Week 10 Principles of Intercession – Class Notes – 11-20-16
DON’T TALK YOURSELF OUT OF IT (the answer to your prayer), continued.
(1) Watch your mouth! What you say after you pray is important.
Remember Prov. 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Psalm 19:14 – David’s prayer, “Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, my rock and my redeemer.”
Words here means spoken words. Meditation means to mutter or murmur – i.e. spoken words also, except softly, almost under your breath, speaking to yourself rather than other people. “Thy sight” means in God’s face, his presence, face to face, an intimate closeness. He is not afar off, he is right here with us, actually inside of us. Acceptable actually means to give pleasure to, cause delight.
Any time and anywhere, no matter to whom our words are addressed, ourself or someone else, the words we use should be acceptable (give pleasure) to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:4, etc. – about the believer’s use of speech. This includes avoiding obscenity, coarse joking, etc. which is something the world (and most of us) has grown way too used to hearing, or even doing.
Patsy mentioned hearing someone using the name of the Lord in vain, that is, cursing by using God’s name. We discussed the 3rd commandment – do not take the name of the Lord in vain, God will not hold the person guiltness who does that. Discussed what that actually means – to claim that God did or said something that he did not do or say, such as giving someone a Word from the Lord or prophecy.
Eph. 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”
Speaking to “yourselves” – that word can mean itself, himself, herself, yourself, singular or plural, and especially means you yourself. Speak these things to everyone, and particularly to YOU yourself.
Eph. 4:29 says to “let” no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, i.e. building up. Words are creative or destructive. We need to be creating good things for ourselves and others, not destroying something. “Let” means we control this.
(2) How to’s:
(a) Guard your heart and (b) guard your mouth – because whatever comes out of your mouth was in your heart first. (Matt. 12:34-37)
II Cor. 10:4-5 – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” That includes thoughts of fear or doubt about the answers to your prayers.
We have mighty weapons with which to take our thoughts captive to Christ: The sword of the Spirit (God’s word) and the Holy Spirit.
Prov. 30:32 KJV – If your thoughts / plans are evil, cover your mouth! Don’t let those words out of your mouth.
(c) Fill your mind and heart with God’s things, not the world’s things or the enemy’s things.
Phil. 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, 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.”
John 14:26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” But remember, the Holy Spirit can’t “re-mind” you of something Jesus said if you didn’t put it in your mind it to begin with.