“Be careful little lips what you say

For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray.”

Casting Crowns – Slow Fade

 

“If lips and life do not agree, the testimony will not amount to much.”

H.A. Ironside

 

In the first Chapter of Genesis God speaks everything we know into existence. If we are created in His image then surely the words we allow to so carelessly fall from our lips also carry great power. I found over 2000 Bible verses dealing with the spoken word!  Now, I’m not saying our words hold anywhere near the power of God’s, but it’s obvious they affect our lives, both positively and negatively. We must be more careful what we speak!

Joel 2:28 “…and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…”

Why prophesy negative into your life? The negative words seem to jump right out of us. We use phrases like…

…You’re…it’s…he’s…she’s killing me.

…I’ll probably die…get cancer…lose…

…Watch me get in an accident…fall on my head…break my neck…

Then we wonder why bad things happen to us! Even a simple phrase many of us use everyday, “I can’t afford it.” Why would we say that, when God has promised to provide everything we need?

We can also manipulate with our words, half-truths and flattery can do more harm to those around us than a physical assault.

Psalm 140:3 “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adder’s poison is under their lips. Selah.”

Proverbs 10:32 “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh forwardness.”

Proverbs 20:19 “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Of course, there are some pretty harsh penalties for giving your lips free rein.

Psalm 12:3 “The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:”

Psalm 59:12 “For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.”

King David knew that the “fruits” of one’s lips were important.

First he asked the LORD to protect him from others…

Psalm 120:2 “Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.”

…then to watch over his…

Psalm 141:3 “Set a watch O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

…but of course, he knew the secret.

Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Next time you’re tempted to prophecy negative into your life, stop and rewrite your inner script. If it pops out anyway repent it, quickly.

Never use flattery to get your way. If you can’t say a nice thing honestly it’s probably best to just shut up.

Pick one negative thing you say, out of habit, and choose not to say that thing, today. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can break the habit, once you become aware of it.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you notice the negatives and the flattering lies and avoid them.

 

Oh be careful little lips what you say.

Oh be careful little lips what you say,

For the Father up above is looking down in love.

Oh be careful little lips what you say.

 

 

 

Next: Hope For The Faded

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