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James 3:2 (AMP)
2 For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.

  • The secrete to a faith filled life is “Not Stumbling in Words”…”saying the right things”
  • We can control (Bridle) our lives with words.

3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. (Control its destination)
4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. (Controls its destination)
5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; (Controls its destination) and it is set on fire by hell.

  • Are our lives where they are due to the words we have been speaking?
  • Can we change the course of our lives by speaking different words…words that come from above.

Romans 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16  Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
17  (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
18  who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

  • Have made…it was done 25yrs before it manifest.
  • Calling things that be not as though they did.
  • “So shall your descendants BE.


Genesis 12:1-4 (NKJV)
God is calling things that do not exist as though they did.

  • God called him “a great nation”
  • It took 100’s of years to get that “great nation” but it became as God said so.


The Midianite oppress Israel for 7yrs

Judges 6:11-16 (NKJV)

  • V11 Gideon is hiding from the Midianites
  • V12 “you mighty man of valor…call thing that are not as though they are.
  • V14 God ignores Gideon’s words and calls him “mighty”…
  • V 15 Gideon “I have no status and I’m weak and no good.
  • V16 God ignored his whining and declared him victorious over the Midianites.

Gideon takes God up on it and with 300 men destroys the Midianites.

God spoke to Gideon and he became what God said he was.

Words changed the course of Abrams life like a steering wheel.


Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NKJV)
Before I formed you, before you were born, I ordained you…call thing that are not as though they are.

  • V10 “I HAVE this day…”

God spoke to Jeremiah and he became what God said he was.

Words changed the course of Abrams life like a steering wheel.

1 Samuel 30:6 (New King James Version)
6  Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

  • He thought positive thoughts and positive words over his situation.
  • Read on…it inspired the men form stoning David to fighting on.

Matthew 12:34-37 (New King James Version)
34  Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:37 (The Message)
37  Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

  • Choose you this day…life or death, blessing or cursing.

Job 1:5-12

  • Job kept saying and sacrificing…my kids and offending God and He’s going to destroy them.
  • Job is opening the door to Satan to destroy them.
  • Satan pleads his case…”the hedge is not lawful to stay.”
  • Job 42:1-6…I spoke wrongly about you (and it got everyone killed)
  • Job repents…gets his mouth straighten out…Satan is cast out and Job is restored double what he lost

People say and prophesy their own deaths

Mikey Welsh…former bass player for Weezer

Predicted his own death on twitter based on a dream he had. On September 26, 2011, the 40 year old musician twitted, “dreamt I died in Chicogo next weekend of a heart attack in my sleep. Need to write my will today.” Immediately tweeted a correction, “the weekend after next.” Two weeks later on October 8, 2011, Welch died of a heart attack do to a drug overdose.

Matthew 12:36 (The Message)
36  Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously.

Jimi Hendrix

He wrote a song “The Ballad of Jimi”

Many things he would try

For he knew soon he would die

Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone

His memory still lives on

Five years, this he said

He’s not gone, he’s just dead

Exactly five years later, Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 just as he said.

Frank Pastore…career major league pitcher…retired

Interview on a daily radio talk show…last show he taped.

Pastore said “you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? At any moment, especially the idiot people that cross the diamond lane into my lane…at any minute, I could be spread all over the 210.” That same day he rode his motorcycle on the 210 and someone ran into him, killing him.

What are we saying:

  • Failure over our future
  • Declaring poverty
  • Agreeing with hopelessness
  • Defeat is my lot in life

Joel Osteen…

Don’t use your words to describe your life.

Use your words to change your life.


It not enough to stop saying negative words over your life.

Use your words to say positive words over your life…like God did over Abraham, Gideon, Jeremiah.


Again…what are we saying over our…Life, Finances, Family, Health, Careers…etc.

Our words shape our world.


Terri Savelle writes, “I started speaking words over my life of what I wanted to have in my life.”

  • “I am a voice impacting France for Jesus.”
  • “I am confident to minister to thousands of people.”

March 12, 2012, she spoke to 10,000 people in a large church in France.

Isaiah 46:9-10 (New King James Version)
9  Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
10  Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

  • Call those things that are not as though they already are. (Rom 4:17)

Syria besieges Samaria in Famine

2 Kings 6:24-7:20

  • Read 2 Kings 6:24-7:2

2 Kings 7:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
2  The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!”

  • He said “No way. God’s a liar.”
  • Proverbs 18:20-21 (AMP)
    20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
    21 Death and life are in the power of the (Devil? God?) Tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
  • V3…the 4 leprous men find Syria has fled
  • 2 Kings 7:17 (New King James Version)
    17 Now the king had appointed the officer on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. But the people trampled him in the gate, and he died, just as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.
  • The officer that said “This couldn’t happen” it didn’t for him, he got what he said.
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