Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
So shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but It shall accomplish what I please, and It shall prosper in the thing for which I sent It.
Our mouths are portals of power. Consider yourself as a wartime pilot. You're flying a cargo carrier over a ravaged nation, and the cargo is your heart: 'A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks' (Luke 6:45).
Back to the flight... because we are moving fast through this life: 'For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away' (James 4:14). The people below you are confused--even desperate. You open the hatch of your plane, which is your mouth. But what comes out? Bombs or blessings? Containers of destruction or hope? Because 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21).
In ways we cannot understand, words connect us with the supernatural realm. God illustrates this amazing principle with this unusual description of His Son: 'And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14).
Our words open the doors to Heaven, inviting God and His angelic hosts to fulfill them--which He will. 'Ask and you shall receive' (John 16:24). Because we serve a Lord Who 'Calls those things which do not exist as though they did' (Romans 4:17).
Our words can also open the doors to hell, inviting Satan and his demonic hosts to fulfill them--which they will. 'Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles' (Proverbs 21:23). Unguarded, our mouth 'Is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison' (James 3:8).*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: speak right words over yourself, your circumstances and others. Study your script daily, which is His Scripture--because It is life to you and those around you.
Therein, right words are a mandatory success strategy.
To Be Continued...
* 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.