Filled to Overflowing or Lost for Words by Elaine Tavolacci
By Elaine Tavolacci
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The Holy Spirit showed me a metaphor of "speech balloons." A speech balloon (or word balloon) is a graphic used most commonly in comic strips. They reveal the words representing the speech and thoughts given by the character.
The Lord showed me speech balloons coming out of people's mouths, but they had no words in them. The Lord said, "Some people are lost for words because they are spiritually barren. They are stunting their spiritual growth and maturity by not filling themselves with spiritual things. As they fill their thoughts with My word, their minds will be renewed from their old nature. As they fill their mouths and hearts with prayer and intercession, their lives will be transformed as well as the lives of those for whom they are interceding. Their conversation will always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that they may know how to answer and minister to others."
The Second Group
Then I saw a second group of people. They had the speech balloons proceeding out of their mouths that were filled with negative words. Their words were filled with criticism and judgment, as well as anger, jealousy and regret. They had unforgiveness in their hearts from people that had hurt them, and plans that did not go as they had desired. Some had bitterness that was caused by past relationships, which they are having a difficult time letting go of. When they hear something familiar from their past, it triggers something inside of them that makes them respond and react in a negative way.
The Third Group
The third group that I saw were people who had word balloons filled with words of encouragement, edification and exaltation. Words of thanksgiving and praise were on their lips. Although many of them were facing difficult situations in their lives, they refused to give in to defeat. They would not come into agreement with the accuser by acknowledging his lies with their words. They would not repeat the words of the enemy as they refused to give voice to his plans and strategies. They spoke words of blessing to those who cursed them, and prayed for those who despitefully used them. The words of their mouths and the meditation of their hearts were pleasing to the Lord.
Don't Nullify My Word
The Lord says, "Do not speak anything that would nullify or devalue My word. Never speak what is contrary to what you believe. Don't contradict that which I am birthing within you with words of doubt or dishonor. Store up My words within your heart as a treasure. As you do this, you will soon discover that you are bringing glory to me through ordering your conversation aright. Although you don't see things manifested in the natural yet, continue to speak My word. Speak words of life, and speak words in love. Let the words of your mouth and the mediation of your heart be pleasing to Me. Your words will define you as you speak words of faith and put your trust in Me," says the Lord.
Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.