The spoken word from the heart is very powerful. Matthew 12:35 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things.”
Note that the word “good” is used three times in this verse. It describes “a good man, “a good treasure,” and “good things.” Where are the good things stored? In the heart. How do we get the good treasure into the heart? By speaking the Word of God.
Joshua told the Israelites before crossing the Jordan River to engage the enemy occupying the Promised Land that they were to “continually speak the Word of God (Book of the Law) and to meditate on it day and night so that they would be careful to do all that it contains and then they would prosper and be successful.” His instructions hinged on speaking the Word of God. Not once in a while but all the time, both day and night.
Notice that Joshua did not tell the Israelites to go practice shooting their bows and arrows or practice hand to hand combat but to speak, speak and to continually speak the Word of God. The Word of God is what would cause them to be prosperous and successful.
Where, in the Bible, did we first learn about the spoken word? In the first book, first chapter of the Bible, Genesis. All the way down to the third verse. “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good” (Genesis 1:3-4). Notice that God spoke and then He saw. God created the universe through the spoken word.
I hear the questions now. That was God. God can do anything. What does this have to do with me? I can’t create a world like God did. That is true. You and I cannot create light, sun, planets, animals or man. But we can create our world. We can create the experiences we encounter each day.
Verse 26 of the first chapter of Genesis says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” We are made in the image and likeness of God. God gave us dominion over all the things of the earth. Notice, He did not give us dominion over another person.
So, how do we take dominion over our world? Just as God took dominion over the universe. He spoke and He created. We create our world by the words we speak, our spoken word.
The law of sowing and reaping is an example of how spiritual laws work. In the natural world we can plant a seed of corn. We are assured that this seed will produce corn, not butterbeans. Everything produces after its own kind. If we want butterbeans, we need to plant butterbean seed.
If we desire good things to occur around us, we must plant good thoughts and good words. Look at Matthew 12, verse 35 again. “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things.” It further says, “And an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” What we plant in our heart comes forth in our experiences, either good or evil. How do we have a good treasure in our hearts? By the things we plant in our heart. We plant in the heart through the words we speak.
Joshua encouraged the Israelites to not only speak the Word of God but to meditate on the Word. Speaking and meditating moves our thoughts from our mind to our heart. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Joshua knew that if the mind was locked in to the thoughts of God, the people would be victorious.
Luke also wrote in Luke 6:45 that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. This is vitally important to each of us to understand. When we harbor negative words in our heart, we are going to speak negative words. When we speak negative words, we are going to act on those negative words. Often time without realizing we are doing it. What is buried in our heart, we act on. When we plant corn in our hearts, we experience corn in our lives. This is a spiritual law. This is the way God established the laws of the spirit.
Our lesson should be to take the spoken words of Joshua and put them in practice. How? Chose a scripture that has meaning to you. Write it down on paper and carry it with you. Read it and repeat it until it is first memorized and finally written on your heart. When it is written on your heart, it has become a part of you and you will begin to act on the Word. This may take several days and may require repeating it 10 times, 30 times or a 100 times each day to bury it deep in the heart. The spoken word when repeated often enough will settle into your heart.
Then, select a second verse and do the same time. This is the key to prosperity and success. You have the assurance of the Word of God.