Just like a bit in the mouth of a horse or the rudder on a ship, our words control our lives. Look at these passages of scripture out of James 3:
2 For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. 3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
There is so much practical wisdom contained in these verses about how to do life. Think about it, if a ship is heading toward an iceberg, what does the captain do? He gives the instruction to turn the the rudder of the ship away from the iceberg and in the direction he wants the ship to go.
When our lives are heading for the equivalent of an iceberg (financial problems, serious health issues, rebellious children, etc.), what do we do? Unfortunately, many times we don’t turn the rudder on the ship of our lives. We don’t change our words to go in line with what we want, but we continue to talk about the problems such as the loss of the job, the unexpected medical report, or our 18 year old child that seems like they just lost their mind.
If we would take a lesson from the ship captain, we would turn the rudder of our lives. We would begin to declare finances are coming to us, sickness is leaving, and that our children would experience the goodness of God and repent. When we do this, we are speaking the direction we want our lives to head, which changes the course of our lives. On the other hand, when we speak the problems, we are keeping our rudder focused on the problems and we will hit the iceberg and experience more problems.
Proverbs 18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
If we aren’t satisfied with our lives we need to speak what we desire. This is the only way to experience the promises of God and have our belly full. This is what God did when He created the universe. He said, “Let there be light.” Keep in mind that He said this when it was pitch black dark! No one had ever seen light before, yet God wanted it so He spoke it. If God the Father would have been like a lot of Christians he would have looked at Jesus and the Holy Spirit and said, “Guys, it sure is dark out here. Man it would be great if it wasn’t so dark. You can’t see anything because of how dark it is. What are we gonna do?”
God spoke what He wanted. He declared his word and the course of history changed. In the same way, when we declare things we want that line up with God’s word, the course of our future changes to be what God wants for us. Begin to declare the promises of God over your life today! No matter the direction your life is going, begin to declare the direction you want it to go!