One of the biggest struggles I have is with my tongue.
I’m the type of person who tends to speak what I see. If something is good, I say it’s good. But if something is wrong, I call attention to it too.
It’s good for professional situations and if an honest opinion is needed, but my proclivity for uttering the literal extends beyond that.
Do you ever reprimand your spouse or children for being lazy, careless, or slow? Do you complain about things you wish you had in your life, or pains and challenges you wish you didn’t have? Well, that’s what I’m talking about.
The Bible says this about the tongue:
“But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:8-10)
We bless and curse more often than we realise. It doesn’t necessarily involve fairy dust, hexes, or even the words “bless” and “curse”.
When we praise and speak good, such as unto God or over someone, that’s a blessing we’re pronouncing.
In the same way, when we speak poorly of someone or put them down, such as saying that they’ll never amount to anything much or be able to do this or that, that’s actually a curse, in God’s reckoning.
All the curses recorded in the Bible are simply ill words spoken to a person or thing. It was so when God cursed the serpent – the devil – for deceiving Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). It was so when David cursed the place on Mount Gilboa where King Saul and Jonathan had been killed (2 Samuel 1), and similarly when Balak sent for Balaam to curse the people of Israel (Numbers 22-24).
Maybe you don’t have a problem in blessing people with your lips more than you speak lightly of them. But perhaps you find yourself talking a lot about worrying trends and news reports, and discussing why they are and what should be done.
Being generally negative about people and things is how most of the world speaks.
But God has called believers in Christ as being “not of the world”, even though we are in the world. He has called us to a better and higher way – His way.
God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; (Romans 4:17)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believe and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13)
This is the way God speaks, and the way He likes us to speak – calling those things which do not exist as though they did, and in the spirit of faith. For without faith it’s impossible to please God.
Be aware that faith is not calling those things which do exist as though they did not.
Faith isn’t denying the problem and simply putting a positive spin on things – rather, faith acknowledges the problem, but sees past it to recognise and exalt God who is overwhelmingly greater.
The kind of faith that pleases God isn’t bringing our requests and problems to Him, pleading with Him to do something about it, and then waiting to see if He does.
The kind of faith that pleases Him is bringing our requests and problems to Him, thanking Him that He has already provided the answer, and then expecting to see the result!
This is the kind of faith that believes God is as good as His word, and simply speaks His word out believing it to be so.
Joshua and Caleb saw the giants and fortified walls just like the other 10 spies; but more than that, they saw how the Lord delighted in them and how He was with them to give them the land as He had promised.
Jesus never denied that Lazarus was dead, or the people paralysed or blind or in need of healing. He simply saw the supply of His Father, gave thanks for it, and called it forth!
In essence, faith stems from having a good opinion of God and seeing the abundance of His supply of grace.
When we speak in the spirit of faith, we are not claiming things that are untrue to be true.
Rather, we are asserting the incorruptible truth that God Himself has declared in His Word, and speaking in line with Him to bring forth the truth to its manifestation!
God has put all believers in Christ immediately and permanently in Christ, and from that moment on He sees us righteous, perfect, and complete in His Son.
When we confess that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, we are simply calling ourselves as God sees us. And it’s a matter of time before our behaviour manifests the truth of that declaration.
When we declare that we are the healed in Christ Jesus, we are simply calling ourselves as God sees us. And it’s a matter of time before our body lines up with the truth of that declaration.
When we call our spouse and children strong, anointed and successful, and ourselves blessed regardless of the circumstances, we are simply speaking as God sees.
And it’s a matter of time before what we see in the natural matches up with what God already sees in the infallible truth of His Word.
The Bible tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and advises us to guard our heart above all else, for it influences everything else in our life, and everything we do flows from it.
In and of ourselves, we can never speak in faith constantly or even consistently.
Only by filling ourselves up with God’s words of faith and messages that remind us of God’s promises and what we already have in Christ, can we learn to flow with Him and speak like He does.
I may not always speak in agreement with God in faith, even though I’m learning to.
But I know that His promises and plans for my life will hold true, just because He said so.
Because when we encounter Jesus, we encounter grace.
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