Words have power. We know this is true because Elohim spoke and created the world and everything in it. He used His hands and His own Breath to form man, but that's because of the relationship aspect involved with humanity -- He was demonstrating He's a hands-on Dad. Because we're created in His image we have the power to speak and create and prophesy things into existence.
In addition to advertising my businesses, I use social media to pray over others. When they post about illnesses, aches and pains it gives me the opportunity to lift them up to The Great Physician. I also use it to release wisdom and truth into the lives of those who are lost; as demonstrated in the image above. This is an example of idle words being spoken.
Idle words are words released from the heart without thought. Matthew 12:36 tells us, "For I say to you that every idle word that people will speak, they will give an answer for it in the Day of Judgment." I say they're released from the heart because we know that from the abundance (the fullness) of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). Whatever is deep down in us, is what comes out naturally, easily or just rolls off the tongue. Those are idle words if we've not submitted our speech and hearts to the guidelines of Yeshua.
His guidelines are as follows:
"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." ~ Proverbs 18:21
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for edification, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." ~ Ephesians 4:29
It's obvious that we need to be intentional with our speech for personal benefit and for that of others. Most of us want life and growth in our lives instead of death and desolation. And most don't want to be judged when we finally make it out of here and are headed to heaven. I mean, seriously ... why fight to thrive in a fallen world only to get to there and have The Lord say, "You did all these things, but THIS is what I have against you (see Revelation 2-3)."
Now let's look at the statement above. In this world where people are constantly getting shot, you definitely do not want to release the invitation for someone to shoot you into the atmosphere. You may argue they didn't mean it, it's just a saying. Well ... your YES is supposed to be YES and your NO, NO. So if you don't mean it, don't say it. Idle words have consequences. If that still doesn't convince you, spend some time meditating on the words your parents spoke over you as you grew up and note how many things you now believe and that have manifested in your life. *mic drop*
We have to realize God tells us things for our protection. Not only do our words create, but we have unseen enemies assigned to monitor our words and grab anything that could be of use to steal from, kill or destroy us. Here's an example from my life. I used to say I wish I'd never met my ex, who is my son's father. And when I was going through deliverance while warring to regain custody of Z in 2011-12, Holy Spirit revealed to me I'd opened the door to the enemy to steal my son every time I said that. Without the father, there'd be no son, so the enemy took that and filed a legal case against me to relieve me of custody of my son. Words matter.
Here's another example from my life. In 2012 or 2013 -- can't remember now, but it's in my book Spiritual Maturity at Any Cost -- I asked The Lord what about my faith displeased Him and He replied, "What are you confessing?" My speech wasn't lining up with Him, His Word or what I really wanted in my life. When I fixed my words, my life really began to change for the better. If you've been releasing idle words or speaking death, there's hope for you. I'm a witness. Let's pray.
Yeshua, forgive me for all the idle and death words I've released over my life and the lives of anyone else. I cover those words in Your Blood which holds the anointing that breaks every yoke. I place those words on your altar so that they may be burned in Your fire. Send an angel with coal to touch my lips and purify my speech. Touch my tongue and loose life-giving words into my soul and spirit. I receive Your forgiveness, purification and cleansing and submit my soul to Holy Spirit for healing. I decree I speak life in all situations and that I'm in health and prospering because my soul has been restored. I declare this by faith in Yeshua's name and seal it with Holy Spirit. Amen.
Copyright © 2016 Zari Banks, M.Ed
This article originally appeared July 26, 2015 on RachelReneeSmith.com.
Do you know what it is like to bound by an addiction for the better part of 30 plus years, at times losing hope of ever being free? If so, then you are familiar with my battle of shame, disgust, guilt and destructive behavior in relationships. In this video, I talk about my deliverance from an addiction which came when Zari Banks agreed with me in prayer and shared a teaching with me that dispelled the lie that I would never be free. I post this today in honor of Zari - Happy Birthday to an awesome woman of God!
LISTEN: If you know me by now you know I'm not one of those, "poor baby," mentors or teachers. I've had my butt kicked by the demonic and lost absolutely everything and at that time no one at my 13,000-member church was able to deliver the wisdom I needed to turn my life around. When people come to me because they're in the pit - and I"ve got more right now than I have in the last year all together which is good 'cause they're getting delivered to a new level - I don't waste their time or mine. I give it straight so they can win and pull others up and out. There are a lot of folks out there right now who are serious about deliverance, and that's awesome. It's required for true abundant living. But there are just as many who wait until they're in complete crisis to reach out and it doesn't have to be that way. Then there's even more who have no idea that mediocre living isn't actually their destiny.
I know from personal experience that you're going to have to get over the fear of someone knowing everything you're going through when you're struggling. Confession starts deliverance. When I finally got desperate enough and was willing to listen to someone else to get free, I prayed and Holy Spirit told me to trust fully and share with my assigned deliverer. I did and the rest is history.
Here are some prayer strategies for when you're in a full-on attack and everything is falling apart at the same time. If you will implement these things, you'll win. I'm a living, breathing witness.
Again I'm sorry that you're going through such a rough time right now. Here are some things to keep in mind during this season of difficulty:
Hahaha ... yep. I tell people not to be a baby and then write, "Love, Z." I do love. But I'm not going to kiss a boo-boo when you need the Healing Balm of Gilead. That's what I gave; healing balm.
Those words above are guaranteed to deliver you out of any situation if you act on them. It's up to you. No one else can perform your actions for you. There is another step to being repaid by the enemy when you get your head together and are stable again and that's seeking Justice from the Throne of God. Learn more in my latest teaching, PWPP Module 4: JUSTICE.
Copyright © 2015 Zari Banks, M.Ed
You have to set your will to remain in the deliverance process until you're set free. If the enemy sees you're not all in, they will have you running from freedom instead of toward it. Everything in life is YOUR decision. If you decide you won't take less than what Jesus died to give you, you'll have it. But if your main goal is comfort you'll never thrive.