Taming The Tongue HTML version
So here's what happens. When you begin to agree with the put downs, so suppose you're in a family, and there's
abusive put down, often it's like men putting down women; sometimes it's women putting down men, sometimes it's
parents putting down kids. It goes in all of these forms, but you feel it. You feel the spirit of put down, somet hing
sharp goes in and wounds you. Now here's what happens if you come into agreement with it. You will start to
interpret all of life as putting you down. You'll misinterpret everything in life, and you'll begin to interpret life's thing s,
that people are putting you down. You come into a church, you think people are putting you down, you think people
don't accept you. No matter where you go, you'll have this thing working in your life, you'll interpret life that way. If
someone tries to correct you and adjust you, you'll take it as a put down. It's not a put down, it's words spoken in love,
to change your life, and help you fulfil your potential.
So when we get into that zone, man we're really in bad shape ,and we can't receive any help, we can't receive a ny
ability to go ahead, so what we need to do is, we need to actually repent. We've actually got to realise, I've been
agreeing with the put downs about who I am. I need to repent of it, I need to break the power of those words, I need
to forgive the people who have put me down, and start to bless them, and I need to renew my mind, so I agree with
what God says, see? He says I'm a child of God! He says I'm forgiven! He says I'm something beautiful, created in
His image and likeness! He says I'm an ambassador. He says I'm a gift to this world. He says I have something to do
that can change life. God says these things about me! I'm agreeing with what God says about me! I don't care what
you say about me. I'm believing what God says about me.
See, unless you start to agree with what God's saying, you'll agree with the put downs. See God is a builder upper,
but the devil is a putter downer. You agree with the put downs, you allow the spirits from hell to dominate you, and
soon you'll join the ranks of people putting people down - so we have two options; one, we could receive it, in which
case if you've received these things and come into agreement with them, you've got to cancel that power, break
those agreements, change the meditation of your heart to agree with God. See, and the other thing is that when
people do try and put you down, you've got to do something. Jesus walked away from it. Joseph walked away from it.
Nehemiah told him, you'll not have any part to do with me. I will not be part of a mocking, jeerin g, ridiculing, putting
down environment, because it breeds a spirit of murder, and that's not what I want to create around me. So the only
way to stop that, is to do something about it, got to stand up, and speak out, and stop it.
So if you're in that situation, begin to start to speak God's words, remove yourself from an environment if it's at all
possible, where it's negative and putting down, or confront it if it's possible, or if not, trust God to help you walk
through it until that season is over, and use it as an opportunity to grow character and excellence in your life. The
pursuit of excellence, is the pursuit of God's dream, that we would rise to our greatest potential, and ahead of us,
between us and that dream, there's a culture of people that wan t to put you down. You've got to decide, I WILL NOT
be in agreement with the putter downers. I will not be in agreement with that spirit of murder. I will not manifest that
spirit of murder, but I will speak words that build. Philemon, Verse 6 says this. The communication or imparting of
faith, is effectual when you acknowledge every good thing in you, in Christ. We have to learn to acknowledge the
good, acknowledge the things God's put in us, acknowledge what God's put in others, speak words that impart gr ace
and build and empower and lift, and not be part of a culture that's a put down culture.
You start to excel in an area, someone will say, who do you think you are? Well, I think I'm a child of God, called with
a destiny to excel, and do my best - who are you? You have to get something in you that rises up, and no longer will
be put down, no longer will accept that spirit of murder, but rises up and challenges it. We have to do it. We have to
do it in order for us to flow prophetically, in order for us to begin to release in the atmosphere around our lives what
God wants to release. We have to get rid of this put down thing that gets around our life. If you're in agreement with it,
today decide I will disagree. I will disagree with those words that curse m e, those words that stole my life, those
words that wounded me, those words that said I couldn't be anything, I couldn't do anything. I will disagree, because
there's nothing impossible to him that believes God! I will believe God, and what God says about me. I will believe His
plan for my life. I will believe His words, because His words are life for me.
Friends, you've got to get that into your spirit. There's no place for neutrality, no place to be passive and neutral. You
have to make a stand in this area about words, and the power of words to create an atmosphere and environment
which releases the supernatural and activate your potential. Can you say Amen! [Amen!] Can you say Amen! [Amen!]
Come on, let's give Jesus a great clap. [Applause] This is how Jesus speaks. Your name is Simon and I'm telling you
something, I'm calling you Rock. I'm calling you a rock because I'm going to build something great upon you, that will
touch generations. That's how God talks, so people say all kinds of stuff about you, but it's what God says about you -
if you will believe that, and stand up and confess it, then heaven will come to your help and you will fulfil the dream
God has for you.