Be Careful When You Joke!

Be careful what you put into your heart. Even things you say jokingly will get into your spirit.
Many people are confusing their inner man by speaking out opposites of the truth. For example, someone may say, “Man, isn’t it cold today!” when it’s actually 102.
Your faith will be less effective because of confusion in the spirit man. You must have continuity between what you are speaking and believing. 
Resist making statements such as, “Isn’t that a big dog!” when it is a little dog. These statements can confuse the heart and eventually cripple your faith. Saying it’s hot outside when it’s really cold, referring to a little dog as a big one, saying nothing ever works for you-all are examples of speaking with perverse lips. 


Foolish Talk Confuses The Spirit

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far form thee.  Proverbs 4:23,24
Perverse lips means “willful and contrary speech.” Perverse lips is speech contrary to what God’s Word says, such as: “No matter what I do, nothing ever works out anymore!” This talk is contrary to what God’s Word says; it’s an evil report.
God says of the person who delights in God’s Word: Whatever he doeth will prosper, and he shall have whatsoever he saith,
(Ps. 1:3; Mark 11:23,24.) We have available to us the promises and ability of God. We are able to use these abilities to cause His Word to come to pass.


The Law Will Work In Reverse

Some people say, “I believe I can have what I say if I speak good things. Surely God wouldn’t let Mark 11:23 work in reverse!”
The very principle of it tells you it will work either way, just like the forward and reverse gears of your car. When you put the car in reverse, the car goes backward. If you had wanted to go forward, you will find out why you didn’t when you see that the indicator is pointing to “reverse.”
We wouldn’t intentionally put a car in reverse when we want to go forward, yet many people operate the faith principle in a similar way. They pray the problem, talk the problem, and keep it before them day and night, even wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. Then they wonder why they can never find a solution to the problem. They are trying to go forward with the principle in reverse!


You Will Be Held Accountable

God considers any report that disagrees with Him to be evil.
Jesus says, I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matt. 12:36).
Idle means “non-working.” An idle word is nay word you speak that doesn’t work for you. Idle words usually contradict God’s Word or give place to the Devil. If you make statements like, “I’ve prayed, but it’s not working,” or “We’ll never get out of debit!” you won’t be let off in this world or in the world to come because you are speaking words contrary to the Scriptures. The Word says in Psalm 1:3, Whatever he doeth shall prosper.
When we get to heaven, there will be those who have lost rewards, because they did not believe the Word of God to receive the things of God provided for them in this life. They will say, “Lord, I didn’t have money to give to that missionary because I could never hold a job. No matter what I did, I always lost my job. I never had enough to give.”
Jesus will say, “That was your problem while you were on earth. The very words you are saying will testify against you.”
You will give account and lose reward for saying words which weren’t God’s words!
He will say, “You could have said things like this: Whatever I do will prosper. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I’m delivered from the powers of darkness. I have overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil, for the Greater One dwells in me. My God meets my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“But, Lord, it didn’t look like it was true.”
“Oh, so you walked by sight and not by faith.”
Revelation 7:17 says that God is going to wipe away all tears from their eyes. When many see what they could have had, and what they get, they will cry! God will wipe away the tears and the knowledge of what you missed, but on Judgment Day you will give account of every idle word you ever spoke.
Learn to put a zipper on your mouth until you learn the language of the Kingdom. The vocabulary of silence will win many battles.
I have been in situations in which I couldn’t say anything good, so I just gritted my teeth and didn’t say anything. You will give an account of every non-working word. Learn to speak every word in a manner that will work for you.
By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned (Matt. 12:37). You will be justified or condemned on the basis of the kind of words you decide to speak. Seed is sown by speaking words.
Remember, the law of faith also works in reverse. Every idle word you speak words against you, not for you. 


An Evil Report

In the Book of Numbers, we find an example of what God called an evil report. The ten spies, who were sent into Canaan to spy out the land, came back with this report: “We can’t take the land. There are giants there.” (Num. 13:27-33.) God called what they said an evil report. In God’s eyes anything spoken contrary to God’s Word, or Covenant, is an evil report.
The ten spies described what they saw, felt, and heard. Their report was evil because it was based on the sense realm.
Many church members do not understand the principles of confession of faith. They say, “I’m being truthful when I say it like it is: I’m taking the flu; I can’t pay my bills; I can’t understand the Bible; I’ll never have anything.”
But any statement like that is an evil report because it is contrary to what God said. He said you are redeemed from the curse of the Law, and the blessing of Abraham is yours. 


Idle Words Blaspheme The Holy Ghost

Jesus had just finished telling the people that He would forgive all manner of blasphemy except that which was against the Holy Ghost. Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost (Matt, 12:32) is blaspheming against the Holy Ghost. In this scripture Jesus is saying: If you speak against the Word of God, which is authored by the Holy Ghost, you are blaspheming (speaking) against the Holy Ghost and you won’t be let off for that; you will have the results of what you said. 
There is a sin unto death. (See 1 John 5:16; Heb. 6:4-6; Heb. 10:26-29). But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost mentioned in Matthew 12:32 won’t necessarily send you to hell. Every Christian has done it at some time. But if you contradict the Word of God continually, you are walking in dangerous territory.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:22, Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Traditionally, we have thought this verse referred to the unpardonable sin in which your soul is damned to hell. But later Jesus Himself said, O fools, and slow of heart…(Luke 24:25). So by most interpretations of that scripture, Jesus was headed for hell. No, what Jesus was saying in Matthew 5:22 was that you won’t be let off for speaking against what the Holy Spirit has authored.
The blood of Jesus was shed for our forgiveness…All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men (Matt. 12:31), including blasphemy against Jesus.
According to what Jesus said in Matthew 12:32, Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him. In verse 31 He states: But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Jesus said blasphemy against the Holy Ghost-not sin.
The Pharisees were speaking against Jesus. They said Jesus had a devil and that He cast out devils by the prince of devils. (Matt. 9:34) The Pharisees could not have been guilty of sinning against the Holy Ghost; they didn’t even know the Holy Ghost existed. To be guilty of that, they first would have had to have knowledge of the Holy Ghost.
But they were speaking contrary to God’ Word. Jesus said, “You won’t be let off for that.” The Pharisees received none of the miracles that others received because they didn’t believe in them. Because of what they said, they received no healing or deliverance.
Jesus is simply saying that speaking contrary to what the Holy Ghost had authored will not be forgiven you on this earth. Jesus confirms this in Mark 11:23, Whosoever shall say…..and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
In other words, you will reap the results of what you say.
Satan has blinded the minds of people as to the Kingdom’s operations, but ignorance won’t excuse you in earth or in heaven. You will suffer the consequences for what you said by losing things you could have had on earth and, as a result, will lose rewards in heaven. Eventually, you will have what you say, whether right or wrong.
Whether you realize it or not, you are operating a divine principle of the Kingdom. Words are seeds in the spirit world; and they will bring to pass the things spoken.
A good man out of the good treasure (deposit) of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things (Matt. 12:35). When Jesus used the term evil man, He wasn’t necessarily talking about a wicked man. He was referring to a man who allows his whole body to be full of darkness by getting an evil eye. You can do that by speaking negative things. (Matt 6:23)


Idle Words

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 
Matthew 12:33,34
Jesus was addressing people who were speaking against Him. When you study these verses in context, you will discover that He is telling them they will not be let off on earth or in the world to come.
Some have taken this passage out of context and have misinterpreted it, thinking that Jesus said these men were eternally damned to hell. He wasn’t saying that. 


God’s Spirit and the Word Tame the Tongue

Man by his natural ability has tamed the birds, the beasts, and the fish of the sea; but no man with natural ability can tame the tongue. It takes supernatural ability, and the Word of God is supernatural ability.
It takes the Spirit of God to tame the tongue. It takes the God within you for you to say, “My God has met my need according to His riches in glory.” when it looks like your need being supplied is the farthest thing from the truth!
It takes the Spirit of God within you to rise up for you to say, “In the name of Jesus, that child playing in the street will not get run over! In the name of Jesus, that man’s tire will not blow out before he gets to a filling station!”
You’ve heard people say, “Look at that guy! He’s going to blow that tire off the rim before he goes another mile!”
Do you realize why God has not turned up the power on your words? If He had, you would have blown that man’s tire off the rim! Then if you had said, “That car is going to fall apart before it gets off the freeway,” you would have caused a serious accident. This is the reason we must develop our faith in a creative manner.
We must learn to use our words creatively. It takes God within us to control our tongues.


No Man Can Tame The Tongue

When Adam sinned, he broke that communication link of the word between God and man. From my study of both Old and New Testaments, I am convinced that Adam’s fall was directly connected to his tongue. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, it poisoned his tongue.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  James 3:5,6
James 3:8 states that the tongue is an unruly evil, and full of deadly poison. God didn’t set it on fire; the Devil did! Man was capable of tapping the tree of life with his tongue in the Garden, and he is still capable of doing that today. The Word says, A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (Prov. 15:4).
The Amplified Bible states James 3:6 this way: “The tongue sets on fire the wheel of birth-the cycle of man’s nature….” In other words, if you inherited good health from your parents, more than likely you will be healthy-unless you don’t control your tongue! Your tongue can change that nature you inherited!
There is healing power in your body; God created man that way. If you cut your finger, you don’t have to stay up all night praying and hoping to God that it will heal. You don’t know how it does it, but it will heal itself.
All those vessels will knit together and healing will come unless you start saying, “I believe it’s getting infected! It’s looking worse every day! Just watch and see! I’ll probably end up going to the doctor.”
By speaking that way, you can stop the healing power that is in your body. Speaking those words into your heart will shut off the healing power. The inner man sends out an impulse that says, “Shut off the healing power; he’s getting infection!”
Jesus said whatever a man says and believes will come to pass if he doesn’t doubt in his heart. Your body was created to obey your words, and it knows how.
If the tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, set on fire of hell, who can be wholesome in their tongue? No man can tame it! But to prosper physically or financially, the tongue must be controlled. 


The Tongue Governs The Heart

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.  James 3:1,2
The perfect (or mature) man is one who doesn’t offend in word. The Greek says, “If he does not stumble in his words, he is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.” The Amplified Bible says he will be able to “curb his entire nature.”
Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  James 3:3,4
The heart is the governor, but the tongue is what programs the governor. Words are extremely powerful because your tongue governs your heart!
James is saying that a bit in a horse’s mouth will turn his whole body. A bit puts pressure on the tongue. The words you are saying will turn you about. Financially, you could be on the brink of disaster. If you will straighten out your words-put pressure on your tongue-you will change your course! The heart produces what you plant in it.
Your tongue is the rudder of your ship. If you don’t like where you are headed, turn the rudder. 



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