Sunday, July 20, 2008
Yeah I said it....but I shouldn't have.
Over the last few weeks I have truly witnessed the power of the tongue in action. I've made several declarations that have come true, unfortunately all of them were negative. I can't say that I was surprised that these things manifested in reality since I was raised in the church and understand that words have power (even if I don't act like it). However what did surprise me was the speed and strength in which those words manifested and the vice like grip they held on my life.
One particular statement really got my attention. In an act of egotistical machismo I threatened an enemy (yes I have those) that I would become a very vengeful person if he crossed me again. I knew from the moment I threatened him that I was acting on my own accord and outside of the will of God, but I just had to do things my way because my way always works out for the best right. A few days later, through a course of actions that my own disobedience to God put into motion, my enemy took advantage of an opportunity and crossed me yet again. The situation was difficult to deal with because it involved someone I love dearly opening a door that allowed my enemy the opportunity to do harm to me. Anyway, after a few days I found myself stuck in a seriously vengeful hate. I wanted revenge in a bad way. I thought up scenario after scenario in which I could make this person hurt like I was made to hurt. My lust for vengeance was consuming me. While my anger was justified my desire for vengeance was not. I began to question myself about why I wanted vengeance and realized that I had spoke it into existence through my threat. Through my words I gave up my ability to think rationally and locked myself into a set response, vengeance. After realizing what I had done I prayed about the situation and within minutes God released me from the bondage of my own words.
Ironically, while writing this blog entry I suddenly realized that I have been looking at the power of words in a very one sided way. I keep seeing my words as something that I have to control to prevent myself from creating problems in my own life, but I did not realize until now that the same power can be applied for positive things as well. Just like any other weapon, our tongue can be used to cause harm or protect. We all need to speak into existence positivity and watch God manifest those things in our lives.