Day 18 – Watch Your Mouth

“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
condemned.” Matt. 12:37

The old saying goes: “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Well that’s not exactly true when it comes to your own words. Jesus said that your words will either “acquit you or condemn you” (Matt. 12:37 – NLT).

It is so important that our words continue to be consistent with our faith. When you got born again, you “confessed with your mouth and believed with your heart.” That’s how you received salvation and that’s how you will continue to receive anything from the Lord. You must not only believe but you must keep speaking “faith-filled words.”

Mark 12:36 says that “…you must give an account…for every idle word you speak.” The word “account” comes from the same root word used in “accounting.” In other words, it’s a mathematical term so there will be things that are either added or subtracted, debited or credited from your life based upon the words that you speak. For example, some people say: “every year I get the flu,” then they wonder why they get the flu every year. Others says things like: “I never win anything,” then they wonder why they “never win anything.” They are having exactly what they are saying.

I want to encourage you to “watch your mouth” and be very deliberate about the words that you speak. Since Jesus said we have to give an account for every “idle” word we speak, then there’s really no such thing as an “idle” word. Words have the power to build up or tear down, increase or decrease, bind or loose. Make sure you are using your words to get the results that you desire.

Faith Stretching Exercises:
Practice saying these statements everyday:
1. “Something good is going to happen to me and for me today!”
2. “God is going to raise up somebody, somewhere, to use their power, ability, and influence to help me today!”
3. “Today is my receiving day.”
4. “I have good health and will live a long life.”
5. “I have God’s wisdom so I know what to do in every situation.”