Taming The Tongue
Now these things are not in there just as a coincidence, it just happened to be that God just felt mean one day and
struck him dumb. He realised that the father had the power to spea k words that could totally undo what God wanted
to do, and so he had a zip lip. He couldn't speak, until the day he wrote on a piece of paper, his name will be called
John, then immediately he could speak. See, so the Bible, there's so many examples. It's all through the Bible you'll
see this, but I want to just have us be very aware. So your ability to speak words is part of your creativity of God, so
God's given us the ability we can reproduce life sexually, but we can also create things with words, and we have
power to release things into being, and build families, build relationships with words - so death and life are in the
power of the tongue.
Now get this; notice it says death. Jesus, in Mark 11:21 I think it is, He spoke to a tree, and the tree withe red. Don't
say sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. They do hurt, and they have power to change
your life. The Bible says it very clearly, and so when Jesus spoke words, a tree withered and died. When Mary spoke
words, a baby in the womb leapt. Don't say words don't have power. Your words carry not just the words that you
say, but the spirit that flows from within your heart, so the Bible says out of the heart, the mouth speaks. So whenever
you speak, it's not just that you say words, but there's a content of your heart, and spirit flows with the words.
In John 6:63, Jesus said, the words that I speak, they are spirit, and they are life, so when Jesus speaks a word to us,
it has spirit power in it, and it imparts life, and it can change your future. If you can hold onto the word and let it build
in your life, it can change your whole future. Isn't it amazing? Most people wait for the miracles to happen, when
actually as soon as you've heard God, the miracle is there ready to wal k into, if you can agree and speak it, then start
to act on it. So this is a very powerful thing, very important for us to understand this, and particularly so as I share
with you some things today. Now I do want to move to the positive ways of how we can actually speak our words to
build, but I feel it's really important that we look at some of the areas, or recognise how negative we are, and learn to
begin to deal with this issue in our life, and also in the people around us.
So Jesus said, the words I speak, they are spirit. So words can release a spiritual atmosphere. Words have a spiritual
power in them, so words can shift an atmosphere. So angry words, for some reason, the whole atmosphere changes,
becomes incredibly tense, because demons are activated into that atmosphere. When we begin to, like for example
when we come in here, then we will begin to actually speak words and then sing words, and as we sing words, the
atmosphere shifts and changes, see? Now you were watching something, and you were hear ing something. If I had
no sound on, you wouldn't have had much happen in here, but when you saw and heard, it started to affect you, and
the same anointing that was in that video started to touch us here. If we had no sound on, you wouldn't have felt a
thing. Words, words carry a spirit substance, a spirit content, and so when people speak to you, there's not just the
words they utter with their mouth, but what is in their spirit flows with the words, and what you're left with, is the
impression that your spirit was touched by.
So for example, if someone comes to you and they've got an offence with someone, no matter how nice they are,
you'll feel the offence, and if you've got something in your own heart, their words will stir it up, and before you know it
you're talking and running someone down together. If someone's a carrier of gossip - gossip we talked about was one
of the misuses of the tongue, while we're speaking about someone, talking about them in a negative way, revealing
their secrets, revealing their heart. When you begin to start to gossip, if gossip is in your heart, then someone starts
gossiping, it'll stir the thing to come up in you, and before you know it, now the two of you are in agreement. Now
there's a whole new dynamic of this gossip. It starts to infect. We talked about the different slander. Slander is where
you talk about some person's life, and you run them down. The intent of slander is to run down their reputation or
misrepresent them, so when we begin to speak and run people down behind their back, what we do then is we
release something into the atmosphere.
The Bible says one of the words for the word devil is the word slanderer. Anytime you're running someone down, you
have taken the devil's side. You are releasing hell into earth. You are violating your very cause that God raised you in
the earth for, and you cannot gossip or slander against someone without wounding yourself. You cannot, because
you're malfunctioning. You're functioning against your purpose. We were raised up by God to bring heaven into the
earth through our words, our faith, our believing, our actions, our speaking, and so when we begin to slander, run
people down, we are now releasing hell into the earth. That's why in James 3, it says the tongue is set on fire by hell.
How does hell manifest? Mostly with words. Words start fights. Words start wars. Words break up relationships.
Words build, words create. There's all these things that words can do, death and life in the power of the tongue.
So words have a huge effect. Deuteronomy 1, Verse 28, it says that Moses or Caleb was talking, and he says
something like this. He says our brethren discouraged us, or made our heart to melt with their words, so when the
twelve spies went into the land, two came back and said we can do it. God is with us, we can do it. This is bread for
us. We're going to grow. The others came back and said, it's too hard, we can't do it, we're going to perish. So what