“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21
Every day you come in contact with many people who you will converse with. You talk to your family members, friends and or your co-workers all in one day. There are even those you come in contact with that you do not know, but may have an occasion to talk to them. Each day you use a multiplicity of words with many different people; and you don’t even realize how many words you can actually speak in any given day.
Researchers have discovered that you can speak between seven thousand and twenty thousand words in a single day. When you are using that many words in a day, you should evaluate how many of your words are negative and how many are positive. Your words can have either a positive or negative effect on people and yourself. When you use that volume of words in a day, you have a great opportunity to be a blessing to those you speak to daily.There are even times when you must use some of those positive words to speak positivity into to into your own life. Those words need to be uplifting and affirming.
The Scripture reminds us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it eat the fruit of their words.“
I encourage you today––speak life into every situation you face today. It is easy to see the negative or the bad in everything. But today, look at everything and see everything in a positive light––then speak life and not death in every situation you face today. When you speak death into things they will die, but when you can speak life into things you will see how things will begin to look up.
No matter what anyone else says about a situation or how it may look to them, you should always chose to speak life. There is power in the words that you speak; power to speak life or death. The choice is yours; however chose to speak life and let the Lord work it out for you.
As I go throughout this day, I chose to speak life and not death. For as long as the Lord is on my side, there is always a bright side somewhere. Since I will speak life into every situation I face in life, I have no doubt, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing From My God!”
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY