How do the words we speaks determine our future?

Question: “How do the words we speak determine our future?  How does the words we speak cause wars in our life?”

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The words from your mouth determine your future.  If you say “nothing ever works for me,” you are speaking against the Word of God and in affect cursing yourself by claiming that nothing ever works for you. Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). Well, how do I start living to the fullest?  The Bible is our source for God’s promises. It is through your words that God’s blessing and promises are manifested. If you want provisions, speak God’s Words of provision. If you need protection, speak God’s Words of protection. Start speaking the Words of God that cover those parts of your life and home that you want to change. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Instead of talking about what you cannot do, testify, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13). Instead of saying I cannot pay my bills, claim, My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19). Rather than say, I am coming down with a cold, claim, No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling (Psalm 91:10). Rather than talk about how bad you feel, speak the Word of God.  By His stripes, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5). I will take sickness and disease out of the midst of you (Exodus 23:25). We receive the Word into our heart by meditating on it.  We activate God’s Word by speaking it in faith.

When we cry out to God, “God your Word says that My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, but I am sick, I cannot pay my bill, don’t you care?”  We open the door to Satan to steal the Word of God out of our heart. We need to be aware that storms will come during our lives.  We either stand on the Word of God, trusting Him to manifest His Word in His perfect timing, or we let Satan win.  …and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one (1 John 2:14). When we do not see results, we need to keep confessing the Word of God and be obedient to Christ, who said, Have faith in God (Mark 11:22).  

The words we speak can be very powerful.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Jesus said, "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34). A pure heart produces good thoughts that do not offend.  

In the name of Jesus and the power we speak forth in faith, fear flees, sickness flees, problems flee, Satan flees, and chains are broken. There is great power in the name of Jesus.


We need to realize that we cannot only bless or curse a person face-to-face with our tongue, but can bless or curse a person who is not in our presents with our tongue. Likewise, we can bless or curse a person with our tongue without moving our lips, with our thoughts. Our lips do not need to move for our tongue to curse or bless a person. The way we treat people is how we perceive them. The evil of our heart is in the tongue.  The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time (Gen. 6:5).  

[ The way we treat people is how we picture them ]

“If only we could fully realize the untold damage that our tongues can cause the body of Christ!  Let us review some sins the tongue can commit in God's word.

The Lying Tongue

A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is like a club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow (Proverbs 25:18). Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). God said that He hates a lying tongue (Pro. 6:17).  According to Revelation 21:8. all liars (unrepented) will have their part in the lake of fire.

The Flattering Tongue

Flattery is also a common sin of the tongue. The Bible says that flattery is a characteristic of the wicked, not the righteous:  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue (Psalm 5:9). Imagine the improvements that could be made in our nation if voters elected leaders on the basis of their record rather than on the basis of the flattering speeches! Flattery is a form of lying, and it has no place in the life of a Christian.

The Proud Tongue

The Bible also speaks of the proud tongue. Psalm 12:3-4 says, The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is Lord over us? Proud-tongued Christians are often so full of themselves that they learn very little from anyone else. A proud-tongued Christian will frequently talk much about his knowledge and service, but very little about the Lord. A proud-tongued Christian is often hard to teach or reason with because he thinks he knows everything.

The Overused Tongue

Some people sin by simply overusing their tongue. Ecclesiastes 5:3 says that a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. People often believe they appear intelligent by talking a lot, but the Bible states just the opposite. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says,  Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you upon earth: therefore let your words be few. You may say, "Well, that's just the way I am!" Then repent! Stop justifying your wickedness and start asking God to forgive you and to help you to change.

The Swift Tongue

Some people are guilty of speaking too quickly when they really need to wait before saying anything. God's word says in Proverbs 18:13, He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him. How many times have you had to "eat" your words because you spoke too quickly? James 1:19 warns us that we need to be quick to hear and slow to speak.

The Backbiting Tongue

Proverbs 25:23 and Romans 1:30 make mention of a backbiting tongue. A backbiter is a person who uses their tongue against you when you are not present, but they will not face you with their charges when you are present. This is a coward who would rather stir up problems than solve problems.

The Gossiping Tongue

Proverbs 18:8 says, The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.  Leviticus 19:16 says, You shall not go up and down as a gossip among your people. . .  Gossips spread all sorts of hurtful information around, and Satan uses such information to hinder and tear down God's work. Proverbs says that a victim of gossip is a "wounded" person.  God forbid that a Christian should wound another Christian, but it happens all the time! Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report (Philippians 4:8).  It does not matter if we know a matter is true, if it is not a good report, we should not partake in spreading it around, for then we are gossiping.

The Cursing Tongue

Some people, including Christians, have a nasty habit of using their tongue for cursing.  Romans 3:13-14 says, Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.  This passage deals with unsaved people and their ungodly ways, yet there are a great many professing Christians who curse regularly. Do you want to identify yourself with someone whom God describes as being dead, poison, and deceitful?

As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones (Psalm 109:17-18).  Many people curse because they have a miserable life.  They make their miserable life known with their degenerate speech.  This verse says that God keeps them unhappy because of their speech!  God curses those who curse! Christian should not expect God's blessings when their mouth is filled with cursing.

The Piercing Tongue

Proverbs 12:18 speaks of this tongue by saying, The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings health.  Satan uses those with sharp piercing tongues to offend and insult others.  God’s Word commands Christians to have their speech dominated by grace (Col. 4:6), yet most churches have a few people who use their tongue to pierce their brothers in Christ.

Many people live their lives as verbal arsonists, setting fires everywhere they go. They criticize their kids, their spouse, and their friends. They intimidate others with their arrogance and self-pride.

The Silent Tongue

A silent tongue that does not speak up for the Lord Jesus Christ is a sinning tongue. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  As Christians, we are obligated to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus. To be silent about Jesus is to sin against Jesus.  Jesus said, Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38). Pray for opportunities to speak to others about your Savior”. (1)

The Solution

The solution to controlling the tongue is a new heart. Repent of your offenses and you get a renewed heart and spirit (Ezekiel 18:31). A pure heart produces good thoughts that do not offend.  We control our tongue by our thoughts, and we control our thoughts by our heart, and we control our heart by filling it with the Word of God.  And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

Before speaking, ask, will the words I’m about to speak build up or tear down, encourage or discourage, heal or hurt?” We would solve the majority of the problems in our home and church if we always followed Ephesians 4:29, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

And let us ask God daily to Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).  

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