THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH IS IN YOUR MOUTH
By Pieter Kirstein
It's a good thing to repent before God for
every idle word that you have spoken throughout your life and every word curse through bitterroot judgments in moments of anger and weakness.
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.
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 tongues need to be redeemed 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.
Proverbs 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?
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. rue 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
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 shall not 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!
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.
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. (😎 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.
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.
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
(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
6 You shall destroy them that speak falsehood: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
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.
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;