One of the means by which a man can make or mar his life is by the use of his tongue, James 3:1-12; Pro. 15:1; 11:9. Many lowly men have risen from oblivion while great men have faded into insignificance because of what they have affirmed with their mouths. Many evil thoughts are projected into our minds by the devil, and it is a pity that many of us have agreed with Satan to confess these things about our lives. That is why we receive that which we do not desire.
Our words will be powerful and meaningful if it is not spoken rashly. By carefully considering them whether they agree with God’s word, we can receive what God has planned for us. We must not declare anything over our lives until we are sure that it is the word of God, because we are prophets over our destinies. Words that are wrongly spoken are a snare both to the one that speaks it and the one it is spoken to, 1 Samuel 25:10-11. That is why the Bible says that our speech should be seasoned with salt that it may minister life to the hearers, Col. 4:6; Eph. 4:29. It is therefore unwise to speak when we are angry and our emotions are raised.
Our lips must be one that turns away wrath and anger, Judges 8:1-3; 1 Samuel 25:21-33. We must not answer every man and react to every situation as they are, but as we are. We must learn to speak the word of God in every situation.
Finally, our words are formed by the content of our hearts. Therefore, “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; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phil. 4:8