EditWe normally come across the old fashion phrase “ Speak or forever hold your peace ” during wedding ceremonies ,Normally after the bride and the groom had exchanged their wedding vows . Forever holding your peace means although you had something to say that would have changed the whole nature of the ceremony , you didn’t ,so you live forever not being able to do anything about it .
What is noteworthy here is that we too as Christians can make changes to negative circumstances simply by speaking – declaring a word of Faith . Many of us have been silent for far too long and because we aren’t speaking we are living forever with the situation , holding our peace . There is such great power in our tongue and things happen when we speak . We have the ability to change negative situations with what we say.
I was thinking about the story of Jesus and the royal official of capernaum in John 4:40 whose child was almost dead . So he came to Jesus and told him about it ,then Jesus said ” Go your child will live ” it sounded like a simple statement but I realised the power it carried when the man got home and realised his child came alive the moment Jesus spoke a word .
The word of God carries power to heal ,create ,destroy ,make etc . When we believe in the word of God just as the royal official did and speak ,things will begin to fall in place . When we say someone should be healed ,they would ,when we want somethings to change we can make them change just by speaking the word of God .
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those to whom it is dear will have its fruit for their food.
We can’t talk about speaking and leave out the tongue . Its actually what grants us the ability to speak .The bible describes the tongue in many ways and most of the time it warns us on how dangerous it can be when misused . Consider it as a fire ;very useful but at the same time very dangerous . what great power our tongue possess .What we say or don’t say makes a big difference in our lives and the life of others . Your words can either give life to something / someone or destroy them . As humans we have a high possibility of speaking death (evil )especially when things don’t workout the way we want. that’s why the text says “death and life and not life and death ” .
We are asked to refrain our tongues from evil . For us to enjoy the the fullness of life ,we must keep our tongues from evil and deceitful speech .
1 Peter 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
The tongue is evil and can not be tamed .It’s a deadly poison .
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
The tongue is like a fire ,it corrupts the whole person and sets the course of his life on fire .
James 3:5 – Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
BRIDLE THE TONGUE
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse.It includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit. The bridle is used to control the horse and give it direction . without it the horse would move anywhere it pleases . The tongue like the horse must be bridled ,so it refrains from evil .
Proverbs 12:18 – Reckless words pierce like a sword ,but the tongue of the wise brings healing .
We live in a country where people speak recklessly ,not considering the effects their words can have on people . Politicians go on radio stations and feed listeners with harangues of reckless words. The television stations are no exception , the so called “big men ” who society respects so much are the same people who create confusions among their followers . Reckless words have driven many countries into war like the genocide in Rwanda which resulted In an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans being killed .
Such great power the tongue process . Because of human proclivity to sin ,our tongue can not be tamed totally . Our speech carries great power and so we must learn to say positive things always that would bless others rather than hurt them . Our speech has a great potential for good as well as evil so we must learn to use it wisely . In as much as the tongue can be dangerous ,we still have to speak . Think about how God created the universe . When the darkness was upon the earth and it was empty . When there was chaos and disorder ,He spoke to Change the state of the earth . He spoke things into existence and they obeyed . what if God had been silent ,what if he kept quiet the world would have still been void and chaos . Anytime we speak positively ,orderliness prevails .When we speak positively it’s usually the way God does . Speaking his word also changes our lives .
PROPHECY -FORTH-TELLING confession is another way of prophesying .It is also known forth-telling . When discussing the concept of prophecy ,it is normally viewed in two ways ; Foretelling which constitutes predicting what is going to happen in the future and forth-telling which simply means confession or speaking the mind God to his people . If only people would understand this and use their words wisely to better their lives rather than destroy them . Instead of running around for prophecies , we can actually prophecy on ourselves simply by confessing the word of God .
So fellow believers , would you rather hold your peace and live forever with the situation or speak to change negative things in your life ?