The Mouth of Your Soul
In Ps. 103:2, 5 King David says to his soul: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” This verse of Scripture indicates that your mouth influences your life and your body.
Matt. 12:37 says: “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Meaning, by your words you shall be justified before God or condemned before God. What are the words coming from your mouth when you are severely oppressed? Are they words of faith in deliverance, or are they words of destruction and curses?
In Eph. 6:17 we are told to take up the Sword of The Spirit, which is the Word of God. You wield the Sword of the Spirit when you consider the admonitions and confess the promises of blessings and deliverance found in the Word of God speaking to your specific circumstances. In doing so, you display your faith in the Word of God. Displaying your faith in the Word of God is the only way that you will be able to stand against the devil. It is also the only way that you will be justified before God and the only way that you can please God.
Robbed of Life by the Word of Your Mouth
In Ps. 34:13 King David says: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” The word ‘guile’ is translated from the Hebrew word ‘mirmâh’, which means to deceive and defraud.
This warning is echoed in 1Pet. 3:10 which says: “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.” The word ‘guile’ in 1Pet. 3:10 is translated from the Greek word ‘dolos’ which means to decoy; or trick like a fish is tricked by bait just to be killed when eating the bait! So we can understand, when we speak evil and guile we defraud our listeners.
It is when you prophecy by means of your own heart, that you lend your tongue to evil and your lips to speaking guile, and so defraud the receiver of your prophecy of the Life of the Word of God. Jer. 14:14 reads: “Then the LORD said unto me, the prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”
Here, in Jer. 14:14, a false vision and divination are described as deceit of the heart. You prophesy a false vision or dream, and divination, when you vocalize dreams and visions which are not in the Light of the Glory of God. These dreams and visions are prophecies of confusion over your life and over the lives of those unto whom you prophecy your dreams and visions which are not in the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ.
1Tim. 5:22 warns: “…neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” When you share in the dreams and visions of others, you also share in their sins.
Divination is a form of prophecy that foresees or foretells future events or discovers hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens. Divination includes horoscopes, fortune-telling, witchcraft, clairvoyance, the interpretation of dream and visions, communicating with familiar and ancestral spirits.
All these practices are from the deceit of the heart, that is, the soul. They trick and separate your soul from the knowledge of the Glory of God – just like the vision of the kingdom of Satan tricked Eve and her husband with its promise of knowledge. When you partake in these practices you do not refrain your tongue from the evil, and your lips from the guile which 1Pet. 3:10 warns against.
A Bitter Tongue
Another area where we defraud ourselves from the Life of the Word of God is when we speak in anger and bitterness. Often times we are ensnared in the words of our indignation and, impatience at the fulfillment of the Word of God for our needs.
After having been in the wilderness and having to rely on God’s miracles for food and water, Israel spied giants in the Promised Land. (See Num. 13, 14) In Num. 14: 3 they voiced their indignation: “Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would God we had died in this wilderness!” In the heat of the moment Israel spoke damnation over themselves!
In Num. 14:28 (Webster) the Word of God says to them: “As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you.”
You need to be very careful what you say in the heat of the moment! “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matt. 12: 37) When you lash out at someone who deeply hurt and offended you, the words that you utter in anger can very well be a curse over that person’s life.
Someone recently told me about a man who testified that both his legs were amputated because his wife prophesied this over him. Apparently she would often say to him, as he beat and kicked her, that: one day he would lose those legs that kick her. Her prophecy over her husband certainly came to fruition but, she has given Satan a stranglehold on her life. God is love – not a killer.
We had a sister in our Church that would come staggering and falling through the door of our church on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, as her husband, who was twice her size, would hit and kick her because she would come to church. We had brothers in our congregation that could easily beat him to a pulp. Instead, our pastor would gather the sisters and brothers around her in prayer as she lay there sobbing.
This happened regularly over a number of years. I never saw her husband sober. But one Friday evening he came and took a seat at the back of the church. He was stone sober. Upon the alter-call, he came forward and accepted the Lord Jesus into his life. I have never seen him drunk again. When you trust in God you have to guard against retribution. Jam. 1: 19, 20 read: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
Matt. 12: 34 say that: “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Whatever you speak before God will come to pass in your life. By your words you are judged before God and by your words you will be justified before God (Matt. 12: 37). The best way to keep your lips clean is to guard it according to the Word of God. As Ps. 119:9 also says: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
In Ps. 141: 3 King David prays to God: “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” When we experience hardship and rejection and are offended, it is very easy to speak words of damnation – towards other and ourselves and also towards God.
When Job was in a most trying situation, the Bible says that: “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:10 (MKJV). Jam. 3:2 (ASV) says: “For in many things we all stumble. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.” You can only be perfect by allowing the Word of God to dwell in your mouth.
Ps. 81:10 says: “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” It is when your mouth is filled with the good of the Word of God that your body will benefit with good health. As Ps. 103:5 says: He fills thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed…
Luke 12:32 say that it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom of Heaven, so watch what you speak before God!
God bless and guide you.