The Importance Of Your Language

February 19, 2002 PM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Genesis chapter eleven. Genesis chapter eleven.

How important are the words that we speak. We’ve spoken about our finances. And we’ve spoken about how blessed our hands our. Glory to God. And we’ve spoken about revelation. Amen? Tonight we’re going to talk about our language, and how important our language is.

In Genesis chapter eleven, it said,

1. And the whole earth was of one language, (We know the story, don’t we?) and of one speech.

2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered aborad upon the face of the whole earth.

5. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

7. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

8. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me. And Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

When we look at language, what is language? Language is the use of words. What happens when we put these words together?

According to verse six, God said,

6. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

When we look at this Word of God, it said because they were all of one language there was nothing that would be restrained from them to do.

When we look at life and all that life has to offer us, we have put limitations on life. We have put restraints (listen) on life because of the language that we use, because of the limited vocabulary that we have.

But when I begin to expound my vocabulary, not necessarily (glory to God) in the natural, but in the supernatural, when I begin to expound and (glory to God) exclaim that the Word of God is true, let every... Oh, my God, my God. Let every man be a liar. There’s nothing that can be restrained unto me.

You see, we were born. And we began to learn how to talk. Why did we learn how to talk? So we could communicate. But our communication only reached so far. But when I understand that when I speak the Word of God, it goes not only in front of me... It goes all around me. It even reaches to other nations. Oh, hallelujah to Jesus.

When I learn how to use the Word of God, there is nothing that will be restrained from me. This clearly tells us that there’s power in words. Do you hear what I’m saying? There’s power in words. Listen.

My main determining factor of how far I’m going to go is determined by my words. It’s determined by how much I speak the Word of God. Do you hear what I’m saying?

You see, what happens is, we begin to get in a rut. And at first, we’re all fired up for the Lord. And at first nothing comes out of our mouths but the Word of God.

But if we stay in the situation long enough, that Word that we used to speak (Hallelujah. Hello, somebody), it begins to go by our emotions and by our feelings. And we no longer speak the Word. But we speak what we are feeling. And therefore, we’re nullifying the blessing of the Lord that the Lord has for our lives.

But if I would just hang in there for a little while, if I would learn how to just speak the Word no matter what it looks like... You see, as I’m speaking the Word I may not necessarily see any progress. Do you hear what I’m saying tonight? But it’s not about what I see in the natural. It’s about what’s going on in the Spirit realm. Glory to God.

All of us have mountains that we need moved. It’s God’s Word that gives us the power to move those mountains. You see, it’s not flesh and blood that’s going to give you the power. Do you hear what I’m saying tonight?

But it’s line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. As I continue to speak the Word, I’m going to cause that mountain to get out of my way. According to Mark chapter eleven, verse twenty-two and verse twenty-three.

22. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

And when He saying that, He didn’t mean have faith in God for the moment. You’re not listening to me tonight. Listen. He was not saying have faith in God based on your situation at hand. But He was saying have faith in God constantly. He was saying have faith in God all the time. When things are going right and when things are going wrong, have faith. Let your faith be constant.

The Bible said in Mark eleven, it says, “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and blow into the sea,’ and does not doubt at all in his heart, but believes that what he says will take place, will be done for him.”

We talk about these mountains, don’t we? We talk about them all the time. Listen at what I’m saying with this. We talk about these problems all the time. We talk about these mountains all the time.

But we don’t talk to these mountains. There’s a difference. I’ve got to learn how to talk to the mountain. I can’t talk just about the... Oh, my God, my God. I’ve got to learn how to talk to the mountain. I got to say, “Mountain, I command you to move in the Name of Jesus.” Oh, I know this is a powerful Word. I’ve got to learn how to talk to the mountain.

You see, when I get out of that realm where I’m just identifying the problem and staying right there, then I’m going to be alright. You see, every time a problem arises, there’s an opportunity for God to get the glory.

You see, He didn’t just put those problems in your way (glory to God), so you could say, “Oh, I got another hill to climb.” He put it there so He can get some glory out of your situation. Hallelujah.

How radical. Hey, I feel the Holy Ghost. How radical are we? We say we’re radical. But don’t let being radical be for a season. You see, if you’re going to be radical, you got to be radical.

The devil knows whether you’re telling the truth or you’re just blowing smoke. He knows that when that Anointing comes on you... Oh anybody can be radical when they feel the Anointing. But what about when you don’t feel the Anointing? Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost up in here.

It’s easy to step out and lay hands on the sick when I feel something. But it ain’t about my feelings.

We stop speaking the Word to our problems. We start speaking about our feelings and how we want it to go, and how it would please our flesh if it went this way. But maybe that’s not the way God wants it to go. Maybe God wants to turn the situation around. Maybe God done changed His plans.

Remember this word. There are not always signs to indicate your progress. He said some will look for signs. But there won’t be any more signs. It’s not about signs. It’s about faith.

He said there won’t be anything restrained to them. Because they learned something about their language.

You see, if we, the body of Christ, would learn about our language, there would be nothing restrained to us. Why? Because we know how to use our language on the right side and not on the wrong side.

The only reason why He confounded their language was because they meant to do evil. They developed a spirit of idolatry. Whenever somebody’s trying to build their kingdom they’re in idolatry. And God won’t stand for it. Whatever He needs to do to tear it down, He’ll tear it down.

Persistence is the key. See, you been praying, but you ain’t been speaking the Word. See, we pray, but then our conversation nullifies our prayers. You know that song, if you’re going to pray, don’t worry? And if you’re going to worry, don’t pray. Because it nullifies, it nullifies all that you’ve labored in. You’ve been laying before God night after night, day after day. But then when you get up, your conversation doesn’t match your prayers.

We’ve got to stay in that realm that we’ll continue to speak the Word until we see the results. See, don’t give up. You’re on the brink of a breakthrough. You know you’re doing right. You’re living right. Now keep on speaking the Word. Stop doubting God. If He said it, that settles it. If He said the abundant life is yours, then abundant life is yours. I don’t care what anybody has to say about it.

Results come from a saved mouth. See, we can believe in Jesus, can’t we? But not just my spirit and my soul needs to be saved. My mouth needs to be saved. What comes out of my mouth is of utter importance.

Folks will be around you, and you’ll just start saying a Scripture. They won’t even know why you’re saying it. Say it anyway.

He’s doing something right in the midst of your warfare. Say, “I’ve been speaking the Word and speaking...” Keep on speaking it. Keep on saying it. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His Word shall do what? Stand forever. It’s not enough to be saved. Your mouth got to be saved too.

Psalm 141 and verse 3. It says, “Set a guard, oh Lord, before my mouth. Keep watch of the door of my lips.”

“Set a watch before my mouth, a guard before my mouth, and a watch.” That means that, “Lord, I want You to have full control of what I say. I don’t want to even have a chance of slipping.” You got to look at it like that.

You remember Creflo when he first got started? He said he used to go to dinner with Kenneth Copeland and his wife. And they were at the dinner table. And something was going wrong with the meal. And he started speaking all this doubt. And they were looking at him and changing everything he said. They were like, “We don’t care about offending you, but you’re not going to speak doubt in our presence.”

Do you hear what I’m saying? You see, sometimes... Let me tell you. Sometimes people will say things. They will say a Scripture. And they won’t quote it right. Let me telly you something. I’m not the type of person that’s going to get up and say, “Oh, no, brother. That’s all wrong.” But where I am, I said, “Uh, uh. It goes like this.” Do you hear what I’m saying?

And if somebody prays the wrong way, but unintentionally, I say, “I bind that in the Name of Jesus.” And then I pray the right way. And I say, “Lord, now receive this...” You don’t... Do you hear what I’m saying?

Our words are of utter importance. God already knew they didn’t do it on purpose. But He’s looking for somebody else with a little more maturity to get it right in that prayer for them, not to sit back and judge what they said, and say, “Oh, they don’t even know what they talking about.”

Our words. What have you been saying lately? Have you been talking and speaking about what you’re seeing with your natural eye? Or are you speaking something totally contrary to your situation, and expecting God to work it out?

Anything that offends God in our conversations has to be eliminated.

In Psalm seventeen and verse three, it says, “I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.”

When we look at that word, we can say that discipline is a choice. It’s not easy. But it will cause me to make a quality decision. It’s a choice.

It’s like when somebody keeps telling you something that’s going to help you, but you’re not listening, because it hasn’t happened yet. But then when it happens and somebody says, “I told you so,” you’ll be all upset. You don’t want to hear it.

But when the Word of God speaks to you, and He speaks to me, and He tells us what to do, and we do it... And when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord is going to lift up a standard and say, “Uh, uh. You can’t come by here. There’s a guard up.”

Those words that you have spoken have become a fortress all the way around you. The devil can’t get through that fortress, no matter how he tries.

The Bible said that Job got up early every morning and prayed for his family and prayed for his children, just in case they transgressed against the Lord. And the only way the devil could come in was because God allowed the devil to come in.

He had built a fortress. The devil even knew it. The devil said, “You have built a hedge about him.” Why? Because he spoke the Word of God.

If the devil been coming in from every direction, all the time, then I’m not speaking the Word enough. I need to pray and speak the Word.

In Psalms nineteen, verse fourteen, the psalmist said, “Let the words of my mouth (you know it) and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Let everything that proceeds out of my mouth be acceptable to You. I don’t want nothing to come out of my mouth that will upset You. My God, my God.

James said if you can control that little member in your mouth, he said you can control your whole body. And many of us can control it in most circumstances. But let it be that thing that’ll get next to our nerves. We got to have the last word, don’t we? And that last word ain’t positive, is it?

In Jeremiah chapter one, verse four through ten, God had to straighten out the prophet’s mouth, didn’t He? He told him that, “I have formed you in your mother’s womb.” He said, “I called you.”

But the prophet started saying, “I’m a child.”

The Lord was like, “Uh, uh. I don’t even want to hear that. I’m going to correct you now. You are a prophet to the nations. It’s not about how old you are. Because when you open up your mouth, you’re not speaking anyway. Your mouth does not belong to you. It belongs to Me.”

You remember Isaiah. He said, “I’m a man of unclean lips.” And the angel took a coal from the fire and placed it on his tongue. He had a revelation that his words were not good enough. And those things that he had spoken in the past needed to be (glory to God) sanctified out of his mouth. God wanted to put a new vocabulary in his mouth. That’s what God wants to do to the body of Christ. He wants to put a new vocabulary in our mouth.

See, many times we sit back and we’re waiting on a man to do something. Let me tell you something. No man can’t do nothing for you. It’s the very words that you speak out of your mouth.

Jesus said, “My words are,” what? Spirit and life. The Word of God is what? Quick and powerful. But we’ve heard those Scriptures too many times.

That’s why I heard a preacher say he tries not to memorize the Scriptures. And I thought to myself, “I wonder why.” He said, “Because after a while it’s not going to mean as much.” But you’ve got to discipline yourself. And you got to say, “No matter how many times I say this thing, it’s still got the same amount of power.”

The devil still recognizes that the Word of God has power. And he got to move out of your way.

I have more, but I promised that we would not be long tonight.

All I want to say tonight to you is, to you tonight, is that you got a situation that’s beyond your control. You’re not in control anyway. Let the Word of God take control.

You remember I told you all that I had that problem and I went to the doctor. But I have found me a Scripture. I saw Marilyn Hickie on TV. She said she had cancer or something. But she spoke the Word of God over it every day. She said she found her a Scripture. And every time she thought about it, she was saying it all day long.

I found me a Scripture. And I quoted that Scripture all day long. Went to the doctor. Took of my clothes. I heard the voice of the Lord say to me, “You’re going to be so pleased with what you hear today.” The doctor checked me out, and there was nothing there. It’s the Word. It’s the Word. There’s no magic potion. The Word of God. That’s what you need over your situation.

I remember when I worked at AT&T. Every time I sat down at my computer to type something in there, I had the Word all around me. The Scripture was on top of my terminal. Scripture on the side. Scripture on that side. Every time a client came and they wanted to see my work, or whatever the situation was, all they could see was Scripture all around them. Scripture this and Scripture that. They couldn’t mess with me.

It’s the Word. You think it’s that loan officer that you going to to try to get that loan. It’s the Word that’s going to get you that loan. But you got to speak it long enough.

See, we put it in a man’s hands. Stop putting it in man’s hands. Put it in God’s hands and speak the Word. And when they say, “No,” you say, “Uh, uh. My Father say yes.” The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and everything that dwell therein. It belongs to God. And I belong to Him, so it’s mine.

You know what a person is about when you’re around them long enough. If they ain’t speaking no Word, then you need to hightail it. Because they’re talking about something. But it must not be the Word of God. Don’t let what somebody else speaks put a damper on what God is doing for you.

“Oh, but I love them.” Love them from a distance. Do you hear what I’m saying tonight? It’s the Word.

The Bible says... And this is my wife’s favorite Scripture. “Iron sharpeneth iron.” If you’re around somebody speaking the Word and you love them, then eventually either you’re going to start speaking the Word or you’re going to distance yourself. But I advise you to stick around them and speak the Word. Become a walking Bible. They can’t say nothing without speaking the Word. Sure can’t. That’s the mentality that we have got to get in these last and evil days.

We’re living in perilous times. The Bible doesn’t say times are going to get better. It says going to wax worse and worse. When they cry, “Peace and safety,” destruction is on the way.

Build a fortress around you and your family. Build a fortress. Speak the Word over your children. Yeah, children cut up. They will cut up. But don’t you ever tell them that they’ll never be nothing. Even change that vocabulary. Tell them it’s excellent. Tell them that’s awesome. Get that vocabulary up in their mind. And when they bring those papers home, they’ll be excited about it. The words that we speak are so important.

I remember when Kelly... And we’re going to get ready to go in a moment. Most of you know the story. She was born dead. And God brought her back.

When she was little, there was a little speech impediment that she had. When she would talk, you could barely understand what she was saying. But we got to praying and speaking the Word over her. Do you hear what I’m saying? We spoke the Word over her life, in the Name of Jesus. And every time she said it the wrong way, we said it the right way. Spoke the Word. Oh, yeah. She’s an A-plus student. Come on, give God a handclap of praise. Hallelujah.

Speak the Word. Other folks don’t give up on their children. You don’t. Keep speaking the Word over. Keep saying what God said He’s going to do. “You said it, Lord. You said. Lord, You said. And this is what Your Word says. You could never lie.”

Come on, give God a handclap of praise.

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