When God wanted to bring realities into His creation, He spoke them into existence. In like manner, as you now have His divine capabilities through Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension to glory, you give life or death to things through your words. You transform your situations through what you say. So you better watch what you say; don’t be careless with your words.
The fact that it came to your mind doesn’t mean that it has to pass through your mouth. To be careless with your words means that you’re reckless over what comes out of your mouth. It means that you are rash with words; that once you think it, you spew it out. If you have thoughts of anger, you vent them out. If thoughts of fear envelop you, you express them. If thoughts of doubt assail you, they are verbalized. Now that’s crazy; that’s not a good way to live.
You have to take responsibility and put a check on what you say. This means that somewhere you have to have a filter between what you’re thinking and what you’re saying. There must be a filter between your mind and your mouth, so that before anything moves through your mind into your mouth it must qualify as something that will build you up. It must be something that’ll give life to the right things, and death to the wrong things.
You’ve got to be careful with your life. That’s why one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”
~ Galatians 5: 22-23
By the power of the indwelling Spirit of God in your new nature, you can put a check on what comes out of your mouth; more especially when your circumstances blow contrary winds or when someone provokes you negatively.