Are You Talking Yourself to Death?

He spoke light into existence three days before creating the light SOURCE.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

(Genesis 1:1-3)

Fast forward to verses 14-19 of the same chapter:

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

When the waters were raging around the disciples in the boat, Jesus spoke “Peace, be still” and the winds and waves obeyed. (Mark 4:39)

Words Mean Things

He made it abundantly clear, by both Word and deed, that words truly do mean things. Since we are created in His image, it only stands to reason that a little bit of the creative power of words would trickle down to us. In much the same way that we have our mom’s eyes or our dad’s dimples, being God’s child comes with a bit of “inherited” character. And that’s one of them!

That’s why the Scriptures make reference to it again and again.

Consider these verses in Matthew:

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

(Matthew 12:36-37)

If there were no power in our words, then how could we possibly be justified or condemned by them? There would have to be sustenance to them, wouldn’t there? What’s more, our words, once uttered, are forever engrained in the strands of time. Jesus spoke of this too:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

(Matthew 24:35)

Have you ever sat and reminisced with someone about those who are no longer with us? I know I have!

When we talk about our friends and family who have gone on, we almost always talk of some of the things they said. That’s because those words do not pass away. They are forever with us, whether good or bad. They resonate across generations, whether good or bad and should be treated for the immense weight that they hold.

Words Can Create Fear

If you listen long enough to many of the voices around you, it’s possible to become reduced to a complete mess. While we may not believe them at first, a repeated message is often one that becomes more believable the more it is SPOKEN.

Jesus knew this when He accompanied a man named Jairus, who had asked Him to heal his daughter, back to his home where the girl lay. As they drew closer, people from the man’s house came and asked why he was troubling the Master. His daughter was already dead, they said. Jesus knew the power of those words, and the power they could yield if they took hold of the man. So…

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

(Mark 5:36)

Not only did Jesus pull the man’s focus away from the naysayers by reminding him what he should think about (only believe!), but He also limited the number of people that went into the house with Him.

Once inside, with Jairus, Peter, James, and John, Jesus SPOKE to the girl, “Talitha cumi” or as translated, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise,” (Mark 5:41), and she arose and walked “straightway.”

Not Random

These words recorded for us in the Scriptures are not there randomly nor by chance. They are not simply stories because the Word of God is Living, and sharper than a two-edged sword.

We have to address the fact that we can speak life or death into many situations and lives around us, especially when it comes to ourselves and our children. I dare say, even the words we hold in reserve in our thought lives along can be enough to cripple ourselves and trample out many opportunities to go about the work of the Kingdom. Remember:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:21

Don’t make the mistake of talking yourself to death.

6 Comments

  1. This was a revealing post, never thought about taking myself to death…creative thought.

    1. Author

      Thank you, Betty. Yes, the thought came to me one day after I had read it and got into the habit of telling my children to watch their words. Then I started thinking a little deeper, and this is what I came up with 🙂 I’m happy to share and blessed to have you read and comment! Bless you!

      1. GREAT JOB, SISTER!!!
        AMEN TO THAT!!!
        IN JESUS CHRIST NAME!!!

  2. Choose life that you may live! It’s truth there is life or death in the tongue! I pray I don’t talk myself to death! What a thought though. It’s almost even scary to think we could be as the spies who went into Canaan and came back with the negative report that kept them out of the land flowing with milk and honey. Lord help me to weigh my words! 🙏🏼

    1. Author

      You know, I thought the same thing, girl… about those spies going into Canaan! You know, there were TWO that came back and said, “Yes! Let’s do it! They’re big, but God said we could do it and we know we can!” That was Joshua and Caleb, I think?? Anyways, those two voices were drowned out by those all around them that said, nope… it would be SUICIDE to go in there! Why, we’re no match for them! We’re like ants beside them! I think about that and think about how many times we let the outside voices convince us that what God said ain’t true! If we’d live like the joint-heirs that we are, why, there’s no telling what God would do through such bold points of contact!! WOOHOO!! You got me ready to dance this morning, girl!! 🙂 <3

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