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.
Our God is not the withholder of good things but the giver of every good thing (Psalm 84:11). He has already redeemed us and blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ by His grace. It is now our faith that has to respond to all that He has done for us by grace which is a finished and completed work.
We can live a blessed and victorious life through Jesus Christ that satisfies our soul and heart’s desire. Proverb 18:20 connects satisfaction with the fruit of our mouth (or our words) and with the increase of our lips (increasing what our lips say or increasing the use of our words). That could mean doing something more than what we are currently doing. Increase means additionally, more, or to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity). If we will increase what we do with our words in the right areas things can become noticeably different. The Word of God may look like the words you read in a book or newspaper but remember the Word of God is full of life and spiritual power (John 6:63; Hebrews 4:12).
Here are four areas where the increase of our lips speaking the Word of God can lead to more satisfaction in life. Increase the fruit of our lips speaking the Word of God or words that:
- PRODUCE FAITH.
Joshua 1:8 Meditation is to speak to oneself; to mutter or utter the Word; it is not to persuade God but to fully persuade our own heart and mind.
Romans 10:17 Speaking the Word to cause faith to come.
Matthew 12:34-35 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The heart is compared to ground and treasure. Speaking the Word sows and deposits the Word into it.
- AFFIRM FAITH.
Philemon 6 mentions acknowledging every good thing in us in Christ. It means to give full recognition to something. This is speaking the facts, all the past tense facts, or truths of our redemption in Christ. We are to face the facts and acknowledge the facts. Give full recognition to the facts by saying them.
Psalm 107:2 As the redeemed of the Lord we are to “say so.” We are not saying the truths of our redemption 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 He hath said so we may boldly say. Whatever God has said that we have or that we are, we are to boldly say the same thing.
- RELEASE FAITH.
Mark 11:22, 23 Speak what you believe. Faith is released by our words and actions. Mark 11:22, 23 in teaching about having faith in God emphasizes the saying part of releasing our faith.
2 Corinthians 4:13 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.
- HOLD FAST FAITH.
Hebrews 4:14, 10:23 Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith in the face of opposition and in light of seeing that we have a high priest in Heaven. Jesus is the high priest of our profession representing us before the throne of God.
1 Timothy 1:18, 1 Timothy 6:12, 13 We are told to fight the good fight of faith. Fighting the good fight of faith is often a matter of holding fast to saying the same thing the Word of God says.
-This is not suggesting we use words to hide from responsibility, 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 profession in Heaven).