July 31 – A Tongue of Blessing

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God….”  Deuteronomy 11:26-28a

The word “bless” or “blessing” occurs 430 times in the Bible, while the word “curse” appears only 160 times.

“Blessing” means “the impartation of the supernatural power of God into a human life by the spoken word of God’s delegated authority.”

“Curse” means “a negative supernatural power instituted by speech; a word spoken by God or someone in spiritual authority that sets in motion a destructive force that continues from generation to generation until supernaturally broken.”

The tongue is a creative force. It can be used to BLESS or to CURSE. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21a)

James 3:9-10 says the same mouth can bless God and curse men. When you “bless them that curse you,” (Luke 6:28a) you neutralize the curse.

Let blessings come forth from your tongue today. Speak uplifting words of faith! “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)

PRAY: “Father, keep my mouth from saying destructive words.  As with Balaam, put Your message of blessing in my mouth as I speak with others today.  Amen.”

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