Anointed To Speak
Contributed by Jeff Van Wyk on Nov 9, 2012 (message contributor)
Summary: Words are vehicles which can bring life, but they can also do a lot of harm. That is why our words must be in line with God’s Word. What we say can affect the eternal destiny of others. We are anointed to speak life and that places a responsibility on us
Anointed To Speak
SPEAK TO OTHERS
If we live in the Spirit we need to walk in the Spirit. We need to be careful what we say. Words are vehicles which can bring life, but they can also do a lot of harm. That is why our words must be in line with God’s Word.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. - Colossians 4:6
Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. - Ecclesiastes 5:2
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. – James 1:26
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. - Psalm 141:3
What we say can affect the eternal destiny of others. We are anointed to speak life and that places a responsibility on us to choose our words at all times. We are anointed vessels of God and we cannot just say what we want. We have to speak words which line with God’s Word. We have to choose our words wisely.
I always teach believers to count to three before they respond to anything verbally, because our sinful nature has been trained to lash out to others especially when we are criticized or opposed. What we say can never be retracted or undone – it is written in stone and will be recorded throughout eternity.
The Bible says that we must put a guard in front of our mouths. What does that mean? It is the anointing that is on your lips. What does it do? Before you speak, you should think. The anointing can help you to think before you speak.
I meet many Christians who say to me “I just say it like it is.” Or “I just speak my mind.” Well, that’s unfortunate, you shouldn’t just say it like it is and you shouldn’t just speak your mind. We have no right to inflict injury onto others with our mouths.
Our minds are anointed and should be renewed by the Spirit of God. The Spirit will teach you how to think and what to say. Not everything that comes into your head should come out of your mouth. If somebody looks untidy do not say, “You look so untidy. You should dress better.”
We do not have the right to speak to others like that. That is the way the flesh responds. But anointed, gentle, Spirit-filled children of God do not make those kinds of comments. There are better ways of saying the same thing without hurting others.
We who are Spirit-filled and anointed are different to the world and our speech should reflect that. People will judge us by what we say.
We must choose our words wisely. The words that we have within us carry life and will produce life because they come from the Spirit.
TOUCH NOT THE LORD’S ANOINTED
We have to be careful when we speak about anointed men and women of God because we do not know what their true relationship is with the Lord.
Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?" So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. - Numbers 12:6-9
Those who came up against Moses were punished because Moses was a man who had a face to face relationship with God. We do not know the nature of the relationship others have with the Lord. It is dangerous to slander someone who has a face to face relationship with God and the words that we might speak against that person comes against the anointing of God and can result in problems.
Do not touch my anointed ones and do my prophets no harm. - Psalm 105:15
We are living in a unique season and we have to watch what we say about others because we do not really know who we are talking about.
What did they say about Moses? They criticized his choice of wife. It had nothing to do with them, yet they chose to slander an anointed man of God who happened to have a unique relationship with God.