Sword of the Spirit 4 : GODLY PURPOSES OF WORDS AND TONGUES
Luke 4:22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.
Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
(Watchman’s notes: believers must show evident signs: in Jesus’ name they cast out demons, speak new tongues! No sign? Ask the Lord why.)
Luke 1:64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.
(Watchman’s notes: when your tongue is loosed by the Lord’s divine touch, you speak God’s words. You praise and not curse.)
Luke 16:24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
(Watchman’s notes: the most painful torment in hell is dryness and waterless. The place of the demons is dry and waterless. When you are dry and tormented, you know why. The Holy Spirit brings rivers of living water. John 7:38-39. While on earth you still can repent and receive. Time is here and now.)
Hosea 6:5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
(Watchman’s notes: God slains by the words of His mouth.)
TRUTH ON THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT OF TONGUES
Acts 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues,as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Watchman’s notes: be filled with the Holy Spirit and receive His tongues!)
Acts 2:11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Romans 14:11 For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
(Watchman’s notes: Main purpose of tongues is to confess to God, magnify God, declare the wonderful works of God.)
1 Corinthians 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
(Watchman’s notes: speaking in varieties of tongues are spiritual gifts to the appointed ones by God in church, in the same categories with healings, helps, and administrations. Additional remark: note that administration is ranked second last in terms of God’s purposes in the church. Today’s churches have placed administration to be number one. That explains why Jesus has to write seven letters to the churches.)
1 Corinthians 13:1 [ The Greatest Gift ] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
(Watchman’s notes: the watchman was woken one morning with this phrase “tongues of angles”. He was reminded of the need to have love for lost souls even when praying in angelic languages. Then he was told to focus on “prophecy”-the preaching of God’s word in truth and in spirit for end times church purposes.)
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
(Read: 1 Corinthians 14:5-6, 9,13-14, 18-23, 26-27)
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Timothy 3:8 [ Qualifications of Deacons ] Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,
1 Peter 3:10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
(Watchman’s notes: be discerning in the spirit. Do not look at the seen, but look at the unseen. Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. A spiritual man discerns all things.)
(Further reading: 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 for us who have received the Spirit of God, we are spiritual and have the mind of Christ. We judge all things. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God. )
Proverbs 6:2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
Ecclesiastes 10:13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness.
Ezekiel 35:13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”
Daniel 7:8 I was considering the horns…And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. 7:20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
Jude 1:16 [ Apostates Predicted ] These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
(Watchman’s notes: those of Anti-christ spirit speak pompous words. 1 Thessalonians 2 describes them as “lawless”. Jesus has warned such in Matt.7:23 “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” )
GOD COVENANTS WITH WORD
Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore.”
Isaiah 51:16 And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
Zechariah 8:9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong, You who have been hearing in these days These words by the mouth of the prophets, Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid For the house of the LORD of hosts, That the temple might be built.