And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. – II Corinthians 4:13 NKJV
As you prepare to grab hold of everything God has given to you and take back everything the enemy has stolen from you, remember the enemy will not easily let go of that which he has held up and held on to. He will do battle against you! This will be done primarily through lies, doubts, distraction and confusion; all of which takes place in your mind.
The good news is that God has NOT left you defenseless against the devil! YOU actually have the power to take control over your mind! II Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Paul continues in verse 5 by saying, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” I can tell you that Verse 5 is key to your success; not only in defeating the enemy but in ALL things.
You may be wondering why I am talking so much about the mind battle when the Challenge, or shall I say ‘Mouth Consecration’, is based upon what we do and do not speak? The answer to that question can be found in Matthew 12:34, where Jesus says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” That means that your mouth will speak whatever you have stored in it. So if you have a heart filled with hurt and anger, then that’s what will eventually come out of your mouth. You may be able to keep it from oozing out around certain people for a period of time, but eventually it will come out! And how do these things take root into your heart? It first starts with your mind.
So how do we counteract this? How do we keep from thinking and therefore speaking the wrong things? Well, below are 4 easy steps to help you through this process followed by expounding on the steps through Scriptures to increase understanding. With that being said, I thought you might appreciate knowing that all 4 of these steps are incorporated into the Word Challenge (yippee); thereby killing 3 birds (words/thoughts we put into our minds and hearts and words that exit our mouths) with only one stone. Halleluiah!
1. Reading God’s Word
2. Praying God’s Word
3. Meditating on God’s Word
4. Speaking God’s Word
1. Reading God’s Word
Whenever we have any issue, this should be our first response: find out what the Lord has to say about it. You can easily find out what God has to say about a particular issue by using a concordance or an online concordance/Bible study tool like www.Bible.cc and www.biblegateway.com. We want to find a few Scriptures (seed) we can not only use in prayer but also in our meditation and declaration (watering / farming the seed). In this case, it’s on the mind, so we’ll use the Scripture mentioned above since it speaks about the activity of our minds, II Corinthians 10:5,
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
2. Praying God’s Word
Now that we have our Scripture, we have something to base our petitions upon. That may sound strange to some people so let me explain. While we should pray from our hearts and spirits, it is wise to ALSO include the Word of God because if what we’re asking isn’t in God’s Will for us then we’re wasting our time. I John 15:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” His Will, beloved, is revealed to us in His Word.
When it comes to prayer and God’s Word, we must keep the following things in mind: (1) God instructs us to put Him in remembrance. Of what? Of God’s Word (Isaiah 43:26); (2) His Word shall NEVER return unto Him void (Isaiah 55:11); (3) His Word is alive and powerful, sharper than a 2-edged sword and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12); and (4) God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
Finally, it is God’s Word and our continuous faith in His Word that produces results. His Word is seed and our faith is the ‘activator’ or the watering of that seed. However, it doesn’t matter how much you water the ground, if there’s no Seed then nothing any good will grow.
Using the previous example Scripture (2 Corinthians 10:5), here is an example of how I would incorporate this Scripture into my prayer by saying something like this:
“….Lord, help me to discern, reprove and reject the words and thoughts that are not of You; as well as that which claims to be superior to Your Word and Will for my life. Lead me and show me how to successfully bring all of my thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ. In Jesus’ name…..”
3. Meditating on God’s Word
I will let God’s Word speak for itself on this one because I believe it does so clearly. I preface by saying meditation is NOT sitting Indian style in a room filled with incense, humming. In short, if you’ve ever worried about anything before, then you have meditated. Meditating is prayerfully pulling a thought apart in your mind, mulling over it, thinking about it and really allowing it to take root in your mind and heart.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am the queen of cue cards, so when I am studying a new Scripture, I write it down on a 3×5 index card and carry it around with me. If I’m standing in line at the supermarket or waiting at the doctor’s office, I can easily take out the card, read the Scripture and begin pulling it apart in my mind. In Step #1, you’re getting into the Word but Step #3 you’re letting the Word get into you!
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalms 1:1-3)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:13-16
Example of thoughts that may occur while meditating on our example Scripture in #1 & #2, II Corinthians 10:5:
“….Lord, how do I cast down arguments and those things (word, thoughts, philosophies, etc) that exalts itself against you infinite knowledge and wisdom? Have I ever came into contact with something like this before? What triggered it? How do I immediately bring EVERY thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ? Hmm, I see You used the word ‘captivity’ so this to me suggests…..”
4. Speaking God’s Word
So many Scriptures comes to mind when I think about speaking God’s Word. I will try to limit it to only 5 Scriptures that I believe helps draw a picture of how important and potent it is to speak God’s Word with your mouth:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
The more you hear God’s Word spoken, even spoken from out of your own mouth, the more you begin to come into agreement with that Word. And the more you come into agreement with God’s Word, the more faith is being built up within you! This also works when you’re speaking God’s Word into the ears of others. What’s happening in both scenarios? YOU ARE OPENING YOUR MOUTH AND SPEAKING!
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
This is how we began our relationship with God, by confessing with our mouths while believing in our hearts (mouth and heart in agreement). I completely believe this is the example we’re to follow concerning having faith in God’s Word.
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! (Psalms 103:30 NASB)
Notice the second ½ of this Scripture says the angels perform God’s Word and that they obey the VOICE, that is, your mouth giving voice to God’s Word. Thus, your speaking God’s Word not only builds you up in faith but it also releases the angels to begin working on your behalf. This is also confirmed in Daniel 10:12, which says, “Then he (the angel) said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
And the devil said to Him……..But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ……” And the devil said to Him, ……..And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ……..” Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, ….and said to Him…..And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said…..” Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him ….. (Luke 4:3-13)
This was an interesting conversation between Jesus and the devil. Notice the devil kept on talking to Jesus, trying to tempt Him, and Jesus’ response was to talk back to the devil by declaring the Word of God. Jesus sets the perfect example of what we’re to do when confronted with the enemy; and that is to OPEN OUR MOUTHS AND TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL, DECLARING GOD’S WORD!!!
So it the same we will do during our 40-day mouth consecration!!
Finally, using the example Scripture as we did in the other 3 examples, 2 Corinthians 10:5, below is an example declaring this Scripture
“I cast down all arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and I bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, in Jesus’ name.”
It is vitally important for us to always keep in mind that our words have inherent power in them; power to produce death and life (Proverbs 18:21). Which one it will be, whether death or life is completely up to us, and during the 40 day challenge we are choosing to speak life! And since our spoken words are the direct result of the matters kept in our hearts, we will hide the Word of God within our hearts (Psalm 119:11) and prayerfully “keep and guard our hearts with all vigilance and above all that we guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23 AMP). Finally, as we declare the things of God over our lives, we will do as the Apostle Paul encourages in Philippians 4:8, which is deliberately choose to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
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