“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’”

– 1 Samuel 17:45

Lest any of us forget, words are powerful, and the things we say to ourselves and to others dramatically impact our outcomes. David was proof of this. Although he was young, inexperienced, and may have looked foolhardy to some, he spoke affirmatively and confidently in the presence of people. In fact, such a leader was he that he used his words to comfort and assure King Saul himself, telling him not to lose heart, and reminding him that the Philistines would ultimately be defeated. Even when Goliath spoke violently and intimidatingly in his hearing, the young shepherd responded with resolve as he invoked the name of His great God. Though he could have pulled back in fear or returned insult with insult, he used the occasion to declare the Lord’s faithfulness and invited Him to show His power and glory through the giant’s defeat. Many forces might have dissuaded David from rushing into battle with courage, but he employed words to encourage himself, declare victory for his people, and build up those around him. 

My friend, use your words to cultivate faith and bring about triumph! While the world offers hundreds of reasons to speak defeat and to proclaim fear, because of who your Savior is, you can infuse hope and declare divine truth rather than puppeting society’s facts. Yes, there are things to be concerned about, but Jesus is greater than any earthly problem, and He invites you to claim His promises as your own and to say them aloud to others. By taming your tongue and using it to steer the ship of your life toward Godly outcomes, you make way for people to follow in your wake and empower them to sail ahead to victory! 


Jesus, tame my tongue and bring my words into alignment with your victorious truth.


What is the tone of your words? Do they build up or tear down?


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