Joyce Meyer - Is Your Mouth Saved?
I'm doing a series called "Change your words, change your life," and I really believe that if we change our words, it will change our lives.
How many of you have had teaching about the power of your words and over the years, you've been able to make some really positive changes and you have seen a big change in your life as a result of that? Well, that's wonderful. But you know what? There's more hands still down than up, so that means we need to do this. How many of you are glad to hear it again even though you heard it before? I know I am.
Proverbs 21:23 says, "He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from trouble". I believe that wrong words bring destruction in our lives. I'm actually calling this message tonight, "Is your mouth saved"?
At one time I did a whole series called "Is your mouth saved"? Because God told me that although I'd been saved for many years, I didn't sound saved. You know, people can't see our heart. They only see what we do. They hear what we say. It's very important that we are good representatives for God because that is what we have been anointed and set aside for.
When God's anointing comes on us, it comes on us to consecrate us and set us apart for a special purpose and that means that we do not have the privilege, which is really not a privilege but sometimes we think it should be, to just live like everybody else lives.
How many of our problems are the result of our own words? Do you ever really listen to what you say, or listen to what people say? Because I've been writing on this subject and studying it pretty intently for the past couple of years, I've been paying a lot more attention to the things that people say.
One of the things that people say to me all the time, "Joyce, I love you to death". Well, it's like, I'd really rather you love me alive. You know? Why are we so transfixed with "I just about laughed to death. I love you to death. Oh, I tell you that just about killed me". We don't need to be talking about stuff like that. If we believe our words are important, then we need to pay attention.
Some of you saw this on TV. "I tell ya, I'm just sick of this. I'm sick of all of it. You make me sick. My job makes me sick. I'm sick and tired of all of it. Sick and tired, sick and tired. Sick and tired of this house. Sick and tired of going to work. Sick and tired of doing dishes, diapers. I'm sick and tired of it. And, by the way, all of you drive me crazy".
"You kids are driving me crazy. I feel like I'm going crazy. And I hate cleaning this house. I hate driving in traffic. I hate my job. I hate my hair. I hate my body. I hate my skin. I hate my whole life and this is all killing me".
Now, I'm telling you, I wonder why we have problems. Can anybody figure out why maybe we have a few problems? I wonder how many times, in even a year, do we say things like that until we learn better? And thank God, we can learn better.
You can get to the point where you wouldn't say anything like that. There would be no way that anybody could get you to say anything like that because you have a revelation.
I don't want to just give you information tonight. I want you to have revelation. I want you to have revelation on the power of your words, that the power of life and death is in the tongue and that some of these things, that we just make light of and don't think are important at all are very important, not only to you, but to the Kingdom of God.
They're important to God. He has entrusted us with words and we need to speak them carefully. Words are powerful. They contain power. You can hurt people with words. You can bless people with words. You can hurt your future with the words that you speak now or you can help your future with the words that you speak now.
Please begin to say things that you actually really want to have. Is your mouth saved? One of the things we do with our mouth, that is a much bigger problem than what we might think, is we complain, complain, complain, complain, complain, when we should be praising and giving thanks, praising and giving thanks, praising and giving thanks.