So I have proven to you that we are blessed. I have proven to you, from scripture, that our unbelief robs us from the blessing of God manifesting in our lives. But in these last few days, in a lot of soul searching, I found another reason, closely linked to the first. Listen to this:
Psalm 50:16, 19, 20: What right have you to declare my statutes, or take my covenant in your mouth… You give your mouth to evil and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother.
WOW! Do you remember God’s covenant with Abraham, that covenant that we are joint heirs to through our belief in Jesus Christ? We cannot take that covenant in our mouths, in other words pray it, claim it, speak it etc, while our mouths are filled with evil.
When I got the scripture above, I flipped through the book of Proverbs. I really mean flipped through. Just with a quick scan, I found 74 verses that make mention of what should and should not be on our lips! 74 verses!
The most popular one of these is probably this one:
Proverbs 18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it, will eat its fruit.
The crux of these 74 verses in Proverbs are the following:
We should not have any of the following on our lips:
Deceit: don’t bring people under a misconception of what you are going to do or what you mean;
Lying: don’t lie;
Perversity: stay away from dirty jokes;
Harsh words: be careful what you say when you get angry;
Spiteful words: don’t try to hurt people with words, regardless of what they have done;
Tale bearing words: don’t gossip;
Flattery: those empty compliments just to get something;
Prideful words: don’t be full of yourself, be humble instead;
Words that sow strife: be the peacemaker, not the one causing the fight;
DEATH: speaking sickness, negativity, death.
Instead, we should have this:
Knowledge: don’t pretend to know it all, speak only with authority on that which you have knowledge of;
Truth: don’t lie;
Righteousness: be just, be honest, speak only what is righteous;
Wisdom: if you don’t know the answer or the solution, keep quiet; if you give advice, make sure it is good advice;
Excellent speech / Acceptable words: don’t use words not socially acceptable, so stop swearing;
Gentle tongue / Soft answers: don’t react to the challenge to fight, instead give a soft answer and be the peace maker; don’t judge too harshly, give soft words;
Sweetness: it must be a pleasant experience for people to talk to us, they must walk away with a sweet taste in their mouths;
LIFE: speak positively, speak life!
There are many other places in the Bible where we are warned about the fruit of our lips. We will eat our words, Proverbs 18:21 says so. What you say, you will be filled with.
James tells us to slow down with our words:
James 1:19 So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
You may get angry by the way. You have Biblical permission to get angry. But you may not sin in your anger.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin.
Before we can walk in the blessing, we have to stop cursing ourselves.
“Lord, cleanse our lips, so that we may be worthy of having Your covenant in our mouths.”