If there is one thing that God teaches us in the Bible, it is that He is superior in power to the enemy. Words are spiritual forces. Every word that is spoken impacts the individual’s spirit. Most people have never been informed properly as to the role that words play in the spiritual realm, consequently the enemy has been able to use their tongues as a weapon against them. Look at this verse from book of Proverbs ~ “A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit” (Proverbs 15.4). An uncontrolled tongue will not only ‘break’ your spirit, it will also ‘deceive’ your spirit, to the point that you are unable to discern the difference between when God is speaking to you or when the devil is speaking to you. The book of James says ~ “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion [is] useless” (James 1.26). One of the first things that should be taught to a believer is how to do what the Apostle James taught the members of His church in Jerusalem — to ‘bridle’ the tongue. The Prophet Hosea recorded the following words spoken by God, saying ~ “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4.6).
The Snare of the Soul
It is time for Christians to be armed with the truth of God’s word, so they are able to bind the enemy and possess the promises that Jesus died to give them. There are too many honest, sincere and devoted Christians who have faithfully served God for many years and have been bound by the enemy simply because they have never been familiarized with what the Bible says about the power of the tongue. Consider the words of Salomon ~ “A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul” (Proverbs 18.7). The informed man knows what is revealed in the word of God about the tongue and, instead of permitting the enemy to destroy him with his own tongue, he uses his tongue against the devil as the powerful weapon God created it to be. The believer knows that every word he speaks either edifies or grieves, not only his own heart but also, the Holy Spirit. Whenever words are spoken that contradict the written word of God, the Holy Spirit is grieved, and His power and presence is reduced in the life of the individual. It is for this reason, the Apostle Paul wrote ~ “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification… And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4.29,30).
Bridling the Tongue
The Bible says that God has given His word, so that the believer puts the Word of God in His mouth and speaks in agreement with God. In the book of the prophet Isaiah, God stated perfectly clearly that He has given us his word so that His children would ‘put the word of God in their mouths and speak it against the devil.’ “As for Me, says the LORD, ‘this [is] My covenant with them: My Spirit who [is] upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, …from this time and forevermore’” (Isaiah 59.21). Most Christians have their spirits within them so broken, grieved and deceived that they could not speak a word of faith to bind the devil or move a mountain even if their lives depended on it. They have practically destroyed their own spiritual lives by unwittingly permitting the devil to have reign over their tongue. God said His word is to be put into the mouth of the believer and kept there. This means that when God’s word says ‘all things are possible for the believer,’ the man of faith will never contradict God by saying words like — “… I can’t believe it… it’s because it can’t be possible… etc, etc.” It is the serious believer who knows what God’s word says and knows how to bridle his tongue. He remembers the words of Jesus, who said ~ “If you can believe, all things [are] possible to him who believes” (Mark 9.23).
Turn on the Power
He knows that faith comes by hearing the word of God, so he constantly speaks God’s word, continually building faith into his spirit instead of grieving it. ~ “So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10.17). It is the true believer, the faith warrior, the overcoming Christian, who speaks God’s Word, constantly edifying his spirit and building faith into his heart, soul and mind. He knows what the Bible says and puts it into practice. He remembers the words of the Prophet Joel, so he does what the prophet said. When he feels weak — he boldly proclaims: “I AM STRONG!!!” ~ “Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I [am] strong’” (Joel 3.10). He does not live by feelings; he lives by faith in the word of God, so he refuses to agree with the enemy or speak one word in agreement with him. It’s time to do what God does, to live like God lives, and to speak like God speaks. It’s time to turn on the power the to your spiritual life and put the devil in his place—under your foot.
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© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.