The Mouth [Bible study]

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21

This scripture reveals to us the power of what is coming out of our mouths. We are warned to pay attention because every time we open our mouths we either speak life or death into our lives. We are also told that from our words we will receive a harvest. This is interesting because most people don’t know that the kind of life they have is directly tied to the way they talk to themselves and to others.

We eat what we speak.

From the fruit of his mouth, a man eats what is good…proverbs 13:2

From the fruit of their lips, people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. Proverbs 12:14

From the fruit of their mouths, a person’s stomach is filled; when with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. Proverbs 18:20

Our words are seeds that bring forth fruit. Whatever seeds we sow, that’s the harvest we will have. There is a correlation between what we say and what we do with our hands; they both bear a harvest. So if a man wants good, then he has to make sure that he works with his hands and speaks what he wants to harvest.

Whether we want it or not, our lives will bear a harvest of our words.

We produce the life we want with our mouths.

For “ whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 1 Peter 3:10

NLT says… If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

I love this, the secret to an enjoyable and happy life is training our mouths not to speak evil and restraining our lips from telling lies.

What does speaking evil and telling lies have to do with a good life? Because we are told our mouth brings us a harvest whether we like it or not. If we are speaking evil concerning ourselves and others, we will bring forth a harvest. If we are also speaking lies we are giving life to those lies, and we are building our lives with what we are speaking. Therefore, if we want a good life, then we have to learn to speak good and not evil.

We can invite trouble with our mouths.

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

Good News says… If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say.

The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; the one opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3 AMP

We have to give careful thought to what we say and why we are saying it, this is how we protect our lives.

Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you. Proverbs 2:11

This is a good verse to live by. Discretion can be defined as the ability to act and speak in a way that avoids causing offense or revealing confidential information.

In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19

Amplified says….When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable.

We sin against God and offend others when we don’t learn how to think before we speak.

Our mouth will speak what our hearts believe.

We cannot say we believe something and then speak contrary to our belief. There is a huge connection between what our hearts believe and what we speak with our mouths. We will only speak what we believe. Our mouths and our hearts will never contradict each other.

For it with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

We cannot speak what we don’t believe. This applies to our life of faith. We believe God’s word over our lives in our hearts and we confess it with our mouths.

God will do for us according to our words.

I want us to see the power of our words through the story of the Israelites in the wilderness. God eventually told them that He was going to do to them exactly what they have spoken.

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, How long will this evil congregation murmur against me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against me. Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you: Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness-of all who were numbered of you, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me. Numbers 14: 26-29

Let us see how many times they said they will die in the wilderness.

Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Exodus 14:11

The sons of Israel said to them, “ would we have died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3

All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “ Would we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Numbers 14:2

Why then have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here? Numbers 20:4

They kept confessing, “We are going to die in this wilderness!” until their lips brought them the harvest they have been sowing. God said I’m going to do to you according to your words. I’m going to give you a harvest of all that you have been speaking about me.

What are you speaking concerning God and your situation? Are you speaking life and good? Are you speaking God’s faithfulness and goodness? Or are you complaining through life? Are you speaking death and calamity over your life?

We give life to things by speaking life to them, and we bring things to death by speaking death over them.

So be careful how you speak, a harvest is coming for you and your life will be satisfied by it.

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