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Speak the Words
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â upholding all things by the word of his power â
From the very beginning God has displayed His awesome power
through His Spoken Word ! We read, â For I am the LORD: I will
speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass . . . I say
the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GODâ (Ezek 12:25).
Godâs word clearly accomplishes His purposes! We read as Isaiah
recorded , âSo 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 â (Isa 55:11).
We humans are most comfortable observing things according to our context of
time. It is easy for us when the past, the present, and the future operate
sequentially. We understand that Godâs word has long ago gone out of his
mouth, and we are content that in the future His word will come to pass. This
keeps us comfortably in the middle of the distant past and the far-off future.
However, our perspective of time is rarely in sync with Godâs. We observe as
Isaiah wrote concerning the Lord, â I have declared the former things from the
beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth . . . and they came to pass â
(Isa 48:3). It is as if all of these things, which were spoken of by God and
recorded in Isaiah chapter 48, had already transpired. Yet, some things clearly are
yet to be accomplished in the future even as we read these words, âI have sworn
by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not
return , That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear â (Isa
45:23). Our confusion often lies in the fact that once Godâs mouth speaks and the
command has gone out of His mouth, the thing, which He has spoken, exists though it may
not be immediately observable! The Apostle Paul gives us assistance in the discernment
this concept, âGod, who . . . calleth (speaks of) those things which be not as though they
wereâ (Rom 4:17). Our spiritual father Abraham toiled with these same aspects of time and
faith, âWho against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations;
according to that which was spoken â (Rom 4:18). God called His personal friend,
âAbrahamâ which means âthe Father of many nationsâ yet he was childless for decades!
God calls or names things through His creative vocal powers:
â˘ Â âAnd God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he
Seasâ (Gen 1:10);
â˘ Â âAnd God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night â (Gen 1:5);
â˘ Â âAnd God called the firmament Heavenâ (Gen 1:8).
Notice the breath of God (His speaking) is equivalent to His Word; because we exhale or
breathe-out when we speak, âBy the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the
host of them by the breath of his mouth â (Ps 33:6). We read, âThe Spirit of God hath
made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life â (Job 33:4). From the
context of His speaking being equal to the word of God, get ready to form a new picture in
your mind regarding the creation of Adam .
When we read, âAnd the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life ; and man became a living soulâ (Gen 2:7), donât we
normally picture in our mind some form of mouth to mouth, or mouth to nose activity?
Picture instead that God somehow is bending down over this inanimate earthen-formed
creature that He has just fashioned from the dirt. Suddenly, He begins speaking with his
breath ( the breath of the Almighty hath given me life â Job 33:4 ) into Adamâs nostrils and
saying, âAdam (man), live and have dominion.â
It can be found in the Stone Chumash where Rabbi Rashi wrote regarding Gen 2:7, âA
LIVING SOUL. Also cattle and beasts are called âA living soulâ (Gen:1:20) (Gen:1:22)
(Gen:1:24), but the soul of man is the most highly developed of all of them, because to him
was granted understanding and speech. â Yet another Jewish commentary renders Genesis
2:7 as, âhe became another speaking spirit. â The Almighty was a âspeaking spiritâ and so
also became the man which he created!
God made our mouths that we might be like Him (in His image), âAnd the LORD said unto
him, Who hath made manâs mouth? . . . have not I the LORD?â (Ex 4:11). Just like God,
when man speaks he exhibits creative powers out of his mouth, âBut the word is very nigh
unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart , that thou mayest do itâ (Deut 30:14). Humans
actually create futures with the words from their mouths!
I. God shares His power of the spoken word with man and gives man
dominion over the earth!
Adamâs first job was also a creative process or to name things, âAnd out of the ground the
LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them
unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living
creature, that was the name thereofâ (Gen 2:19); â And Adam gave names to all cattleâ (Gen
2:20). Adam did the speaking, but God made his mouth and gave him the authority to speak
and âcall things.â There are some that believe that the when Adam spoke unto the animals
that the breath of life actually came into them and they began to live at that instant! Adam
also named or called his wife when he said, âThis is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
flesh: she shall be called Womanâ (Gen 2:23). The bible goes on to say, âAnd Adam
called his wifeâs name Eveâ (Gen 3:20). Adamâs wife Eve soon joined in the calling or
naming process. We see that Eve also named her children, âAnd Adam knew his wife
again; and she bare a son, and called his name Sethâ (Gen 4:25). So too, Adamâs sons take
on the same authority of the mother and the father, âAnd to Seth, to him also there was born
a son; and he called his name Enosâ (Gen 4:26). Along with naming things, Adam
(mankind) was given dominion or rulership over all of the earth, âand let them have
dominion . . . over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earthâ (Gen 1:26). Do not
fail to capture this next most important concept ! Form this point forward after man is
given dominion, God does not exercise control over the earth; MAN does! We must realize
that Godâs word is his bond! When God speaks anything out of his mouth, He will not take
it back, âMy covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips â (Ps
89:34). This means that everything that takes place on the earth is not necessarily Godâs
will! God has set-up laws that govern the universe and those laws will produce a
predictable result. And we know as Job teaches us that God always protects His people with
a hedge. However, regarding the world as Eph 2:12 teaches us, âThat at that time ye were
being aliens from the commonwealth of
covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world! â It does not get any
plainer; those people âwithout Christâ are âwithout God in the world!â
Manâs falling away from God was through the serpentâs lie (the spoken word), âAnd the
serpent said unto the woman , Ye shall not surely dieâ (Gen 3:4). Satan who was the spirit
behind the serpent is the father of all lies, âWhen he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:
for he is a liar, and the father of it.â (John 8:44). However, this was not the first lie! When
do you think the first lie was uttered? Isaiah tells us, âFor thou hast said in thine heart , I
will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of
the clouds; I will be like the most High!â This was the first lie! Satan lied to himself. Are
you beginning to see just how powerful word are? All of the worldâs evils started with,
âFor thou hast said in thine heart !â
Indeed, through Adamâs fall, man renounced his authority over the earth. The word
renounce comes from (âreâ â again and ânintusâ â messenger or speaker. This means that
man spoke something different than what God had originally said! It is important for us to
realize that man exercised his own dominion while he placed himself under subjection!
When Adam obeyed Satan he actually came under the devilâs authority. Godâs word
corroborates this concept, âKnow ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey , his servants ye are to whom ye obeyâ (Rom 6:16).
We also observe the word âannounceâ which means (to make known publicly); it comes
from the root ânintusâ â messenger or ânuntiareâ meaning to report! When Adam (man)
disbelieved and disobeyed God, he began to believe and obey Satan, he renounced his
authority of this earth, âIn whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not â (2 Cor 4:4). That is why Satan tempted Jesus, âAnd the devil said unto
him, All this power will I give thee , and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me ;
and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine .
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satanâ (Luke 4:6-8). Satan had
the power to give it all, for he said, â all shall be thine !â Therefore Satan is in control of
the riches of this world! This world promotes a saying that is worthy of note. The âworldâ
calls it the âgolden rule.â However, it is obviously not the âChristianâ Golden Rule! It
states something like the following, âhe who has the gold makes the rules.â Who do you
think makes this âworldâsâ rules?
Are you getting the point here? This worldâs major events such as (9/11) are not necessarily
the will of God! What takes place in this world is the âwill of the god of this world!â That
is why James 4:4 says, âknow ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of Godâ
Jesus has already restored manâs right to rule the world, â All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earthâ (Matt 28:18). Further, Jesus has shared His power on this earth with
us, âBehold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt youâ (Luke 10:19). Jesus will
come in the future and completely restore this world, âWhom the heaven must receive until
the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy
prophets since the world beganâ (Acts 3:21). Did you catch the concept that the prophets
spoke of the restitution of all things? Of course, God watches over and controls His entire
universe through Divine Providence! However, in this world, Godâs will is performed only
through the words of His Holy prophets and of His people. Also, His will is performed
through the prayers (words) of His saints!
Since Adam, Godâs will has been spoken through the mouth of his prophets! Therefore, we
can know Godâs will. His will is recorded in the Holy Bible!
II. Without God, fallen man under the influence of Satan naturally
abused his power of the spoken word!
After the fall, we discover Adam afraid of Godâs voice âAnd they heard the voice of the
LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the
LORD God called unto Adam , and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard
thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid , because I was naked; and I hid myselfâ (Gen
3:8-10). Cain too misused the power that came from his mouth, âAnd Cain talked with
Abel his brother : and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against
Abel his brother, and slew himâ (Gen 4:8). The âtalkingâ that Cain engaged in was
probably much like the proverb teaches,âThe mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but
violence covereth the mouth of the wicked â (Prov 10:11). That verse is clearer in the New
American Standard Version which says, âThe mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence â NASU. It is very likely that Cain spoke
deceitfully to Abel and lied to him about his true intentions, âLetâs go out to the field where
we can worship God. Oh by the way, bring that shovel.â
Even in his sinful state God did not withdraw the authority through the spoken word that he
had given to Adam and Cain. When God was speaking to Cain He expressed the actual
power of the words of man, âthe voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the
groundâ (Gen 4:10). We read, âAnd Cain . . . he builded a city, and called the name of the
cityâ (Gen 4:17). Cainâs children also used the power of the voice, âAnd Lamech said unto
his wives , Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice ; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my
speech : for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurtâ (Gen 4:23).
The scripture shows us from the beginning that that the mankind was sinful and bloody,
âTheir tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his
neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his waitâ (Jer 9:8).
David teaches us that all of us are responsible for our own words of our mouth, âAnd David
said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee ,
saying, I have slain the LORD's anointedâ (2 Sam 1:16). We Christians simply must get to
the point where we respect the power of the spoken word! The scripture does not say in
vain, â Death and life are in the power of the tongue : and they that love it shall eat the
fruit thereofâ (Prov 18:21).
Notice the contrast in the consequences and the power of the spoken word that comes out of man:
The powerful results produced from the mouth!
ProvÂ 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding
Prov 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness
Prov 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise
Prov 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth : and a word spoken in due season, how good is it !
Prov 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom
Prov 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things
Prov 10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom : but the froward tongue shall be cut out .
Prov 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge : but the heart of the foolish doeth not so
Prov 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable : but the mouth of the wicked speaketh forwardness
Prov 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right
Prov 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked
Prov 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth , and addeth learning to his lips
Prov 12:13 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in transgression of his lips : but the just shall come out of trouble
Prov 16:27-28Â & 30 his lips there is as a burning fire . A froward man soweth strife : and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass
ProvÂ 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth : and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him
Prov 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding
Prov 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment
Num 35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses
Prov 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight
Deut 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses , shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Prov 12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them
Deut 19:15 at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses , shall the matter be established
Prov 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth : but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence
Prov 24:1-2 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief
Prov 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction
Prov 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth , thou art taken with the words of thy mouth .
III. Since the fall of man, Godâs plan has involved individuals whom He
has called-out. God put His Word in these people that (through
manâs dominion) they would speak the future and the messiah into existence!
We have observed that Jesus has all authority over this earth; however, He has gone back
into Heaven until a specified time, âWhom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken (The will of God was spoken only on this
earth through His Holy prophets) by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world
beganâ (Acts 3:21). We must note that God has spoken of the times and the restitution
through the mouth of his prophets! Since men have dominion over the earth, it was men
who had to speak the Messiah into existence! In order for the Messiah to manifest Himself
into the world, manâs words had to proclaim Him:
The short list of the prophecies spoken by the men of God concerning the Messiah
His place of birth Micah 5:2 fulfilled in Matthew 2:1-6
He would be of the Seed of David 2 Sam. 7:12-14 fulfilled in Luke 1:32 Isa. 11:1
He would be born of a Virgin Isaiah 7:14 fulfilled in Matthew 1:21-25
His Coming Announced by a Forerunner Isaiah 40:3 fulfilled in Matthew 3:3
He would be Anointed by the Holy Spirit Isa. 61:1 fulfilled in Luke 4:16-21
His ministry in
How people would treat Him Isa. 53:3 fulfilled in John 1:11,12:37
His triumphal entry into
He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver Zech. 11:12 fulfilled in Matt. 26:14-15
His blood money to be cast to the potter Zech. 11:13 fulfilled in Matt. 27:3-10
The disciples to forsake Him Zech. 13:7 fulfilled in Matt. 26:56, Mark 14:27
He was silent before His accusers Isa. 53:7 fulfilled in Matt. 27:12-14
He was wounded and bruised Isa. 53:5 fulfilled in Matt. 27:12-14
His hands and feet to be pierced Psa. 22:16 fulfilled in Luke 23:33; John 20:25-27
He was crucified with thieves Isa. 53:12 fulfilled in Mark 15:27-28
He was to pray for His persecutors Isa. 53:12 fulfilled in Luke 23:34
The people were to shake their heads at him Psa. 22:7 fulfilled in Mt. 27:39
The people were to ridicule Him Psa. 22:17 fulfilled in Luke 23:35
His garments to be parted and lots cast Psa. 22:18 fulfilled in John 19:24
His cry to God Psa. 22:1 fulfilled in Matthew 27:46
His bones were not to be broken Psa. 34:20 fulfilled in John 19:33,36
His side would be pierced Zech. 12:10 fulfilled in John 19:34-37
He would be buried in a rich man's tomb Isa. 53:9 fulfilled in Matt. 27:57-60
Just like God created with His mouth; so there is creative power in manâs mouth! It was
men who actually spoke the Messiah into existence! Inspired by God Almighty, Moses
said, âGive ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my
mouthâ (Deut 32:1). Moses went on to say, âbecause I will publish the name of the
LORD â (Deut 32:3). God has always wanted man to speak His words carefully and
faithfully, âand he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully â (Jer 23:28).
Ezekiel and the prophets were told that their words would be directed by God, âNow
therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say â (Ex
4:12). God emphasized this point as he prepared Ezekiel, âMoreover he said unto me, Son
of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart , and hear with
thine ears.â Jeremiah recorded that God somehow supernaturally directed his mouth, âThen
the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth . And the LORD said unto me,
Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth â (Jer 1:9). God explained to Moses that he
could speak also through Aaron Mosesâ brother, âAnd thou shalt speak unto him, and put
words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth , and will teach
you what ye shall doâ (Ex 4:15). In order for God to emphasize the importance he placed
on speaking words He told the Israelites, â That which is gone out of thy lips t hou shalt
keep and performâ (Deut 23:23).
The words of humanity are important and they effect a result! For this reason man must
live, âby every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORDâ (Deut 8:3). When
man lives by Godâs words the world will become a paradise. When man lives by Satanâs
words the world will become desolate!
God also spoke through the patriarchs! Letâs notice some of their words, âBy faith Abel
offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain . . . he being dead yet speakethâ The
bible teaches that Abel the first prophet of God still speaks to us today! Lamech spoke of
humanity receiving comfort when his son was born, âAnd he called his name Noah,
saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our handsâ (Gen 5:29).
Notice how the heroes of the Old Testament held the word of God in high esteem:
OT Heroes High Regard for the Word of God!
Prov 10:13In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding
Prov 18:4 The words of a manâs mouth are as deep waters , and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Job 2:10 In all this did not Job sin with his lips .
Ps 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness
Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food .
Ps 119:46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed
Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words , as the mouth tasteth meat.
Ps 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words : as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Ps 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste ! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth !
Ps 137:6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the
roof of my mouth ; if I prefer not
Prov 18:20 A manâs belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth ; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled
Ps 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth , and a twoedged sword in their hand
Ps 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips
Ps 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth .
Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth , and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Ps 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom , and his tongue talketh of judgment.
IV. The Messiah arrived as prophesied and fulfilled the spoken word!
John the Baptist was kept from speaking for several months because he did not believe the
words spoken to him by the angel, âAnd, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to
speak , until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my
words , which shall be fulfilled in their seasonâ (Luke 1:20). Mary had a supernatural
visitation, âAnd the angel answered and said unto her , The Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of Godâ (Luke 1:35). Indeed, in order
for Mary to become pregnant, she had to speak with her mouth and believe in her heart ,
âAnd Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word .
And the angel departed from herâ (Luke 1:38). The dominion or authority of her words
caused the impregnation. Her husband Joseph also had a visitation and he was told,âAnd
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUSâ (Matt 1:21). The angel
went on to say, âthat it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call
Emmanuelâ (Matt 1:22-23). Joseph even moved his household to
order that the prophecy be fulfilled, âHe shall be called a Nazareneâ (Matt 2:23).
V. The Messiah called and taught men a new way to speak!
Jesus taught that, âout of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh â (Matt 12:34).
Jesus called his disciples, âAnd going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the
son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their
nets; and he called themâ (Matt 4:21). Jesus both called and named them, âAnd when it
was day, he called unto him his disciples : and of them he chose twelve, whom also he
named apostles ; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,)â (Luke 6:13-14).
Jesus taught of another calling to a wedding, âAnd he called his ten servantsâ (Matt 22:14).
He went on to teach, âAnd sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the
wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them
which are bidden â (Matt 22:4). In the context of being bidden to the wedding Jesus taught,
âFor many are called (bidden) , but few are chosenâ (Matt 22:3-4)
Jesus praised the man who recognized the concept of Jesus releasing authority and power
through speaking, âbut speak the word only , and my servant shall be healedâ (Matt 8:8).
Indeed, the Psalm teaches that angels hearken to the voice of Godâs word, âBless the LORD,
ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice
of his word.â (Ps 103:20)!
Jesus was merciful to those that spoke against Him; yet he warned of blasphemy against the
Holy Ghost, âAnd whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be
forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be
forgivenâ (Luke 12:10). We see the same thing in Matthew where we read, âAnd
whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but
whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost , it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to comeâ (Matt 12:32). This speaking against the Holy Ghost
is something that needs to be more thoroughly studied! A man can easily be defiled by what
comes out of his mouth, âNot that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which
cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man â (Matt 15:11). Jesus taught against idle
speaking, âThat every idle word that men shall speak , they shall give account thereof in
the day of judgmentâ (Matt 12:36). Jesus taught that the heart is the source of a manâs
words, âBut those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and
they defile the manâ (Matt 15:18).
When Jesus was offended he stopped speaking to them plainly, âTherefore speak I to them
in parables : because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they
understandâ (Matt 13:13).
The Apostle Paul taught that man could be saved through speaking, â The word is nigh
thee, even in thy mouth , and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith , which we preach; That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation â (Rom 10:8-10).
VI. The Messiah fulfilled his earthly mission; however, He was always
watching over His own words!
Jesusâ very ministry was a ministry of speaking, âThe Lord GOD hath given me the tongue
of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is wearyâ
(Isa 50:4). Jesus actually spoke life, âthe words that I speak unto you, they are spirit , and
they are life â (John 6:63). Yet, His words of life came from the Father, âwhatsoever I speak
therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak â (John 12:50). John quoted Jesus in
this regard, âBelievest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words
that I speak unto you I speak not of myself â (John 14:10).
Jesus never spoke dishonestly, â neither was any deceit in his mouth â (Isa 53:9). Even
when he was maltreated of man he was careful that he did use his mouth to create a
problem, âHe was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth : he is
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he
openeth not his mouth â (Isa 53:7). Jesus prepared himself for that last twenty-four hours
by setting his mind that he would use his words sparingly, â Hereafter I will not talk much
with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in meâ (John 14:30).
We too should carefully guard our lips, âI said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not
with my tongue : I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before meâ (Ps
39:1). We can observe that, â in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength â (Isa
30:15). Some people just chatter all of the time! In so doing, these people actually give
Satan a deeper insight to their thinking. We do not need to speak everything that comes into
our mind! Instead of glorifying ourselves, we should let others talk about us.
VII. The Messiah sent the Holy Spirit through the power of His Word to
call out a bride!
The Holy Spirit gave us and our children the very word of God, âAs for me, this is my
covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I
have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy
seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seedâs seed , saith the LORD, from henceforth and for
everâ (Isa 59:21).
Remember that to âcallâ someone is to prophesy over them. When we are called by some
name, we become that thing, âAnd when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son
of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stoneâ (John 1:42).
Likewise Jesus has called us and we too will be given a name in the future, âand will give
him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written , which no man knoweth saving he
that receiveth itâ (Rev 2:17).
Jesus is proud to have Christians (the anointed ones) as his brothers, âhe is not ashamed to
call them brethrenâ (Heb 2:11). We are called with a special calling, âye should shew forth
the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous lightâ (1 Peter
2:9). This special calling involves:
â˘ âFor, brethren, ye have been called unto libertyâ (Gal 5:13).
â˘ âbut God hath called us to peaceâ (1 Cor 7:15).
â˘ âthat we should be called the sons of Godâ (1 John 3:1).
Jesus knows us individually, â he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them outâ
(John 10:3). We were sinners but now have been set free from sin, âI am not come to call
the righteous, but sinners to repentanceâ (Matt 9:13). Our calling includes several aspects,
âMoreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called , them he
also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorifiedâ (Rom 8:30).
VIII. The bride or those called-out ones learn to properly use the power
of His Word to the Glory of God!
Christians are supposed to learn to discipline themselves. Jesus said, âIf any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow meâ (Luke 9:23). We
must realize that the word deny means, 1) to declare untrue; 2) to disclaim connection with;
and 3) to give a negative answer ! Each of these definitions clearly have a connection with
the spoken word! How many of you have denied yourself in that context? Begin to practice!
â˘ âI hate sin!â
â˘ âI do not allow myself to speak ill of others.â
â˘ âI never look at things which cause me to lust.â
â˘ etc. you fill in the blank â_______________â
Christians are to speak boldly of their victories and conversion experiences, âLong time
therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word
of his graceâ (Acts 14:3). Christians gain the victory through their words; âthey overcame
him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony â (Rev 12:11).
There are other forms of positive speaking or self talk! Example Tony Robins and NLP.
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. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth
great things . Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire , a
world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and
setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell â (James 3:2-6).
James explains that, âOut of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing . My
brethren, these things ought not so to beâ (James 3:10). Just as Jesus had no guile, we
should be like Him, âhe that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue
from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile â (1 Peter 3:10). We can become holy in
our speaking by following Paul, â Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your
mouth , but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the
hearers ( this obviously still concerns speaking ). And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger,
and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you , with all maliceâ (Eph 4:29-31).
Paul expressed the same concept to the Colosians, âBut now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to
another , seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deedsâ (
One area that we must be especially careful of is making vows! The bible clearly teaches,
âIf a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he
shall not break his word , he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth .
Num 32:24 âand do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth .â (Num 30:2). In the
New Testament we are taught the same thing, âBut above all things, my brethren, swear
not , neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be
yea; and your nay, nay ; lest ye fall into condemnationâ (James 5:12).
If you ever somehow get into a vow, make sure that you keep it! â And Jephthah vowed
a vow unto the LORD , and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon
into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house
to meet me , when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the
LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering . So Jephthah passed over unto the
children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands .
And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto
the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were
the children of
behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances : and she was
his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he
saw her, that he rent his clothes , and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very
low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the
LORD, and I cannot go back. And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy
mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy
mouth ; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the
children of Ammon. And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me
alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity,
I and my fellows. And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with
her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. And it came to pass at the
end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow
which he had
vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in
a yearâ (Judg 11:29-40).
IX. It is through the power of His Word that the Lord will return to rule
Jesus possesses the power in his mouth capable of swift punishment, âAnd he had in his
right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword : and his
countenance was as the sun shineth in his strengthâ (Rev 1:16); we also observe much the
same picture, âAnd out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword , that with it he should smite the
nationsâ (Rev 19:15). Even the church is warned of his power, âRepent; or else I will come
unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth â (Rev 2:16).
Besides the sword in his mouth Jesus speaks of eliminating whatever is disgusting for His
mouth, âSo then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out
of my mouth â (Rev 3:16).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 14 2/5/2008
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