Israel's words led to unbelief and fear, and unbelief and fear led to rebellion. Such is the power of the tongue that prevented God's people from entering into their Promised Land.
God had told Israel to take possession of their land, but instead of going forward they rebelled and turned back. Before them was the land God promised. It belonged to them. It was a rich, fertile land with green valleys. It was a land where God promised to bless and multiply them above the nations of the earth and give them health and prosperity. Yet, because of their unbelief, they turned back.
-They refused to hear the voice of God. -They rejected His Word. -They refused to act in faith on what He had promised. -They refused to obey.
The people declared:
...Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? And they said to each other, We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt. (Numbers 14:3-4, NIV)
In order to take possession of their inheritance, it would be necessary for Israel to face giants, to fight against evil nations, and drive out the enemy. Because of their own negative words which fostered unbelief, they feared their enemies more than they feared God.
Instead of going in to do battle and take dominion over their enemies, they decided they would rather return to slavery in Egypt. Can you imagine? There on the verge of victory, Israel retreated. In so doing, that generation forfeited their inheritance.
Just as negative words led the Israelites to rebel against God, your words have the power to do the same. When you are tempted to speak negative words about your circumstances, recognize this is one of Satan's main strategies to abort your destiny. Refuse to do it!
You will either go forward and claim your destiny, or you will retreat. Your words, coming out of your own mouth, will determine whether you will advance or forfeit your destiny.
My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.