Out of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks
Fourth in a continuing series of posts about the strong things the Bible has to say about health and healing and our part in it.
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:Matthew 15:18-19
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.Matthew 12:34-35
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.James 3:7-9
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. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!James 3:3-5
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.Psalm 19:14
Though Jesus has pointed out in Matthew 15:18-19 (above) the involvement of the mouth of the unredeemed in his own defilement, There are plenty of other scriptures that highlight the source of a good heart, and the use of the mouth to empower the release of those things into your realm.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.Proverbs 4:23
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Philippians 4:8
Jesus explains His the source of His words and the mighty importance of them.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.John 12:49-50
The enemy hates our God’s-image-bearing souls. The scripture says the devil paces about, looking for prey. He has no power over a Christ-believer, unless the believer gives him the authority that rightfully belongs to the image bearer. Why would anyone do that? Often, we do it unwittingly. The devil has one method: deception. One deception is that our negative attitudes and talk are empty. In fact, by what we believe and say, we open the door to his attack. Remember that we just read that our faithless spew defiles; defiles our life, defiles our health, defiles our peace, defiles our purpose, and on and on. Don’t volunteer to be prey.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Peter 5:8
And He tells us how our speech will come to reflect truth. The speech of the Holy Spirit describes our future. However, if we, being made in His image, instead speak a negative prophecy of our future, that power is given to us. We can have what we say. Our words are NOT empty. They reveal our attitude and our expectations. Another way to say it: Our words reveal the nature of our faith.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.John 16:13
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.Proverbs 18:21
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Romans 12:2
Sickness does not conform to the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Instead it belongs to the realm of him who comes to steal and kill and destroy.
How can we renew our minds to resist conforming to the worldly outlook? We learn the promises of God, and we believe them. Let those promises be the power that crosses our lips. This transformation does not happen overnight, but let it begin today.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
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This is all well and good, but we must be careful not to assign sin or moral failure as the cause of all disease. Then we would tread very closely to the Prosperity Gospel: “Name it and claim it.” Be sure to include Hebrews 1:35-38 in your analysis of what faith can accomplish.
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