this passage has usually been on the tongue’s ability to produce death rather than on its potential for life (just as those who preach on the tongue in James 3 mainly focus on the negative effects of the tongue). The power of Proverbs 18:21 is this: Life is in the power of the tongue. Meditate on these words. Say them out loud. Join this with Romans 4:17 (“God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”) for a key to seeing “dry bones” situations live (Ezekiel 37).

Certainly we don’t discount the destructive and hurtful effects of negative speech. Who among us has not been wounded or cursed by words spoken to us, especially by important people in our lives? Even so, it is best that we understand that God’s positive is always greater than Satan’s negative (see Romans 5:20). Just as “curse words” spoken can lock an individual or environment into an experience of restriction, chronic problems and lack; “life words” can become the catalyst for breakthrough, health, protection, spiritual revival and blessing in every way.

It is interesting that many have a political pro-life philosophy, but these same people unwittingly leave a trail of death behind them because of a lack of revelation about the power of words (for themselves, for others, for their surroundings, for their future, etc.). James 3:9-10 speaks of this when it says of the tongue,With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” In this passage, James refers to a person who is careless and does not understand that his words powerfully affect (curse) the people and situations of life. Truly, “these things ought not to be so.”

Say it again: Life is in the power of the tongue. This truth is the central theme of the book you are reading. The Bible reinforces this reality over and over. It is one of the most profound spiritual laws in existence. Everyone who discovers this law will be like an investor who has learned about a foolproof investment. They will become the “those” in Proverbs 18:21, “And those who love it will eat its fruit.” “Those” are people who love speaking life everywhere they go. They understand that fruit will come for the glory of God. They know that they are positively affecting the atmosphere of the spirit and thus ultimately bring life for themselves and their descendants. Let’s become one of those and choose life. Truly, LIFE IS IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE. This is going to be a quick. (If you want more of this teaching on the power of words, please read my book YOU'RE CRAZY IF YOU DON'T TALK TO YOURSELF.