Over the weekend I was thinking about declarations and the power in our words, I simply could not get Proverbs 18:21 off my mind. Most of us are very familiar with this scripture and many of us realize the importance of the words that come out of our mouth. However, as I pondered on this scripture, the Lord opened to me a new depth to these words, and I want to share that insight with you today.

Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

As I read those words over the weekend, the word that jumped out at me was POWER. Death and life are in the POWER of the tongue. I decided to look up that word and find the meaning, fully expecting it to be Dunamis, which is the word for power quite often in the bible.

However, I found the word for power in this scripture is YAD. It means strength, power, repetition, and axle. Ahhh, interesting

An axle is a piece of iron, fitted for insertion in the hobs or naves of wheels, on which the wheels turn. The power in our words is defined as the piece of iron on which everything else turns.

Isn’t that interesting? Our words cause everything else in our life to turn and to begin motion.

Are there things in your life that feel stuck? What are you speaking over those situations? Are there things in your life that are not going the way you want them to go? What are you speaking over them?

It has been my experience that many people will begin speaking the right thing but then as time passes and they become weary, their words change.

Can you imagine a wheel going down the road, gaining momentum and then something happens that damages the axle, or the axle comes off? Suddenly there is no movement, and everything comes to a screeching halt. No more movement. No more momentum.

This is what happens when we start out speaking the Word of God in faith, our wheels of destiny begin to turn and turn, and they are literally taking us to a destination. However, if midway our words change and we begin to murmur and complain and speak the opposite of what we want to see, it stops our wheel from turning. Everything comes to a screeching halt. Our axle is broken, when our axle is broken, we can no longer move, for our POWER is in our tongue. The movement is literally powered by the words that are spoken from our mouth.

James 1:26 says, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

In the Amplified Bible, James 3:4-5 says, Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!

Our tongue has the power, the axle, the strength, to create or to burn down. Which one we use it for is up to us entirely. I pray you think about that truth for the next few days and be aware of what is coming out of your mouth. Use your power for good. Use the power of your words to create and build up, not to burn up or tear down.

On a final note, if you recall, one meaning of the word, power, in the verse in Proverbs was repetition. Speak God’s Word over your situation, repeatedly. Until it is so engrained in you that you can’t imagine the outcome being any other way. Friends, there is great power in what comes out of your mouth. Use that power for your advantage, not your destruction.


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