With Holy Ghost filled people, the greatest power we have is in our words. That’s why the devil works overtime to keep us speaking negative things about ourselves and gossiping about others.
What a sobering thought! Not only do we frame our world with our positive, godly confessions, but we also frame our world with our idle, thoughtless words! If speaking good things over your life and your family and friends is beneficial, then speaking negative things must be detrimental as well.
Along with the armor of God, we are told by Paul to also take up “the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.” (Eph 6:17-18 AMP)
I used to think that the “Word of God” here was the Bible – the Logos Word of God. But, when you look at it in context in the chapter, it’s clear that Paul is speaking of the Rhema Word of God – spoken by Holy Spirit for any given moment or any given situation. We have the power, authority and obligation to speak that Rhema word over not only our own lives, but others’ lives too.
Being filled with Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues isn’t just an awesome perk that goes along with being Pentecostal. It’s an incredible power that has been entrusted to us. “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things,” James 3:5. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” Proverbs 18:21.
I guess I’ll really never able to say it better than Jesus did in Matthew 12:36-37: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Seems like what we say is important, and speaking in tongues can help shape what we say into words that will cause us to be justified.
(First published 01.18.09)