Proverbs 18:20, 21 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth and with THE INCREASE OF HIS LIPS shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it (indulge in; delight in; inclined in) shall eat the fruit thereof.
The Lord wants to bring us all into the fullness of all that He has prepared for us in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). If things happen to be going in the wrong direction in our life experience, He can turn things around for us. Psalm 107:9 says, “For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Many have witnessed the testimonies of others and yet have not personally experienced God’s promises coming to pass or any real significant increase of blessing in their life since coming to Jesus. Be encouraged and do not lose your expectancy.
We have to realize, though, the power of our words and to get them working for us, for both death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:20, 21 speaks of satisfaction being connected to or having to do with our lips, or our speech and words. The phrase, “with the increase of our lips,” also implies something added to what we already may be saying. If we will increase what we do with our words in the right areas things can become noticeably different and satisfying. I would suggest four areas most of us can increase our lips (speech/talk/words) in:
- Increase our lips speaking words that – PRODUCE FAITH.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Meditation is speaking to yourself to school you into faith; not to persuade God but to fully persuade you.
- Increase our lips speaking words that – AFFIRM FAITH.
Philemon 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Acknowledge (Give full recognition) to every good thing in us in Christ. This involves speaking the facts of our redemption; all the past tense facts of God’s finished work in Christ for us; face the facts and say they are so. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so….” We are not saying them to make them so. They will not be any more so in Heaven then they are right now. They are already facts of our redemption. Hebrews 13:5, 6 tells us that what He hath said we may boldly say.
- Increase our lips speaking words that – RELEASE FAITH.
Mark 11:22, 23 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Speak what you believe. Second Corinthians 4:13 says the spirit of faith believes and speaks.
Romans 4:17 Like God – call things which be not as though they were; not calling things which are as though they are not.
We seem to go to extremes. We say a lot of things we don’t really believe in our heart but we keep speaking them; then we believe and are fully persuaded about certain facts of our redemption but we quit speaking. Try believing and speaking together.
- Increase our lips speaking words that – HOLD FAST FAITH.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
In the face of opposition and in light of seeing you have a high priest in Heaven. Jesus is the high priest of our confession. Hold fast to saying the same thing the Word says1 Timothy 1:18, 1 Timothy 6:12, 13 Fight the good fight of faith.
KEEP THIS IN BALANCE
This is not suggesting we use words to hide from responsibility, or neglect responsibility, or to avoid action when action is needed.
It is not to keep from going to the Lord or opening up to one another for prayer, but holding fast to our profession is for maintaining our stand of faith before the Lord:
-In the fight of faith (keeping a good report).
-In the face of satan’s opposition (not wavering).
-In light of our high priest (who is the voice of our confession in Heaven).