What are you saying? Are we truly listening to what words come out of our mouths? Is this even important? Does it matter what we say as Christians? In the beginning God spoke and the world and all that is within it was created. All creation was formed by words. God spoke and saw that it was good. Proverbs 18:20-21 tells us, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Words have power. Once I learned about the power of words, I became the ‘word police’. This was a new revelation many years ago. Since it was fresh within my heart, words such as ‘that just kills me’ or ‘that just gave me a heart-attack’ etc. stood out to me like a blaring foghorn. My father, having majored in English and being an excellent writer, corrected our English and the way we said things all of our lives. This might have something to do with my sensitivity to what others say and how they say it. But the Lord has been showing me recently how my own speech has slipped. The other morning we were driving to work and my nose was running, I said in a frustrated tone, “Ugg, my nose, it just keeps running.” My husband, without hesitation said, “What do you want to say”. What? What do I want to say? Then I heard the words. I wasn’t confessing that I was sick or that I was going to die or anything major but hadn’t even realized what was truly coming out of my mouth. Many will argue that you aren’t really making a ‘bad confession’ but just stating a fact. The Bible says, Proverbs 6:2, “ you are snared by the words of your own mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.” Mark 23:24 tells us, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. What is it you want? What do you want to see happening in your life? As Christians we have power in what we say. What are you saying?