Speak LifeBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 11/10/2018Foundation Scriptures:
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it
flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 AMPC
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:33-37 KJV
1. The Root and the Fruit.
a. Diligently guard your heart for out of it spring the issues of life.
b. If your heart — your thoughts and your attitude are good — then your fruit will be good.
c. If your heart — your thoughts and your attitude are bad — then your fruit will be bad.
d. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
e. Whatever your heart is full of, will eventually come out of your mouth.
f. You will have to give an account to God for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word that you speak.
g. Your words shape your life.
h. You are a product of what you have been speaking up to now.
i. Your words and your attitude will produce death or life as you speak.
j. Proverbs 16:24 KJV — Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
k. Proverbs 17:22 KJV — A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
l. If you want to change your future — change your words.
m. Speak good words over your life.
n. Speak God’s words over your life.
2. The Weapons of Our Warfare.
a. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV — For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 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.
b. First of all, Jesus defeated the enemy once and for all.
c. We do not have to defeat him again, we just need to enforce what Jesus has already done and occupy till He comes.
d. We do not fight with natural weapons, but with spiritual weapons.
e. Ephesians 6:11-17 KJV — Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
f. Stand your ground — don’t let the devil steal the Word of God from you (vs. 13).
g. Loins dressed in the Truth: Receive and believe what God has said and what He has done for you.
h. Breastplate of Righteousness: Be born again — in right-standing with God.
i. Gospel shoes: Be trained in the Gospel — in the Word of God — know and understand your covenant with God.
j. Shield of faith: Put all your faith and trust into Him and His ability.
k. Trust, rely and lean wholly on Him.
l. The Helmet of Salvation: Familiarize yourself with the Word of God and with His promises.
m. Take time to meditate on God‘s Word.
n. Make His Word the final authority in your life.
o. The Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
p. Speak God’s word to neutralize the enemy.
q. Confess God’s Word to cause your thinking and believing to line up with His Word and with His will for you and your life.
r. Speak God’s Word to change your circumstances.
3. Calling Things into Existence.
a. We need to be speaking over ourselves only what the Word of God says about us.
b. Call those things that be not as though they were.
c. Romans 4:17 KJV — (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
d. Romans 4:17 AMPC — As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
e. You can’t say: I’m not sick.
f. You can say: By Jesus’ stripes I’m healed.
g. Isaiah 53:5 — With his stripes we are healed.
h. Old Testament — present tense.
i. 1 Peter 2:24 — By whose stripes ye were healed.
j. New Testament — past tense.
k. As far as God is concerned, you are saved, healed, delivered and blessed.
l. It was all restored to you through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
4. Speak the Promises of God Over Your Life.
a. Let the weak say, I am strong (Joel 3:10).
b. Let the poor say, I am blessed.
c. 2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV — For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
d. Let the sick say, I am healed.
e. 1 Peter 2:24 KJV — Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
f. I once was a sinner — but now I am forgiven.
g. I am a new creation in Christ.
h. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV — Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
i. I am created in His Image.
j. Colossians 3:9-10 KJV — …ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
k. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
l. 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV — For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
m. I have the peace of God — fear has no place in me or my life.
n. John 14:27 KJV — Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
o. I am an overcomer through Him Who loves me.
p. 1 John 4:4 KJV — Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
q. I am more than a conqueror.
r. Romans 8:37 KJV — Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
s. I am blessed and a blessing for ever (Psalm 21:6).
t. I am the head and not the tail, I am above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
u. No weapon formed against me will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
v. If God is for me/us, who can be against me/us? (Romans 8:31)
w. I am who God says I am!
x. Speak Life!