When you read the third chapter of the Book of James the importance of the tongue becomes obvious. The mouth ultimately controls the direction of the entire life. Ben Priest put it this way: “You will rise or fall to the level of the confession of your mouth and there are no exceptions.” Like a rudder on a ship, your mouth determines the course of your life (not the mouths of others). Your life today is the sum total of the words you have been speaking. If you are tired of running around in circles or repeatedly taking paths that prove to be mistakes you need to change your words.
“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips” (Proverbs 4:24, NIV). Keep in mind that perverse speech is more than just cussing or telling dirty jokes. Fundamentally, perverse speech is any speech that does not line up with the Word of God. I want to share some principles with you today that will help you put away ALL perversity from your speech. A pure, godly mouth is the first step to living in the fullness of the blessing in your life:
- Make your mouth a matter of prayer (Psalm 19:14). Ask the Lord what speech areas you need to work on.
- Become more aware of your speech (Ephesians 4:29). Listen and evaluate the things you are saying.
- Change the content of your heart (Matthew 12:33). What you put in your heart will come out of your mouth.
- Pick your friends very carefully (1 Corinthians 15:33). We talk just like the people we hang around.
- Understand the power of words (Proverbs 18:20-21). With each word we bring either life or death into our lives.
- Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Make sure your communication lines up with 1 Corinthians 13.
With my mouth, I declare you highly favored of God and blessed!