Me and My Big Mouth
It’s just another brick in the wall
Proverbs 18:21 (Amp) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
Proverbs 18:20 (Amp) A man’s stomach will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; He will be satisfied with the consequence of his words.
The original Hebrew word for satisfied is saba. It means to be satisfied, filled, to be full of, have in excess, to be sated (stuffed – think Thanksgiving dinner!).
Our words are producing something. Whatever they produce are the consequences or the results. Our lives will have in excess and be full of the results. And the results will either support life or lead to death.
Philippians 2:14 (NLT) Do everything without complaining and arguing,
Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. When you complain, your brain is rewired to find the negative first, see the glass half empty, to look at the difficulties and impossibilities.
2Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
A spiritual stronghold is a well-fortified fortress in our thinking that is dominated by the enemy. Through the stronghold, the enemy is controlling that area of thinking and has tremendous influence in that area of our life.
Every time we complain, we are handing the enemy another brick to reinforce his stronghold. Every time we criticize, we give him a bucket of mortar. When argue and bicker, we’re giving him supplies to secure his position.
In Philippians 2:14, the original Greek word for everything is pas. It means both individually and collectively: each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything. All in the individual pieces that make a whole and the whole itself.
Complaining, criticizing, grumbling, whining and moaning is having an opinion that is different than the one expressed and then passing judgement on the different opinion in a disapproving way. All the complaining – expressing dissatisfaction with another’s opinion – leads to arguing.
The fruit – the consequences or results – of complaining, criticizing and arguing is dissatisfaction, frustration, constant disappointment, depression, discouragement, unhappiness and discontent.
While it’s just casual conversation to us, it’s strategic warfare for the enemy. he’s taking advantage of our lack of knowledge – exploiting our ignorance.
How do we fix this?
We start by:
- Checking our heart. Jesus said in Luke 6:45 (NLT) that: What you say flows from what is in your heart.
- We take those thoughts captive. 2Corinthians 10:5 (Amp)We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,
- Renew our mind. Romans 12:2 (NLT)Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.