Man is made in the likeness and image of God. God is a trinity, meaning He is a three in one being. God is a Spirit, He has a soul, and both of these are housed in a body of flesh. The Spirit
“is the divine nature of man designed to be in regular communication with God. The soul
is the mind, the intellect, the will, the emotions, the choice or decision-making part of man – basically his personality. The soul is the part of man which enables him to live practically in this world. The body
is the house in which the other two live, and provides the means whereby the spirit and soul express themselves.
God desires that you may prosper and be in good health. The phrase here “mayest prosper
” in Greek means “to succeed in reaching; to have a prosperous journey.” Are there spiritual goals, career goals, relationships, or other godly dreams that you are reaching for?
The phrase “in health
” in the Greek means “to be safe and sound; to be whole; to be well in body; to be uncorrupt in doctrine
.” Notice this phrase refers not just to physical health, but to spiritual health as well. When a person is uncorrupt in doctrine, it means they have a solid, stable understanding of the Word of God that can’t be shaken by current trends, society, or Satanic affronts. Right now, I want to focus on the health of the soul. You can be “saved”, and can come forth from the dead like Lazarus, but still be bound!
There are several causes of being tied up in our soul. I’m going to go over the major ones with you. They are:
- Works of the Flesh
- Written Ordinances
- Soul ties
- Wrong Agreements
We’ve talked about soul ties in previous articles and resources. Right now, we are going to focus on the power of words.
“Death (destruction and ruin) and life (sustenance/maintenance) are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
Your future lives in your mouth. GOD takes your words seriously, even if you don’t! This kingdom principle is vital to walk in because this principle, like the law of gravity, governs the world God made for us. Words are containers for power, and they can create or destroy. You must learn to tame or control the tongue, because you are accountable for the words you say. Words are like boomerangs, which come flying back to strike the one who spoke them.
Let’s talk about self-imposed and word curses. There is one kind of curse against which even God cannot provide protection: the curses that Christians pronounce on themselves. It is a major way believers bring on themselves various kinds of trouble and they don’t understand the source. By speaking negative words about yourself, you shut off the blessings and expose yourself to curses. Speak life not death.
“It is the Spirit who gives life (He is the life-giver);
the flesh conveys no benefit whatsoever (there is no profit in it).
The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are Spirit and Life.”
Make your words line up with His Word. Speak faith-filled words that don’t contradict what God says about you. Speak life into your life.
Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth, it shall not return void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
You hide yourself from the enemies in your life by speaking His Word. (Psalm 17:4). You will be established and not slide by speaking His Word.
“The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom
and his tongue talketh of judgment (justice).
The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide (slip, shake, waver).”
Psalm 37:30-31 (definitions mine)
When Moses sends 12 spies in Numbers 13 & 14, they were to spy out the land which God had promised them as an inheritance. Joshua and Caleb come back saying; “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it”. The other 10 gave a negative report that focused on the giants and walled cities. Their conclusion: “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we”. In due course, The Lord pronounced His judgment. All those spies – both believing AND unbelieving – determined their own destiny by the words they spoke concerning themselves.
The Bible does not address this lightly at all.
37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Matthew 12:37 KJV
It’s important to notice something in this verse. Jesus never said others’ words make you “innocent” (justified) or “guilty” (condemned)
. He said YOUR OWN WORDS make you justified or condemned. It’s not what others say to you or about you, but what you say.
The overall principle you need to be aware of that through your spoken words you are continually making laws for yourself
. I cannot stress that enough.
Often when a person says something foolish or negative about himself, he excuses it with, “I didn’t really mean that.” However, that doesn’t negate the “law” or principle of God’s kingdom. The fact that you “don’t really mean them” doesn’t in any way minimize or cancel the effect of your words and it doesn’t release you from the accountability of them.
Mark 14:66-72 records how, in the court of the high Priest, Peter denied that he was a disciple of Jesus. To enforce his 3rd denial, he actually began to “curse and swear”. In other words, he invoked a curse on himself is what that implicates. Peter was quickly remorseful, but it is doubtful that he fully understood the full implication of his own words. Three days later, at the empty tomb, the angels told the woman, “Go and tell His disciples – and PETER – that He is going before you in Galilee..”
(Mark 16:7) Peter was no longer considered a disciple. By his own words he had forfeited his standing as a disciple of Jesus.
Later – in John 21:15-17 – the Bible records how Jesus graciously opened the way for Peter to regain his standing as a disciple. He asked Peter 3 x’s, “Do you love Me”? Peter said “YES” – answering in the affirmative each time. Jesus was leading him in this way to revoke his previous denials.
For each time Peter had made a wrong confession, he now made the right confession. Peter was reinstated as a disciple and recognized as such.
There is a way out.
- Repent – Acknowledge that we have made a wrong confession and repent.
- Revoke – We must cancel, whatever we said that was in error.