Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)

Many times we pray to God in faith, but then go out and destroy that prayer by our words spoken in doubt and unbelief. Our words have a hidden power to create life or bring destruction. You can shape your life by your words. You can speak life or death, blessing or cursing, not only into your own life, but the lives of others.

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24 ASV)

Words bless or words curse. Words heal or words make us sick. Words that we hear in the morning will linger with us throughout the day. Wives and husbands need to realize that a biting, stinging word in the morning will rob their companion of efficiency the whole daylong. But a loving, tender, beautiful word, a little prayer word, will fill that loved one with a song, and lead them into victory. Parents and children need to realize that the home atmosphere is a product of words. Learn to make words work for you. Learn to fill words with power that cannot be resisted. How do you do that? By filling your words with faith and love.

Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding… Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 10:13; 24:3,4)

Spiritual things are created by words. Even natural, physical things are created by words! God, who is a Spirit, said, “Let there be an earth,” and there was an earth. Jesus said, “…whoever SAYS… will have whatever he SAYS” (Mark 11:23,24). Atmospheres are created with words. For example, if you go into a room where fish has been fried, the fish smell is still in the atmosphere. And if you go into a room where harsh words have been spoken, they also linger in the atmosphere. The air is heavy with them. Children brought up in an atmosphere of wrong words become warped. They fail in life, because right words were not spoken to them.

Why is it that some children grow up strong and go out in life’s fight and win? It’s because the right kind of words were spoken in their home! Words make children love an education. Words bring children to church. Words encourage children to discover their full potential. Words empower children to make full use of their talents.