“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.”
Proverbs 10:32 NKJV
If you are walking in the righteousness of Christ, you know what is acceptable, what is real truth. Loose lips don't just sink ships, they sink people, cities, regions.
Our lips need to declare what is acceptable, true and right into atmospheres in our homes, churches, workplaces, and cities. That means coming into agreement with what heaven is declaring not what we see! Speak things that are not as though they are!
Sadly, what we broadcast often is spirit of judgement and call out truth of sin but not anything restorative. Yes, I know sin a mile away when I see it, that doesn't take a spirit filled person to come to that conclusion, after all Pharisees knew what sin was but did not see truth when it was before them.
What if, we began to become spiritual gold diggers, looking for a treasure in a field of dirt? That takes the power of the Holy Spirit to see gold in a person, nation or city that's a mess. Begin declaring the gold the Lord sees into the atmospheres daily in prayer and come into agreement with heaven.
Now to be clear, I am not talking about cheap grace here, being easy on or tolerating sin, ignoring sin or removing disciplining of believers. I am simply saying lets declare what is acceptable to heaven over a city, person, situation. Our lips can sink ships, cities, and people but they can also raise an Army! What will you say this day? We can create an open heaven when we begin to agree and declare on earth what heaven declares!
Pray about making a declaration over your family, city and church!
“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”
Proverbs 11:11 NKJV
What we say matters! How many times have we spoken a blessing over our city, our churches, our nation, our region? We have the ability to bless and curse as Ambassadors of the Kingdom but more often then not most believers withhold blessing and unleash a critical spirit over a city or a church.
Above all the gifts and talents the first thing we as believers need to learn to steward is our words.
We know scripture tells us we have the power of life and death in the tounge! Why then do we continue release words in speaking to our friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and prophetically that do not release life or reconciliation.
Sometimes, we have to be the voice of hope in a city that has lost hope, sometimes you have to be the voice of hope in a church that has lost hope.. Before you speak watch your words.
So my friend are you restoring or destroying! Jesus' ministry came to bring life and life abundantly, the enemy's ministry came to steal, kill and destroy. If your words don't bring life then what ministry are you truly serving? Watch your words- bless and do not curse!
Mark is an Apostolic Leader and global church planter. He is the founder of the Upper Room Church in Cardington, Ohio and he is currently planting a church in Pakistan as well as several regional campuses in Ohio. He is a former combat soldier, teacher, youth pastor, young adult pastor,who has traveled worldwide.