April 12: The Power of the Tongue – You Can Have What You Say
Two days after Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the day after Jesus cleared the money-changers and market-place out of the Temple and Jesus had returned once again to the House of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, in Bethany; Jesus and his disciples are once again heading for the Temple in Jerusalem:
“In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away! And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it.” (Mark 11:22-24 AMP)
The words that we allow out of our mouths will either bind us. Or, they will release the good things that God has provided, for us, into our lives. Words are containers that carry great power and energy.
Have you ever given a thought to the way you imagine, or frame thoughts that go through your mind? It is interesting to note that we do not think in words, but rather we think in pictures; images. However, to convey our thoughts to others we have to take those pictures and try our best to communicate those pictures as words.
Words can make, or break relationships;depending on the way they are conveyed and very often, if our shared language is limited, in any way, the message can be skewed, and the wrong impression given. It is for this reason that a person is considered a good or a bad writer are they able to convey the picture they have, in their mind, to you, the reader.
Jesus was an amazing communicator. his use of parables, accessing familiar images from the lives of the people he was speaking with, has enabled those timeless messages to maintain, both their clarity and their relevance today.
In this example, from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses a fig tree (an unproductive tree) to teach a very powerful object lesson to his disciples; “You can have what you Say!”
There is sooooooo much that can be said about this one topic alone. I’ve been reading this verse of scripture now for 33 years and still, to this day, it reveals something new. Added to that is the fact that we can attempt to read too much into some parts of scripture; when sometimes it simply means what it says.
This verse is about Faith and how to apply and release the force of Faith in your life and the world around you. Key to this is to take your time with each verse; sadly it is too easy to skip over essential verses like Mark 11:22. In most modern translations from the Greek this verse reads “Have Faith in God.” However, when we go back to the Aramaic text, the language that Jesus spoke, we discover that the verse reads as:
“Yeshua answered and he said to them, “May the faith of God be in you.” Mark 11:22 (ABPE)
To put it into perspective, Jesus was telling his disciples to take ahold of and use the “God KIND of Faith.” He had used the God quality of Faith and wanted them to understand that they could use it as well. The fact that it is included in the New Testament reveals to us that this wasn’t limited to the apostles of the Lamb (as the orignal 12 are referred to). But, that it was deemed important enough for All of those who would believe to learn as well.
The book of Hebrews 11:3 tells us that God used Faith to create the Universe and all that is in it. If we go to Genesis Chapter 1 we discover that each time God created something he spoke it into existence. This is further back up by Romans 10:8-13 where the great confession, or profession that brings about our salvation is outlined.
Understanding this relationship between Faith, one of the major forces of the Human, recreated spirit, and the confession, or profession of our lips can provide insight into why and how our lives are currently going. But, at the same time gives us a clue as to how to also do something about it if we need and want to make a change.
IN Mark 11:23 and 24 the keys to operating by Faith is revealed to us, by Jesus himself. They are:
1. Speak the Answer to the problem form God’s Word
2. Don’t Doubt that It will come to pass
3. Believe You receive it BY FAITH.
4. Thank God for the Answer
5. Keep praising God for the Answer until you see it manifest.
Kenneth Copeland says it this way:
“You and I have the responsibility of getting our hearts and mouths in gear, speaking and acting as though we’ve already received the fulfillment of our desire. We believe we receive when we pray. From the moment we release our faith, we must talk and act as though it is done.” (Framing Your World with Faith. 2012)
Both the Old and New Testament give us plenty of examples to attempt to get us to learn this powerful lesson. James 3:6 and Proverbs18:21 both inform us that Life and Death are in the power of the Tongue. In Matthew 12:37 we are told by Jesus that “the words of your mouth will either justify you, or condemn you.” He also reminds us that it is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us. Rather, it is what comes out of our mouths that will defile us; shame us and that we will be held accountable for every frivolous, or idle word spoken.
As we continue this important series on “The Power of the Tongue” we will discover just how much of what happens to us, in this life, is framed by, or created by the very words we speak. We will learn just how important it is to control the things we say and what we need to do to make the necessary changes to be able to have more control over the outcomes in our lives.
We will discover that it’s not so much a matter of “Que sera sera”, as it is “You can Have What You Say.”
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ABPE refers to the Aramaic Bible in Plain English
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