Summary: I cannot count how many times the Spirit of God tried to get me to restrain my tongue from saying something, that I just felt I needed to get out.
A New Tongue
How often have we said things that we knew we should not have said with our mouths? Everything within us is saying, “STOP, DON’T SAY IT!” Yet, it is too late, the mouth train has already left the station, and the next stop is called “personal satisfaction through the declaration of the tongue.” I cannot count how many times the Spirit of God tried to get me to restrain my tongue from saying something, that I just felt I needed to get out. You see, He (the Holy Spirit) knew some things about the connection of my tongue, with the realization (manifestation) of what I had asked God for. I thought it was my right to say what I was feeling, when in essence it was a personal wrong to do so. There is something very serious regarding how we use our tongues, that can set the course for blessings, cursing, lack, health, the Anointing, and more in our lives. Some things we ought to be saying more of, yet there are many, many more things that we must stop saying with our tongues or mouths. The very words that we have spoken may have negated what God had intended to bless us with. The enemy bait’s the Christian to get them into conversations that will steal the Anointing that must flow through our tongues by means of declarations, and commands. In essence, the enemy sets up snares for us to step into with our words, with the purpose of stealing from us. We are often snared by the words of our own mouth. Proverbs 6:2 says;
“Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
Everything is not okay to say. Every conversation is not meant for you to be in, even when people try to draw you in. Although people may introduce you to a conversation, it does not mean that it is your spiritual business. Now when I say spiritual business, I am talking about if the person or thing that you are speaking about is part of your spiritual responsibility, or under your spiritual authority.
If the children of God are going to live a victorious life, then we must be determined to get “A New Tongue.” No more saying what we want, when we want; rather saying what God would have us to say, when He desires for us to say it. Get this in your spirit, from this day forward your tongue shall be an instrument for victorious living in God.
Issues Of The Tongue.
To gain a true understanding of the scope of the things that the tongue can cause, I will look at around 4 or 5 key words that will allow us to see, if in fact we see ourselves in them, thus identifying a snare that the enemy has been using against us, to steal from us and stop our breakthrough. These words are: murmuring, complaining, gossiping, backbiting, evil speaking, outburst of wrath (speaking in anger). The key issue with these words are when we do them against God (as well as anything that He has given, or instructed us to do), or others. Let’s examine each one to get further clarity.
The Hebrew word for “murmur” is “luwn”, meaning to grumble, complain or murmur. The Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “murmur” as a quiet expression of an opinion or feeling. A half suppressed or muttered complaint, grumbling. Numbers 14:27 says;
“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.”
When we grumble, or speak under our breathe regarding anything or anyone it is murmuring.
The Hebrew word for “complaining” is “anan”, meaning to complain, murmur, to be sad, sorrowful, to mourn, to groan, to complain with impiety (lack of respect for God). The Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “complain” as to say, or write that you are unhappy, sick, uncomfortable, etc, or that you do not like something. It is also to say something that expresses annoyance or unhappiness. It is to express grief, pain, or discontent, as well as to make a formal accusation or charge. Numbers 11:1 says;
“And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.”
Murmuring, or complaining speaks of discontentment with what the Lord has given us, or with others. We cannot change anyone by complaining about them to others. Our ability to see change comes in prayer, that is to say the prayers of the righteous. Complaining moves you from righteousness.