Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue

Do Things God's Way

An understanding of how God operates helps to make life in general make more sense. If life's circumstances have seemed overwhelming or just plain arbitrary, perhaps this will help to bring some sense and order to your thinking. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6), and again, My people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge (Isa. 5:13). God is not an arbitrary God, but we have to learn His ways to know how to operate according to His laws.

Living your life according to your own understanding, doing it my way, will leave you frustrated and defeated. Dealing with life's circumstances with just the wisdom of the world often won't put you over. God has a system, and until we understand how He operates, we will continue to live our lives like a ball in a pinball machine, just bouncing around and going nowhere.

The wisdom of God is hidden for the righteous, not from them (Prov. 2:7), but it is our job to seek it out. Be led by the Spirit. I encourage you to listen to the Word and to the still small voice in your spirit to know wisdom for your own life. Listening to people alone will lead you into error, and many have been led astray by ignoring that still small voice of God in the inner man. As you read through this post, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you with peace. If you sense something wrong, please listen to that voice, not to me.

This message has been twisted by countless so-called prosperity preachers to pad their own pockets, and I am still working on determining what is of God in this doctrine and what isn't. There are so very many verses throughout the Bible that proclaim the power of words, I can't just discount the entire message; so as you read through this, use wisdom, listen to God and follow peace. And I welcome any comments.

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God Creates with His Word

In Genesis 1, God created the heavens and the earth. He said, and whatever He said, was. He said... is recorded 8 times in the creation account, and whatever He said came into being. In Hebrews a little more information is revealed:
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)
So God created the worlds through faith, by the Word of God. He spoke, and things were created. He spoke, Let there be light, or, literally, Light, be! And light was. David, the psalmist, also records this:
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6,9, Amplified Bible).
God speaks what He wants first. This is how God creates. And this is how He brought Jesus into the earth. He spoke of Jesus for thousands of years through His prophets before the Word ever became flesh. God always speaks what He wants first, then it comes to pass.
I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass (Isa 48:3 King James Version).
The Word of God brought the worlds into existence, the Word of God brought Jesus into the earth 2000 years ago, and the process has not changed. The Word of God still creates today. This is God's mode of operation, the way He does things. God creates with His mouth, with His words. And that's the way He expects His people to operate as well.
...God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17
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Power in Your Mouth
Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak. 2 Cor 4:13 Amp.
Faith-filled words create. There is power in the words you speak. There is power in your mouth, for good or for bad. Society leads us to believe that "it's just words". But your words determine your path. When you put the Word of God in your mouth, you are filling your mouth with the sword of the Spirit that will bring that Word to pass in your life. The Word of God is loaded with scriptures that explain the power of your words.
A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov. 18:20-21)
The Word in your mouth is power. The Word spoken out of a heart of faith is full of power to change your life. This is how you are born again in the first place- you believe in your heart and say with your mouth, and life comes into your spirit. (Rom. 10:9-10). The spoken Word brings life.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword... (Heb. 4:12, Amp.)
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Speak to the Mountains in Your Life

Jesus teaches on the concept in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus was with His twelve disciples when they came upon a fig tree with no fruit on it. Jesus spoke to the tree and said, No man eat fruit of you again forever. It was the next day that they passed by again and saw the tree dried up from the roots. That tree was done as soon as Jesus spoke to it, it just took a little time for it to be seen in the leaves. His words had power to dry up that tree. Peter said something about the tree being dried up and that was the point at which Jesus taught them about the power in their mouths:
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mk. 11:22-23 King James Version)
Begging God to fix your problems won't do a thing. God is moved by faith, not pity. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Faith-filled words are what move God. As you speak the Word, you release power to change things in your life. Jesus said to speak to the mountain; He didn't say to beg God to move the mountain for you.

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Need Change in Your Life?
Speak the Word

Notice that faith-filled words are necessary. The problem most of us have is that we have a lot more faith in the negative circumstances around us than we do in the Word. If you truly believe that every winter you'll get sick, then chances are you will because the faith you have in the ability of sickness to overtake you will come out your mouth, and those things which you say shall come to pass. When you get God's healing promises down on the inside of you to where you truly believe He wants you healed, then your words will carry weight in the spirit and will bring healing to your body.

The Word says that if you can control your mouth you can control your entire body. These next verses are taken from a passage about the power of the tongue:
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. (James 3:2-4)
If you have habits you need to break, start with your mouth. If you need to lose a bad habit, start declaring the opposite. Say, I'm free of this habit, for the Word says I have the spirit of self-control. (That's in 2 Tim. 1:7 Amp.) The more you say it, the more you'll believe it, and it WILL come to pass.

If you deal with anxiety or stress, start saying, The peace of God that passes all understanding is guarding my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7) Just get the Word coming out of your mouth, and put a lid on the wrong things! You CAN overcome habits, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, etc. by changing your mouth.

If you are unusure what to do about anything, don't say over and over, I don't know what to do. Say, God, You are guiding me into all truth (John 16:13) because you have given me every kind of wisdom and understanding, making known to me Your will (Eph. 1:8-9), and I have the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:16). You don't have to be confused. God will speak to you in your heart, and when that direction comes, it will come with peace. You will have peace about what to do. Always follow peace.

Whatever your circumstances, find the answer in the Word of God, and get it coming out of your mouth. Healing, finances, stress, whatever the challenge, God has an answer in His Word. He won't change things for you while you sit by passively doing nothing. He's waiting to perform His Word (Jeremiah 1:12), so put it out there so He can perform it.

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The Prophet Ezekiel
and the Valley of Dry Bones

As the Word of God goes into the earth as spoken by His people, His Word will change things. In Ezekiel 37, God told the prophet to speak to the dry bones. God didn't do the speaking, Ezekiel did. And those words put life into those dry bones.

God told Ezekiel to "prophesy" to the dry bones. The word "prophesy" is #H5012 naba meaning to speak by inspiration (Strong's Concordance). Words must be spoken, but they must be God's words, not our own.

This is a picture of what God wants us to do today. Speak to the dry bones in your life. Speak life by speaking the Word. Need finances? Speak 2 Corinthians 8:9, and 9:8. Need healing? Speak 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5 and Psalm 30:2. Need peace? Speak Isaiah 26:3 and John 14:27. Speak to the mountain. Speak to the dry bones. The Word will not return void.
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isa. 55:11 Amp.)
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You Reap What You Sow

Jesus said in the parable of the sower (Mark 4) that the sower sows the Word. Every time you open your mouth you are sowing death or life with your words. Words are what we are sowing all day every day and words will produce fruit for good or for bad, for life or for death.
But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. (Matthew 12:36-37 Amplified Bible)
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8 King James Version)
Don't forget- the sower sows the word. Every word you speak, you are sowing to life or sowing to death. If you've been sowing a lot of death with your mouth, speaking failure, defeat, sickness, being broke, upset, or whatever, just repent and start new again. His mercy is new every morning.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9, King James Version)
Your life is a product of what you've been saying. Get a garden of life going with your mouth. Plant good seed, plant the Word, and bring in a harvest of abundant life, to the full, til it overflows.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10, Amplified Bible)
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Beware the Snare
A Word of Warning

Many ministries have taught these principles for their own profit. There are an abundance of wolves in sheep's clothing roaming around seeking whom they may devour by deceiving believers with a twisted version of this message. This principle is undeniably biblical but has been grossly perverted and taken out of context to build the kingdoms of men rather than the Kingdom of God. Using this message to promote the lust of the the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life has been referred to by some as witchcraft. Beware.

Jesus said,
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. John 7:18
And I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. John 12:49-50.
Jesus only spoke what the Father told Him to speak. It is so VERY important to see to it that your words line up with God. First, make sure you are speaking in agreement with His Word, then make sure you aren't taking that word out of context and twisting it to say something that it doesn't really mean. Then if you have the witness of the Spirit down on the inside that you are in full agreement with God, you have the green light to go ahead and speak what He tells you to speak. The still, small voice inside will guide you with peace. If you have a "check" in your spirit, absolutely do not move ahead until you pray to get God's will in the matter, then let peace rule in your heart (Col. 3:15).

Our motivation must always be to build the Kingdom of God and not to make life more comfortable for ourselves. Obviously you can't be a blessing if you are sick and broke, but the love of money is the root of ALL evil, and many, many, many ministries have fallen and will fall because of the snare of riches. God WILL meet our needs when we seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness. Learning to hear the voice of God and be led by the Spirit is an absolute priority.
By thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Mat. 12:37.
(For more information on churches that promote this message in a perverted way, see my book Red Flag Churches: Distinguishing Protection from Control, a free download.)

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Power of the Word Scriptures
Old Testament Scriptures

Job 22:28- Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. KJV

Prov. 12:13-14- The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. KJV

Prov. 13:2-3- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. KJV

Prov. 18:20-21-A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. KJV

Is. 42:9- Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. KJV

Is. 46:10-11- Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. KJV

Is. 48:3-5- I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee... KJV

Is. 55:11- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. KJV

Is. 57:19- I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. KJV

New Testament Scriptures

Mt. 12:34-37-O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mk. 11:22-23- And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. KJV

Rom. 4:17- 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. KJV

2 Cor. 4:13, 18- We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. KJV

Heb 1:3- Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power...KJV

Heb. 11:3- Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. [Gen. 1:3] AMP

Rev. 12:11- And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. KJV

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