Me and My Big Mouth!: Your Answer Is Right Under Your Nose by Joyce Meyer

Me and My Big Mouth!: Your Answer Is Right Under Your Nose by Joyce Meyer

Author:Joyce Meyer [Meyer, Joyce]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Religion, Christian Life, General
ISBN: 9780446691079
Google: jSY4AQAAQBAJ
Goodreads: 124092
Publisher: FaithWords
Published: 1996-01-01T00:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER 10

THE SLANDEROUS MOUTH

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

—Proverbs 18:21

If you have heard or read any teaching on the mouth, you have probably come across this Scripture several times. We have already mentioned it in this study, but it is so vital to this subject that I think it is worth reviewing.

Think about it for a moment: Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Do we have any idea what that means? It means that you and I go through life with an awesome power — like fire or electricity or nuclear energy — right under our noses, one that can produce death or life, depending on how it is used.

With this power we have the capacity for great good or for great evil, for great benefit or great harm. We can use it to create death and destruction, or we can use it to create life and health.

We can speak forth sickness, disease, dissention, and disaster, or we can speak forth healing, harmony, exhortation, and edification.

The choice is ours.

Sowing and Reaping

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:7,8 KJV

Notice that the second part of Proverbs 18:21 says that we will eat the fruit of our lips.

That recalls the spiritual principle that whatever we sow is what we will reap. If we sow to the flesh, we shall reap from the flesh ruin and decay and destruction. But if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap from the Spirit life and health and abundance.

Do you know that you have the power to do something about your future? That power is located right under your nose.

Recently I was reading in a little book about how in this day and hour God is looking for soaring eagles, men and women of integrity who will take a stand, keep their word, honor their commitments, and live holy lives. The statement was made, "It's awfully hard to be a soaring eagle when you're surrounded by so many turkeys."

Sometimes it is hard to maintain control of our mouths, to be positive, and to praise and glorify the Lord when all those around us seem to be giving in to griping and complaining and every other kind of negativism.

Are you using your mouth to exhort and edify, or are you using it to discourage and destroy? Are you using it to build up yourself and others, or are you using it to tear down? Do you have any idea how important the words of your mouth are?

As we have emphasized, if there is any place in our life that we need to exercise discipline and self-control, it is in the choice of our words.

I have shared with you how the Lord once told me that my worst problem was that I just talked too much.



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