If you don’t understand why the Bible quotes ‘Life and death is in the power of the tongue’ and the link this has to healing, then this post will really bless you.
When I first became unwell I would speak words of defeat all the time.
“If God was going to heal me, he would have done it by now……my life has been destroyed…….I’m going to be in pain forever…” and so on.
Have you ever spoken out words like that?
This was my truth at the time. I basically just said what I was thinking and feeling so the people around would know how bad the situation was and the impact it was having on me.
At this point I had no idea I was feeding the illness which delays the healing.
What do you speak out in those moments of distress? Do you say exactly what is in your heart at that moment?
It might be because, like me, you’re just not aware of the impact those words have on your body.
They actually reinforce the problem.
Life and Death is in the Power of the Tongue
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The Bible teaches that our words are containers of life and death. Our words are seeds, so if we’re wanting a harvest of health we need to plant words of life.
This is our responsibility, not God’s.
Have you ever spoken words of defeat in desperation? Have you ever complained about your illness to others?
(I think this is ok (you’re not a robot) as long as you don’t live in this place. Let’s be real. We’re not after perfection so be kind to yourself if you find yourself here.)
Toxic words aren’t just lies or swear words, but also negativity or fear-induced words.
We’re releasing death into the atmosphere, and also our bodies because of the power of words. How can we expect victory when we keep speaking words of defeat?
Wouldn’t it be sad that some don’t get well because they never understood this principle?
I was surprised when I realised that it wasn’t my thoughts that would snare me, it was those words I’d actually spoken.
How many times have you prayed ‘in faith’ for healing?
You’ve quoted Scripture, and said all the right things in prayer. Yet later on, especially during those emotional moments, you completely counteract the prayer you prayed earlier and start speaking words of defeat!
Could this be because life and death is in the power of the tongue?
If we want healing to manifest in our bodies, our thoughts and words must come into alignment with the Word of God. Otherwise, our prayers are null and void.
When I first had this revelation, I would start the beginning of the day, speaking words in line with healing but it wasn’t long before I realised a massive problem:
I was being false. There was an incongruence between what I really believed and what I was speaking. Neuroscientists like Caroline Leaf call this a lack of integrity.
So what was I to do? If I speak what I believe, then I’m speaking death over myself. If I speak what the Bible says, then I’m not being integral which in itself can contribute to sickness.
The Bible tells us that ‘out of the heart the mouth speaks’. Matt 12:34. The way to speak words in line with the Word of God is to ensure we’re meditating in the Word.
This way we will speak words of life consistently.
Every day, spending time in the Bible, listening to anointed preachers or declaring Scripture over ourselves.
The Word needs to be in our hearts as this is what will determine what consistently comes out of our mouths during moments of stress.
As we read the Word, it gradually sinks down into our spirit and takes root, changing our thinking, our feelings and our outlook on life.
I love how it’s so effortless. Our role is to read and meditate upon the Word and as we do so, God’s power does the rest.
If we don’t meditate, we’re speaking words of truth in our own strength and if they’re not in alignment with our hearts, we’ll be in conflict.
The 10 spies reported reality when they gave what the Bible says is a ‘bad report’. There were powerful giants in the land but they said exactly what they saw with their natural eyes.
But such was the power of their words, they totally ensnared themselves and never entered the Promised Land.
In the same way, how many times do we give a ‘bad report’ when telling people about our health?
‘This illness will destroy me…..no-one ever got better from this……I only have 5% chance of survival…..’ Of course we’re looking at the situation in the natural, just like the 10 spies.
This is a massive challenge if you’ve been unwell for many years or even decades. It that’s you, have a read of IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL? to help.
So how can we faithfully discuss our situation? How can we tell of our health condition, which is our reality, and it not be a ‘bad report’?
SPEAK YOUR WORDS IN LIGHT OF THE CROSS
Joshua and Caleb never denied the reality, but they saw the giants from God’s perspective.
They were able to offer a faith filled report that honoured the magnitude of God. “We will devour them (the giants)….God is with us…” Num 14:9.
In other words “I have been diagnosed with a terminal cancer…but God says ‘I am restoring health unto you and healing your wounds’
…….’I have been in pain for over 20 years…..but God ‘sent forth his Word in order to heal’ so I know I’m getting better.”
This way we don’t suppress our reality or tell lies. We are honouring our reality but still speaking God’s Truth over our situation.
What we’re saying, is in-agreement with what’s in our hearts.
‘I am worried about my future but the Bible says that God delivers me from all my fears’.
The next time you’re distressed about your condition and you’re tempted to speak out words of defeat, remember to speak your truth in light of Jesus and what He has accomplished for you.
THE WORDS OF OTHERS
Words are everywhere. They’re in books, on TV and of course we’re communicate verbally with others every day.
What if you’re in an environment of negativity or those surrounding you are speaking words of defeat?
I believe that listening to such words is also toxic, even though you’re not speaking them yourself.
- When Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, he removed the negativity from others in the room first. (Mark 5:40).
- Before John the Baptist was born, God sealed the lips of his father Zechariah (Luke 1:20). Had he spoke words of defeat he very well may have stopped the fulfilment of the promise.
Are you surrounding yourself with those who speak toxic words? Is there any way you can ask them not to or remove yourself from their presence?
Your healing may depend upon it.
Imagine a world where we all released life into the atmosphere and into our bodies. Our role is to meditate upon God’s word and allow him to do the rest.
Think of the difference this would create if our words matched God’s Truth? Remember ‘Life and death is in the power of the tongue’
I hope this encourages you today.
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