"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment"
Discerning Christians should be aware of the importance of what Jesus is saying to us in this verse. God tells us that man shall not eat by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3). This is not something to be taking lightly especially in these days. Let's find out what the Lord is saying when he warns us of "idle" words...
The definition of idle: lacking worth or basis; Vain
The definition of vain: having no real value; marked by futility or ineffectualness
So simply, what we are told is that we will be held accountable for every worthless word that comes out of our mouth.
"The tongue of the just is as choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is little worth."
In Matthew 12 Jesus told the Pharisees that they cannot speak good things because what was in their hearts was evil and the mouth speaks from the heart. Worthless words spoken can therefore not generate life because they are not based in truth - no matter how innocuous they may seem. Ignorance is no excuse in these matters (Hosea 4:6)
Luck and Fortune
One of the most commonly used words to describe situations and events is "luck" and "fortune". Anytime you hear news broadcasts you will hear the announcers say things like: "fortunately nobody was hurt" or "the citizens of the community victimized by the tornado consider themselves lucky to be alive" Now for all intents and purposes these two words basically have the same meaning. The question is: what do these words mean and why are they being used so frequently? We really have to consider what it is that we are saying and what is being spoken to us, through us and over us.
Many people have asked if there are any connections between "luck" and "Lucifer" You'll see a lot of verbatim answers given with a definition of "luck" such as this example an internet ministry sited from dictionary.com:
adj. luck·i·er, luck·i·est
Following the definition they say: “There's nothing there about Lucifer. What you heard is something someone made up, and there's nothing to it.” Regarding the connection between “luck” and “Lucifer”, a college professor says emphatically that there is “none whatsoever”. He then adds “The ultimate origin of the word is uncertain”…so much for the definitive “none whatsoever” (James 1:8). If a thing is not of the Lord then it is in fact, by default, of the devil.
Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary states that luck is “a force that brings good fortune or adversity“ and “the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual”. The interesting word used in this definition is the word “force”. Pastor David Meyer of Last Trumpet Ministries states: “The first thing a neophyte or beginner witch is taught is that there is a “force.” The “force” has two sides and can be controlled by magic spells, words, potions, incantations, rope magic, rings, amulets, and so on. Witches believe that there is good witchcraft and bad witchcraft, and the good always triumphs over evil!”.
We cannot afford to blindly and ignorantly bind ourselves to these types of worthless words. You can even hear people that claim to be Christian talk about luck and being blessed all in the same sentence – again, refer to James 1:8. How can we effectively minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ if in the midst of our speech are words such as “fortunately” or “unfortunately”. It does not even sound right! How can it be right if I say “Fortunately, Jesus died on the cross.” or “Unfortunately the devil is walking about the earth seeking someone to devour”? WHAT AM I SAYING?!?
On a Christian radio broadcast in Atlanta the host was soliciting the listening audience to call in to reminiscence about their favorite restaurants growing up. One man said that he used to go to a diner that was frequented by the staff of the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” while it was being filmed in his area. The host declared “wow…that’s sacred ground”. By ignorance the host has proclaimed that a diner is worthy of veneration. Not only is harming himself by his ignorant proclamation, but the listeners just soak these words in and in most cases accept them as truth when in fact they are unholy words. These type of things are happening all of the time. Jesus says that His words are Spirit and life (John 6:63). We must know that if the words we speak or blindly accept in our hearing are not the words of life (truth and light) then they must by default be words of death (lies and darkness) and are then deemed worthless.
Oaths We Speak
Another word for an “oath” is a “contract”. The things that we speak are often brought forth as an oath of agreement. If our words are not in agreement with the Holy Spirit then we have made an agreement with darkness. We sign a spiritual contract with the words that we speak. We as the Body of Christ need to take dominion of the spirit realm by monitoring the words that come out of our mouths (James 1:19). Satan or her fallen imps cannot read our minds. They do not know what we are thinking but they can influence our thoughts by divination and forecasting their thoughts toward and against us. Any demonic being that still has inroads into our personalities can influence our thinking. This is why it is so important to always pray and fast (Mark 14:37-39, Luke 22:44-46). It is the thoughts that are the gateways to temptations. Without the fruit of self-control we are prone to blurting things out without discernment. It is the devil that brings these temptations and they must be countered by the Word of God (Luke 4:12-13). At some point in time all of us have fallen into one of these satanic snares, but we being covered by the Blood of Jesus and by the words of our testimony can repent and renounce these dead words that we’ve joined our souls to in spiritual covenant.
One of the most important revelations that I believe the Lord has recently given us pertains to how we have been systematically incanting words of agreement with the satanic kingdom. This has been done to a vast majority of Americans throughout the last 50 years by means of the Pledge of Allegiance (James 5:12). Satan is very stealth and what sometimes seems so harmless can be deadly. It ties to the old metaphor about how if you mix just a little bit of poison into something pleasant you may not be able to detect the poison by sight, smell or taste but over time it will eventually sicken and kill you unless the poison is treated with an anecdote. So every Monday through Friday, millions of school children in America since the 1950’s recite a pledge of allegiance to a flag and a republic that the flag stands for. By doing this we swore allegiance to a governmental system that has willfully enacted laws that are an abomination in the sight of our Lord God. Now we did so ignorantly and most of us that are older can recollect that we did so willingly and for the most part gladly. The main point here is not the fact that we were basically being brainwashed into swearing an oath of service to this nation (although this is very important to consider). The most dangerous aspect of this oath is that now the laws of this nation allow the murder of innocent babies. The laws of this nation allow the execution of people for crimes whether they are really guilty or not. The laws of this nation allow sodomites to join together in a marriage covenant. We cannot and must not enter into agreement with these words! They must be renounced in the name of Jesus Christ!
Here are just a few other examples of words that many have heard and spoken:
Semper fi (Semper fidelus) – Latin for “always faithful”. The question is: Always faithful to what or to whom?
O Tannenbaum (O Christmas tree)
The Christmas carol sung by billions throughout history. What are we saying? Who are we singing praises to and glorifying? (Jeremiah 10:3-4)
"I'm so proud" There are many variations to this phrase and it is in direct opposition to the nature of God. We have a propensity to speak in this manner particularly in regard to our children. This makes us idolaters as we esteem others above the Lord. We speak words of pride and exaltation about our children which is as per usual for the carnal mind, running in complete reverse of God's way for us. We have put our children on a pedestal and the Word of God says that the glory of children is the parents (Proverbs 17:6). What do we do? Just the opposite - the parent's glory is in their children. Children should be brought up in such a way as to be in upward regard to their parents not the other way around. This is why we see out of control rebellion and disregard by even the smallest of children. We have allowed the children to rule the roost (Isaiah 3:4-5)
Words of wisdom are brought forth in (Ecclesiastes 5) regarding vows (oaths) even to the Lord. We’re told that if we make an oath to the Lord that we had better make sure we own up to it. Then he makes a clarification that says we are actually better off not making any oaths to the Lord in case we cannot come through – then we’re in trouble. Jesus further clarifies this in (Matthew 5:33-37). He says “swear not at all” but by the Spirit of God let our words be cut and dry. Let our yes mean “yes” and our no mean “no”. There is no in between.
Finally, on this subject of words that we ourselves proclaim is this warning directed particularly to those in ministry. There are many who claim to be apostles and pastors and leaders in the church. Many are claiming to bring teaching, edification and prophecy to the Body of Christ. Many have the best intentions while many are sent straight from the devil. Many of these are women who claim to be apostles, pastors or co-pastors. Let it be known that this is very dangerous water to be treading in for if you claim yourself to be something that is impossible for you to be. A woman cannot be an apostle or a pastor. Not only is it clear from God’s Word (1st Timothy 3:1-2), but the meaning of the words themselves prevent it. The Greek word used for the word “pastor” is poimen. In the Greek language there are words that have gender assigned to them. This is characteristic of other languages such as Italian and Spanish. The gender specification gives a further clarification to the word. For example, in Spanish the word for “brother” is hermano. The word for “sister” is hermana. The Greek word poimen is a masculine noun. Some will argue that they are called to be a “pastoress” similar to the case of a woman “prophetess”. There is such a thing as a “prophetess” because there is a feminine equivalent to the word “prophet” but there is no feminine equivalent of the words “pastor” or “apostle”. In these last days there is no more time for Christians to be blindly plodding forth trying to be someone that they cannot be. There are no exceptions to this. Any woman, or man that is in agreement with said woman, that walks in this deception must repent in order to be fruitful in the Kingdom of God.
Words Spoken Over Us
As I was in the final phase of putting this article together, we were at the end of a 21 day fast. I was in a grocery store shopping and was quickly reminded of the need for self control. It’s never a good time to shop when you are hungry let alone when you haven’t eaten for 3 weeks but sometimes you have to and you need self control. Having been spending a lot of time meditating on this theme I set out that night to finish off this article. I was instead moved to just sit down and read the Bible. As I sat down to read, I specifically asked the Lord to reveal to me more about what I was writing. With my trip to the grocery store still rather fresh in my memory, He soon brought to my mind words that were spoken over me as a child. I was reminded of the words “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”. I can clearly remember hearing these words numerous times as a child. I can testify to having had words spoken to me that would empower a spirit of gluttony be enthroned. Words that would encourage the second and third plateful of food are words promoting curse from the accuser and not blessing from the Lord. How many times have we even joked and laughed about such things? This is not to be taken lightly.
In these last days we as Christ must yield to the ultimate wisdom and consultation given to us by the Holy Ghost of God Almighty. How absurd is it for a Christian to go on the word of man (through a college institution, encyclopedia or dictionary etc.) rather than the discernment of the Holy Spirit? It should be our endeavor to speak words of life. Sometimes we may think that God is not faithful because we have not yet seen the things that He has spoken to us in His Word come to pass in time. But He is eternal and we must maintain faith that at some point, they will come to fruition. After all, He cannot lie. But we on the other hand are still working our way out of time and space as our souls become cleansed by the Blood of Jesus and as the Holy Ghost transforms our minds by the Word of God. We should be mindful to be true to our words as well lest they become worthless. Jesus says that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). We are not just to be hearers of the word but doers of the word (James 1:22-25). In order for us to be effective laborers in the field of the harvest we must be examples or essentially replications of our Lord (1st Peter 2:21-25). A “Christian” is after all a “little Christ”. If I tell someone that I am going to do something by a certain time and the time passes without me having done what I said I was going to do – then I have spoken forth worthless words. God is not like that. What He says will come to pass just like He says. Why should we be any different?
Proclaim Prayer to be Released
We must vocally proclaim our desire for release from the curses that have resulted from unholy spiritual contracts we have entered into through spoken words. If you will you can pray this prayer:
Heavenly Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I offer you this prayer renouncing any vain words spoken by me, over me and about me. Words that are not holy in your sight, I now break covenant with and I ask for Your forgiveness. I ask you Lord to direct me in my speech – to place in my heart words of edification and life. That words of life be uttered by me from now on…I repent of negative words that I’ve spoken about my parents, children, family members, friends and strangers. I acknowledge that vain and empty words have given authority to the power of darkness and I renounce them and by the authority of Jesus Christ claim release from the bondage that have held me in submission to unholy authority. I proclaim these words in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and I thank You Father…Amen!
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.”
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”
” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
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