Last night on the Healing Prayer Call, I was listening to the different teachers talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe it was Jim that quoted a familiar scripture found in Ephesians. This scripture says; And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:30-32
He brought out a point that I have not heard before, or if I have I have forgotten it. He talked about the word or words ‘evil speaking.’ He said the root definition of that word is speaking doubt or unbelief. It really resonated within me.
If we grieve the Holy Spirit, we are hindering him from working in our lives. Therefore, if we speak doubt or unbelief we are hindering the Holy Spirit from working in our lives. It makes perfect sense and this caused me to see this in a whole new light.
Hebrews 11:6 says; But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. We all know this, but do you realize if you speak doubt or unbelief you are not pleasing God and are hindering his work in your life?
Now, you may say ‘I speak faith all the time’ and perhaps you do, but as I sought God about this subject I was surprised to find some of the things I feel the Lord has shown me are voices of doubt.
Here are some of the things that we may need to deal with that are voices of doubt: ‘I don’t understand, I prayed and prayed.’ Or, ‘Maybe it was God’s plan for him to die.’ Or, ‘We never really know the plan of God.’ Or, ‘I really thought I heard God on that.’ Or, as Randy pointed out, two words that often encompass doubt are ‘just’ and ‘but’.
What I discovered about this faith-filled woman I thought I was is that sometimes I say words that are filled with doubt and I don’t even realize it. God calls all doubt evil speaking, that in itself, is frightening, don’t you think?
I have purposed in my heart to speak only faith-filled words or to keep my mouth shut until I say nothing but faith-filled words, I will NOT grieve the Holy Spirit and I will not hinder his work in my life.
All this insight came to me at a very difficult time. I had been diligently praying for two certain people who had been given a death sentence by doctors. One, as you know, was John Luke. The other was a newborn of a friend of mine. Both went home to be with the Lord at 2:00 this morning. I refuse to say ‘I don’t understand.’ It is not for me to understand. Instead I look for and listen for the God perspective on both these who are now with the Lord. I trust God.
When I can say nothing else, I will say ‘God is faithful and I trust you God.’ I continue to believe in healing. I continue to declare healing. I continue to stand in faith – a level of faith I KNOW is pleasing to my God. That is my stand and I won’t move off it.
Friends, we have all been through hard times, times we don’t understand and frankly no explanation would satisfy us, therefore if we are to live for God we must do so by faith, walking in faith and speaking faith.
Today put all evil speaking away from you – far away – declare I will speak FAITH or speak nothing, in Jesus name.