God has a language He wants us to learn and speak. Unfortunately, the devil has one he wants us to speak, too.
God’s language is always positive and uplifting. It is never negative. It is never about loss. It is never about lack or not having enough. His language is life and life-giving. God is “over and above” all we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20
The devil’s language is quickly understood in one simple scripture: John 10:10 – the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy. Anything negative, anything with loss attached to it, anything bringing death – that is the devil’s language.
There is life in every Word of God; that is what we should speak. On the opposite end, there is death in the words of the devil, so we should never mediate on them or speak them.
What words of the devil could you possibly be speaking you ask? Some of them are very sneaky because so-called experts have told us things have to be a certain way. We have quoted these experts over the years instead of the Word of God. By quoting these so-called experts, we’ve produced a harvest of bad things in our lives – things that we are supposed to be redeemed from!
I will leave you with a few to give you an idea how much the wrong words have snuck into our lives and vocabulary, and dictated how we live. Remember, if you can’t find a scripture saying these things are true, you do not have to have it in your life. I’m sure you can add to this list if you just think about it from God’s point of view.
•I don’t have a college degree so I’ll never make much money.
•Well, you know what “they” say: ___________ (fill in the blank). If “they” are not speaking what God says, don’t take what “they” say as if it is gospel truth.
•Well, the experts say it is flu season so I guess I’ll be getting the flu any day now.
•When you’re over 35, you will gain an average of 10 pounds a year because your metabolism slows down.
•As you get older, your hair will get thinner.
•As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity.
•The Farmer’s Almanac says we are in for drought this year.
•My grandmother had cancer, my mother had cancer, and I will most likely have cancer.
•No matter what I do, I can’t lose this weight. Think about this one for awhile. Are you not seeing the product of having what you say? Change those words around.
•My child is heading into the terrible twos (or traumatic teens). We confess this over our children long before they hit the age of two or teens.
•I’m allergic to ___________ (fill in the blank). We are redeemed from the curse of allergies.
•I can’t do, have, eat ________ (fill in the blank). Redeemed.
The tongue has the power of life and death… (Prov. 18:21 NIV)
The tongue of the wise promotes health… (Prov. 12:18 NKJ)
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life… (Prov. 15:4)
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from trouble. (Prov. 21:23 NAB)