If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain – James 1:26
What the Apostle James meant in the underlined portion in the verse above is different from when you tell someone, “You’re deceiving yourself.” He was speaking spiritually when he said “…but deceiveth his own heart….” To deceive your heart is to make your spirit believe a lie. For example, when a Christian says, “You know I’m poor; I don’t have anything; nothing seems to be working in my life.” He’s speaking contrary to the will and provisions of Christ in His Gospel, and such words will go into his spirit as seed.
In Mark 4:26-27, Jesus said, “…So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.” All the sower had to do was to sow the seed; and the seed is the Word, and the heart of man is the ground that receives it (Mark 4:14-15). People who talk negatively never get away with it, because what you say is what you get (Mark 11:23).
For the one who consistently speaks poverty and lack, for example, even if all the wealth in the world were delivered to him free, he would still become poor. The principle is explained in 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (read entire reference). God has prepared great things, beyond human imagination, for those who love Him, and by His Spirit, He has revealed those things to us. The Spirit searches or scans all things—the deep and profound things of God. He’s the only one that knows them, just as no man knows the things of a man’s heart except the spirit of that man: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11).
Therefore, the human spirit functions like the Holy Spirit: he scans through you, collating your words: words you’ve sown in your spirit, so as to produce them for you as harvest. Keep sowing the right words into your heart. Only speak words that are in sync with what God has said concerning you. Even now, declare that you’re full of joy, peace, prosperity, divine health, and victories! Keep sowing faith-filled words into your spirit.
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Dear Father, your Word is the light that guides my spirit, helping me to say only those things that are consistent with your plan, will and purpose for my life. Thus, my life is a harvest of joy, peace, prosperity, health and promotions, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Genesis 8:22; Proverbs 20:27