Funny enough, I was writing a completely different post when the Holy Spirit led me to actually talk about this instead. I think because recently, some words I had spoken seemingly manifested in someone else’s life, not even my own and it kind of scared me. Sometimes you don’t even know why you are saying certain things, but after they appear, you realize you may have had that certain feeling for a reason. I was reminded in my Writer’s Muse workshop actually that we are accountable for those words.
Essentially our words will manifest for better and for worse. We can speak great things into our lives and we can speak negativity into our lives and the lives of others. But we will be held accountable for every idle word that we speak. I don’t know about you, but as much as I know this, sometimes it is really hard for me to curb the habit of just saying whatever, without thinking about the consequences of what I’m actually saying. The fact that I am comfortable with constantly saying things like I’m tired, I’m broke, I’m crazy, knowing the power of those words is kind of ridiculous when we know that I am are two of the most powerful words that you can out before anything. Jesus was the great “I am.” So essentially when we follow that up with negative speech, we are taking his name in vain.
And I am sure you are saying, “Is it really that deep?” What if I am just tired? But the reality is, it is that deep. The simple things that I have said, have at times manifested and I honestly wish I never said them. What is on your mind and in your mouth is in your future. I often have to be very conscious of what I am constantly thinking about. Most of the positive things I have envisioned in my life or seen or spoke about have happened. So do you think that doesn’t happen with negative things as well?
I wanted to speak at my eight grade graduation, I saw myself on the stage before it happened and I did it. I wanted to be on Pep Squad in high school and I saw myself at the games and it happened. I wanted to be on stage at high school graduation and I received two awards. The list goes on. Those things were on my mind and in my mouth. So we are meditating on the bad things about our partners, the shortcomings of our family members, “They’ll never get it right” or “They’ll always be whatever.” We are creating a reality.
It was Abbigail Glen at The Writer’s Muse who reminded me that everything that God created he spoke into existence first. If we were made in his image, why don’t we realize we have that same power? Well, we do. The Bible tells us that we do in various passages . I immediately felt the fear of being accountable for all the things that I’ve said, not thinking of how they could be adversely affecting my reality.
It sounds really corny I know. But we have to, have to, have to start being more accountable for our words. I believe that we will see significant change in our realities the moment that we do. Pastor Steve Furtick mentioned this in a sermon recently, instead of “Life is busy,” you can say “Life is full and blessed.” Instead of “I’m broke,” reminding yourself that God is your provider. Believe that God is shifting things in your favor.
We have so much power that we like to remain oblivious to. We will pray and pray to God to change our situation instead of evaluating how we can help change our own. God gave us a spirit of peace, love and POWER. (2 Timothy 1:7). I am holding myself accountable for the power of my words today and pulling on the strength to turn it around in my life. I hope that you will consider it as well. A great reminder from Pastor Lester Brown:
Do you also struggle at times with the things you say? How are you working to be more accountable with your words?
Scriptures to Reference:
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. Matthew 12:36
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Proverbs 27:5