Daily Devotional: Day 34
“From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:20-21, RSV).
Once again, the Bible unveils heavenly truths for our edification. A lot can be said about today’s passage, but for now, let’s focus on just one aspect, i.e. consistency in our words. The Bible says that we shall be satisfied by the fruit of our mouth and the yield of our lips. This means God has put in your mouth the ability to produce fruit that will bring you satisfaction. As the earth yields crops of different kinds, so your mouth can yield or produce a harvest of good things for your satisfaction. Note that when the Bible speaks of fruit, it presupposes the existence of seeds. The Bible further declares that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Whose tongue? Yours and mine. With your tongue you can speak life, and with the same tongue you can speak death. See how much power the Lord has given to your words! This is profound divine truth. If you need to pause and ponder over it before you continue, do so.
When you speak, you’re planting seeds that will return to you with a harvest. You see, every seed produces fruit of its kind. Our God is a God of law and divine principles. So, if you sow apple seeds, for example, expect to reap apple fruit. It’s the same with your words. They carry weight. An important part of using your tongue to your advantage, as the Father intended, is to be consistent. This means, your words must not fluctuate between speaking doubt and faith, deception and truth, or fear and boldness. It’s important that you consistently speak faith, blessings and truth. Train yourself to mean what you say, and to say what you mean. If you have a habit of saying things you don’t mean or of deceiving, you’ll confuse your own spirit. Some people speak faith when it suits them, and other times, they’ll conveniently speak doubt and fear and all kinds of negative things which corrupt the power and efficacy of their words. Learn from Jesus. He was consistent in his words, always speaking truth and consistently confessing faith in his Father. God respects consistency. Speak right, and reap right.
Daddy, thank you for giving my words power to yield fruit for my satisfaction. Your love for me amazes me. Teach me to be consistent in my speech. Let faith and truth proceed from my mouth. And as I sow the right seeds, grant me a harvest of healing, deliverance, provision, peace and fullness of joy. Thank you for hearing me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Matthew 12:33-37