Not everyone will be happy with your blessings and promotion. Learn to keep your mouth shut.
The adverse danger of talking too much is that you do not know who is happy or unhappy with the news you are sharing. A bitter truth is, not everyone is happy with your blessing, not everyone is happy with your progress. While some people are just jealous, envious and toxic wanting no good for their neighbors, some other persons just have not mastered how to deal with other people’s success without them feeling bad about it. Anybody can be among these two category of people and except you want to go around discerning everyone who comes in contact with you, you might want to learn how to keep your mouth shut. One thing that can be stronger than black magic is the heart of man. The scripture says that the heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it? The ability and extent to which the thoughts of a man can conceive a matter is large. This same way a person can support you and support your dreams with the whole of their heart is the same way a person can chase after your dreams with all their life.
Words! Do you know how important your words are and can be? Do you know how much weight words carry in the physical and spiritual? You would often hear many people say things like, I would rather my mom discipline me than to scold me with her words. Because, words are powerful. We see in the scriptures different stories and examples of things that happened to people because of their words. Your word is the medium through which a person has access to your heart. In relationships, you hear things like, communicate with your partner, speak to him/her, it is the number one way to deal with issues. Many people do not know just when to keep shut, they do not know just how to place their words. Let’s examine a few stories in the scriptures that reflect the importance of words.
 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of a hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.
 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
This story vividly shows the importance of words and its effect. The other two captains went and told the Prophet Elijah to come down. He called down fire and it consumed them. The last captain came and said the same thing howbeit, in a better way, pleading for his life. This shows that your words can make or ruin you. Who do you speak to? How do you speak to those you talk to? What do you say to them?
Listen, some people naturally just do not want to see you accomplish God’s plan for your life. Be wary of who you share your God given dreams with. Those tasks and assignments that God has placed in your hand, be careful of who you discuss them with. They are precious. People would not know certain things except you tell them. They can make a few guesses here and there but they will never be certain if you do not approve it. Do you remember the story of Joseph and his brothers? The story teaches something really profound that I would be explaining afterwards. In the meantime, see what the scripture says about Joseph and his brothers in the book of Genesis 37 (NIV).
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
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