Updated: Apr 7, 2019
This blog, like others, is inspired by a dream I had recently. In this dream, I was standing in front of God and he was speaking to me. He told me all about my words and how important they were. He showed me times where I had made a joke, said something inappropriate, or in some way slandered a person and a dark black sword or other types of weapons would come out of my mouth and the enemy of God would grab them and use them to attack me and to attack people.
I saw spears and swords come out of my mouth that were dark black and looked like dark destructive weapons. The enemy would use these weapons to attack people and wound them, or try to kill them spiritually or physically. God informed me that I, as well as a significant portion of the church, were blind to the power of our words and the enemy capitalized on that every chance they had.
I remember listening to Kevin Zadai on Sid Roth's it's supernatural, and he said that when he had gone to Heaven and met Jesus that he was shown that he had a black vest on him that consisted of words that were spoken over him by people that meant well or didn't, and they were bound to him forming a black vest. My wife pointed out to me that those were the words that God was showing me.
The enemy is manipulating a spiritual principle that is allowing them to bind harmful words to your heart as part of who you identify as. We don't even realize that we are doing it most of the time. Throughout the Old Testament, you see it written that we are to bind the laws of God to our minds and write them in stone tablets of our hearts. Proverbs 3:3 states, "Let not steadfast love and faithfulness leave you (mercy, Truth, and faithfulness); Bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart." The word neck means neck. In this verse, it is indicating that you identify with it, adorn it around your neck for everyone to see and know that you identify as a possession of God. The word Heart in Hebrew is Libbeka which means your inner man, your mind, your will. This is indicating that you don't just identify with the word of God (Jesus is mercy, truth, and faithfulness and the word of God) but you actually identify within yourself and for all to see that you are the embodiment of the word of God.
Now, to get back to what my wife was saying. She had the revelation that what happens when you don't abide by the scriptural direction that we are prescribed to follow, then what happens is you take those words that were spoken over you and form a "bulletproof Words" vest around your heart to protect yourself. All of those things that were spoken over you have now become not only written on your heart as part of your identity, but they are now a stronghold and a self-defense mechanism that is out of line with the word of God. This is the very definition of something that is exalting itself over the word of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I have told people this many times and I will probably say it many more times, If you are saying something about anyone that doesn't line up with the scripture, then you are lining up with the enemy. Anything that God says is a reality. When he speaks his words carry the same power that rose Jesus from the grave, created the universe and everything in it, and directs the course of all creation. If God were to say, "You are stupid." Then you would not be able to speak anymore. If God called you an idiot or said anything about that was derogatory, then you would be that because his words are the truth, and what he says is the reality.
The Hebraic mindset is that all words have power. They believe that if you cuss, make a raunchy joke, put someone down, or even say something that is true but with a negative connotation then you are sinning. This is a lesson that is taught us in the book of Ephesians as well, " Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." - Ephesians 4;29.
When we look at the Greek word for unwholesome we gain a better understanding of what these types of words are. The Greek word Sapros is used. This is a combination of the words Sepo meaning to make corrupt, pass, become corrupt; and poneros meaning evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful; properly, pain-ridden, emphasizing the inevitable agonies and miseries that always go with evil.
"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts." Proverbs 26:22. The Hebrew word for a gossip is nirgawn. It means whisperer, talebearer, or slanderer. All three of those words are descriptions of the enemy of God, more accurately, ha-satan. He is the serpent that whispers in the garden; he is the slanderer or diablos.
When you are saying things about people, even if it is just a joke, or you believe it is the truth but is still hurtful, then you are attacking their identity. You are agreeing with the enemy about who they are and it hurts them and you because you are aligning with the enemy, you are acting as an unrighteous man. Proverbs 11:9 says, " With their mouths, the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape." The word for godless not only means that they are not acting godly but it indicates that they are being hypocrites. The word for destroys means to send to ruin. It is indicative of what happens to a person when they go to hell and are perishing in anguish and torment. The word Rea which is used to describe a neighbor, friend, or companion derives its meaning from the Hebrew word Ra'ah which means to sheep grazing or companion, but on the flip-side means to devour, to eat away, or to break something or someone. When you are intentionally or unintentionally hurting someone with your words, you are actually inflicting hell on earth in their lives. You're causing them to miss out on God's blessing in some area of their lives.
When you are speaking out of hurt or brokenness and are making jokes that are harmful or offensive to someone then you are transforming them from neighbor to neglected. Since these are lies that are being spoken about you (because they are not in agreement with the word of God) that are forming the vest, then God gives you a way out. It says through Knowledge the righteous escape. That literally translates to mean Through truth the righteous will be delivered. I believe that is not only referring to aligning yourself with the word of God, but it is also letting you know that Jesus is the way out.
By aligning yourself with truth, you will be set free from the bondage that the enemy has placed you in. Otherwise, the vest that is wrapped around your heart that is replacing the breastplate of righteousness. Those areas become walls, and behind those perimeters is a castle. Castles are usually occupied. If they weren't, then they would be easily overtaken because there would be no one there to defend them. However, as it is, there must be at the very least, a wounded you or a wounded them hiding behind those walls inside that well-fortified castle.
You may be thinking of the quote from Isaiah stating, "No weapon formed against me shall prosper.' That is correct, If you are in the mind of Christ, transformed and not conformed, and constantly walking as the new man then you will see those weapons that wove themselves around your heart fall apart. If you are not renewing your mind daily and making sure that you are lining up with the word of God in every area then you are operating from a stronghold.
Paul shows us in Titus 3:2-8 the order that we can use to get free and stay free from these curses, and in fact, he says that it is good and beneficial to everyone to abide by this;
"to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone."
I can't stress how important it is to take our words seriously. While I was writing this blog I wept several times. I was convicted by the revelation that the Holy Spirit had given. I realized that I was not only attacking my own character which I want so desperately to look like God's, but I have attacked the very identity of people that I desired in my heart to see saved. I wish that I could express to you the passion that the Holy Spirit feels about this topic. I am praying for each of you that reads this that you will take control of your words as well.
I can assure you that if you change the way you speak because you feel the conviction of God on your heart, then you will see a reward for that. Your life will overflow with blessing. Anything that you do in faith will be rewarded by God. Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." The Greek word for seek is ekzeteo. Bible hub has the best explanation of the word. "From ek and zeteo; to search out, i.e. (figuratively)investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebraism) worship -- en- (re-)quire, seek after (carefully, diligently)." Anything that you do to bless someone or seek after God and being like him is not only worship to God, but it also guaranteed to produce a reward from God. When it says God becomes a rewarder it means that he transitions something from one realm to another, and becomes one who pays wages. The wage of sin is death, but the wage of righteousness is a blessing from God directly to you.
Changing the way you speak is not an easy task. It is nearly impossible if you rely entirely on your flesh. But by seeking The Holy Spirit to help you to be like God then you are seeking wisdom; then you are seeking God; then you are going to be rewarded. James said if any of you are lacking wisdom then ask God who gives without finding fault. That is a promise in Christ Jesus, and all his promises are already answered by God as Yes and Amen. Not properly taking control of your words is a lack of wisdom and is robbing you of blessings from God.