Just a few days ago, Breanne and I were talking while driving back from the office. We were talking about different things people say. She began to tell me about a statement that she really doesn’t like to hear. She said ‘I hate it when people say ‘life is short.’ She went on to say ‘I know what they mean but I don’t want to hear that all the time.’ She explained that she wanted to enjoy each day and not think about it like the clock was ticking away.
The next day I was thinking about our conversation. I was thinking about how many times I had said ‘life is short.’ As I pondered on this truth I thought about the scripture found in Proverbs 18:21; “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
When I say ‘life is short’ am I declaring life or death over my own life? I am obviously declaring my life is short. Many of you may ask ‘okay, so what is wrong with that? It does feel short.’
I was asking God that same question. He quickly answered me. I said ‘God, what is wrong with that?’ He said ‘What’s wrong with it is that it is the opposite of what I have promised you.’ He took me to a familiar scripture.
Psalm 91 says; “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
With LONG life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. That is my promise from my God. And that is your promise from your God. Long life.
James chapter 3 reminds us that although our tongue is a very small part of our body, it is the very part that often gets us in trouble.
I get dozens of emails every day, I can’t tell you how many people tell me they are praying one thing and yet they are declaring another thing in their email. They are praying for financial breakthrough yet speaking their lack in their emails. They are praying for healing yet telling me how bad they feel.
I understand that – I truly do – I have been there BUT I know the only way out is to make sure your words line up with the word of God and to make sure that what you pray in private is also what you speak in public.
We have so many horrible sayings and I hear them from Christians as well as non-Christians. We say things like ‘my feet are killing me’ or ‘if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any’ or ‘I live paycheck to paycheck’ or ‘these kids are driving me crazy.’
Here’s the truth. If we are believers, if we call ourselves believers, then we must believe the word of God – ALL OF IT. And the word of God says we will absolutely eat of the fruit of our lips. What comes out our mouth is what we will see in our life.
I am not talking about ‘blab it and grab it’, no, I am talking about declaring what the word of God says about you and your situation until you believe it. God says He will satisfy me with long life. That’s the end of the story for me. My life is not short, it is long according to God, and I believe His word, every single bit of it. How about you?
It’s time we control our tongue and allow only the word of God or what He says about us to come out of our mouth. I know we talk about this quite often and we will talk about it even more…until we are all walking in the light of the truth of His word. It’s time we walk in the truth and allow our words to align with His words. It’s time we enjoy the long life He has promised us, don’t you think? Me too!