Words are Tomorrow in
by Tom Brown
One of the greatest fears of mankind is the fear of the future. There is no
reason to fear the future, because Jeremiah 31:17 says, "There is hope
for your future." Combine this verse with Jeremiah 29:11 and you have
assurance for a great future: "For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future."
Some people have the attitude that some are
born to have a good destiny while others are born to have a bad destiny.
They think God is up in heaven saying to one person, "I like you. I'm going
to make you into a great person." Then they think God turns to another and
says, "I don't like you. I'm going to give you a bad destiny." Some people
think that some are meant to have a great future but others are meant to
have a bad future. But this is simply not true.
God means for everyone to have a great future.
God has never placed upon any person a terrible destiny.
You say, "Why do some people have a terrible
destiny?" Because they haven't hooked themselves up with God's plan for
This is why I have written this article. I
want you to hook yourself up with God's plan. His plan for you is great,
however you have to believe in it in order for God's plan to work for you.
Not only do you have to believe in God's plan
for you, but you have to know it! How can you believe in something that you
don't know? You can't. Yet some people say, "I believe God has a plan for
When asked what the plan is, these people will
respond, "I don't know, but I believe in it." But you can't believe in
something that you don't know. You have to find out God's plan for your
GOING IN CIRCLES
Some people are always going in circles. They
do a lot of work, but they never get anywhere. Why? Because they don't know
where they're going.
Imagine sitting in an airplane and hearing the
pilot's voice, "Hello, this is Captain Lost. Our goal is to arrive
somewhere. I don't know where I'm going, but I hope to arrive there anyway."
That is your cue to get off the plane.
A pilot has a map that tells him where to go.
You have a map that tells you where to go and where God wants you to be.
It's called the Bible. The Bible contains thousands of promises to us: from
healing, to prosperity, to guidance, to victory, to happiness in every realm
of life. It is in these promises that you will find your glorious future.
Unfortunately many people do not avail themselves to these glorious
promises; therefore, they don't have a glorious future.
THE POWER OF WORDS
In the Bible God tells us how this great
future can come to pass in our lives. It comes to pass through our words.
God has ordain our words to be the rudder to our lives. What we say will
determine our destiny. Solomon says: "From the fruit of his lips a man
is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him"
Working with your hands will produce certain
results for you. Work will determine your future. If you don't work, then
you will have a bad future. It's just that simple.
Yet God says that your tongue can produce the
same kind of results as the work of your hands. Solomon is saying that a man
is filled with good things by the fruit of his lips.
If you had a choice between having good things
or bad things, wouldn't you choose the good things? Of course you would.
Well, how do you get the good things? By the fruit of your lips.
Let's look at another scripture which echoes
this truth. From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things... (Proverbs
How does a man enjoy good things? By the
fruit of his lips.
Now let's look at the classic scripture on the
power of the tongue.
From the fruit of his mouth a man's
stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The
tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its
fruit (Proverbs 18:20-21).
You do remember that God said, "I have set
before you life and death, blessings and curses. Therefore choose life."
You choose life by choosing the words you speak. What you say out of your
mouth is going to determine whether you have life or death. Your words
determine whether you are going to have blessings or curses.
When the Bible speaks of the tongue, it is not
referring to the pink, wet, slimy organ in your mouth. It is referring to
the words that the tongue speaks. Don't be like the woman who said, "I'm
always saying the wrong thing. I think it's because my tongue is wet and
it's always slipping." The tongue is an organ of speech. It is speech that
is powerful, not the organ itself.
This scripture says that the tongue produces
fruit. We could say it this way: Your words produce fruit, and fruit is the
end result of seeds. If you hold in your hand an apple, then you hold the
end result of a seed. So fruit is the end result of a seed.
This means that your words are initially
seeds. And what you plant now, you get later. So, what you say now, you get
My friend Don Gossett wrote a best-selling
book entitled, "What You Say Is What You Get." This is true. What you say
now, you will get later. You are going to reap the words of your mouth. So
you better watch what you say, because if it is bad you will reap it. This
is one of the most powerful truths that you can learn when it comes to
successful living. Of course you can always repent for what you say, and God
will forgive you so you can set your life right.
PROMISE OF TOMORROW
Every seed holds the promise of tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the future. Every seed holds the promise of the future. Your
words hold the promise of your future. The life you are living now is the
result of the words you spoke in the past.
I've heard parents say, "We don't understand
why our kids didn't turn out right. We did everything we could. We even
warned them. We told them that they were never going to amount to anything.
We told them that they were going to be failures, and they were."
Do you see what they did? They constantly
spoke negative things to their kids. They predicted their kids future by
You say, "Wait a minute. Aren't we supposed to
warn our children when they do wrong?" Yes. You can warn them without
predicting their future, though.
For example, after your son has done something
wrong you can spank him and afterward say, "Son, what you did was wrong.
Jesus lives in you, so you can do better. Next time, let the Lord live
through you. I forgive you." That's better than saying in anger and fear,
"You're never going to amount to anything! I won't be a bit surprised to
find you in prison some day!"
I have noticed that nearly every Miss America
winner will say something like, "I want to thank my parents for their
support. They told me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. They
believed in me and said that I could be Miss America. Thank you, Mom and
Dad, for believing in me."
You hardly hear any winner say, "I thank only
myself, because no one believed in me. My parents said that I was foolish in
thinking that I could be Miss America." No! You don't hear those lovely
ladies say that.
Unfortunately, you may be walking in the fruit
of your parents' negative words. Maybe they told you over and over again
that you would never amount to anything. But don't believe them. Believe
God's report instead.
* He says that you are a world overcomer.
* He says nothing is impossible for you who
* He says that greater is the Holy Spirit who
is in you than the devil who is in the world.
* He says that the righteous may fall seven
times, but he shall arise every time.
* He says all things work together for the
good of those who love God and are called according to His good
Start speaking God's words, and don't repeat the
negative words of others, even if those people happen to be your parents.
Love your parents, respect them, be kind to them, but don't believe their
negative report about you.
In Numbers chapter 14, the people were
declaring that they and their children would die in the desert and not enter
the Promise Land. God spoke to Moses and told him to give them this message:
"As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things
I heard you say" (v. 28). God tells them that they are going to get
everything they said. God said to them, "What you say, is what you get." God
did, however, exempt the children: "As for your children that YOU SAID
would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have
rejected" (v.31). So you see that your parent's words do not have to
determine your destiny.
GOOD AND BAD
Proverbs 18:21 says that the tongue can
produce both life and death. It can be an instrument of good and bad. The
tongue is neutral. It's neither good or bad; it's only an instrument. You
can use it to produce good or you can use it to produce bad. The choice is
Your tongue even has the power of health.
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life..." (Proverbs 15:4).
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings
healing (Proverbs 12:18).
Your tongue can make you well. Doctors have
known this for some time. Some patients have told their doctors that they
would live and not die, and they did. These patients should have died
according to the doctor's reports, but instead they lived. Such miracles
have constantly baffled the medical profession. I'm convinced that in many
of these miracle cases, the people got healed because of their words.
Mary Bustillos is one person who got healed
because she maintained a positive confession of God's Word. Mary is my
secretary at church. In 1986, Mary began to experience excruciating pain in
her breast. During this time she cried out to Jesus, "Have mercy on me!" At
this time, Jesus appeared to her in a bright light and showed her his
nail-scarred hands. Mary thought, Oh, my God! I'm going to die because I
have seen the Lord. Because of this vision, Mary gave up hope of living,
thinking that the Lord was coming to take her to heaven.
She shared this vision with a sister in the
Lord from Albuquerque. This lady helped Mary understand this vision. She
rebuked Mary by showing her that she was misinterpreting the vision: "Jesus
is showing you, Mary, that He bore your sickness, not that He is going to
take you home." Most importantly, the lady told Mary, "Quit speaking about
dying. Speak life and healing." She did, but the symptoms worsened.
Finally, she went to see a doctor about this
condition. The doctor gave her the news that every woman has feared hearing,
"You have cancer. Unfortunately, it's already in the last stage. We can't do
anything to help you."
Despite the negative report from the doctor,
Mary began to declare, "The cancer is dead. The tumor is shrinking. I shall
live and not die, and declare the glory of the Lord." This sounded silly to
the doctors, but to their amazement the cancer eventually disappeared. They
gave her a complete bill of health in 1988. She is still alive and well and
working hard for the Lord.
Mary and others like her have talked
themselves into health. Others, unfortunately, have talked themselves into
dying. Sometimes there was nothing seriously wrong with them, but they died
anyway. Their words killed them.
Your words have the power of
life and death. Your words are the most powerful thing you have working for
you, or against you. So make your words work for you!
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