“… a ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship, making it go wherever the pilot wants. 5 It is the same with the tongue..” James 3:4-5
One of the most valuable lessons in life I learned from a song in Sunday school: “Be careful little mouth what you say.” It’s a simple message but the implications are profound. For most of my life I thought the message of that song was about being careful not to hurt others with our words. Certainly our words have great potential to inflict pain on others but our words also have tremendous impact upon our own destinies.
Our words are vital in bringing our dreams to pass. It’s not enough to simply see your dream by faith or in your imagination. You have to begin speaking words that are full of faith, “faith-full words” over your dream. Your words have enormous power. We are profoundly influenced by what we say about ourselves. This is a spiritual principle and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive of negative. The Bible says, “We are snared by the words of our mouth.” Proverbs 6:2.
If you allow negative thoughts to give birth to negative ideas, your negative ideas will give birth to negative words, and your actions will then soon follow suit. You see, our words are like seeds. By speaking them aloud, they take root, grow and produce fruit of the same kind. If they are positive seeds, our lives will move in a positive direction. Similarly, negative words produce negative fruit.
If you habitually speak words of failure, you are going to move in the direction of a defeated, discouraged life. Those negative words will keep you from being the person God wants you to be and fulfilling God’s dream for your life. The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and you will eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21
When David faced Goliath he didn’t murmur and complain and say, “O God, why do I always have these huge problems?” He didn’t dwell on the fact that Goliath was three times his size. No, David didn’t focus on the greatness of the obstacle before him, he chose instead to focus on the greatness of his God. When Goliath saw how young and small David was, he began to laugh. But David looked him right in the eyes and with great conviction said, “Listen here buddy, (Lovett paraphrase) you come against me with a sword and shield, but I come against you in the name of the Lord God of Israel. I will defeat you and feed your flesh to the birds of the air this very day.” Now, those are words full of faith.
Our vision at FBCH is Changed Lives Changing lives… If you want to change your world start by changing your words. The Church of our dreams is a church full of faith and our words should prove it.