Series: The Tongue; Prophetic Declarations
Sun am 4 August 2019 – Kobus Swart
Jas. 3:1-12; Prov. 18:21; Jas. 1:26; Ps. 34:13; Matt. 12:36; Ps. 39:1 ASV; Jer. 15:19 NKJV; Heb. 11:3 NKJV; Ps. 50:19; Matt. 6:9; (Luke 17:21); Rom. 14:17; Is. 9:7; Rom. 8:19-21; Matt. 16:19; Eph. 3:20; Ezek. 37:3-9; John 11; (2 Cor. 5:19); (Heb. 10:12-13)
I was amazed how many verses in the third chapter of James focus on aspects of the tongue that have not come under the government of the Holy Spirit. Do you want to be perfect? Watch your tongue! (Jas. 3:1-12). The good news is: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Prov. 18:21). If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless (Jas. 1:26). If you think you are a spiritual man or woman, but you cannot bridle your tongue, your spirituality is meaningless. Let that sink in! There are a lot of babbling tongues in the world releasing poison, releasing divisions. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit (Ps. 34:13). Jesus says, “But I tell you that every careless [useless] word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36). This is so serious; bridle your tongue! I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me (Ps.39:1 ASV).
Here is the underlying key verse as we look at the role that our words will play: Therefore, thus says the Lord, “If you return, then I will restore you — before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman“ (Jer. 15:19). “If you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth” (NKJV). This is God speaking; you will become as His mouth. You will have an obedient tongue, bridled, and it will no longer be a ruthless, rebellious tool that can cause problems and havoc in this world. This is bigger than we can really understand – if we extract the precious from the vile, we will become as God’s mouth. He is the Creator of the universe. How did this all happen? By faith we understand that the worlds [ages] were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Heb. 11:3 NKJV). When you hear the word ‘frame’, you will think about a door frame or a window frame. It is more than that. The worlds were framed by the Word of God. We are called to become as God’s mouth in this world!
Look deeper at the term: co-creators: co-creators with God. You let your mouth loose in evil and your tongue frames deceit (Ps. 50:19). Get used to the word ‘framing’ – shaping, forming; giving substance. This is talking about the power of the tongue. Jesus instructed us to refrain and stay away from vain repetitions when we pray. Many peoples’ prayers are just repetition upon repetition. Vain means it does not mean anything, it is not going anywhere. Jesus says, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven‘” (Matt. 6:9). We must understand that word ‘pray’ in that verse is not what the average, normal Christian understands. It has to do with giving substance and framing the kingdom on earth. The only way to do that is to become as His mouth. So now, it is not a begging prayer, “Please Lord, let thy kingdom come, please…” No, it becomes a proclamation. It becomes a prophetic declaration: “Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Of the increase of His government and peace (His kingdom) there shall be no end (Is. 9:7). It must increase – it has to take shape! Thy kingdom come, expand on earth as it is in heaven. It must become a declaration from a tongue that has been delivered of its independent selfish utterances.
All of creation – the entire universe, is waiting for the manifestation (unveiling, revealing) of the sons of God – the Son in the sons (Rom. 8:19). Have you ever wondered, why? Why is creation waiting? Is there something missing? For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Rom. 8:20-21). Creation was subjected to futility by God. God had a plan and He wants us to participate in the unfolding of that plan – not as spectators with vain repetitions and waiting, but participating, becoming co-creators with Him. Jesus said, “Pray this way, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’” and then He says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19). “I will give you” – who? Those who are part of the corporate house of God, the body of Christ, the Rock. It has been done, it needs to be declared and proclaimed on earth. It has been loosed, but why do we not see it? We need to frame it and declare it; proclaim it! This should bring a change in the way we pray. It should bring a whole change! All of creation is waiting, waiting… God can do it Himself; He subjected it, but God has given us the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
These declarations, becoming as His mouth, cannot come from our fleshly desires. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Eph. 3:20). That is the Holy Spirit. These declarations that will begin to give substance to what we pray for come from the power that works within us, which is the Holy Spirit. When we extract the precious from the vile, we will become as His mouth.
Can you see that God is waiting for us to participate? For example, let’s look at the issue of the valley of dry bones. God could have called those bones together without Ezekiel’s help; but He said to Ezekiel: “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord’” (Ezek. 37:4). “Prophesy to these bones” means, declare it, proclaim it, and frame it! So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them (Ezek. 37:7-8). Instead of God doing it Himself, God spoke again to Ezekiel telling him, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath” (Ezek. 37:3-9). God wanted Ezekiel to give substance to breathing, to frame it, to give substance to it. Can you see the value of the word ‘prophesying’ – declaring, proclaiming, not predicting! We need to see the body of Christ come into alignment. It will help if we proclaim it, we speak it, we declare it; we prophesy it!
In John 11 we find the seventh sign that Jesus performed. Seven is the number of completion, finality. The seventh miracle was the raising of Lazarus from the dead. He was dead four days already when Jesus arrived. Now a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. So here is the way I connect this seventh miracle. Four thousand years after the fall of man, Jesus came and turned around what happened in the fall. God, through Christ, reconciled humanity back to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). When Jesus wept, it was not an emotional weeping, rather He was deeply moved; there was a groaning coming from within. When Jesus came to Lazarus’ grave, He said, “Remove the stone” (John 11:39). He was involving participation. Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43). Can you imagine Jesus groaning with a loud voice? Lazarus was completely wrapped up and could not walk. He floated out on the word because he could not walk. Jesus could have blown away the wrappings by one word, but He said to those around Him, “Unbind him, and let him go” (John 11: 44).
God is waiting for us. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting until all His enemies have become a footstool for His feet (Heb. 10:12-13). We can go to church and go to conferences, and carry on generation after generation, but He has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. He wants us to proclaim, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and He is expecting us to apply those keys and to frame and give substance to what we prophesy.
Do not let the enemy take control of your tongue. Do not talk negatively because then you frame it, you give substance to it! Make declarations with the help of the Holy Spirit within you, based on the Scriptures, the word of God. Make declarations! Proclaim, prophesy to the dead bones. Unwrap each other! Even the worst sinner in the world needs to be unwrapped, even all of humanity.
Let the sound of Your trumpet come from Your people, Lord!