FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Scripture: Proverbs 18:22,21
I started in the ministry about the same time I got married. And the very first Scripture my wife taught me was Proverbs 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.” The Scripture above it became very, very intriguing. It says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” That is a stunning, strong statement. Nobody I know wants the fruit of death. Everyone wants the fruit of life. This verse seems to be declaring one of the foundational truths of Scripture that we all need to be keenly aware of. If we have never been trained to be optimistic and Word-confident, our spoken words as well as attitude can be very detrimental to the purposes that we embrace. If we give voice to negative words perhaps even coming from a spirit of fear or a downcast heart we may actually be speaking death and destruction. If we can learn to reign in our lips, put a bit and bride in our mouth and train ourselves to speak God’s promises and words of life, then we can mitigate destruction instead of foment it! Only then can we put ourselves in the ranks of being an overcomer. Our words and attitude in life are critical and often we meet people who do not understand the simple foundational truth that God Himself created man and because we are created in His image and likeness, the words we speak are very important and powerful. Most words we speak either contain death or life, and that is a choice that each of us continually makes. Will we choose life? The only way we consistently choose life is if we develop a Word-confident attitude and match that with Word-oriented speaking.