James 3 is a gold mine of truth for those who want to understand that life is in the power of the tongue. James wrote that if we can bridle (control) our tongue, then we can “bridle the whole body” (verse 2). He goes on to compare the power of the tongue with the tremendous influencing capacity of a horse’s bridle or a ship’s rudder. He says, “Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things” (James 3:3-5).
The phrase “even so the tongue” should send positive shock waves through our souls. James is telling us that we can turn things in God’s direction by walking in the revelation that life is in the power of the tongue. Unfortunately, James 3 has been mostly interpreted as a warning against the perils of negative speech. Yes, one ungodly word can spark a forest fire of problems, but there is something greater to see here. If we only focus on stopping wrong behavior, we will never really bring godly change. Eliminating wrong words does not create life, but life is released by right words that are in agreement with God. One spark of a spoken word can ignite a fire of revival.
Where do you want to be in one year, five years or in twenty years? What promises has God given you? What prophetic words have been repeatedly spoken over you? It is important that you start making declarations about these so that the ship of your life may move toward your prophetic destiny. Our words are a rudder that takes us toward what we speak. The ship of Abram’s life dramatically changed course when his name was changed to Abraham (meaning “father of a multitude”) at age 99. This provided booster power toward the fulfillment of the promise given twenty-four years earlier that said his descendants would be unimaginably numerous. He regularly declared the promise in his name, “I am father of a multitude” (Romans 4:17). This became the rudder to fulfill God’s destiny for him.
I have tried to live in this principle for many years. I proclaimed, “I write books” long before I ever actually wrote one. There have been many other areas where my declaration took me to realities that I never before thought I could reach. Praise God!
The words you say today can cause acceleration of the reality of the prophetic words on your life coming to pass. What are you believing for in your future? What are you speaking into your present? We encourage you to match your spoken words to your prophetic words today.
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