Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power (hand) of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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The hand that receives the blessings of God is in your mouth. God’s Hand is in His mouth. Jesus, who is called “The Word of God”, is God’s Hand of healing, salvation, Help and blessing.
Words, and the mouths that form them, from the hearts that conceive them, hold the greatest powers of the Universe.
In Proverbs 18:21, the translators used the word “power”, from the original ancient Hebrew word for “hand”; when describing the power of the tongue. From the Strong’s Concordance:
3027. yad, yawd; a primitive word; a hand (the open one – indicating power, means, direction, etc.)
A very simple and accurate paraphrase of the verse could read like this:
Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the HAND of the tongue: and those who learn to use it will eat its fruit.
When God built the Universe He used His Hand… the Hand in His mouth.
Heb. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
God built with His Hand the Hand of His tongue. At 186,000 miles per second, light proceeded from the mouth of God, as He said, “Let there be light!”
So powerfully creative is the Hand of God in His mouth, that you never see in scripture, examples of Him speaking recklessly, or issuing meaningless words that He regrets saying. The reason is simple:
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
God knows that His tongue is a hand. He knows every Word He speaks comes to pass. By the same token, we have been made in His image and likeness. In other words, we should act like Him and reflect His character. We’ve been designed by God to do so. And that’s why He says so much to us in His Word about our tongues. He knows that the hand in our mouth can build or tear down with greater force than the hands our arms support.
The words we speak form a hand that gives and receives. Think about it. Do you really want to give what your words declare? Do you really want to receive what your words state? What do you want to give? You must select words that are able to hand it out.
Prov. 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many
Words that form a hand are found in the heart. Whether loving, angry, joyous, judgmental, blessing or complaining, these words come from what we believe. When we speak from our beliefs we speak with the force of a hand.
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
It is with the hand in our mouth that we walk hand-in-hand with Jesus. Here is an amazing verse that makes this point so powerfully:
Heb. 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
The word, “Profession” is this word in the original Greek text:
3671. homologia, hom-ol-og-ee´-ah; from the same as 3670; acknowledgment:con- (pro-)fession, professed.
In its simplest form, “profession” means to say the same thing as God. Jesus, as the great Apostle (Sent One) and High Priest of God, is the Hand of God joining with the hand of our mouth, when we say the same thing as God. That concept is powerful; because it transcends the limitations of education and social position, and places the great blessings of God before all men equally. Anybody can now take hold of the endless mercy and powerful graces of the precious Lord Jesus.
Deut. 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Rom. 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching.
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