The Power of Life and Death

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

–Proverbs 18:21 NIV

In Matthew 21:18-22, Jesus says to the fig tree, “May you never bear fruit again!” and it immediately withers.

Did you know that you have the same power through your own words? You were created in the image of God (see Genesis 1:27). The universe and life as you know it was created with the words spoken by God. And because you were created in the image of God, your words have the same power as His—they can bring life or destruction to a situation.

Have you ever experienced a time when you were trying to accomplish a goal and said, “I just can’t do this!” After speaking those words, you most likely felt a sense of defeat, and maybe you even gave up completely.

Over what areas of your life are you speaking destruction? Or, put another way—imagine all you can achieve by speaking positive words. Begin telling yourself you are strong, confident, bold, and valued.

As you begin to speak these new words, which are true according to Scripture, you will tap into feeling an unshakable confidence. You will begin to believe all the things God says about you as truth.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you when you began to speak negatively, and ask Him to bring only good and pleasing words out of your mouth.
  • Look for ways to speak positive words into someone’s life.
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