The Creative Power of the Tongue – Part 3

23 December 07


1.      Introduction:

·   Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”.

·   People are spirit beings – the words we speak are containers that carry spirit content.

·   We use words to express ourselves – to express what is harbored in our inner man.

·   Words we speak have power to impart death or life – to change the course of our world.

·   James 3:3-5  -  The tongue – like a bridle or rudder – steers the course of our life.

·   This week:  Shaping the Inner World by the Word of God.


2.      Changing the Way You Speak:

·   Ephesians 4:29  -  “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for edification that it might impart grace to the hearers”.

·   The person you hear the most is yourself!

·   Every person has an ongoing self-talk – 150-300 words p/min.

·   Much of it is just about daily activities but can be negative/destructive e.g. “I’ll never be able to do that!”

·   Ongoing self –talk that is negative creates “ruts in the mind” (neural pathways) and forms inner beliefs about life that can be hugely restrict or release.

e.g. Insurance Salesmen, athletes – formation of inner life key to top performance.

·   “Impart Grace” = to supply something that is needed to build and


                                = the super natural ability and life and favour of God.

·   “Hearer” = one who listens attentatively and receives what is spoken.

·   Most people are unaware of what they are saying to themselves and its negative impact – complaining, self-pity, bitter, harsh, putdown.

·   You can break negative patterns that ‘corrupt’ your inner world. You can speak God’s Word to yourself and impart grace.

·   Isaiah 55:8-9  -“My thoughts are higher than my thoughts”, of Greater Value!

·   John 6:63  -  “The words I speak to you – they are spirit and life”.

·   To change Inner World – do it the same way it was formed = by Words!


3.  Changing Your Inner World:

a)  Defining “Inner World”:

·   Proverbs 23:7  -  “As he thinks in his heart, so he is”.

·   The Bible refers to your inner world as “the heart” or the “inner man”.

·   Your inner man is made up of your soul and spirit.

·   Matthew 12:34-35  -  “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.

·   Your words are the overflow of what you have stored/treasured in your heart.

·   E.g. Beliefs – something accepted as true.

           Agreements – something have come into one mind, harmony with.

                                  -  get along with our contention.

·   Mindsets – Habits of the mind, fixed ways of thinking or attitude.

·   Expectations – things you look forward to and anticipate will happen.

·   Judgments – things you have formed a decision or verdict about.

·   These things can be ungodly/negative and impact the course of your life.

·   These things can be shaped – formed, moulded or given new direction.


b)  You must Identify the Issues – e.g.:

·   A broken relationship to be resolved by forgiveness and blessing.

·   A grief – painful experience to be faced.

·   Bitter judgment made out of disappointment and hurt.

·   Words that you have come into agreement with e.g. names you call yourself.

·   Beliefs that you have formed that limit you e.g. “I’m no good at….”

·   Mindsets that have formed that prevent growth.


·   Key issues of all – living a life without God!

·   John 10:10  -  “Jesus came to give us life…more abundantly”.

·   That life requires we change in the inner man = Choice.

·   God imparts His Spirit into our spirit so that we have the power to change.


4.  Key Steps to Change Your Inner World:

i)  Personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

     -  1 Corinthians 6:17  -  “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him”.


ii) Identify and resolve the relational issues e.g. broken relationships/grief/ judgment.

     -   Mark 11:25  -“When you stand praying, forgive”.


iii) Speak out and break agreements with negative words and demonic


-    Luke 10:19  -  “I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions

                               and all the power of the enemy”.

-    Matthew 16:19  -  “I will give you keys of the Kingdom of heaven…”.


iv)    Search out and embrace what God’s Word says about you.

-    Embrace = to clasp another person in the arms in welcome and


-    Jeremiah 5:16  -  “Your words were found and I did eat them and your word was to me joy and rejoicing of my heart”.


v)     Declare strongly God’s Word over your life as an affirmation.

-    Philemon 6  -  Communication of faith is effectual as acknowledge every good thing in you in Christ.

-    Romans 4:17  -  “Calling those things that be not as though they are”.

-    Scriptural affirmations – short – present tense – personal – positive.


vi)    Meditate in what God says about you.

-    Joshua 1:8  -  “You shall meditate in it day and night that your may observe to do….for then you shall make you way prosperous.

-    Meditate – turn over and over in the mind – picture it – imagine it.

-    What does it look like?  What does it feel like?