We’ve been looking at the importance of our words and the effects they can have for life or death in the lives of those to which we speak them and the situations that we encounter in our own lives. Today we will look at what God intends for us to do with our words; the warfare that He intends for us to carry out with the word of God as it is spoken out our mouths.
Revelation 19:11-16; NLT Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him, and only he knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and he trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Apostle John’s vision recorded in the book of Revelation gives us a picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God who died for the sin of mankind, to redeem us from the death and separation that comes upon all men who reject Jesus as Savior and Lord, as He comes again to reign in power and put to end the devil and all the forces of evil, in the greatest battle that the history of the world will ever know.
We tend to think that this battle will be a battle of force, hand to hand combat with weapons of war. But God’s ways are not ours; His weapons of warfare are not carnal for He does not fight as men with swords and spears. The sword that He fights with comes out of His mouth; it is His words. Spiritual warfare is not fought with weapons fashioned from steel or iron, but through the words that come out of the mouth of one who is empowered to fight with the word of God.
Isaiah 11:4 NKJV says that Jesus will “strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
As Jesus comes to fight this battle we see with him a great army. That army is referred to in Revelation 19:7,8, as the saints who are to be united in marriage with the Lamb of God. This is not a marriage in terms that we understand where a husband and wife are joined together by worldly standards, but is a marriage or union of the saints who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior being united with their Lord, the One who has given His life as a Lamb sacrificed for the sins of the world. This is the time when the saints of God, dressed in fine linen, will join with Jesus to rule and reign throughout eternity.
As we see in verse 16, Jesus is known as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is King and Lord over all the kings and lords of the earth! And He will rule and reign as a King does, through the decrees that come out of His mouth. That is the sword that we see coming out of the mouth of Jesus as He arrives on His white horse, with white being the symbol of purity. The saints of God that come with Him as His army are dressed in white linen, symbolic as described in Revelation 19:8 to be the righteous acts of the saints. As believers in Christ Jesus we have been made righteous in Him through His sacrifice for us that cleanses us from all sin. Our righteous acts arise out of the love that we have for Jesus as Savior and Lord. The righteousness that we have is a gift from God because we can’t earn our way to heaven as His children. It must be received by faith and then as we serve Him we live rightly through the power of His Spirit within us.
Looking back to Revelation 1 the Apostle John writes the Revelation of Jesus Christ as given to him by the angel of God as pertaining to the Seven Churches which he refers to as in Asia, and which are representative of all local churches in every age:
Revelation 1:4-6 NKJV John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
In God’s kingdom, the King rules and reigns through the decrees that He makes. We see that from Genesis to Revelation in the record of our God that speaks things into being that have no beginning form. He speaks life into non-existent things and they become manifest. Romans 4:17 says that God is the “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;” He creates with His spoken word. An example of that is in Genesis 1:3: Then God said, “Let there be light;, and there was light. And Hebrews 11:3 records that “the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” God creates and rules by His words.
Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. If He is King of kings then there must be kings for Him to be King over. We see in Revelation 1: 6 that He has made us, born again believers in Christ Jesus, the kings that He will be King over. We will come with Him when He comes again to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords; ruling and reigning with Him through our words just as He speaks and rules through His words.
In 1 Peter 1:9 we see where Paul records that we are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
Kings and priests, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people are all descriptions of the born again believers in Christ Jesus. In this scripture the purpose for us as His own special people made up of kings and priests, is to proclaim the praises of Him who called us, Christ Jesus. Our words are not only purposed to be kingdom words that rule and reign but words that proclaim the praises of our King!
In Romans 5:17 we see that it is through the gift of righteousness that we receive from Christ Jesus that we will “reign in life” through Him. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21) and as He rules and reigns we will reign with Him.
So, what could be the purpose in us speaking words of life into dead situations, relationships that need reconciliation and life’s problems that need changing? Paul E. Bilheimer, in his book “Destined To Overcome”, states that prayer is “on-the-job training”. In Old Testament times the Priest went before God on behalf of the people and before the people on behalf of God. When we pray we bring others before God interceding on their behalf. We not only come before Him with our requests and petitions on behalf of ourselves and others but we get His word on the situation to speak out into the dead places, and into the lives of people who need new life; who need a word of encouragement. We also stand before the enemy to speak as Jesus did in Matthew 4:3-10 when He was tempted by the devil and had to wage warfare with “it is written”.
Our words, as we learn to harness the tongue and speak life into people’s lives and our own life’s circumstances, are a training ground for us to learn how to control the tongue, how to pray in intercession for others and how to overcome the attacks of the enemy and his temptations to be lured away from the Lord and His purpose for our lives. We are in training to rule and reign with Christ Jesus. We are in training to proclaim His praises throughout eternity. If we can’t praise Him now, we won’t be able to praise Him when we get to heaven. If we can’t harness the energy that’s within us that proceeds from our mouths now, we will not be able to rule and reign with Him throughout eternity!
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
What kind of fruit are you eating? Is it the fruit of life filled by God’s Spirit or the fruit rising up out of an old nature that has been replaced by a new spirit, but is still allowed to rule without being restrained? This is an area of which we all need practice to make it perfect, as my mother would always say.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Father, I come before You with an enlightened heart in this area of my words and their importance and purpose. I confess to You that I have not always restrained my old nature from speaking words of doubt, unbelief, and death. I desire a cleansed heart and mouth that I might be like Jeremiah who was touched by Your hand and then received Your words to speak to nations and kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy the works of the devil in the people’s lives and to build and plant new life into them. Father, Jeremiah said that Your word was in his heart like a burning fire shut up in his bones. Father, I want to be ready to rule and reign with Christ Jesus. I want to be perfectly trained by You, my Master.
I pray for those who may be struggling with having a vision of what Your purpose is for their lives. I pray that the eyes of their heart might be enlightened to see the hope of the calling that You have on their lives. I pray that they will also understand the importance of the words that they speak in giving life to those who are without hope and calling forth life in the dead places of their lives. I pray that we, as a nation of kings and priests unto You might go forth in the power of Your Spirit proclaiming the praises of our Jesus Christ, our King. I ask You to teach us how to be the prophet of our own lives in using our words to root out unbelief and doubt, and to plant hope and faith in their places. Teach us Your ways, Oh God, that we might walk closely with You and be ready to take our places as kings under Your Kingship! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.