18 July 2023: THE POWER OF WORDS (1) – James 3:1-2


James 3:2
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The word “offend” in the verse above is an old English word for “stumble”. American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible puts it this way: “For in many things we all stumble (Jam. 3:2, ASV).” It is not talking about offending people like doing something wrong. If a man stumbles not in words, the same is a perfect man. The word “perfect” is not “without fault” but simply means being mature, experienced, and mastering the life process. You are not a human being trying to experience something spiritual. You are a spirit being trying to master the human experience. Dominate it and bring glory to God.

Dreams are in the realm of imagination. If you have a bad dream, don’t repeat it. I tell people to write down their dreams and not vocalise them. A bad dream is not yet alive as long as you have not vocalised it.

Don’t be a victim of the wrong use of words. Keep your mouth in the direction of a positive outcome.

Don’t ever catch yourself speaking against your prayers or work because whatever you get from God will work. Keep working at it and keep your mouth in the direction of success. Once you change the direction of your mouth, your life too will change in that direction.

If you have ever placed an online order before, you will realise that whatever you placed an order for will be delivered eventually. However, there is a provision to return or cancel your order. You need to cancel some negative orders that you have been making with your mouth since you were young. Identify those negative orders and cancel them with your mouth, otherwise, they will show up one day if you keep saying them.

PRAYER: Dear Father, I receive the grace and help to develop the discipline to use my mouth correctly in every situation I find myself in Jesus’ name. Amen!

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34; Romans 4:13-5:5; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 19:17

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