A Slip of the Lip

Back in World War II, there was a phrase that said “A slip of the lip can sink a ship.” The saying was put on posters and hung everywhere in an attempt to get people to understand that, because we were in a war, the enemy or their spies could be anywhere at any time. Some things, if said out loud where they could be overheard, could and would be used against us. Today we’re in a war as well. It’s a major spiritual war, not fought with conventional weapons, but through the spirit. Second Corinthians 10:4 says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

This discussion is about how you can inadvertently, through ignorance, give Satan permission to influence, control, and torment you to the point where no amount of prayer or supplication or even the Lord can intervene. You can surrender yourself as a prisoner of war. In Genesis 1:3 “God said let there be light.” This verse is an indication of the power of the spoken word, not only for God, but for us as well. Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his lips guards his life, be he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” There’s far more to be gleaned from these two verses than a discussion about foul or foolish language. Just as the WWII poster warned against unguarded speech, so is God’s word literally filled with warnings concerning the things we speak.

We know that what comes out of our mouth can be a powerful weapon that furthers God’s Kingdom or it can just as easily further Satan’s kingdom of darkness. When we make statements such as “I’ll never get my life straightened out, I’m never going to get over this illness”, or “This marriage is never going to work out”, we give Satan full license and permission to intervene in our lives and torment us. He will write these things against us as justification to the Father. What we say can hurt us as well as others, including our children. If we say that one of our children or a son-in-law is never going to amount to anything, we have allowed Satan and his demons the opportunity to step in and make sure we’re right.

What’s worse is that by exercising our will and giving our permission through a spoken word, we have disallowed anyone from interceding for us, including God the Father, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t change. He remains a gentleman when it comes to human volition. He will honor our wishes, even when they aren’t in our best interest. Just as Jesus knocks gently at the door, waiting for us to respond, He will honor our negative wishes in the same manner. Even though we have sinned by cursing ourselves, and in the process, the temple of His Holy Spirit, He will not intervene. The only person that can break such a curse is the person who uttered it in the first place. How many people do you know who have been prayed for and anointed with oil dozens of times for healing or deliverance with no effect? Is it possible that some of them have cursed themselves unknowingly, through ignorance?

But this isn’t an irreversible state. If you ask the Lord to bring the things you have said back to your recollection, you can reverse the process, breaking the curse or curses. First, you must repent for uttering the curse in the first place. “Lord I’m sorry for saying that I’ll never recover from this disease. I realize that I am the temple of your Holy Spirit and that I have sinned against you.”

Second, you must renounce what was said. “Heavenly Father, I renounce what I have said. I want to recover from this illness and I know that, through the power and authority of Jesus Christ I will be healed. Satan, you no longer have my authority to interfere with my life in this area.”

Third, you must verbally break the curse. “Lord I ask you to break this curse. I ask you to take the authority away from Satan that I have unknowingly, through ignorance, given him. In Jesus’ name I ask you to break this curse.”

Fourth, you must pray for a blessing in the same area. “Lord Jesus I ask you to bless my physical body. I thank you for entering in and healing me now. I pray that you will continue to heal me and restore me physically. I thank you in Jesus’ name.”

Next, continue to pray about having the remaining things you have said, that might empower the enemy, brought back to your recollection. The Lord is always faithful and those things will be brought back to your conscious memory. Repeat the four steps for each thing that is brought to your mind. This is part of the spiritual cleansing that all believers must go through. Remember that what you say is heard by the enemy and that “A slip of the lip can sink a ship.”