“A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]” (Proverbs 18:20—Amplified translation).
I can remember when I was twelve years old and entering into a world of unknown fear: Junior High School. Although the school was within walking distance of home, I dreaded this new experience. My mom’s words of encouragement; “You will be just fine Mel”, didn’t seem to be very consoling on the first day. The transition from elementary school’s one classroom and one teacher, to six classes and six different teachers were overwhelming. I would ask myself questions such as, “Will I be able to find my classroom and not be late?” or “Will I have any of my friends in any of my classes?” It appeared to a twelve-year-old, nothing but trouble. And then there was gym class! Getting naked and taking a shower with a bunch of naked boys was more than disgusting, it was awful! Especially on one intimidating day; I didn’t find trouble, trouble found me.
I had just finished putting back on my school clothes after showering when a group (actually three boys, but seemed at the time a “group”) of ‘bullys’ intentionally bumped into me at my gym locker. My reaction? Don’t say a word and get the heck out of there! Each day, this act of ‘picking on the seventh-grader’, turned into a routine of theirs. I was afraid to tell the gym teacher, my parents or anyone else. “I can manage this mess” I thought. The old saying of ‘sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you’ is a lie!
Finally after about three weeks of harassment, both physically and verbally, I had enough! After gym class, on the way to my wood shop class, it happened! One very tall African-American boy (the current vernacular), by the name of Percy, approached me before I got to shop class. My plan of retaliation was quick and to the point. “I’ve had enough and I’m not going to take it any longer, you big….” Yep, the ‘N’ word came out of my mouth along with some other adjectives, later on surprised that I knew that many. Later, after the physical confrontation, for which my wood shop teacher broke up, I was asked by the school principal if I actually knew the meanings of my chosen words. I had no clue, but I did know they were ‘bad words’ and I had enough of the bullying. By the way, Percy and I became good friends over the next two years, walking to school together every day. My mom told me later after being called up to the school’s principal office along with Percy’s dad, “You better watch your mouth Mel, it can get you in a whole lot of trouble.” At least she didn’t give me that ‘sticks and stones’ line again.
READ Genesis 1:1-3:
The words that come out of my mouth, set the foundation of my life. Nothing ‘just’ happens until the Word of God comes out of our mouths in changing chaotic situations. Words that we speak are responsible for success and destruction.
“IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said…”
God said WORDS, and then in Genesis 1:4, “And God saw…”
WORDS ARE ‘THINGS’
Word in the Hebrew is debar; an act, commandment, saying, speech or thing (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words}. When God said WORDS, they became ‘THINGS”; “light”, “day and night”, a “firmament [the expanse of the sky]”, “the Earth and Sea” (Genesis 1:3-31).
OUR WORDS CAN HAVE CONSEQUENCES
Can the things we say, our own very words that come out of our mouths, actually have consequences with them?
“A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit [‘things’] of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or bad]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit [‘WORDS’] of it [for death and life]” (Proverbs 18:20, 21).
Your words that are spoken turn on the death cycle or life-cycle; I have a ‘blessing’ or ‘curse’ in my mouth. The word that is conceived in your heart; that’s pregnancy in your heart. It then comes out of your mouth as a ‘Spiritual Force’ that re-arranges and changes things. This is how it all begins in the Kingdom of God.
KEEPING GOD’S WORD IN YOUR MOUTH
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night” (Joshua 1:8).
God tells us in Joshua 1:8 how to keep His Word planted; that is “meditating” on it in our hearts. As you meditate on His Word, keep saying it until His Word speaks back to you, building your faith and confidence. The words out of my mouth is more beneficial to me than to somebody else.
Speak above your circumstance that is confronting you; don’t just think about it, speak ‘word- things’. You don’t speak of the things you ‘do’ see but you speak of the things you ‘don’t’ see (2 Corinthians 5:7).
THE ‘EAR, MOUTH, HEART CONNECTION’
How others hear us is often different from how we hear ourselves. Anatomically, we have an inner ear and an outer ear. The inner ear is the one that feeds your heart. The part of your brain that controls your mouth also controls the nerve center controlling your body. So, if I speak health, the body reacts to what I speak and from what I have heard. God saw darkness; He spoke light (Gen. 1:2). If you are having illness in your life right now, speak fruit; even if you can’t see the harvest right away. ‘Health fruit’ is on its way because you said so!
REAL BIBLE FAITH
Real Bible faith is real Bible love. The devil doesn’t attack your body; he attacks your confidence, not your health, not your prosperity. Speak with your mouth–God loves me, this I know! Believe the love for His Words are filled with faith.
SAYING WORDS THE FATHER HAS ALREADY SAID
Jesus tells us in The Gospel of John: “If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them, it is not I who judges him…” (John 12:47) He goes on saying, “for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him the last day” (verse 48) And He continues, “but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell [Deuteronomy 18:18, 19]” (verse 49) “And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions” (verse 50).
James picks up on this theme when he says in James 1:19, 20:
“Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry, For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].” Maybe that’s why God only gave us one mouth and two ears for!
Words produce life as a ‘apple seed’ produces apples. The ‘outer’ ear for our flesh and the ‘inner’ ear for our spirit.
WRITTING DOWN THE TRUTH
“Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you, bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3— Amplified version).
You might be thinking after reading the verse in Proverbs, “How do I write words on my heart?” When I first came upon those same words, I had the same question. The more I studied what God was saying, they led me to Psalm 45 for the answer:
“MY HEART overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King, My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer” (verse 1).
There it is folks; we write it with our tongues, the spoken word. When we do so, we establish those words in who we are. The enemy knows what he can do and God knows what He can do! We established the Word when we speak it with our mouths, not just with our ‘thinking’ about the Word.
TURNING ‘HEALING’ ON!
The devil gives you suggestions and words to ponder. Words to turn on with your mouth what the enemy wants you to do. An example might be, “I think…I’ve got the flu!” 2 Corinthians 13:1 talks about “the establishing witness” collaboration: “THIS IS the third time that I am coming to you. By the testimony of two or three witnesses must any charge and every accusing statement be sustained and confirmed.”
The way of talking to others, “two or three witnesses” can result in them agreeing with your words: “Yea, he’s got the flu alright”. Your words have been established when you speak them to the point of agreeing witnesses. OUCH! “Watch your mouth”.
Psalm 119:89 says The WORD is already settled: “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].” The Word is already settled and when you speak the Word out of your mouth, you have established the Word that is already been settled;
I am an ambassador of heaven on earth. Healing is not up for a vote; it’s settled already in heaven. So claim it in Jesus Name.