Psalm 49:3 says, “My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall give understanding” (NKJV).
I have been thinking about something a friend of mine mentioned earlier this month, while finally realizing this is also something, albeit on different levels at times, I have been quietly mulling over with Jesus for almost a year. She said “The question remains Prue where do we fight from, what are we hearing, and what are we speaking? As Intercessors? As individuals and as Christians?”[sic](emphasis mine) Powerful questions with equally powerful answers. Words are incredibly potent and so we must always choose ours with care.
Papa has been subtly speaking to me about my words, about choosing words that build, plant, and/or speak life. About choosing faith filled and fear demolishing words. He has been showing me that my words do, in fact, create my atmosphere. What words am I choosing to speak? Or rather, Whose words?
There have been times over the course of my life when I have opened my mouth and subsequently had to insert my foot. If our words had a taste, I would have gagged on them. I can be impulsive, impatient and lack enough decency to wait and think before speaking. Most of these times also reflected the state of my heart in that instant. Scripture is very clear that out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak (Luke 6:45). Clearly in these moments what was in my heart came pouring out of my mouth and it was not good. I am grateful for grace and forgiveness.
It is good to laugh, is it not? But is it right to laugh at the expense of others? There are a few things the Holy Spirit has been showing me that, as a follower of Jesus, I should not be so quick to jump on the bandwagon. I will share a couple. One is the stupefying and emasculation of the man of the house, or paternal figure in sitcoms. While it may be written to be humorous, on a deeper level it shows a lack of respect for the head of the household and gives boys the wrong idea about what a healthy, loving, and unified relationship is. These types of words used in sitcoms can often humiliate, denigrate, or undermine marriage, family, and relationships in general. Another is the social media “meme”. There are plenty that are clean, funny, and uplifting, yet there are many, many using words which belittle or are downright mean and slanderous towards people or relationships.
Words are weighty. The tongue contains both life and death; unbridled it can release a forest fire but used wisely it will bring life (Proverbs 18:21; James 3:5). Our tongues and the power of our words not only have the capability to pull down strongholds, to plant and cultivate orchards of fruit trees, they also have the ability to burn those orchards down and build those strongholds. Psalm 55:21 “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.” As an intercessor, it is vital that I pray from the Father’s heart. I must be careful to pray what I hear from God for even those I do not agree with, or even like! Not only that, but to pray from a heart of love as only the Holy Spirit can give.
It is nearly effortless to get caught up in emotions and anger, easily drifting into talk of condemnation and cursing whether in every day conversation or in prayer. But Scripture advises us to bless and not curse (Romans 12:14). We must remind ourselves that despite the evil and wicked things people do, we must not stoop to that level in the Spirit. Regardless of what the person says or does, the last thing we need to do is react from the same spirit attacking us! This is a tactic of Satan and he is very adept at its use. Jesus died for them as people and He loves them too. When we speak life and God’s word over those people, we release them to Him. We are not binding them in shackles with our prayers, we are pushing back the demonic influence surrounding them.
Our words create atmospheres. They are weapons of warfare and tools for building and planting. Decreeing and declaring the Word of God will never fail us and these are the words we need to be speaking. Choose your words carefully for if you ever have to eat them, let them be sweet!
A soft answer turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1a).