THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH IS IN YOUR MOUTH
By Pieter Kirstein
James 1:26 If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
James 2:12 So speak, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by [its] fruit.
34 Offspring of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings out good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings out evil things.
36 But I say to you that every idle word, whatever men may speak, they shall give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
This is a study on the power of the tongue and we will look at how it affects the life of every believer. God says my people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge and many Christians don’t know the power of their own tongues.
We have been created in the image and the likeness of Almighty God the Creator and the way that the Lord creates is by speaking.
The Bible teaches us in the book of Genesis that God spoke creation into existence and we need to understand the importance of speaking the right things.
A lot of people’s hearts and minds needs to transformed and renewed because they speak their own destruction and I am witness of this reality because I used to be the victim of my own tongue and the Lord had to correct me.
Prov 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Your soul can be ensnared through the words that come out of your mouth.
God gave you a tongue to defeat your mind, so whenever the enemy brings evil thoughts to your mind, replace those thoughts with positive confessions. Jesus said in Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
So you make a thought your own when you speak it aloud, because in doing so you come into agreement with it. When you agree with it, it becomes faith in your heart and when you speak it, it releases power to create the faith in your heart and it manifests in your life. It is a spiritual principle hat governs the universe.
David said in Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
Every word that we speak is like a building block in our lives and we need to ask the Lord to guard our mouths continually. What I mean by our words being building blocks is that we have the ability as Christians to create through our words.
It is a spiritual principle ordained of God. If a lie finds a place and I agree it’s true, then it is build over time brick by brick. Our agreement builds a stronghold and then it becomes a habitation for demonic presence. It is all about deception and it’s all about the lies.
Satan knows the power of the tongue very well and when people declare negative things about themselves and their future then they give him legal right to cause havoc in their destinies.
Speak to any true Satanist and they too will tell you that the way in which they put curses on people’s lives is through the power of the tongue. This is why the Bible gives us clear instruction about the power of the tongue in James 3.
The enemy of our souls knows full well that the Lord God imparted authority to man and that he has been ordained of God to rule and reign in the earth. We also have the ability to create our own future through the power of our words.
Our words are carriers of creative power and it holds the power of life and death, so we can choose to speak negative words full of fear, doubt and unbelief and by doing so we give the enemy the legal right to bring those negative confessions to pass in our lives, or we can choose to agree with what the word of God says about our lives.
This reality can also clearly be observed in the lives of people. When they are negative about everything, then they will create a negative atmosphere around them. We need to renew our minds to the point where we naturally speak the word of God over our lives. We take on the nature of the Living Word inside of us and we choose to stay in agreement with what He says about everything when we speak his Word over our lives.
The Bible encourages us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.True faith sees the invisible and believes the impossible and we as Christians are called to operate in the invisible realm of the spirit.
The word of God paints the picture of reality and truth. God operates in the realm of faith and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The more we fill ourselves with the truth of the word, the stronger our faith in God will grow because God cannot lie. The physical world around us is subject to the authority of God’s word and when we speak the word of God against our circumstances and keep doing it, then eventually everything around us will conform to the truth and power in the spoken word.
Because God’s word is the highest authority in the universe, therefore when a child of God speaks His word over their circumstances then those circumstances must bow its knee.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.God’s Word is Powerful.
Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (3)Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Jesus said, in Mark 11:23 and 24 that, 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. (24) “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.I believe that the foundation scripture to illustrate faith the best is found in Romans 10:9-10, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.(10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. In other words we literally speak our salvation into existence.The Holy Spirit revealed to my father years ago that it works like a dynamo.
If you believe with the heart and confess with your mouth, and again you believe with the heart and confess with your mouth all the time and by doing that, then you release and activate the power to create.
In Matthew 16:13-18 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” (14) So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (15) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (16) Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (17) Jesus answered and said to him,”Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.(18) “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shallnot prevail against it.
We legally become children of God in the spirit through the confession of our faith, when we make our personal declaration that “Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.
”In the Greek the word faith is “pistis” which means, to say it! The Lord revealed that our tongue is like a match and our hearts like sulfur and when we make the confession of the word we ignite the power thereof in the spirit.
God says in Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
James 3:1-18 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (2) For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. (3) 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. (10) Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (11) Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? (12) Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
The Word of God declares that no man can tame the tongue, but the good news is that, God can! How does He do it? He conquers the heart with His love and fills it with His truth then out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. A defiled tongue = a defiled heart, and we need to ask the Lord to cleanse our heart and help us to fill it with the truth and power of His word.
My mother spoke her own destruction. She always said that she didn’t want to grow older than 44.
This confession ensnared her own soul and gave Satan the legal entry into her life at that very age. She died of leukemia at the age of 44.
Another testimony is that when we did deliverance on my own brother, the Holy Spirit led me to break the curse over his “will” because a demon took hold of his will at a young age when my mother said to him in anger, ”You do not have a will of your own.”My brother had to renounce the curse before the demon released his will.
We really need to be careful with our words, because it activates the spiritual dimension. People destroy each other through their words and words can do even more damage than a beating.
In the beginning of my Christian years, the Lord had our bible study group focused on the tongue for more than four years in a row, until we had renewed our minds through His word. It is such an important area.
I remember one night during sleep, the Holy Spirit ministered to me through a dream. In the scene, I found myself sitting with other people in the setting of a lounge. We were all in conversation with each other. Suddenly this octopus tentacle came through the ground, as if from hell, and it fastened itself on my tongue. I couldn’t get it loose.
The Lord showed me through this experience that the enemy has taken hold of my tongue and he was using it against me. I had to repent of all the negative things that came out of my mouth before the Lord and had to break those agreements.
In another incident, the Lord again had to correct me through a dream because I was going through difficult times and became negative again. In the dream, I found myself standing next to the Holy Spirit and as we were standing there, the Lord Jesus spoke to me directly out of heaven.
He gently rebuked me and said, “Stop saying that you can’t do it. Start to declare that you can all things through Christ who gives you the strength and give the Holy Spirit something to work with.”
I thought “WOW” so the Holy Spirit works with the words that I speak. Immediately it became a revelation to me, just how powerful our words really are.It actually works as Jesus taught it in (John 12:49) For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say, and what I should speak – You speak the word of the Lord by the authority of the Father and the Holy Spirit does the work.
It is written in…(Job 22:28) I will also declare a thing, And it will be established for me; So light will shine on my ways.
I encourage you to speak the word of God over your life every day. God is light and His word is light. David says that the Word of God is a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. By speaking the Word over difficult situations, we drive the darkness away because the enemy cannot prevail against the Light.
(Romans 10:17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:13) And since I have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” I also believe and therefore speak…
In Psalm 5 we see how the throats of those that speak falsehood is described as an open sepulcher because they speak death.
6 You shall destroy them that speak falsehood: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your mercy: and in your fear will I worship toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is pure wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue.
Ask the Holy Spirit today to conquer and renew your heart through the power of God’s love and truth so that the fountain of your heart will only bring forth rivers of life.
Here is a daily confession that you can declare over your life every day…
I Thank You by Faith Lord God That Today and Every Day Your Divine Love Is Shed Abroad In My Heart By The Holy Spirit as you keep me free from idolatry that wants to interfere with me being wholly devoted to YOU LORD.
I Declare Today That All The Promises Of God, Are All Yes And Amen To Me In Christ. I Declare That I Have Been Baptized By The Spirit Of God Into The Risen Christ, And All Things Have Been Made New In My Life According To 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The Word Of God Declares That Life And Death Is In The Power Of The Tongue, Therefore I Choose To Only Speak Life Continually In The Name Of Jesus Christ.
Father, In Jesus Name And By The Power Of The Blood Of The Eternal Covenant, I Now Bind My Tongue To The Mind Of Christ To Speak The Oracles Of God.
I Declare That The Things That Are Seen Are Temporary, But The Things That Are Not Seen Are Eternal, So I Now Change My Circumstances To Line Up With Truth Of God’s Word.
I Also Decree That The Fire Of The Holy Spirit Is Exploding Through My Life To The North, The South, The East And The West To The Glory Of God. God Has Made Me An Entry Point For His Glory In The Earth.
The Created World Is The Manifestation Of The Spoken Word And That Same Word Now Manifests In My Life.
By Faith I Put On The Full Armor Of God And I Fight The Good Fight Of Faith And I Speak Destruction And Confusion Into The Kingdom Of Darkness, In The Heavenlies, In The Earth And Under The Earth And To All Of Satan’s Plans For My Life , The Body Of Christ And All The Heirs Of Salvation.
Thank You Lord Jesus That You Have Given Me The Keys Of The Kingdom, The Keys Of Authority And Power And I Bind All Principality, Powers, Rulers Of Darkness And Spiritual Wickedness In High Places To The North, The South, The East And The West.
In Jesus Mighty Name, I Release The Warring Angels Of God To Bind Belial To The North, Abaddon to the East, the Beast to the South and Leviathan to the West In Jesus Name And We Cut All Their Connecting Cords And lee-lines, And Seal Them Off As Chief Princes.
We Also Bind Satan’s General, Beelzebub And We Cut Of All His Commands Of Attack And Speak Confusion And Destruction To Him And The Army Of Satan. We Also Seal Him Off As Chief Prince.
Father In Jesus Name I Declare A Drought Upon The River Of Death. No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper And No Tongue That Is Raised In Judgment Against Me Shall Stand.
I call upon You Jesus to release the Hosts Of Heaven To Dismantle Every Stronghold And Point Of Attack Against My Life, The Family Of God And Our Prayers.
I Bind Every Satanic Agent Who Tries To Prevent My Prayers In Jesus Mighty Name.
Thank You Father God That I Am Surrounded by Your Mighty Warring Angels Today, and That the Hand of God Is Resting Mightily Upon My Life, the Lord Is the One Who Avenges Me, And We Belong to a Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken. Thank You Lord That It Is The Nature Of My God To Be Faithful.
The Prince Of This World Stands Condemned And We Drive Him Out In Jesus Mighty Name by the power of God’s Spirit that dwells in me.
God Is For Me So Who Can Be Against Me. He Who Did Not Spare His Own Son But Gave Him Up For Us All, How Will He Not Along With Jesus Graciously Give Us All Things To Enjoy.
My God Supplies All My Needs According To His Riches In Glory By Christ Jesus. Finances are Not a Problem Anymore.
My God Delights In My Prosperity And I Am Blessed In Every Way And I Am Getting Better Day By Day In Jesus Name.
I Am Willing And Obedient And I Eat The Best Of The Land Continually.
I Walk In The Divine Favor Of God And In The Comfort Of The Holy Spirit.
The Favor Of God Goes Before Me And Makes Way For Me Every Day.
I Have Favor With God And Man And Goodness And Mercy Follow Me Every Day Of My Life.
The Lord Is My Shepherd And I Shall Not Want.
He Makes Me To Lie Down In Green Pastures And He Leads Me Beside Still Waters, And He Restores My Soul.
My God Prepares A Table for Me In The Presence Of My Enemies and My God Is Now Making the Impossible Possible In My Life.
The Lord Rescues Me from Every Evil Attack and Will Bring Me Safely To His Heavenly Kingdom.
My Cup Overflows Continually Because God Anoints My Head With His Anointing Oil Of Gladness And Power.
I Declare And Decree That These Blessings From The Lord Come Upon Me Daily And Overtake Me.
I Am Blessed In the City and Blessed In the Field. The Produce Of My Ground Is Blessed. I Am Blessed Going In And Blessed Going Out.
All My Enemies Who Rise Up Against Me Are Defeated Before My Eyes; When They Come Against Me One Way, They Shall Flee Before Me Seven Ways In Jesus Mighty Name.
I Faithfully experience the Covenant Protection of God on Every Side because of the blood of Jesus.
I Am Blessed In The Land That The Lord God Has Given To Me.
The Lord Commands a Blessing on My Storehouses Every Day and I Am a River of God’s Divine Blessing to the Nations.
By The Power of the Holy Spirit I Am Experiencing Divine Breakthrough and Increase in Every Area of My Life in Jesus Name.
All Peoples of The Earth Can See That I Am A Man/woman Whom The Lord Has Blessed.
The Lord Opens To Me His Good Treasure, The Heavens, To Give Me Rain In Season And To Bless The Work Of My Hands.
I Lend And I Shall Not Borrow. My God Has Made Me The Head And Not The Tail.
I Am Above and Not Beneath. I Receive Of Heaven’s Dew Daily and I Enjoy Earth’s Riches.
To Me The Fullness Of The Deity Has Been Given In Christ And By The Grace Of God I Walk In It.
Thank You Father That I Am Seated In Heavenly Places In Christ.
I Have The Mind Of Christ And I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me To The Glory Of God, Thank You Holy Spirit That You Are My Faithfull Councilor And Divine Comforter And That You Enable Me To Hear The Voice Of The Shepherd Whenever He Chooses To Speak to me.
I Walk In The Light As God Is In The Light, Therefore We Have Fellowship With One Another And The Blood Of Jesus Cleanses My Life. Thank You God That You Always Fill Me with Your Divine Wisdom and Discernment and That You Clothe Me in the Grace of Your Humility.
Thank You Holy Spirit That You Always Empower Me to Bring Forth the Fruit of Righteousness to the Glory of My Father. I Humbly Ask For Your Close Fellowship This Day, In Jesus Name.
Father God I Now Declare In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ, According To Isaiah 61, That The Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord Is Upon Me Because The Lord Has Anointed Me To Preach The Good News To The Poor, He Has Sent Me To Heal The Brokenhearted, To Proclaim Liberty To The Captives, And To Open The Prison Doors And To Release Those That Are Bound; To Proclaim The Acceptable Year Of The Lord, And The Day Of Vengeance Of Our God.
To Comfort All Who Mourn, To Give Them Beauty For Ashes, The Oil Of Joy For Mourning, The Garment Of Praise To Lift The Spirit Of Heaviness And I Am Called A Tree Of Righteousness, The Planting Of The Lord For The Display Of His Splendor.
I Am A Priest Of God Most High, And I Feed On The Wealth Of The Gentiles To The Glory Of God.
I Declare By The Spirit Of The Lord That There Is Liberty And Freedom In My Life.By The Grace And Power Of God I Am Being Transformed Daily From Glory To Glory With Ever Increasing Glory Which Comes From The Lord Who Is The Spirit.
I Walk In Divine Freedom Because the Son Of God Has Set Me Free, Hallelujah!
According to (Isaiah 45:1-3): “I declare that the Holy Spirit goes before me to subdue nations before me and loose the armor of kings, To open before me the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: The Lord says, “’I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches of secret places that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.
”I declare according to Jeremiah 23:29 that the Word of God which I have just spoken over my life is like a fire, and like a hammer that breaks every rock in pieces.
This personal confession is given as an example to follow…I encourage you to take your personal prophetic words that has been given to you and war with them in the spirit by speaking them out loud into the atmosphere until you see it manifest in the natural. Do this every day in your praise and worship time in the Lord’s presence.
As the Lord said to me in a personal word…” My power will spring up, and the power of My word will become the sword by which you will defeat the enemy. War with your words. Days of breakthrough and breakout will happen as you war with the promises of God. Contend for the breakthroughs that you need. Do not grow weary in the battle. As you stand on the Word you will break through and breakout with the testimony of the Lord on every side.”
1Tim 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you, that you by them might war a good warfare;