This is often the response we give when we say or do something wrong. Especially when we know it was wrong. We say… “well, God knows my heart.”
I heard this statement the other day after speaking with someone about thoughtless words they had spoken in haste.
When I heard the words spoken, which I won’t repeat, they hit my spirit strongly. I didn’t have to wonder what the look on my face was, I could feel the shock on my face.
I didn’t say anything at that moment, at least not much, but the words stayed with me.
I have learned to keep my mouth shut until I can say something in love. Had I spoken at that moment it would have not been in love, it would have been in shock. Words not spoken in love are often not well received. Therefore, I wait and pray.
Hours later I said something about those words. The response was, “I would think God knows my heart.”
God does know our heart, better than anyone else. However, that fact doesn’t change the truth that we eat the fruit of our lips.
Neither does that fact change the truth that the enemy goes about looking for someone to devour. Looking for an open door. Only we can open that door. And it is often opened with the words coming out of our mouth. I once heard someone say if you want to know where your life is headed, listen to the words of your mouth. This is truth.
Our words are powerful! They are creative. They can open doors and they can close doors.
Proverbs 21:23 says; Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Matthew 15:11 says; What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.
We are all familiar with the scripture in Proverbs that tells us life and death is in the power of the tongue and we will eat the fruit of our lips.
Now more than ever before, our words are vital.
Personally, I have spent the past several weeks being very quiet. Why? Because I have heard it prophesied over and again that this year, our words are vital. We will surely eat the words of our mouth this very year – therefore I am training myself to watch my words even more carefully than in days past.
Perhaps that is why the words I heard hit my spirit so hard today. I have become sensitive to any and all words that oppose the word of God.
Today I want you to remember something. Yes! God does know your heart. But it is your actions and your words that justify and bring blessings or defile and bring effects of the curse. Therefore, watch your words. Be careful of your actions.
Make sure what you are doing is in line with the word of God. Make sure the words you speak are filled with life and not death. Be certain the words you are speaking are truly what you want to see come to pass.
Life and death…it’s in the power of the tongue…in the words coming out of your mouth. You will eat its fruit. Make no mistake about it. It’s up to you. What fruit do you want to eat this year? Decide and then say that and only that.
Meditate on this:
Wise words bring many benefits. Proverbs 12:14 NLT