Spiritual Battle Skill – Watch Your Mouth

Creation begun with the power of the ‘word’ [John 1:1-17] where God spoke into existence the Heavens, the Earth and everything in it ; In Genesis 1:3, Then God said,”Let there be light,”and there was light. God created us all in His own image so we have power in our words; is very important choosing words wisely. With our tongues we either speak ; life or death, victory or defeat, weakness or strength , insecurity or confidence and trust or doubt. Your words can teach, encourage and uplift. They can also discourage, reject and demean, express gratitude, love, and joy, express selfishness, hate and despondency. Whatever you say, you should be prepared to eat the fruit of your words [Proverbs 18:26]. Jesus Christ [Yeshua] has warned us that, on the day of judgement ,we will all account for every careless word ever spoken. For by our words we will be acquitted, and by our words we will be condemned [Matthew 12:36-37]. The words we speak have long lasting impact directly connected to our present and future circumstances. The Bible reveals several accounts regarding individuals either watching their mouths or carelessly using words. In both cases we are shown the effect of the tongue’s power. Joseph did not keep his mouth shut about his dreams and his own brothers hated him more, so sold him into slavery [Genesis 37:1-36]; if the enemy doesn’t know ‘your plans’, he cannot attack you. You’d be surprised how your words and the words of people around you including parents in the past are effecting your situation today.

Our aim is to ask for the Grace of God, so we know what to say about our situations and not what our inconsistent emotions want us to declare. God is aware of your heart, intentions and words. God even knows what you are going to say before you say it [ Psalm 139:4 ]. Our hearts and mouths are closely interconnected and require constant inspection to ensure acceptability in God’s sight. Our words reveal what our heart is full of, which is either the fruit of goodness or wickedness [Luke 6:45 ]. In the Bible, we read about the account of Ananias and Sapphira. Their hearts were deceitful in their actions which exposed insincerity. Ananias died and his body was carried out and buried when he lied to the apostles about their earnings, bringing only a portion of the profit. Sapphira didn’t watch her mouth although given the opportunity to speak truth and examine her heart an hour later when questioned by Peter. Sapphira declared the established lie discussed with her husband continuing on with deceit and hypocrisy therefore triggering her immediate death [Acts 5:1-11]. Ananias and Sapphira didn’t lie to the apostles but they lied to God. What is your heart full of? What is coming out of your mouth? Are your words and heart’s meditations pleasing before God?.

Everyone close to me will tell what the words “It is well”, mean to me. I even have Personalized T-Shirt’s made with these words. In 2 Kings 4, the Shunammite woman serves as an excellent example for all believers to follow in guarding one’s mouth in the midst of difficulty. For a parent to witness and experience the death of their child is an indescribable feeling that only God’s grace and comforting power can alleviate them from, but in the midst of pain, fear, depression, anxiety and alarm she was very careful with her words as she sought after the face of God. The Shumammite woman guarded her mouth as she carried her son and laid him on the bed and shut the door. She guarded her mouth when she requested transportation from her husband to pursue the Man of God. When her husband asked her the purpose of her visit to Elisha, she replied, “It will be all right.” The Shunammite woman was speaking life into her situation. She guarded her mouth when Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, approached her and questioned her regarding the well-being of herself, her husband and the child, but she answered, “It is well”[ 2 Kings 4:26]. Stop complaining and telling everyone about your situation instead seek the face of God. Even when she approached Elisha and took hold of his feet, she guarded her mouth and didn’t speak death. Elisha prayed to the LORD and the Power of God through the willingness of Elisha resulted in the healing of her son. What a powerful example to follow! When overwhelmed in a situation- don’t declare ”you must as well die” – This is a secret weapon our enemy uses to connect (the demon of death comes into your life)- the power of our own tongue then brings more pain and suffering.

When you disrespect God-given relationships and authority, it can bring about significant consequences. We have to be careful not to allow words to come out of our mouths that discredit, disrespect and demean individuals God put in authority over us. One might not enjoy the authority’s method, but if God put the individual in position one is commanded to submit unto them. It is vital to ask God for wisdom regarding the authorities you have been placed under, seek God’s direction. In Genesis 12:3, God Made a covenant with Moses before putting him in authority- ”And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” .In the story of Miriam and Aaron, they didn’t watch their mouths when they murmured against their brother Moses, God’s chosen leader for the Israelites because of his wife. The LORD came down personally in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tabernacle and called forward Aaron and Miriam. God corrected and disciplined them for their words against Moses’ leadership appointed by God, his relationship with God and his anointing from God. As a result Miriam was leprous and confined outside of the camp for seven days. Additionally, Aaron pleaded with Moses for forgiveness and the Israelites could not move forward until Miriam was declared ceremonially clean. Our words not only affect our circumstances, they affect those around us. It is of extreme importance to genuinely speak words that edify, encourage and respect others. We must keep our hearts aligned with what is acceptable in God’s sight and guard our mouths continuously. What is in your heart or said about your parents, manager at work or a pastor /man of God?

Our mouths propel us forward when we speak God’s promises in faithful expectation – but set us and those around back, when we speak from our emotions and feelings. It is vital for anyone who says they believe and trust God to watch their mouths as His plan of good and purpose is brought to light. Lets look at the story of Caleb and Joshua in Numbers 13 and 14. The LORD told Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan [the land that he already promised to give the sons of Israel] . The twelve spies went on a forty-day excursion to learn more about the land, and when they returned at the end of the forty days they reported to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel the land’s abundant prosperity flowing with milk and honey. Caleb spoke life and agreed with God’s word by saying, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.” But the other spies except Joshua continued speaking death and defeat thus creating a chain reaction with the Israelites to murmur against Moses, Aaron and the LORD. By not watching their mouths the Israelites who complained died in the wilderness. By not watching their mouths the Israelites who complained, their children were set back forty years before they entered the Promised Land. By not watching their mouths the ten spies who brought back the bad report of the land died by a plague before the LORD. Caleb and Joshua remained alive out of the men who went to spy out the land. Additionally, God promised that they would enter into the Promised Land and their descendants would take possession of it. What are you telling your children? what did you hear your parents saying growing up? did they accept that sickness is a genetic condition or said we are poor all the time? Is it fibroid in the family? Is it Cancer in the family? Is there no settle home/marriages in your family ? In Jesus Christ name , I break that yoke of curses upon your life and family.


No matter what is going on in your life, aim to thank God for his goodness and love [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]. Thanking God is essential and it is His will that children of covenant give thanks to him. God is worthy and deserving of our praise, because he is good, loving, faithful, gracious, forgiving and merciful. We must watch our mouths when trials, tribulations and life’s challenges come and our emotions want to negatively express our perspective regarding our current circumstance . Are you in a sick bed? are your finances in a mess? have the doctors told you that , you can never have a child? is your relationship or marriage at the point of breakdown? your career , family , health or education facing challenges? Even in the midst of trials and tribulations guard your lips, speak God’s word and “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!”. Don’t focus on your trials and listen to the enemy that, nothing will change; begin declaring God’s word instead. As followers of Yeshua we require discipline, trust, and faith in our tribulations. But once you begin to get in the habit of using our words wisely in thanksgiving and praise to God, when the wrong words try to come out, you will be able to take action and bounce back to God’s words and speak victory into your life.

Prayer

“It is well” in Jesus Christ Name- Amen

Further Reading

Genesis 1 (whole chapter) Proverbs 10:19 Psalms 19:14 Proverbs 21:30 Psalms 139:4 Luke 6:45 Acts 5:1-11 Acts 4:32-37 Genesis 12 Numbers 12 Romans 13:1-3 Numbers 13:25-33 Proverbs 13:3 Numbers 14:1-28 Romans 8:28 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 John 16:33