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Your words matter

Proverbs 18:20–21

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.


This was one of the first scriptures that was an eye-opener for me. Let's break this down just a little. Your belly—your spirit—will be satisfied with the fruit of your mouth. The “fruit of your mouth” means the words you are speaking. What would “the increase of his lips” mean for us? Not only do you need to speak, but your words need to speak of increase, not lack. Instead of defeat and lack, speak victory and abundance. The second verse is so simple yet life-changing. Death and life are in your words, dear friends. If you continually speak lack, then lack is what you will receive. This lack could be many things, from money to peace to health. We can change our circumstances if we are willing to stand on the Word, decree it, declare it, and believe it. Be willing to put in the time. Be willing to push past what you see in the natural. Many days I decreed our bills would be paid on time everytime. There were days that we would be behind on our rent, truck payment, utilities, etc. But I just kept saying over and over until, after several years, it began to come to pass. That is why I said we have to be willing to put in the time and wait on God.


PRAYER

God help me to see how important the words that I speak are. Help me to change my words to peace and abundance. I thank you that through the scriptures you have opened up a door of provision even through my words. Prick my heart anytime I speak negative. Give me the desire to hang on for the long haul. I know that your Word doesn't lie. And I have experienced great blessing already from standing on the Word of God. I will testify of your great provision everywhere I go.


This devotional is an excerpt from "How to Be Intentional With Your Words."

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