Our words form our world. Speaking the wrong words is like carrying around an old toothbrush in a well-used, wrinkled handbag. That toothbrush represents our mouth and the words that come out of our mouth.
Any dental hygienist will tell you that you’re supposed to change your toothbrush every so often. An old, worn-out toothbrush probably won’t clean anything!
That old toothbrush represents how people can be so consumed with the negative words they’ve been speaking that they don’t even realize their mouths need to be cleaned up! Words of disappointment—words of “I can’t make it,” “I’m so tired,” “I’m so stressed out,” “I don’t have enough”—are all negative. And those negative words affect our lives in the wrong way. Is it time you cleaned up your mouth?
Having a good day doesn’t just happen. I believe it begins with the words we speak. Words can devastate or edify; they can build up or tear down. Words can motivate us to accomplish an impossible task or cause us to give up in despair. We must be careful what we say, because we are trapped by the words of our mouths (Prov. 6:2)!
We speak many words each day, but how often do we really pay attention to the words themselves? It’s important to realize that we create our world by the words we speak.
Take a moment and reflect upon the kind of words you have been allowing yourself to speak. Are they negative or positive? Are they uplifting or full of criticism? If you have wondered why things aren’t going well for you, perhaps you need to put a watch over your lips. You may have created your situation by your words. The good news is that you can change your world by changing your words!
Having a good day doesn’t just happen. I believe it begins with the words we speak.
A Clean Mouth—A Clean Heart
According to the Bible, the things that come out of our mouths “come forth from the heart” (Matt. 15:18). This is what the Apostle Paul was referring to in Ephesians 5:26—“the washing of water by the word.” Physical water cleanses only our outward bodies. It takes God’s Word to cleanse our hearts and the words of our mouths.
You must be diligent to spend time daily meditating on the Word. As you do, it will become so much a part of you that it will be stronger in you than anything else. And you will choose to believe the Word rather than what you see, hear, or feel.
Perhaps the doctor has given you a gloomy report. You don’t have to fear; instead, you can speak Psalm 118:17: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” If you are going through tough circumstances, look to Isaiah 43:2 for strength and say, “When I pass through these waters, God will be with me; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow me: when I walk through the fire, I shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon me.”
Once you build up your trust in the Lord, fear can no longer dominate you. That’s what meditating on and speaking the Word does—it builds up your faith and trust in God.
Meet the Challenge
As you take each step to fulfill God’s plan for your life, you must speak words of faith. Seize the initiative. Begin to speak edifying, uplifting words, and you’ll find yourself rising to the top. Opportunities will start knocking at your door. You can take advantage of those opportunities with confidence, knowing that with God’s wisdom and strength—and His Word—you can do all things.
Don’t wait another day to start saying what’s right. Put good things in motion now. Change your words to agree with God’s Word, and you will change your world!
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