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Life and Death are in the Words we Speak..Do We Believe It?

- by Mandy Burton
The Bible says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV) There are several things here that are puzzling. This scripture says that the tongue has power. I never really thought of the tongue having power. The scripture also poses the thought of loving your tongue. Loving your tongue? Why would anyone do that, I'm kind of indifferent toward it myself; it's just a tool I use to eat with and talk with. And eating its fruit, what does that mean? To try to clarify these things, let's look at the definition of power from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: the ability to act or produce an effect. And the definition of fruit in this context is: "The effect or consequence of an action or operation: PRODUCT, RESULT." The Amplified Bible says, "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]." So, how can our tongues be powerful enough to hold life and death? As you recall, the Bible talks a lot about God's word. God created everything with only His spoken word. The scripture says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) And: "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth."(Psalm 33:60) That's pretty powerful. The Lord said in Isaiah: " is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11) God's words have a purpose and they will accomplish something. Couldn't this also apply to us so we are made in His image? And in Matthew: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (Matthew 24:35) Think about this and imagine the earth just being destroyed and disappearing - what a cataclysmic thing that will be - but spoken words will never pass away? That's pretty mindblowing. And look at this: Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." All you have to do is "confess with your mouth" and you will be saved. Those are some pretty powerful words, confessing that Jesus is Lord and you're saved from eternal damnation. Words are powerful. When Jesus was in his earthly body, he spoke powerful words all the time, healing the sick with His word, casting out demons with His word, forgiving sin and iniquity with His word,

'Go." And his disciples heard him say it. "Lord. Let's look the story about the Roman centurion in Matthew Ch. throw yourself into the sea. "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering. 14 Then he said to the tree. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf.. except. asking for help. but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!" 22"Have faith in God. When he reached it. but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. with soldiers under me. He didn't have to use poison or root killer. 11: 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany. I tell this one. and a man of understanding is even-tempered. whatever you ask for in prayer. 'Come. he went to find out if it had any fruit." 7 Jesus said to him." 10 When Jesus heard this. and his lips promote instruction." Jesus answered. and these are just a few." he said. "I tell you the truth.' and he goes. Jesus was hungry. But just say the word. he just spoke to it. 8: 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum. I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. because it was not the season for figs. I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. . keep corrupt talk far from your lips. So.remember the story of the fig tree in Mark Ch. he found nothing but leaves. 'Go. I say to my servant. Proverbs 17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint. 20 In the morning. Proverbs 11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor. Proverbs 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life. 21Peter remembered and said to Jesus. and on and on. 24Therefore I tell you. Proverbs 10:14 Wise men store up knowledge. if anyone says to this mountain. and my servant will be healed. and it will be yours. they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.." This centurion understood authority! The authority we have with our words in Jesus' name! Look at how many Psalms and Proverbs and other wisdom scriptures there are about what we say. Proverbs 16:23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth. as they went along. 'Do this." 8 The centurion replied. Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword. 23"I tell you the truth.rebuking the devil with His word. "Rabbi. it will be done for him. Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge. and that one. 6 "Lord. Words have power. but a man of understanding holds his tongue. Do you think the Lord was trying to tell us something? Proverbs 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth. but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. a centurion came to him. Jesus spoke death to the tree with only His word. but the tongue of the wise brings healing.' and he comes.' and he does it. he was astonished and said to those following him. believe that you have received it. Speaking life pretty much all the time.' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen. "I will go and heal him. "May no one ever eat fruit from you again. 9 For I myself am a man under authority.

36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. if anyone keeps my word. O LORD . for a tree is recognized by its fruit. O you deceitful tongue! Job 15:6 Your own mouth condemns you. or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad. this makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. Ecclesiastes 10:12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious. "oh well. and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him. he will never see death. John 8:51 I tell you the truth. Let's see what else Jesus said about the spoken word in Matthew Ch. do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. why would you want to defile yourself? John 6:63 The Spirit gives life. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Now. child of God. John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you. not mine. so let your words be few. Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. but what comes out of the mouth. God is in heaven and you are on earth. and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him." More scriptures in Matthew: 11 It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled. the flesh counts for nothing. Psalm 52:4 You love every harmful word. He was just talking to the Pharisees. Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth. they were evil anyway. 37For by your words you will be acquitted. and his lips are a snare to his soul. Ephesians 4:29 . 12: 33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good. ask whatever you wish. 18But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart. your own lips testify against you.Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth is his undoing. but a fool is consumed by his own lips. and by your words you will be condemned. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth. keep watch over the door of my lips." Now. This doesn't apply to me. you might be thinking. 34 You brood of vipers. and it will be given you.

23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and. Luke 6:49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. and sets on fire the course of nature. they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. full of deadly poison. Do what it says. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. these things ought not to be so. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. James 3:2-10 2 For we all stumble in many things. and with it we curse men. and it is set on fire by hell. and continues to do this. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire.Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths. I am forgiven and free from sin and guilt. If anyone does not stumble in word. 3 Indeed." James 1:22-26 22 Do not merely listen to the word. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom. "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs. I am dead to sin and alive to righteousness. Sickness and disease have no power over me. not forgetting what he has heard. The moment the torrent struck that house. My brethren.40 Healing Scriptures List (speak healing into your Body/spirit/life) Healing Scriptures (speak healing into your body/spirit/life) Jesus is the Lord of my life. of reptile and creature of the sea. it collapsed and its destruction was complete. after looking at himself. 26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue. it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit. It is an unruly evil. he is a perfect man. 7 For every kind of beast and bird. is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. that it may benefit those who listen. 1 Peter 3:10 For. and we turn their whole body. Amen! 2. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. joints and marrow. "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does." Luke 11:28 He replied. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body. and so deceive yourselves. goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds. Sharper than any double-edged sword. who have been made in the similitude of God. 9 With it we bless our God and Father. Colossians . Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. able also to bridle the whole body. a world of iniquity. he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

They keep me in all my ways. 11. Psalms 107:20 No evil will befall me. My pancreas secretes the proper amount of insulin for life and health. They are a thing of the past for I am delivered from the authority of darkness. 1 Peter 2:24. I forbid any malfunction in my body in Jesus’ Name. healing and health. 1 Corinthians 6:19 Growths and tumors have no right to my body. Proverbs 12:28 Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses.1:21. Arthritis is a thing of the past. Psalms 91:10. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pain. causing growths to disappear. The Life of God flows within me bringing healing to every fiber of my being. Therefore I refuse to allow sickness to dominate my body. 14 Every organ and tissue of my body functions in the perfection that God created it to function. I make a . In my pathway is life. 31 Your Word is manifest in my body. neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. Genesis 1:28. therefore I am dead to sin and alive unto God and by His stripes I am healed and made whole. I make a demand on my body to release the right chemicals. For You have given Your angels charge over me. Matthew 8:17. John 6:63 My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore I give no place to sickness or pain. For God sent His Word and healed me. My body is in perfect chemical balance. Colossians 1:13. 22 Jesus bore my sins in His Body on the tree. Romans 6:11.

My heart beats with the rhythm of life. Proverbs 12:14. Mark 11:23. My heart beats with the rhythm of life. Proverbs 17:22 You have forgiven all my iniquities. carrying the life of God throughout my body restoring life and health abundantly. Nahum 1:9 . Matthew 17:20 Thank You Father that I have a strong heart. John 17:23. Psalms 103:25 You have given me abundant life. It flows to every cell of my body. Mark 11:23. My joints refuse to allow anything that will hurt or destroy their normal function. Luke 17:6. restoring life and health. Ephesians 2:22 I command my blood cells to destroy every disease. John 10:10. You have satisfied my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed as the eagles. My blood flows to every cell of my body restoring life and health abundantly. John 6:63 I am redeemed from the curse. You have healed all my diseases. Galatians 3:13 is flowing in my blood stream. germ and virus that tries to inhabit my body. Luke 17:6 I make a demand on my joints to function perfectly. There will be no pain or swelling in my joints. Romans 5:17. My affliction will leave and not come back again. You have redeemed my life from destruction. I receive that life through Your Word and it flows to every organ of my body bringing healing and health. I command every cell of my body to be normal in Jesus’ Name. 14:30 My heart beat is normal.demand on my bones and joints to function properly in Jesus’ Name.