Determine What Comes Out of Our Mouth
We see evidence in this Scripture that the universe operates based on a word system, because God created the universe by the spoken Word (Jesus). Verse 3 in the King James says that He is, "upholding all things by the word of His power." The system has been established by God, who, by His Word (Jesus), created all things. Our words cause things to happen. They set events into motion. It is necessary for us to understand the power that is in our words. It is important for us to have right thinking, so that whatever comes out of our mouth is in agreement with the truth—God´s Word. Notice that we are cautioned in the following verse to say what is right and truthful:Isaiah 6:20
Cursed are those who give the name of good to evil, and of evil to what is good: who make light dark, and dark light: who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter! (BBE)
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (KJV)
Isaiah said that you can expect "destruction, curses or woes" if you say there is no definite difference between good and evil; light and darkness; bitter and sweet. There is an absolute difference; thinking that there is not, is extremely dangerous. People think, "How could that be so serious?" Sometimes we take the Word far too lightly, questioning its validity; and therefore, hindering our obedience. This is the enemy´s main goal. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. He does so by convincing us of the lie that "there is no difference between good and evil."
Whatever is in our thinking—minds and hearts—determines what comes out of our mouths. We would not say that evil and good are the same thing, unless we had that mindset. Not making an accurate distinction between things that are good and things that are evil brings destruction. People do not put value in this truth; therefore, they do not understand how toxic it is to say that something good is evil or that something evil is good. People sometimes say, "That´s wicked good!" The intended meaning is that wicked is good. They will say, "You´re so bad!" or "That´s sick!" The intention is to imply that bad or sick actually means good. The general response is, "Well, that´s not what I really mean." If that is not what you mean, do not say it. Say what is true, not what is untrue.
Several years ago, I had a friend I went to church with, she had been saved for many years and was a student of the Word. We attended a church that taught boldly on Mark 11:23 (you will have whatsoever things you say). She used to say, "That breaks my heart!" when she wanted to express her compassion for someone going through a difficult time. I had heard her say this often, and every time she said it, an alarm went off in my spirit. One day I was impressed of the Lord to say, "You shouldn´t speak such negative things over your heart. You don´t want your heart to break! You need your heart to work strong and efficiently all the days of your life." She was a little "put out" with me, because she felt that I was correcting her. She did not see the value in what I said to her. She dismissed what I said by saying, "Well, that´s not what I really meant!" I told her, "The devil is a lawless being and he doesn´t care what you 'really mean.' He will use your words against you anyway he can."
Nearly 10 later, that same friend died of a heart attack.
When I got the news, all I could think about was the day the Lord told me to tell her to consider her confessions. He was trying to teach her something; but instead of stopping and praying about her words, she dismissed it by considering it unimportant. Do not make the same mistake. It does not do you, God or those you have compassion for, any good to speak out loud that your "heart is breaking." You are a temple of the Holy Spirit; it would benefit you to express yourself in a way that honors both God and your body.
Destruction is certain when we do not know the difference between what is good and what is evil. The enemy continually attempts to blur the lines that enable us to discern between good and evil (right and wrong). We have the responsibility to examine the words that come out of our mouths.
Why do we think it is so important, cool or acceptable to be sarcastic in our speaking? We were not born speaking this way; we learned from someone. So let us learn from Jesus how we should speak and what we should say. Jesus lived this way every moment of His life. He only said what His Father told Him to say. John 8:28 says:
If it was good enough for Jesus to live this way, it is good and right for us to live in the same way. This is our mandate as Christians: to be imitators of God. The enemy wants us to act like him: to lie; steal; kill and destroy, just like he does. He wants to be in the place of God. He wants to be God–so that he is in control, making all the plans the way he imagines. It was his overestimated image of himself that caused him to turn against God and fall from Heaven. Do not follow the enemy´s example! Follow Jesus! If you live like Jesus lived, you can live like He lived. If you do what Jesus did, you can do what He did.Ephesians 5:1-9
9For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. (NLT)
It matters what we say; we need to speak truth. Here is another example of thinking and saying something unnecessary, without regard for what it brings: People say, "Good grief!" These two words are the complete opposite of each other—grief is not good. What is good is never having to go through sorrow. The world often thinks that going through grief is part of the "healing process." You cannot receive your healing until you rid yourself of grief. Grief stops the healing process because it is fear based. God´s healing process has nothing to do with grief. Jesus took our grief and sorrow (which is part of the curse) on the cross. The Word says that the blessing of the Lord makes rich and it does not include sorrow or trouble.
Not discerning that there is a difference between good and evil is an operation set into motion by the devil. It is a practice, as well as a mindset, that has been around since the enemy first lied. A lie he must have believed himself. Speaking and thinking this way is a fatal error in judgment.
The enemy does not want us to know or understand how much power we hold in the words we speak. We are to use our words to live in victory. We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Think about the things we accomplish with words. We speak to the mountain and it is removed. We confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and we are saved. We use words to pray in the spirit and with our understanding. We resist the devil, we cast out devils, teach, preach and praise Him with our words. Our words matter, they are the framework of our lives.
I found a commentary by John Wesley, speaking about Isaiah 6:20. He said those who call what is good evil "…take away the difference between good and evil; that justify wicked men and things, and condemn piety, or righteous persons." The purpose of this deception is to hinder people´s ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil and light from dark. The objective is to get people to think that doing something evil will produce a good harvest. This concept is not scriptural, as evidenced in the following verses:Galatians 6
This is exactly what the devil did in the Garden of Eden. He attempted to convince Adam and his wife that it was not evil, but it was good, to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He tempted them with the thought that this evil, disobedient act would produce a good result. Because they listened to and meditated on that lie, they did not properly discern between good and evil; thereby, disguising the truth, that it was evil for them to disobey God. They knew that they were not to disobey God. Yet, because of this tactic of the enemy to present an evil act as something good and acceptable, they yielded—instead of taking authority over the devil. That single act of disobedience brought a curse to the entire planet.
This is the same action Lucifer took when he lead his evil rebellion against God, in Heaven. One third of the angels listened to his plan and followed him. How could those angels ever have thought that they could succeed in the war and rebellion against God? They believed a lie—a lie that a good harvest would come from evil actions. What it produced was a judgment of death that could never be reversed. This evil concept is how the enemy manipulates anyone to sin. He did this at the tower of Babel; with Cain and Abel; with David and Bathsheba and with the Hebrews who did not go into the promised land.
The list goes on.
If we understand that there is an absolute difference between good and evil, instead of thinking that there are always excuses for why it is acceptable to sin, it will help us make righteous decisions. There is a worldly mindset, which is widely accepted, that says: "It´s okay to sin if you have a good reason." We hear constant debates concerning when it is acceptable to do something evil. The understood thinking is that, as long as you have a good reason, it is okay to steal, lie or murder. Two wrongs do not, and cannot, make a right. There are no gray areas; there are only absolutes. That is how we have a firm foundation on which to stand. That foundation is the Word of God. I encourage you to ask the Father for insight in this area, to make sure that you have right thinking about the discernment between good and evil/right and wrong. Having this fundamental understanding is absolutely necessary in living in your covenant with God.