Death and life are in the power of the tongue…
Many things in life can cause us to fear—losing our jobs, deadly diseases, terrorist attacks and so on. When these things confront us, we tend to give in to worry and fear, and start talking about our fears.
Job was no different. He constantly feared that God would punish him and his family because he kept thinking that his sons had sinned against God. He would get up early in the morning to offer burnt sacrifices, saying, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” And the Bible tells us that he did this “regularly”. (Job 1:5)
So Job kept confessing the sins of his sons and fearing that something terrible would happen to him and his family. In fact, his sin-consciousness didn’t just produce fear, the Bible tells us that he “greatly feared”. (Job 3:25)
It is important that we understand that it was Job’s sin-consciousness that opened the door to Satan. His preoccupation with sins that his family may have committed gave Satan the opportunity to bring death and destruction into his life. God had a hedge of protection around Job. But when he started being sin-conscious and having a fearful expectation of judgment, the hedge was removed and Satan could attack him. (Job 1:9–12)
My friend, today, if you have sinned, don’t say, “I have failed again. I deserve to be punished by God.” Know that you already have forgiveness of sins because Jesus was punished and condemned in your place! (Ephesians 1:7) So say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus, You are my holiness and perfection.” (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
We must be mindful of what we believe and say regularly because “death and life are in the power of the tongue”. So when you hear of a deadly virus taking many lives, don’t say, “I’m next because I have not been a good Christian!” Instead, say, “Jesus, You are my righteousness and protection. Surely You shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence!” (Psalm 91:3)
Such believing and confessing not only please God, but they also shut the door on Satan so that he cannot make any inroad into your life!
Let me say this again…there’s power in what you say! "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Proverbs 18:21). Learn how to confess God's Word and speak words of faith over every situation.
What you speak over yourself has life-changing power!
Many believers have been taught to stop making negative confessions over their lives. However, for some, even though they no longer declare sickness, poverty and dysfunction over themselves and their families, they are not experiencing change and God's manifested promises. Let me explain with an illustration—if you left your lawn untended for a month what would happen? Would you come back to a neat, landscaped lawn? No, you'd see thorns and weeds instead of beautiful grass. Why? Because the natural tendency of the things of this world is to degenerate and to move toward the negative. You see, the whole creation fell when Adam fell. The Bible says the whole creation is groaning in pain (see Romans 8:22). If you stop saying negative things, but don't say anything positive either, you're still allowing the thorns and weeds of this fallen world into your life.
When You Speak To The Father, The Devil Hears. It's not enough to stop making negative confessions; it's time for you to boldly declare God's promises over your life. Your boldness is heard not only by God but by the enemy as well. Speaking out the word of God let’s the devil know that the negative does not rule you.
To overcome the negative, you have to begin speaking the positive.
When you speak positive words—when you confess God's promises--you begin experiencing the manifested goodness and favor of God in unprecedented ways. It's important to understand that the words you speak contain power, not because of anything you have done--it's because of what our Lord Jesus did on your behalf.
Revelation 1:5–6 tells us that Jesus, "who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood... made us kings and priests to His God and Father..." What does that have to do with the words we speak today? Let's see how the Bible interprets the Bible.
In Ecclesiastes 8:4, the Bible says "Where the word of the king is, there is power;" in Deuteronomy 21:5, the Bible tells us that by the word of the priest "every controversy and every assault shall be settled." As a king, your words have power over every situation you face; as a priest, every assault of the enemy and every controversy will be settled by your words.
Perhaps you have a physical condition that doctors say you have to be on long-term medication for. Or maybe you have a debt that you just can't seem to pay off. Through Jesus' perfect work at the cross, God has given you power and authority to change your situation.
Right now, you have a choice: you can allow your words to agree with what the circumstances of life are saying, OR you can allow your words to declare the truth of what God says about you. I'm not asking you to ignore the fact that you may have sickness in your body, or may be in a current state of lack or that you might be struggling in any area of your life. I'm asking you to confess the truth of God's Word in the face of the facts in your life. Death and life are in the power of your tongue, so speak life!
Jesus is the reason you can boldly confess health, wholeness, wisdom, abundance, restoration, favor, long life and so much more. Because of Jesus, you can declare today:
• I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)
• I am healed (Isaiah 53:5)
• I am favored (Psalm 5:12)
• I am a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
• Everything I put my hand to will prosper (3 John 1:2)
• I am accepted and approved (Ephesians 1:6)
• I will have a long life (Psalm 91:16)
These aren't just some man-made, positive confessions. These are faith-filled, biblical confessions of God's goodness in your life. This is how you line up your faith with those things God has already promised you! Second Corinthians 1:20 says it this way...
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,
to the glory of God through us.
That means when you speak God's promises over your life, you are saying "amen" to everything God has already said "yes" to. Your relationships, your business, your health, your family—every part of your life is impacted when you learn to speak faith-filled words on a daily basis. You can live at rest, confessing the goodness of God, because His promises are yes and amen in your life.
Remember, there is power when you speak God's Word over your life. Confess His grace, His favor, His goodness and experience power and victory like never before. WHAT you speak has an enormous impact on the kind of life you live. Your words have power, and your miracle is in your mouth!
When You Speak To The Father, The Devil Hears
When you speak the Word of God it’s not just God or your own ears that hear but the devil hears the words as well. Why is this important? Because when you say something enough times even he has to believe it.
When Jesus went into the desert and Satan came and tempted Him, do you think Jesus just stood there and thought his response? No. He came back at Satan with the spoken word. It only took three times for the devil to see that Jesus was not going to be won over.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said that when you speak out the Word of God it’s not God you’re trying to convince but yourself. They also say that it takes 21 days to become a habit. I challenge you to spend the next 21 days speaking God’s promises 3 times a day. You don’t even have to speak the same promises everyday. Go on a treasure hunt to find which promises best apply to you. Then say them in the morning, mid day and right before bed.
This isn’t a formula, only a challenge. Be prepared to see the miraculous transform your life because God’s word is not without power.