Let’s start by talking about the entrances to a man’s heart – His eyes, ears, mouth, thought. Those 4 gates are the entrances into a man’s heart. What a man thinks in his mind, fixes his eyes on as a matter of attention, pays attention to by listening, and keeps saying through his mouth, that is exactly what gets into his heart and that is exactly what controls his life.
Let’s focus on your words. I will share you 5 things you must know about your spoken word. We have mentioned this in issue over and over again, so much that it requires its own day. We just cannot say it enough.
1. Your tongue will control your entire life and the direction it goes. James 1:2-5 reads "For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature. If we set bits in the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about. Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!
2. A man can delude or deceive his own heart by not bridling his tongue. James 1:26”If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person's religious service is worthless (futile, barren)". This implies that you can so say something that that you heart agrees with it and accepts it, believes it and begins to act it, without realizing that it has been deceived or deluded. Your heart will accept what continuously comes into it through your mouth gate.
3. You shall have what you continue to say. This is God's way of doing things. Mark 11: 23 "If you say to this mountain, "be thou removed and cast into the sea", but does not doubt in mind, but believes that those things he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith" Notice that it is not what he believes that he receives, it is what he saith (i.e. what he continues to say). This is an important truth. You don’t receive what you believe; receive what you say, because what you keep saying is really what you believe. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So what is in your heart and in your mouth?
4. By your mouth you will be justified or condemned (Mat 12:37). Your justification or condemnation is a product of your mouth, the words you speak. You can speak yourself into acquittal or into condemnation and be sentenced. To the Israel once in the wilderness, they got into a distress and they said, “see God has brought us here so that he can kill us and our children” God did save them when Moses interceded, but God still said to Moses, “As they said to my hearing that is what I shall do to them” and so many of them died in the wilderness (Deut 1). We need to set a watch over our mouth. Gloria Copeland told a story about the Israelite when they walked around the walls of Jericho, God commanded them, through Moses, “Do not say a word when you walk round the mountain, except on the seventh, and on that day you shall shout. Imagine what could have happened had they began to talk and tell off how strong the wall was, and wondered how walking around the wall would make the wall fall. They would not have received the promises. Sometimes keeping quiet is better than just stuffing our mouths with stuffs
5. You are the establishing witness. The scripture says “For in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be established” 2 Cor. 13:1. Now God has said it, you confirm it. You are the establishing witness. With your spoken word you establish in your life what God has said. Same also with the evils of life, you are the establishing witnesses. If you sign in to it by taking sides with it by what you say, it becomes the established word in your life. Mark 11:23, “. . . You shall have whatsoever you say”.
Memory Verse: ". . . In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established" 2 Cor. 13 : 1