“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Almost everything you need to know before you open your mouth again. I am trying to cover this in only 6 posts – 1 more to come. Are you keeping your mouth shut, when you should be?
Dear Heavenly Father – We have seen so many loose mouths spitting out lies, negativity and curses – help us to not participate. Let us discern truth from lies and live in truth. Help us to stand firm in the positivity and hope of our redemption. And please keep and guard us from speaking curses, especially unknowingly. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
We are still studying the power of our words. Words can give life or death.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV
We have covered that the very first Bible story and lesson for us is that “God said” – and the power of words. We have seen the words of God create, heal, and bring the potential to save the world. We have studied how through the choice of words we can rob ourselves of our salvation and become children of the devil. We have learned how our words come back to us and the effect of that. We have learned not to curse and bless. We hopefully have repented of our careless words and purposed in our hearts and minds to use words to bless and bring life. Now, let us kick it up a notch and learn to use the power and authority we were given to choose words that can transform our world.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23 NKJV
This is most likely the most famous verse about choosing words carefully, prayerfully, and in faith, to transform the landscape of the world. God has never asked me to move a literal mountain – but I have full confidence that if he did, I could tell the mountain to move and it would. I have had a few mountain sized problems which I told to move – they didn’t. But God moved me and changed me and transformed my landscape by correcting the way in which I viewed it. Sometimes we see mountains as something that should not be there instead of as opportunities to climb and to get up above and have a change of perspective.
Back to choosing our words with authority – Let’s go back to take a closer look at the passage about the centurion’s servant (that I breezed by on Monday).
“5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” Matthew 8:5-13 NKJV
As I said on Monday, the centurion understood the rank and file of soldiers and the principles of authority. In verse 9 the centurion says that he is “also a man under authority”. First things first, being UNDER authority – Jesus was under the authority of God and the centurion is under the authority of the Roman Army. If either of them stepped out from under the authority in which they had submitted, then they would lose all of their own authority. Therefore to have authority, you must be fully submitted to a higher authority. This is true. You cannot be partially (half-heartedly) submitted to God and expect to have anyone recognize or submit to your authority. The authority given to anyone is always contingent on them being submitted to the higher authority.
Secondly, the centurion acknowledges that once someone is granted authority, that others obey them. The centurion doesn’t have to do anything, he just says to the people under his authority do it, and they do it. He just speaks into the chain of command beneath him and it is done. The centurion believed (correctly) that the authority Jesus had was built in the same structure. So, Jesus does not need to go do a healing – Jesus can speak it and it will be done. Jesus speaks into the spirit realm, which is a structure of authority, and the chain of command makes it happen. The lesson here is understanding the authority by which we choose words of power (like healing).
As for faith – you see here that faith truly is the essence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith was based on a knowledge of authority and truth – and essence. Faith isn’t blind trust in some fairy tale. Faith has knowledge – knowledge cannot be seen but it can manifest through believing the knowledge you have received. The centurion believed that Jesus had the authority because he had knowledge of authority and believed it.
Once we submit correctly under the authority God has placed above us – God, then Jesus, then Pastor, then head of household….
Under authority we receive the authority – and through the choice of words empower that authority. We, like Jesus and the centurion do not need to do anything. We just say it and in the spirit it is done.
The words we speak can change lives – we should be speaking blessing into the lives of everyone – friend and foe. Today, let us focus on blessing others with our words.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” Romans 12:14 ESV
Blessings into our family relationships and within our homes – Blessings into our homes – Blessings on our children, and their children and their children! – Blessings to our pets – Blessings in our finances – Blessings in and through our job and ministries – Blessings to our government officials – Blessings to our nations – Blessings to our souls and the souls of the prodigals and the souls of the lost – Blessings into our lives – in the name of Jesus ~amen!
Speak it – pray it – believe it.
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