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RUSSELL SANDERS
3-15-2020
THE POWER OF SPEAKING


Proverbs 18:21 (KJV): “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love (speaking with) it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

“What you say is what you get.” There is a lot of truth in that saying. It may not always happen, but it often does, especially if we keep repeating it. What many people don’t realize is that the unseen spiritual realm around us (the “second heaven”) hears what we say. It authorizes those in that realm to act upon what we are speaking. That is why we should always choose our words thoughtfully and wisely, not just blabbing out something spontaneously.

Second heaven? The first “heaven” is our ground level existence, the physical realm in which we live. The “second heaven” is the space around us and above us, the atmosphere. The “third heaven” is where God’s throne exists and is what we refer to as heaven, our future home after our physical death. The “second heaven” is where various spiritual entities exist unseen to our physical eyes. God’s angels are there. Satan’s demons are there. We are the object of their attention.

As believers, we actually have authority (through Jesus) over them. When we pray to God, or we speak good things it authorizes angels to act on our behalf. Hebrews 1:13-14 speaks of God’s angels and says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister (take care of) for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (KJV) They are here for us and respond (unbeknownst usually) to us and to our words. Likewise, Satan’s minions are here to act as adversaries to our disadvantage. When we speak things which are not good, it gives them the legal right to act upon what we said. That is why the Word says death and life (bad things and good things), are in the power of the tongue, meaning the very words we speak. Choose your thoughts and words wisely. Don’t speak flippantly or insincerely. Otherwise, you could be doing some kind of harm to yourself or to somebody else without ever realizing it. Speak good and meaningful things. That is wisdom in action.