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Don't Joke Around - November 24th, 2022

(Use The Right Words For Communication)

By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome


TO THE BIBLE: “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!””

(Proverbs 26:18-19)



Some people think it’s fashionable to use words like, “I’m afraid it’s going to rain,” “I’m sick and tired of this weather,” or “That joke just kills me.”

You’ve got to watch such communication because your life will end up exactly as you say it! Your life is the character of your words. If a man’s words are confusing, his life will be confusing as well. In the same vein, if your words are wholesome, your life will be wholesome: perfect, excellent, and inspiring! Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Jesus also taught that what you say is what you get (Mark 11:23).

So you see, there’s a spiritual language for the Christian. That’s why, as a child of God, you ought to put the Word on your lips, because the supernatural life is based on your tongue. Your tongue rules your life.

The Apostle James likened the tongue to the rudder of a great ship, which the captain uses to direct the ship wherever he wants (James 3:4-5). Watch what you say, for your confessions control your future.

Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” You can keep yourself in health, safety, prosperity, and victory with your words. Talk faith, success, and increase! 1 Peter 3:10 says, “…He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.” Don’t joke with your words!

Go Deeper: Psalm 34:12-13; Proverbs 18:21

Speak: Dear Father, thank you for teaching me about the power of my words. Through your Word and by your Spirit, I’m training my tongue to speak only faith-filled words! I speak only lifegiving words that are consistent with your will for my life, and I declare that my future is secure, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 1 Peter 3, Jeremiah 52

TWO YEAR John 14:10-21, 1 Chronicles 24

Act: Today, get your dictionary out and deliberately increase your vocabulary of nice, polite and courteous words to say to yourself and about others.


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