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© The Power of the Tongue - Proverbs 18:20-21

Updated on November 26, 2014

Proverbs 18:20-21

The scripture that draws me today is “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” Proverbs 18:20-21.

If you consider the meaning behind this scripture, it’s amazing to know that we have the power to speak life and death, to speak things into existence or extinction. If you could see the evidence of it right away, would you be more careful with your words?

The Lord tells us we’re made in His image, Genesis 1:27So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” so if our Lord has the ability to speak things into existence, then we do as well. Of course not the extent He does, as in creating an entire world in a matter of moments, but we do indeed have the power to cause things to become or to cease. Not enough of us take this scripture with all seriousness, but we should and we must.

When I was still living in the “world” I hadn’t understood what this scripture really meant - I took it very lightly. Matter of fact, I hadn’t thought about it much at all. Now when I look back on that life, I can clearly see where my tongue spoke negativity into my life and actually cycling the adversity I was trying to get away from simply by speaking situations upon myself and I’m sure upon others as well. Ouch.

How often have you found yourself say or even thinking things such as, “That person is so difficult to deal with” or “Why does this always happen to me?” or “I’m not capable of doing something as great as that” or “I think I’m getting sick” and many other negative expressions? In fact, those very things are being called like a magnet to your life, through your very own tongue, believe it or not. Not only are you calling those things into existence, but speaking them is also encouraging you to believe in them. James 3:10 “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right.”

Family, friends, coworkers and my children come to mind when I think about the power of the tongue. Sometimes we see others around us do or say things we’d rather they didn’t, whether they’re minors or adults. From something as simple as slacking on homework or home responsibilities, not-so-good habits, or a seeming character flaw that we may mentally project into something worse. We may see potential issues at work or in a personal relationship, or possible obstacles in the way of goals we’re aspiring to reach. At times we may adamantly profess it to ourselves or vent it out with someone else.

However, when those words or thoughts are expressed, we’re encouraging its existence and inspiring the enemy to manipulate the situation. So if those thoughts come to mind or are coming out of your mouth immediately bind & rebuke it, in Jesus’ name. Begin speaking great things upon your children, yourself, your loved ones, friends, work, your car, school – about everything: health, character traits, income, condition, etc. 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 this scripture includes yourself and your life as well.

The enemy encourages feelings and thoughts of adversity; it’s waiting to hear you speak upon those things in order to give the illusion of chaos and destruction so that you can believe in the negativity, attempting to rob you of hope. Don’t give the enemy what it wants - don’t allow it to make you anxious of tomorrow rather than eager for daily blessings. Use the gifts the Lord has given you to speak life into everyone and everything around you. James 3:2 “Indeed, we all make many mistakes; For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” It starts here.

Speaking life comes from our Lord but speaking death comes from the enemy. A disciplined person can discern from a spiritually unhealthy choice to a spiritually beneficial one. We make the choice to either focus on the Lord’s Promises or the enemy’s lies. You can choose to take the Lord’s lead or allow the enemy to misdirect you. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Begin to declare all those wonderful things you want to see in your life: prosperity, health, patience, motivation, kindness, etc. Declare all the best for everyone around you. “I am or s/he is proactive and progressive.” “I am or s/he is respectful and responsible.” “The Lord is moving on our behalf - I will not worry.” “I’m healthy and feel wonderful today. By His stripes I am healed.” Anoint everything and everyone around you. Speak greatness and take all these things into prayer daily. Chains and strongholds will break and the Lord’s blessings will flow.

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

God bless you!


My Lord, first and foremost I want to thank You for Your blessings, all the things I recognize easily as well as those things that may not be immediately revealed. I know that You have overcome the world for us and I thank You for Your saving grace! I thank You for blessing me with the gift of the power of the tongue, and the revelation that I have the ability to speak life into everyone and everything around me. I vow to always use my thoughts, words and actions for the good of those you have placed in my life, if for a moment or a lifetime. I vow to speak Your blessings over my life daily and through any circumstance. Lord, if I begin to think, say or do anything that contradicts Your Words and Promises, please help me to take immediate notice and redirect my thoughts to Your Word. May Your Holy Spirit intercede on my behalf, speaking for me and through me so that others may know Your love and grace. Allow my life to be proof of Your love and to be given as an offering to You, in an attempt to show You my gratitude. I love You, Father. Thank You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Teaches12345, Amen! Thank you kindly for taking the time to read and comment.

      If I may, I'd like to commend you for dedicating your life to teaching - it's an honorable call, one too few receive sufficient recognition for. May your efforts be fruitful, in Jesus's name. God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I learned a long time ago how much damage our tongue can cause for a lifetime. It is so much better to use it to glorify God and to speak life unto others. Yes, what we think and then speak has a great impact upon our well being. As the Bible says, "as a man thinketh so is he". Blessings!

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Doris Dancy, I sincerely thank you for your kind words. I agree, through the gifts from our Lord we do indeed have far more power over our lives than we may consider. We cannot allow the enemy to deceive us in any way.

      "God is listening to place those things into my life." Amen. He's listens for us to speak His blessings over our lives and He gives them freely & joyfully. But when we don't, the enemy tries to manipulate that.

      God bless you.

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      Doris H. Dancy 

      4 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      This is one of the most important and power filled hubs that I have ever read. I believe that we have far more power over our lives than we take, and the scriptures and information that you are providing here verify this. I once heard Joel Olsteen say that we are whatever is behind our "I am…" For example I am blessed; I am tired; I am sick;I am healthy. We project into our lives the things that we speak. Thank you for reminding me to speak life and that God is listening to place those things into my life. Continue to be blessed and such a blessing to us.

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Ms.Dora, thank you kindly for visiting me today - always a pleasure to find you near :) As always, I appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by and thank you for your kind comment. God bless you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very pertinent topic. We can affect so much with our words if we are mindful. Thank you for presenting these valuable thoughts on the topic, and Amen to the prayer.

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      SheliaMyers, thank you for taking the time read and comment. It absolutely benefits to think, speak and be positive in all that you do. The Word of God tells us to be mindful of all these things. And the evidence is clear :) I'm grateful you've enjoyed the article and I pray it touches you somehow. God bless you!

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      4 years ago

      I like the way you explained this. The way I've always seen it is that saying negative things do tend to lead to negative actions and more negative thoughts and creates a vicious spiral downward whereas positive thinking builds us back up.

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Penny G, thank you for stopping my way. Always a pleasure. If this is what you have been studying, then I believe our Lord has brought you here today to encourage you in this part of your growth. How wonderful the Lord is that He knows exactly what we need and when, and leads us straight to it! You and your daughter are in my prayers. God bless you.

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      Penny Godfirnon 

      4 years ago from Southern Iowa

      I have been studying just exactly this! I have been sharing with my daughter as well. Thank you for reaffirming these things. My daughter and I have promised will work hard to live by these words and ways. THe LORDS

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Faith Reaper, thank you kindly for spending precious time here.

      This topic has been on my mind again for several weeks now, and recently the Lord allowed me to witness certain things and watch His Word in action - and mine. That opened my eyes to the realization that our tongues are indeed extremely powerful and speaking life reaps much better results than the alternative :)

      Thank you kindly for sharing, all to His glory and Honor!

      God bless you!

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      RachelOhalloran, thank you kindly for reading and commenting.

      I too have had my moments where I wasn't being mindful of my words. Instead of speaking greatness, I began to focus on that which caused my aching. It's the Lord that reminds me how important it is to speak life. He lets me know when my words do not align with His and for this I'm so very grateful.

      Let's break those chains of any negativity, in thought, language or action, in Jesus' name. The Lord is our support and His hand is in all things, so even when things may look like they could have been better, trust that the Lord will always turn things for your favor, and what we don't get, we don't need. :)

      God bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi, sweet precious daughter of the King!

      This is a powerful and thought-provoking hub which I do hope many will take to heart and practice such in their daily lives!

      Yes, our tongue can either bring life or death, for such a small body part! It is vital to be mindful of the words that are coming out of our mouths to either bring life or death! This is a true reality and I do hope many will read this beautiful hub of His truths to bless many and to impact lives far and wide!

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing to His glory and His alone!

      God bless you always. In His Love,

      Theresa aka Faith Reaper

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      This article was very thought provoking for me. I think I needed to read this today because I'm going through a bad spell of "it's all your fault" syndrome.

      You said "The enemy encourages feelings and thoughts of adversity; it’s waiting to hear you speak upon those things in order to give the illusion of chaos and destruction so that you can believe in the negativity, attempting to rob you of hope. Don’t give the enemy what it wants - don’t allow it to make you anxious of tomorrow rather than eager for daily blessings. Use the gifts the Lord has given you to speak life into everyone and everything around you."

      Truer words were never spoken. I realized that if I keep speaking positively when hit with this negative situation, the situation will go (or get) much easier to bear.

      Thank you.


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