The Power of Words





At times when I write devotionals I feel very vulnerable.  I write from my heart and personal experience.  It becomes very revealing.  On the other hand I think it is very important to share experiences with others.  By sharing we do not feel “alone” but we learn there are others that are, or have, experienced the very same trials.


A few weeks ago I attended a three-day barrel race.  My first run wasn’t bad but it was a down hill slide from there. By the end of the third day I was totally disgusted!  Because of my bad attitude I was not thinking clearly and, to make a long story short, my horse jumped on my foot.  He lit right on the arch and I honestly thought he had broken it.  I was so mad at him and myself I just “lost it” and the words (not good words) flew out of my mouth.


Let me explain something here.  There is a really, and I mean really, ugly person that lives deep inside me.  For the purpose of this devotional we will call her Miss Flesh.  By the grace of God I don’t see this person very often but that day when my horse jumped on me that ugly person, Miss Flesh, jumped up from inside of me and the words she sent out of my mouth would have embarrassed a drunken sailor! It was awful and it was embarrassing.


When things had settled down I confessed to my traveling friends that I needed to go home and repent of my words.  That was probably a severe understatement.  However, I did just that.  I apologized to my Father for using words that I know are not of Him but of the enemy. I also had to seek God’s wisdom by searching His word to get control over Miss flesh and her mouth!


One of my favorite books of the Bible is the Book of James.  It is a great teaching on the power of our words and the tongue.  It tells us to consider how small the tongue is (it is one of the smallest muscles of the body yet one of the strongest) and yet, even though small, it can cause horrific damage.  In the same way the tongue can do great and mighty things if controlled and used properly.


The Bible tells us that cursing and blessing are in the tongue.  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. OUT OF THE SAME MOUTH COME PRAISE AND CURSING.  My brothers, THIS SHOULD NOT BE.  James 3:9 and 10 NIV (emphasis mine).


 If anyone considers himself religious and YET, DOES NOT KEEP A TIGHT REIN ON HIS TONGUE, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.  James 1:26 NIV (emphasis mine).


Since the day I described above I have spent some wonderful time in the word and talking to my Father.  I know He is faithful and just and has forgiven me (Isaiah 43:25 and I John 1: 9).  I know He knows my weaknesses and my strengths because He created me for His purpose and His glory.  I know beyond a doubt He loves me and will teach me through His word and by the Holy Spirit to control my tongue and other aspects of my life that Miss Flesh tries to control.


Be encouraged today!  Know that our Lord loves you!  Know that when you stumble He will be there to pick you up.  All you need to do is seek Him out and ask.  Immerse yourself in the “right kind” of word--the holy word of God--and He will reach out from heaven and touch your tongue and give you the power to control it!