Have you ever felt as if you were coming up against the same challenge or obstacle over and over again? Most of us have. It happens to everyone at one time or another. It even happened in scripture.
We see this in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 2. The children of Israel had circled the same path, the same mountain for forty years. The time finally came when God spoke to His people and gave them new instruction. In chapter 2, verse 3 God said, “You have skirted this mountain long enough, turn northward.”
Many of us have felt the frustration of fighting the same battle repeatedly, going around and around with no sign of breakthrough in sight. Unlike the children of Israel, most of us haven’t circled the mountain for forty years. Thank God for that! Imagine how the children of Israel must have felt, going around the same obstacle, day after day, year after year, for forty long years.
Not too long-ago God began to speak to me about this passage of scripture. While doing an in-depth study on the words wilderness and promised land, I found something quite interesting. The word wilderness is a Hebrew word (rbdm). One of the meanings of this word is mouth, it comes from a root word, rbd, which means to declare, command, or speak out. What is even more interesting is the word or phrase promised land. It is the exact same word, rbd, again meaning to declare, command or speak out.
I found this very enlightening. Is it possible that we choose to dwell in the wilderness by the words of our mouth? If so, can we also choose to leave the wilderness and enter into the already paid in full, promises of God by the words of our mouth? Our Promised Land. Could it be that simple? It would seem so. 1 Corinthians 10 tells us that the children of Israel complained continually and because of their complaints were destroyed by the destroyer. Proverbs 18:21 says life and death are in the power of the tongue. According to scripture, it is entirely up to us whether we partake of life or death – and it is all by the words we speak.
Most of us are faithful to pray and declare God’s Word over ourselves, our ministries, our business, and our family’s. That is a good thing. But what words are we declaring the rest of the day? It is so easy to get caught up in conversations and before we know it, we are saying words that are the opposite of what we just prayed for. It is also easy to listen to our body and what we feel and begin to speak our feelings instead of the truth of God’s Word.
Perhaps you pray healing scriptures. Later that day, a headache comes your way, or you get the sniffles. Do you continue to confess the Word of God, or do you say something like, “I feel like I am coming down with the flu.” If you have prayed over becoming debt free and you get another bill in the mail. Do you keep confessing God’s promises concerning finances? Or do you say, “I will never get out of debt with all these bills coming in.”
Our words are so very important to our victory. Not only when we are in Church, around other Christians, or in prayer. They matter all the time. Personally, I am very careful about the words that come out of my mouth, however, recently, God showed me something else I must be aware of. You see, when I am in a battle, if I am not confessing scripture, I am usually very quiet. I realize how easy it is to complain or confess something I don’t want to see happen. Especially if the battle is physical. I was thinking about this one day when God asked me a question. He said, “but what are you saying to yourself?”
You see, we can say all the right things out of our mouth and still have doubt or unbelief in our heart. When this is the case, we will talk to ourselves and say things like, “How many more times do I have to confess this?” or “I have prayed and took communion a hundred times, why I am still suffering?” or “Surely you have missed it somewhere.” This is wavering. The Bible says those who waver will receive nothing from the Lord. (James 1:6)
Mark 11:23 says, For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
It’s not enough to just confess the Word of God, we must also believe what we say, to others and to ourselves. What are you saying to yourself? What are you thinking? As a man thinks, so is he. What is in your heart? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Yes, we must watch the words we speak, this is vital, of course. But we must also watch what we say to ourselves. If what we say to ourselves is the opposite of what we confess from the Word, something is wrong. In that case, we need to stay in the Word of God until nothing comes in our mind or out our mouth except the truth of the Word of God. When we get to that place – we will enter our Promised Land…once and for all.