I had a dream, recently, on a Saturday night. It was a quick dream, perhaps no longer than a few minutes. Even with the shortness of it, it spoke volumes to me.
In my dream, I was riding in the vehicle with Breanne, my daughter. In the back seat were my grandkids, Bryson and Brailee. I could see Bryson did not feel well. Something was wrong with his mouth; I didn't know what it was specifically. I leaned over the seat to pray for him, as I normally do, to declare the Word of God over him.
As I leaned forward, something came upon me, or within me...I am not sure. I laid one hand on Brailee, and one on Bryson and closed my eyes.
"Devil! TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF MY CHILDREN!" I thundered.
These words came rushing out of the depths of my soul. They exploded loudly and with such force that it shook the entire vehicle, stopping it in its tracks. We all looked at each other stunned. It was not what we were expecting to say the least.
Then I woke up.
As I went about my day, I couldn't get this dream out of my mind. Only later would I realize what God was showing me.
I don't know if you have noticed, but we are in a war zone. There is an unprecedented battle going on around us. Many are enraged. I am not talking about the world, or those who do not know God; I am talking about born-again, spirit-filled Christians.
We are accustomed to the world attacking Christians for their beliefs. What we are not as familiar with is Christians attacking Christians, or at least I am not. Yet that is what we are seeing. How is it happening? Through our words.
A Kingdom Divided Cannot Stand
I am not referring to Christians having difficult conversations or talking through their differences – or even two people agreeing to disagree. No, it's something entirely different. (Photo via Piqsels)
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mark 3:24-25)
Friends, we are equipped to be a strong, empowered Body of Christ. We are not a kingdom divided; we are one in God. We should behave as such.
Out of the Mouth Proceed Both Blessing and Cursing - Which Will You Choose?
James 3:8-10 says, "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so."
These things should not be so.
The New Living Translation says it like this: "[B]ut no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so, blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!"
If our words do not line up with God's Word, they may very well be filled with poison.
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body: and be thankful." (Colossians 3:12-15)
Now is the time we must keep our minds on God. If there was ever a moment to treat our brothers and sisters with tender mercy, kindness and understanding, it is now. It is time to guard our mouths, watch our words and especially be aware of how we respond to others.
If someone is angry with you, take a deep breath and be kind. Don't react to the anger; instead, respond according to the Word of God. Seek God for answers, for wisdom and for His words.
Hands Off, Satan!
Back to my dream...In hindsight, I felt it was God Himself declaring with a loud voice, "Devil, take your hands off My children!"
Is it possible the enemy is attempting to use our mouths to hurt and destroy? He knows a divided house cannot stand. He also knows our words have creative power – we have what we say.
We are all God's children, one Body, and we must pray diligently for one another. We must use our words to bless, not curse. To bring healing, not destruction. We cannot be part of the division – we must be part of the solution. That begins with what is in our hearts, and what comes out of our mouths. We must watch our words. We must be cautious how we speak to one another. Love never fails.
We must ask ourselves what spirit is behind the words we are speaking. Is it the love and kindness of God? Is it anger and offense? Are we speaking out of our hurt and fear? Is it with gentleness, humility and understanding? What is motivating the words coming out of our mouths?
Don't allow the enemy to use your mouth. Give your mouth, your every word, to God, to be used for His glory. Use your mouth to stop the enemy in his tracks. Declare with a loud voice, "Let God's people go! Let our nation go! TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF GOD'S PEOPLE, DEVIL. TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD AND WE WILL REMAIN ONE NATION UNDER GOD!" (Photo via Pixabay)
Use your decree to come into agreement with God's plan, with HIS Word. Where two or three agree, it is done according to the Word of God. May our thundering, GOD-FILLED words go into the atmosphere and shift the entire world.
Your Words Declare You Innocent or Guilty
Let me share a few more Scriptures to ponder:
"May the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be always pleasing to God." (Psalm 19:14, paraphrased)
"The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking..." (Proverbs 15:28)
"The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin." (Proverbs 13:3)
Matthew 12:37 plainly tells us, "Your very words will be used as evidence against you, and your words will declare you either innocent or guilty."
If my words declare me innocent or guilty before God, then I must be diligent to say only what I hear my Father say. Just as Jesus did.
Arise, Church! Declare the Word of God!
In challenging times such as these, this may require more time spent in God's Word. It may necessitate additional prayer time, or longer periods in the presence of God. It will absolutely require humility. Whatever is needed for our words to be filled with God's love, kindness and power, that is what we must do.
Arise, Church! Declare the Word of God into the atmosphere. God has given us the plan, even the words needed. It's up to us to say, "Hands off, devil! You are not allowed here."
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A New Thing Ministries
Kim Potter is the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to over 10,000 people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim's message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged and disappointed by the circumstances of life and imparts the desire and ability to stand against all odds; to stand for victory. She encourages people to press into God and discover that He is who He says He is.
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