Psssst…..guess what……I have a big mouth! Yep, it’s true. I always have something to say, it is how I am wired. This trait works well professionally but it can get me in trouble spiritually if I am not careful. Sometimes when I am in the midst of a struggle, I open my mouth and I confess the problem instead of speaking the word to that problem. You see, the bible tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) however, so many times we speak things contrary to what we believe. The world has conditioned us to speak what we see and feel but the problem is that what we see and feel is temporal. God’s word and his promises are far more permanent than anything we see or feel.
I know it feels weird to speak life in the midst of a storm when everything appears to be hopeless, dead, and painful. It may feel hypocritical or even crazy because the world has taught us to “keep it real” but the funny thing is what the world calls real often times is not. In Matthew 12:34 Jesus told the Pharisees that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Wow, that had to be hard to hear. It made me think about what comes out of my mouth – when I complain about what I don’t have, when I talk more about a problem instead of the promise, what is my heart full of then? Hmmm. I am not sure I want to know……
I was reading Mark 11:22-24 when Jesus was telling His disciples about having faith in God and whoever speaks to the mountain and tells it to throw itself into the sea without doubting it will be done. - Two things hit me.
- Jesus tells us to speak to our mountains not about them.
- Jesus tells us to have faith and not doubt
I realized that I spend way too much time talking about my mountains instead of to my mountains. Now, I know we need to “vent” at times and talk to other believers about what is going on in our lives – I am not talking about that. I am talking about when we get bad news and we start to do the “oh Lord why me” song and dance. We say things like “Every time I turn around there is a problem”, “Nothing good ever happens to me”, or “my life sucks right now” – yes I have said these things and others like it before – I told you I have a big mouth.
I also realized that when I find myself speaking more about my mountains than to them, I am in a place of doubt, not faith. As much as I hate to say it – it’s true. Like Jesus said, the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. I want my heart to be full of faith, I want to speak to my mountains not about them, and I want my tongue to speak life not death.
So I pray Psalms 141:3 – “Set a guard over my mouth Lord; Keep watch over my Lips.”- NIV
You know how our moms use to tell us if we don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all? Well, if you can’t speak life into a situation then don’t say anything at all! I am choosing this
week to guard my lips and fill my heart with God’s word. I want my mouth to line up with my heart not what I see or feel. I want the power of my tongue to be life!