Many of us have probably at some point of time or another in our lives have mastered the art of complaining. In this own area of my life I'm still asking God daily to let my words be turned into praises versus complaining. It can be easy to see the bad and overlook the vital lessons we can learn at different stages of our lives. While spending time with God the other day I was reminded that our words hold power and can really set the mood for our entire day.
Our words can also be used as warfare against the enemy when we go into prayer and decree the promises of God over our lives. If we speak by faith and believe all that God has promised us concerning giving us an abundant life we should start seeing the positive changes in our everyday lives.
There are a few important topics we have to keep in mind when it comes to watching the words that come out of our mouth as believers.
Stop complaining and start praising.
Remember when God delivered His people from out of the captivity of Egypt, yet they still complained day and night that God wasn't providing for them enough? Well, that caused them to miss out on the promise land that God had set aside for them. After He continually gave them chance after chance to stop complaining and just trust him He punished them and told them that their children would be the one's to inherit the promise land instead and not them.
As I think over how they complained I'm reminded that I must not complain about my own circumstances and praise God instead as I go through it, because at the end of it there's a promise God has for us if we continue to be patient and remain faithful to obeying God through it all.
See what 1 Jude 14-16 has to say about complainers or those who grumble.
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[e] 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
So you see God is pretty serious about the Words we speak. Let's turn our complaints into praise and see how God shows up.
Speak life not death.
Some people use their words to uplift people and some use their words to tear people down. As Christians we should be the one's speaking life into others and letting them know that the ways of the Lord are true and good for our life and for our eternal soul. When we tell others the good news of Jesus and warn them of their wicked ways this is actually speaking life to them. When we let them follow a road leading to destruction and approve of their unGodly ways this is speaking death to them.
Proverbs 27: 5 Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
According to the Word of God we are actually supposed to let people know if they are doing something that is wrong, yeah they may not like it, but at the end of the day we are helping to save their souls from death.
James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Life and Death are in the power of the tongue
It's important to remember to speak encouraging words to others. We can tear people down with the words we say, where they can feel like there's no hope. When we are correcting others it's important to do it with love and kindness, though even still some people may take it the wrong way, but at least you know you did your part by speaking the words you say in love.
It's also important to speak life to ourselves. There have been times where I felt like I was incapable of doing something, and in turn I was down in the dumps for a long time because I told myself I couldn't do something. God said that he has given us the power to overcome ALL things, we must believe in the power of God's Grace and that we have the ability to do anything through Christ who strengthens us. When we speak the Word by faith we start living the life God wants us to live through His victory.
Blessings and cursing
OK, so this one is a biggie in the "Christian" communities. When we tell people we are Christians yet every curse word from a to z proceeds from our mouth's then we are not representing the true Christ.
When it comes to following Jesus we have to make sure that we are being true representatives and that's by the way we live, behave and even the language we use. If you're struggling with using swear words, pray to the Lord to deliver you because by using swear words you're showing that you still have the old person in you that you need God to make new within you. It's time to become that new creature in Christ.
Remember to speak positive things and watch the positive effects it will bring to your whole day.
Love and happiness,