Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Word of His Power (part 3 of 3)

What if everything you said came to pass? Is it possible that what you say has an effect on your life? If everything you said came to pass, would you be more careful about what you say? Would you choose your words more carefully? Are you constricted, limited and defined by the words you speak? Are you "hung by the tongue"?

In Part 1 of, The Word of His Power, we discovered that when God creates, or works, He speaks it into existence. He uses words to accomplish His will. In Part 2, we saw that when Jesus was in the flesh on this earth, He accomplished His will by speaking it. In Part 3, we will take a look at how man is to operate on earth and what role the words he says play in his life.
Man was created in the image of God and His likeness. There was creative power that flowed out of the mouth of God and you were created in His image.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

1John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Those who receive Him, believe on His name, or are led by the Spirit of God, are sons of God and hold forth the word of life. How do we apply it?

Let's first take a look at the men of God, those great men, who undisputedly were called of God to His purpose to perform His will -
Moses & Aaron - Exodus 7:1-2
Samuel - 1Samuel 3:19-20
Nathan - 2Samuel 7:2-5
Elijah - 1Kings 18:36-39
Elisha - 2Kings 5:8-14
Isaiah - 2Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38:1-8
Shemaiah - 2Chronicles 12:5
Jeremiah - 2Chronicles 36:12; Jeremiah 1:4-9
Haggai & Zechariah - Ezra 5:1
Ezekiel - Ezekiel 2:1-10
Daniel - Daniel 10:11-14; Daniel 12:9
Amos - Amos 7:11-17
Jonah - Jonah 1:1-2

The above is not a complete list but every prophet of the Old Testament that God raised up took God's words to the nations!

But these men were specifically called by God to speak, "thus saith the Lord", to the people. Of course, their words came to pass. They were expressly backed by God Himself. What about those closer to our times that lived during the times of Jesus Christ? For example, did the disciples' words carry any weight or have any particular effect?
Let's look at two acts by Peter -

Peter to the lame man at the temple -
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Peter to the man with palsy in Lydda -
Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

So Peter released God's power through the words he spoke, in the name of Jesus Christ. But still, Peter was an apostle. He saw Jesus face to face and was personally selected by Him. He was one of the twelve. Surely, he was special and was given special abilities.

What about "regular people" like you and me?

Let's start with those who are not "true believers". What happens when they speak in Jesus' name? Does speaking Christ's name still bring His weight to bear even if the person saying it is not a true follower?

Luke 9:49-50 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. (50) And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
Matt 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
These people were not apostles or even true disciples and they performed wonderful works through the words they used. Don't you have to be someone of religious standing for words to take effect?

Mark 11:22-26 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. (24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

It doesn't say, if an apostle shall say unto this mountain, or if an elder shall say unto this mountain, it doesn't even say an evangelist or a pastor, it says, "whosoever". That sure sounds like it applies to everyone, even you and me.

These were words spoken "in the name" of Jesus Christ. I can see how speaking in His name would have a special power or effect. So all I have to do is pay particular attention to words I speak "in His name". As long as I don't mention His name or take it in vain then I can say whatever I want, right?

Matt 12:33-37 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (34) 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.

An "idle" word (Gr. ar-gos) is literally a "non-working" word - one that is vain or useless, rash, thoughtless, of no real worth, importance, or significance. Words not meant to do anything but spoken in unguarded moments, when we're not choosing them carefully.

Even light conversation is called into account!
Under pressure, stress, anger or influence of alcohol, what's in your heart cannot be covered up easily. What's truly in your heart will come out of your mouth. You may say, "With my luck it won't work out" or "That always happens to me" or "I knew that would happen" or "I said that but I didn't mean it". That is not true. You said it because that is what came out of your heart. That is what you felt in your innermost being. Your mouth will betray you and show forth your heart. The heart and the mouth must be in concert.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Isa 44:26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:

Isa 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.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good." Notice who Jesus said causes it to be manifested. He didn't say that God would do it. Man brings it forth. Not out of his head or intellect but out of his heart through the words he speaks. Why? Because God gave man dominion over the earth. (Gen 1:26-28)

Mark 11:22-26 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. (24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

We bring forth that which is stored up in abundance in our heart. That which we believe and do not doubt deep in our heart of hearts is brought forth through the words we speak. Just saying we will have a million dollars under our pillow in the morning won't work because our doubt, disbelief and lack of faith prevent it.

Matt. 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

How do we increase our faith against doubt and disbelief?

Luke 17:5-6 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (6) And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

What did Christ say in response to their request for increased faith? “say unto this sycamine tree” In other words, "speak" words of faith. That which is spoken from the heart bringeth forth either good or evil. So we need to be certain that that which is in our heart is good. How do we do that?

Prov 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (22) Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. (23) The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (24) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Ecc 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

You pour the Word of God into your mind [heart], then the heart of the wise will teach understanding to your mouth and learning to your lips. Let your words be few.

How does God's word get into our hearts?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matt 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

So, when you hear the Word, it is sown in your heart. The Word enters the heart through hearing.

We, with the help of the Holy Spirit, need to guard our minds and examine every thought carefully before allowing it to reside there long enough to become a part of us and enter our hearts. Your mind will accept or reject thoughts according to what it knows about the Word of God. Cast out every thought that is against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Thoughts become imaginings and imaginings become strongholds and strongholds control your life if you allow them to. The bible says you can pull these down. An imagination is an intent to do something about what you've been thinking; a stronghold is when the choice is not yours anymore, but you have submitted your will to the thought.

2Cor 10:4-6 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

If you can put correct thoughts in your mind, study that thought, meditate on that thought, long enough to become an imagination and become a stronghold, according to God's word, then that word will become a part of you and be stored in your heart. It will come out of your mouth and you will direct your path according to God's word. Thoughts are the seeds planted in the garden of the mind.

The words of your mouth have control of your life. What comes out of your mouth will determine your future and you will be held accountable for every idle word.

Whatever we say in the name of Jesus that agrees with what He says, He will confess for us before the Father. We have given Jesus a sort of power of attorney to represent us before God. We need to control the words that come forth out of our mouths and bring them into obedience to the Word of God, which is God's spiritual law.

We must give Jesus, our intercessor, good, faith-filled words to defend us before the Father. If we confess His words, faith-filled words, then Jesus can confess this before the Father. If we confess words contrary to His words (fear-filled words) then Jesus cannot use them but Satan can use them to accuse us before the Father.

John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: ["and I say not unto you" means "I need not tell you again"]
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Even the holy Spirit intercedes for us -
Rom 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

But Satan uses our words to accuse us before the Father -

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Satan only has authority over us when we give him that authority with our mouth. He knows there is power in your words so he tries to get you to confess fear, doubt, and unbelief. We have been deceived by the evil one to tear down what God is trying to build by the words of our own mouth. Satan's ability is limited to what he can get you to say. God's word is settled forever in heaven. (
Psa. 119:89)

You have to believe that everything you say will come to pass. You shall have whatsoever you saith. When we pray we should be careful not to pray the problem but to pray the answer. The answer is in believing what the Word says; that it will be removed and cast into the sea. That doesn't mean to deny the existence of the mountain (problem), but to deny the right of it to exist in our way. Don't establish the problem by speaking it, but speak its removal in faith.
Jesus said you can have whatsoever you say, if you doubt not, and believe in your heart the things you are speaking. You are believing the end results. You need to confess God's words to have God's blessings in your life. God cannot violate the law of His word if you speak negatively (Gal 6:7). He said He will give you what you ask. No man can tame the tongue, but the holy spirit can.

What you store in your heart produces after its kind - faith produces faith, fear produces fear according to the words of your mouth. Program your heart with the word of God by speaking God's words, what He says about you in His word. To be submitted to God is to be submitted to His word.

When you come under the pressure of life, that which is abundantly in your heart is going to come out, whether it is God's word or Satan's. Satan's words produce fear and unbelief in your heart. God's words produce faith in your heart. God will give to you according to the words of your mouth. The only ability Satan can exercise over the believer is the ability to deceive you. Satan presents you with visual/physical evidence and waits to see what you're going to say about it. Ten of the spies in
Numbers 13 gave an evil report - what they saw, what they heard and what they felt. It was an evil report because it was contrary to what God had said.

You release Satan's ability when you say what he said. If Satan can get you to believe his lies or quote his words, he's got control over you.
Realize that you have already won. It's not your fight. Jesus fought it for you and thank God, He won!John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

You can see that words work for or against you. Christ said you are going to be justified, or condemned by the words of your mouth. (
Matt. 12:37)

Prov 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Words produce after their kind. It won't happen just because you say it. You must release faith in the words you speak from the heart. You must believe that those things which you are saying will come to pass. (
Heb. 11:6)

God gave you the ability to use your tongue to create a better life by speaking words that are full of faith. Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The word says you will have it. Be smart enough to agree with God.

When you start to believe what you say will come to pass, then you have creative power working for you. You have creative power right in your mouth and you will be more careful about what you say. Learn to release it wisely and accurately. Don't be hung by the tongue!


The Word of His Power - Part 1
The Word of His Power - Part 2
The Word of His Power - Part 3
The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement


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