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    Through the Confessions of our Mouth

    Through the Confessions of our Mouth

    Have you ever stopped to consider the words you speak everyday? Have you even considered how those same words bring about a course change in your life? God's Holy Word has much to say on this subject and for good reason. Life and death are in the power of the tongue!
    Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

    Matthew 12:37 (NKJV)

    For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
    What a powerful tool God gave to mankind when He created us in His image and in His likeness. Do you realize that God gave us something of Himself when He gave us the ability to choose? We often don't think about or consider the power of words unless we are on the receiving end of those words that hurt. If you grew up in a life where words were spoken to you that were hurtful and damaging, you may realize how powerful the spoken word can be.

    For those who grew up in a household where praises, compliments, encouraging words were always spoken, it was taken for granted that things always went well for you. It is hard to imagine a life otherwise. But for those who knew only harsh, unforgiving and condemning words, no hope was offered and only hopelessness and failure were the order of the day. Yes, the spoken word carries great power to either bring life or promote death.

    James explains it this way...
    James 3:3-9 (NKJV)
    Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
    See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
    For something so small and yet so powerful. Consider this great power God has given to mankind! Even in our fallen state, we still wield such great power and with this power, we actually control our lives and influence the lives of those around us. It is hard to imagine that changing our words can change our lives. But this scripture clearly shows us we do not possess that power to change the course of our own tongue. How then can we be changed?

    We must understand from where the tongue receives its words. The bible teaches that the mouth speaks from the content of the heart. So whatever is IN our heart will be heard from our mouths.
    Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
    Keep your heart with all diligence,
    For out of it spring the issues of life.

    Matthew 12:35-37 (NKJV)

    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    Matthew 15:18-20 (NKJV)

    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

    Mark 7:21-23 (NKJV)

    For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
    Whatever the mouth speaks reveals the content of the heart for the mouth cannot speak anything other than what is in the heart. To change our words and therefore the direction or course of our life, we must change our heart. However, with this, we are faced with another dilemma. How can we change our heart? God says this is impossible for man.
    Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)
    “The heart is deceitful above all things,
    And desperately wicked;
    Who can know it?
    10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
    I test the mind,
    Even to give every man according to his ways,
    According to the fruit of his doings.

    Ezekiel 11:19-20 (NKJV)

    Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

    Jeremiah 32:39-41 (NKJV)

    then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. 

    Ezekiel 11:19-20 (NKJV)

    Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

    Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NKJV)

    A New Covenant
    31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, ’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
    We think all we need is to change our minds and in this way we will change but God has shown throughout history that this does not work nor CAN it work. What man needs is a NEW heart. The old one is damaged beyond repair and needs replacing (Jeremiah 17:9). In order to do this, an extraordinary event had to happen first. Someone from Heaven needed to come down to earth in the form of a perfect sinless man and take upon himself our sin and receive the punishment for that sin, which is death. Jesus was that man and because He had never sinned but lived a perfect life, death could not hold Him. The curse of death was ONLY for those who sinned. The soul that sins, that soul shall die (Ezekiel 18:20).

    Since Jesus never sinned, death was an unjust punishment for Him and He HAD to rise from the dead! And now God has promised that all who believe in the Son of God shall never see death but will be restored to everlasting life as it was intended from the beginning when He created Adam and Eve in the Garden.

    Now that our heart has been exchanged, not renewed but replaced with a new heart, one which drinks from the heavenly waters and not of the waters that perish, new words will come forth from our mouth. This does not mean our will has been bridled and it is not possible for us to speak words of death if we choose. It just means, we are no longer inclined to speak words of death. Now, the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts and has sought for a way to deceive, if possible, the very elect of God. His purpose, as we all know, is the steal, kill and destroy.

    When we came into this new life with a new heart, like Lazarus being raised from the dead, we came into life still bound by the grave clothes or bound by those things that bound us in death. Jesus commanded those nearest Lazarus to loose him and let him go. So are we commanded to aid our brethren as they too emerged from their tomb of death and bound by those very grave clothes, to free them from those things that bound them in death. These grave clothes represent those areas of unforgiveness, judgments, vows or oaths, and mindsets we've established in our lives that controlled our actions, reactions and even our thought processes when we were dead in our sins. We need the washing of the water of God's word to renew our minds so that we begin to think as Jesus thought. This means to cast away from us that old rag and put on the garments of righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    It is during this renewal process or that building up of the wall of our salvation that Satan, our adversary seeks to breach that wall and cause us to begin speaking out words of death instead of life. Before, we did not know how this worked but now, after having received the life of Christ, we are able to recognize these attempts at deception. What many today do not do but should, is to take captive EVERY thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. In plain speak, Satan continues to influence us through our thoughts as he whispers in our ears to draw us away and entice us to do what is pleasing to our flesh and not to obey God's Spirit or word.

    Those deadly words of yesterday, such as, "I am a failure...I will never succeed...I'll always fail...No one loves me...Who even cares...I am a nobody...I can never do anything right...I'm not even supposed to be here...I was an accident...I'm not wanted...I'm not loved...etc." there are many many more such words of condemnation, rejection and hopelessness. All of these are used by our adversary to turn us away from the hope and promise that is in Jesus Christ. If you find yourself repeating those words that defeated you previously in your life, then you are speaking in agreement with the devil and two cannot walk together unless they agree (Amos 3:3). Then you will be receiving the words of death and death begins its deadly work to lead you to your destruction.

    Brethren, it is this that should not be seen in those who have crucified their old man to renew them to life again. Do we trample upon the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior again that we should believe the lie and die? No brethren, if you find yourself overtaken or if you see your brother overtaken in this lie, it is our duty to stand in the gap and help rebuild the old ruined places in the life of our fallen brethren until they are fully restored. For this is the nature of our new life, we do not stand alone but we stand and work alongside our brethren who are like us, in need of that great and powerful Savior Jesus Christ.

    So let us put a guard on our heart and capture every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and take it captive to the obedience of Christ. Let us speak words of life and no longer speak after the pattern of this world which has already been judged and reserved for the wrath of the Lamb when He returns in all His Glory and Power to punish the wicked and the father of lies.

    Now unto Him who has defeated death and sits at the right hand of Power, be glory and honor and power to Jesus Christ, God's own Son! AMEN!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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