Updated: Mar 31, 2019
The words that you speak can be some of the most uplifting things that have ever produced. Your words can build up nations, stir people's hearts to action, save a person's life, or they can tear someone down, stop a movement, or even put a fire in a zealous person's heart out completely. Words are more powerful than we can even begin to imagine. God, in his infinite power, speaks and Planets are formed in the exhalation of his breath; complex and intricate balances such as gravity, and planetary rotations were formed that are maintained even today.
When God spoke everything into creation he created a diagram for how we are supposed to use our words. He showed us how powerful our words can be if we learn to use them in the right manner. I heard a man, when recounting his trip to Heaven tell an audience that when Jesus spoke to him he was told that all of his idol words would have to be accounted for before God on the day of judgment.
"But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken." -Matthew 12:36. I am certain that this scripture isn't designed to scare you but is intended to motivate you to get your words in check, but it terrifies me. I mean, how many times did I cuss? How many times did I tear someone apart? how many times did I just say something to be funny, or lie for the sake of a good joke? Every single empty word that I spoke I have to account for before God. I know now that I have the blood of Jesus and I am forgiven, but I can't imagine that I will have a nonchalant attitude when I'm standing before the awesome creator of the universe.
Anyone who has ever had a Christian friend, Gone to church, or watched a famous preacher on TV has most likely heard Proverbs 18, 'Life and death are in the power of the tongue; those who love it shall eat the fruit thereof.'
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 combination of the words implies a sense of being rotten, spoiled, or over ripened. This word is typically associated with fruit, food, or animal substance that is putrid and unfit for use. This denotes that using cuss words, name calling, or belittling in any form produces bad fruit. It is producing bad seed and death that you are sowing into someone, and you will reap the consequence of what you sow.
Making a joke about a friend that is putting them down in any way is out of line, and is actually a curse. For example, if you even jokingly call someone stupid, dumb, an idiot, or make jokes that are in some form belittling them (even if you think it's just a joke) you are coming into alignment with the enemy of God. It doesn't matter if you are a friend or a politician you can't stand, stop lining up with the enemy.
God will not ever say something about us that isn't true. If he ever said we were dumb, then we would stop speaking. If he said we were idiots, then we would lose our intelligence. If he said we were worthless he wouldn't have given us Jesus. If God says it, then it is a reality. Stop lining up with the enemy.
I dare say it wouldn't be a far stretch to imagine that each person has in some way complained about someone, swore, condemned something (you DARN well know what I mean) and in doing so have cursed someone or something unintentionally. If we could see all the things we cursed in the spirit I bet we'd see a pile of darned phones, darned cars, darned people etc. If we are going to be accurately interpreting dreams we must not forget the power of our words.
By now you may be asking yourself, "how does this apply to dreams?" Dreams are sleep parables. Just as Jesus spoke parables to the people, so God speaks parables of the night into our ears. Dreams are stories that derive from three sources, The Soul (your own confabulation), The enemy, and God. Each dream has a meaning and a purpose. The power of the tongue comes into play when interpreting a dream because you, as the translator of this parabolic language, must now speak the meaning of the dream.
When I am translating a dream for a dreamer I look at the dream and if it is an enemy dream I will identify it as such, then I will say this is the enemy's plan, but if that is the plan of the enemy then here is what God must have planned for you. I will then take and speak a blessing over a person and declare the opposite of what the dark dream said. If the dream was a soul dream about the condition of a person's spiritual heart then I will say this is the issue, this is what God wants to fix, and I will pray an exhortation over them to help them line up with the word of God.
When you are interpreting a dream you have a great responsibility. You have the ability to help a person war in the spirit, to help them identify strongholds so they will be able to tear them down, to uplift someone, to build up another. Speak carefully so that only a blessing will come from your lips. This is also why it is important to line up with the word of God daily and not interpret from a stained glass lens, but that is a topic for another day.
You have the ability to change a person's life. If you change the way you speak, that will remove the tinted lenses that you were seeing through. Suddenly you will find more value in everyone you meet, and you more clearly see what God is wanting to do with someone's life. It's crucial that we don't interpret dreams with sunglasses on. We need to interpret from a place of biblical principles that aren't hindered by your denomination's doctrine, or psychological interpretations, from areas of your heart that wounded, from strongholds, or from any other place that isn't in line with God or His character.