Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 

(Proverbs 18:21)


Since you spend every waking moment trying to live, your tongue needs to line up with the life God has designed for you. This means you must learn to speak the promise not the problem. Understanding the power of words is the key to your destiny. Death and life are not in the power of the devil or in your pocketbook—but of the tongue.

A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. (Proverbs 18:20)

All increase comes by the tongue—by the words you speak. Words can also be the trigger for negative life experiences…Without a doubt, your words are connected to your life. Proverbs 10:11 makes the same point: “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. ”In Hebrew, the word “well” means “source.” The connection between your words and your life is abundantly clear from these passages. 

The problem is that most people have not truly acknowledged the connection between what they say, what they have, and what they experience. This is because the revelation of this connection was lost in the Fall of man. But Jesus came to bring us back to this knowledge as part of the salvation experience.


Dear God, I repent over saying negative words that have brought negative results in my life. From now on, I will speak words that agree with your Word—words that bring life and blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Power of the Tongue. To order this must-read book that will empower you to speak words of victory, click here.

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