Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Power of the Spoken Word

Yes. There is power in the spoken word. There is power in anything that comes out of my mouth. This is not a new lesson I am learning. My mama taught me a very long time ago not to joke about things I don't mean. And I admit I thought she was stiff anytime she said that. But as I became a woman, I realized she was right. That still does not mean I don't need to sometimes be reminded of this golden rule however.

Two days ago, this was my status update on my facebook personal page as Memorial Day drew to an end:

"Can I have just one more day off please?"

Harmless enough, right? NOT!

The next morning, I had to rectify that and put a learning point from the ensuing experience. This was my next status update:

"Be careful what you ask for! That fallen angel is always hovering around trying to make things happen that you didn't even mean when you said it. Your words have power. Good morning fb. Make it a great day..."

To protect the innocent, I won't bore you with the details. It will suffice to say I did get that extra day off alright that I was jokingly asking for. But it was not the way I wanted. Nor was it spent doing what I wanted. It was an experience I could have done quite well without. To the question "why", I couldn't help but feel like there was a voice in my spirit saying to me: "You got what you asked for." I sure did.

Could it have been a coincidence? Yes. But could I not have joked about something I didn't really mean? Yes as well.

1 Peter 5:8 says:

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour..."

Sorry but I love my Old King James best still. That's how I learnt it way back then!

Take heed my brothers and sisters. The spoken word has more power than we give it credit for. The devil can latch unto your own words and make things happen you never meant to happen, from things you thought you were joking about. Let us say what we mean and mean what we say.



  1. Facebook comments:

    PRE: Oh my, thank you so much for tagging me in this. OMG I really need to pray and ask God to help me to watch the words that i speak because sometimes i just blab and yes he is in the dark shadows lurking and waitng to capture what he can and create havoc. Oh Lord please forgive us all for those frivilous words we speak out of innocence. Stay bless Folake. ♥

    KM: Wow...This is sooo true. You are on point. My wife and I always comment that knowing what we know now, when the kids do something naughty, we refrain from saying negative things to or about them just because we are upset. For the most part, the previous generations did not come to that realization in time. It is a great thing to know these truths at this point in life. The spoken word is indeed very potent.

    FRO: Thanks for this Flaky. A timely reminder and certainly not easy but definitely crucial!

  2. This is so true. I think twice ow before i say something out of my mouth cos you never know..

  3. Thank you for the comment "anonymous"!

  4. How true. We eat our own words. "by the fruits of your lips you will be satisfied...or dissatisfied' [my paraphrase].