How to Empower Your Life for Blessings

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Your tongue programs your heart.

Your heart determines your life. 

Scripture tells us that the mouth speaks what is in the heart (Luke 6:45). If you want to know what is in your heart, listen to what you say.

If you do not like what is coming out of your heart through your mouth, then change what you speak.  It is a cycle: heart / tongue / heart / tongue / heart /tongue. The cycle starts with the heart but is broken with the tongue.

Your tongue is the programmer of your life (James 3:1-9). Give it words that will set the course of your life for the blessing, not the curse.

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When Being Tongue-Tied Is a Good Thing

Tips for Controlling Your Tongue

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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All of my life, I’ve struggled with controlling my tongue.  Coming from a family of very expressive Italians, I’ve tripped over my tongue so many times I can’t even count them. Along the way, I’ve learned a few tips for tying my tongue, aka thinking before I speak.  Allow me to share them with you.

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1–Thoughts precede words. Every spoken word first was a thought. Perhaps not a conscious thought, but a thought, nonetheless. So, to control your tongue, you first have to control your thoughts.

2–You have control over your thoughts. What you think is up to you. Before I came to Christ, I did not know this. Learning this truth revolutionized my life. In Philippians 4:8, our LORD commands us to think good thoughts.  If He commands us to do something, He gives us the power to do it.

3–Your tongue controls your life. Like a bit in a horse’s mouth, the tongue directs the course of your life (James 3:6). If you want a good life, learn to control your tongue. How? By allowing Christ to speak through your tongue. When you are tempted to say something contrary to God’s Word, turn to Jesus within you and ask Him to speak words of life through your tongue.

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