Today our youngest son Isaac got lost somewhere between the apartment elevator and the floor we are staying in. He’d been messing around with his older brother and got separated by himself on the wrong floor. His brother came flying through the door of the 17th-floor apartment we’re staying in, saying, “I’ve lost Isaac.”  

Several things go through your mind with the news your child is somewhere by himself in an apartment building he’s not familiar with. But, unless those thoughts are positive, it’s not usually helpful to repeat any of them.

However, it is vital to watch the first words you do choose to speak regarding a situation and especially when under pressure or feeling fearful and stressed.

What’s in our hearts and how we think and believe will be revealed through our actions, expressions, and the words we speak. Are they words of life, faith and blessing, or do we blurt out words of disaster, death, fear, and hopelessness?

God encourages us to guard our hearts, for out of them flow the springs of our life. What goes in must come out, and the words we speak can be what brings us through situations, or what’s used to bring us down and destroy us.

When we fill our hearts and mouth with God’s words full of faith, hope, and love, that is what we will start to think and declare when we are under attack or pressure. It’s how we speak and behave whilst under pressure that reveals what we truly believe and think.

Which is why it’s vital our initial first words are words of life, faith and hope. As soon as we start to speak and attach our faith to these first words, God gets on the job, and ministering angels are immediately released into our situation to bring the best result.

Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His Word, obeying the voice of His Word! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will. (Psalm 103:20)

“Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12)

Today, listen to the words you are speaking and check the direction of your thoughts. Determine if they are full of hope, life and faith or are they of fear and defeat? If your words are contrary to what you want to have happen, don’t just sit there waiting for something bad or challenging to occur.

Get out a bible, listen to uplifting messages, be around positive faith filled people and start putting his promises in your heart and mouth. Let them become the first words you speak in every situation, as you make your declaration for good and not evil, success and not a failure and for blessing and peace.

Issac, by the way, arrived safely back at our door, but not before we’d searched every floor, ran up and down the fire escape, and put the above into practice.  

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight. Keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious speech far from you.

Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established.” (Proverbs 4:21-25)

“The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Prayer: Lord, I’m choosing to make my words line up with what you declare in your Word. Please put a guard across my heart and mouth so that I only store up life, joy and blessing, and please forgive me where I have allowed myself to believe and speak contrary to your promises. I choose to determine to make my first words in every situation designed to bring me into victory. In Jesus name Amen.