The War of Words

The War of Words

Words are powerful. By His Word, God spoke everything into existence. By words, men develop philosophies, nations, and relationships. In the same respect, Satan uses words to destroy, deceive, lie, ruin reputations, and tempt mankind to disobey God and serve him. Consequently, we are continuously facing a war of words.

Psalm 31:17-20 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave. Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous. How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues. 

Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

These two passages describe this war of words. The war is happening without and within us. One talks about God hiding His people in His dwelling because of accusing tongues. The second asks God to guard our mouths and to keep watch over the door of our lips.

The mouth is a very dangerous door that has caused much destruction in our world. Unfortunately, that door has no lock, and many people would be a lot better off if it did. Almighty God designed the human head with seven openings: two nostrils, two ears, two eyes, and only one mouth. Therein, is a message. All other openings are in duplicate but this particular one. God wants us to see double, hear double, smell double but speak once. However, this single opening has caused us more troubles than the other six put together.

Psalm 34:12–13 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. 

Judicious use of the tongue enables you to see good days. Likewise, if you misuse your tongue, you will see evil days.

Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. 

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

The rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is a lie. Words can hurt deeply. There is a powerful secret behind the nature of the word which men over the ages have failed to realize. The words that we speak have spirit beings behind them. They are associated with demonic spirits or the Holy Spirit. When the devil came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all he did was speak words. Projecting his lying nature into words, he deceived them and caused their destruction. Words are like containers. They may be filled with anger, malice, envy, curses, or they can contain the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control).

The war of words is not against flesh and blood. Words are associated with good or evil spirits. Kind words inspire hope. Derogatory words discourage. Curses or angry words will always invite violent and wicked spirits.

Politicians speak words of deceit. Some people speak words of hate and violence. Foolish academicians speak words of blasphemy against God. So goes the war of words.

Matthew 12:35-37 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

A worldly man will speak words that lead to death, and a man filled with the Holy Spirit will speak words that lead to life. Our words reveal the real person, no matter how we try to cover up. A person cannot be separated from his words. Consequently, we shall give account of our words on the Day of Judgment. By them, we will be acquitted or we will be condemned. Therefore, one of the most serious wars we are in is the war of words.

Let’s look at some of the weapons of words and how they affect us.

1. Curses: Unfortunately, curses are so common in our environment that we don’t recognize them for what they are. They are more than cuss words. The greatest problem with a curse is that it goes to the root of our being. Jesus cursed a fig tree by saying, “You will never bear fruit again.” The next time He passed by, it had dried to the root. The curse went down to the root. That is the trouble with curses. They go deep into our soul. They create a “deadness” in us, a feeling of “what’s the use”—in other words, apathy.

When there is a quarrel between two persons, and they start to exchange curses, they do not know the kind of terrible harm they are doing to themselves. Angry exchanges of words backed up by evil spirits can cause havoc. That is why when you are angry, it is not good to talk. When a husband curses his wife or a wife curses her husband, or parents curse their children with name-calling, the curse goes to the root of the lives of the person or persons cursed. Unless the curse is broken, it will have a life-long effect.

2. Evil reports and lies: These can effect multitudes of people, even whole nations. Israel wandered forty years in the desert because they believed the evil report of the majority of spies when they returned from the Promise Land. It was a report of unbelief. As a result, not a one of them entered the Promised Land except Caleb and Joshua who gave good reports, believing God would go before them, driving out the inhabitants, and give the land to them as He promised.

We hear evil reports every day from liars, naysayers, gossips, complainers, and the media. As a result, people become depressed, hopeless, and give up trying to do better. We can reduce the number of evil reports attacking us. Turn off the source of evil reports and stop associating with negative people. Listen to the Truth, the Word of God. Then be a person who speaks the truth, who says what God says.

3. Careless playful abuses with words: Although we say we are teasing and not serious, the spirit world takes those words seriously. He replays them repeatedly in people’s minds. Those who play with abusive words like, “That person is so ugly, they have to sneak up on their plate,” are causing hurt and trouble. It might sound funny, but those words are not funny to the one on the receiving end.

4. Insincerity and sarcasm: It has been called “speaking with a forked tongue”. We say one thing, but mean another. Maybe some kids are making noise and we say, “Who are those “good” children causing that disturbance?” Everybody knows that good children don’t disturb. We have just used sarcasm. Whenever our words are insincere, the devil recognizes our word twisting—he does it all the time—and he will use it for his purpose. Our sarcasm will have the same effect as if we had said the evil we really thought.

5. Incantations or chants: Isaiah 8:19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

You might think this isn’t happening? I know people who try to speak to their dead loved ones. This causes demonic spirits to go into operation. Chanting is the method employed by many occultists to summon “spirits” of the dead. They are summoning demonic spirits.

We may find American Indian chants, séances, fortune telling, voodoo, and New Age meditation with chanting fascinating, but you should avoid these by all means.

6. Swearing for denial purposes: Matthew 5:34-37 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Swearing is often used to emphasize sincerity, but it is unnecessary if we always tell the truth. Our words should be enough because people know we are honest. Any additional swearing to emphasize our honesty is evil because it indicates we have been liars.

7. Self-directed curses are the worst of all in the war of words. They are self-inflicted wounds. Even though God hides us in His dwelling, if we are the one uttering curses against our own life, there is nothing He can do to help us until we repent. It is not our enemies that are harassing us now, it is us destroying ourselves.

Take a personal inventory. Do you speak words of power or weakness, words of love or hatred, words of bondage or freedom, words of faith or unbelief, words of victory or defeat, words of life or death, words of health or disease, words of joy or sadness? If you do not make a quality decision to watch your tongue, you will certainly limit the miracles of God in your life and you will curse yourself and others, too.

The enemies of our souls have learned the secrets of the evil use of words. And these curses and whatever they speak are so bad and powerful, that when Balaam was hired to go and curse the people of Israel, God Himself had to intervene. If Balaam’s curse was not serious, and if it was not going to function, God would not have intervened. But God knew that it was a very serious thing, so He took action.

Since words are so powerful, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to speak words that will break curses and neutralize the evil words spoken against us. We need the Holy Spirit to control our mouth and words at all times. Don’t aide the enemy by speaking words of doubt, condemnation, or unbelief about God, yourself, or anyone else.

Psalms 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Notice how positive this psalm is. Maybe that is why it is a favorite of many people. It inspires hope and comforts us. David wrote this psalm. David was poor, victorious, hunted as criminal, king, overthrown, re-established, tempted, resisted, and failed; he faced it all. But David knew God was capable of his deliverance, for God had delivered him many times. And so he chose to dwell on the Lord no matter what was going on in his life. And God rewarded the diligence and trust of his faith and turned every situation David faced miraculously around for the good.

So many people go through life, feeling as though they are stuck in a rut of failure. Day after day they make proclamations and declarations that keep them in that rut, held hostage, and leaving no way of escape. For example, have you ever heard anyone make these statements:

*I’ll never have this and never have that...

*I’ll never be this and never be that...

*I could never succeed at that. I’m no good.

*I never get to go anywhere....

Those are not just statements of observation and self-pity. Those are declarations of faith. Those kind of statements will not benefit you. Those kind of statements will denigrate and destroy you! Knowingly or unknowingly, our words become own damnation and demise! It may not happen overnight, but it's just a matter of time as we act out what we say about ourselves.

The Good News is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Our words can be our salvation. For example, at the very moment of our baptism, when we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior who rose from the dead, our destiny is changed and altered forever!

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Yes, there are days when everything looks bleak. It is a great temptation to complain, worry, and speak words of doubt and unbelief. On days like that, before saying anything, read Psalm 23 again. It says, “Surely goodness and love shall follow me all the days of my life.” How many days? All the days of my life! Do you believe it?

You see, it doesn't matter where we are in life, God can move in any situation, in any circumstance. And He's not bothered by the size of the problem. It’s just as easy for Him to heal a broken heart as it is to heal a cut on your finger! There is not a thing the devil is doing that He is unaware of, and He using it to bring about the end of this world and usher in the Kingdom of Heaven that He is preparing for us.

Don't dwell on the situations and circumstances of life. Dwell on the one who controls all situations and all circumstances, the one who created life with just a word. He has your best life already planned and wants you to experience a better life than you ever dreamed possible!

So if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take authority in Jesus’ Name to break every curse and evil report spoken against you by relatives, friends, enemies, or even yourself. If you have spoken curses on others, break them in the Name of Jesus Christ. If someone has been hurt by your words or heard you speak against them, go to them and apologize. Ask them to forgive you. Take those words back in Jesus’ Name and speak blessings upon them.

If you are not a Christian, you are under a curse of death and damnation. However, you can escape that curse by believing in Jesus, who broke the curse for you on the Cross by taking your punishment for sin and rising from the dead. Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Repent of your sin and give your life to Him by dying to yourself in baptism. Jesus will give you eternal life, born of the Holy Spirit.