For as long as I can remember I’ve taken full advantage of the utility of my mouth. It’s experienced a great deal of mileage; and let’s just say that I haven’t always used its powers for good. No matter how well I did in early years in education, my conduct grade was never as high as the others. It consistently correlated with conduct, which was really secret code for being talkative. Early on, I became fascinated with using words. In my home, words were used to have long and wonderful conversations with my mother. At school, words were used on the playground to scream and play; and occasionally fight. At church, my words reflected Bible verses, and praises unto the most high God. Over time, my vocabulary became just as diverse and vast as the situations and circumstances I encountered. However, the application of Proverbs 18:21 would not be understood until many years later.
Although I am old enough to understand the implications of my words, I have not always considered the power of my words. There are really strong examples of said power in the Word of God. When the Shunammite woman made up in her mind that her child would live, she went from “It shall be well” to “It is Well!” When the three Hebrew boys were cast into the fiery furnace, they proclaimed God’s ability to save them, even if he chose not to. When Hezekiah was sick unto death, he turned his face to the wall and through prayer, reminded God of his faithfulness. Queen Esther put her life on the line for her people and stated, “If I perish, I perish!” She could have kept silent but instead she chose to use her words to save the lives of the Jewish people. Each of these Biblical examples provide tangible evidence of the power of one’s words, and consequently one’s mouth.
I have decided to return to my childhood in regard to my mouth. You see, at that time, I wasn’t concerned about the implications of my words, I was simply committed to use them to no avail. Now that I’m older, I do understand and I have come to the realization that I have a God given authority to speak over a few things. Yet I don’t always take advantage of my advantage. There is a saying that goes, “put your money where your mouth is.” It refers to aligning resources with verbal statements. For instance, if an employer states that an employee is valuable, s/he should place compensation as a priority for the person. I am selectively adopting the same concept, and putting my mouth on a few things. My resource, who is God almighty has promised to align with his Word with my faith. My faith works best when it is not isolated to my knees in the comfort of sweet whispers to heaven. My mouth is an integral part of my body, and it goes where I do. “It” can be whatever you deem; but here is “it” for me.
I’m putting my mouth on my healing. Isaiah 58:8 states, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” I’m putting my mouth on my finances to get out of debt, through Romans 13:8: “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” I’m putting my mouth on any confusion that attempts to permeate my thoughts through Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” I’m putting my mouth on our marriage and calling I Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I’m putting my mouth on my husband and those who he interacts with through Proverbs 13:20: “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” I’m putting my mouth on myself as a wife and keeping peace through Proverbs 21:9: “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.” I’m putting my mouth on our children who are now young adults that they continue to become Christlike, standing upon Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” I’m putting my mouth on our extended family through Psalm 34: 17-20: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” I am putting my mouth on employment and dreams for our family through Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Finally, I am putting my mouth on my mouth through Psalm 141:3: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”
I came to the Lord by confessing with my mouth that I believed he loved me, gave himself for me and is preparing a place for me. I repent with my mouth when I have been disobedient and I seek forgiveness for my sins. I praise with my mouth to a most high God. I worship with my mouth and enjoy relationship with him. Its not that I don’t already use my mouth, however, I will be more intentional of putting my mouth on what God has predetermined to respond to. Join me! There is power in the name of Jesus!