Yesterday was one of those days. You know which kind I’m talking about.
The sort of day where you can’t focus, you feel deflated, and the most exciting thing you do all day is fold laundry. That kind of day.
I had begun to overthink my creative process and felt like everything that poured forth onto the blank page in front of me was absolute garbage.
I felt defeated, downtrodden, and agitated.
And rather than pinpointing the issue and working through my feelings of negativity, I allowed them to fester until they developed into a sore that threatened to ruin my day entirely.
Around eleven o’clock or so, I was finally able to FaceTime with my mom. Shortly, I had dampened both of our moods even more because I allowed what I thought were only mildly negative to pour forth from my mouth.
It was like someone had broken through a dam and all the disappointment I felt or was scared to feel came rupturing forward at an emotionally devastating RPM.
Have you ever heard a teacher or an employer say, “If something is mentioned more than once, it’s extremely important”?
Well, guess what? Scripture speaks on the power of speech and the tongue quite frequently. Just to share a few . . .
“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3)
“With a fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:20-21)
“Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.” (James 3:3-5)
“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.” (Matthew 15:17-18)
And the list goes on quite extensively.
With the tongue we are able to encourage and with the very same we can condemn. Yesterday I was in a funk and it seemed easier to think thoughts cultivated by fear than to sing praises over it all.
But whatever proceeds from our mouths comes directly from the heart. A fig tree just doesn’t randomly pop out of nowhere, it has roots just like any other plant.
The words we speak are evidence of what is in our hearts. I know that yesterday I allowed fear to settle into my spirit, fear of disappointment and fear of uncertainty. When I spoke, that fear and doubt saturated each and every word.
I will never forget a visiting pastor that came to Conway Church of God a couple of years ago and the words he shared.
“Praise Him through it.”
When we praise God no matter how we feel or no matter what the circumstances might be, we are stomping the devil back to hell and our flesh back to humility at the throne of God. We take control over a situation by taking our negative thoughts and speech captive and replacing our complaints with songs of praise!
I pray today that we would ask God to cleanse our hearts of any sinfulness that resides there, even if it is a hidden or secret sin because what is in the dark will be brought to light in our words. Ask Him to help us silence the negativity when it threatens to rear its ugly head in our lives and that we glorify Him with all that we say and do.
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