Jonathan* died a horrible death. Our church had a twenty four hour prayer chain going on for weeks before his death. We deliberately spoke life over him. Prophets prophesied. Communion got a whole different meaning. Special oils were brought in to anoint him and everything around him. He died anyway.
I told my friend that she is going to lose her husband and children if she doesn't do something about her drinking problem. She accused me of speaking death over her family. Our friendship is ruined to say the least.
A self proclaimed prophetess prayed over a pregnant friend for a problem free natural birth. She ended up having an emergency c-section.
Do we really have any power in our tongues?
While Lorna* is being cared for by her daughter, excited to meet her King any day now, there are still people walking into her room praying for her for healing, speaking life when she knows that she already had her two years of grace.
She knows what death looks like when you lift the blankets.
The verse that is quoted out of context for this name it and proclaim it faith movement...
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21 KJV
"The tongue has the power of both life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." NIV
There is no other reference for this belief in the Bible. But what the Bible does say is...
"For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." Matt 12:37
See also James 3:3-12 "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." verse 6
Jesus said "What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Matt 15:11
"...and those who love it will eat its fruit..."
What was Satan's promise to Eve in the garden of Eden? Wasn't it that we will be like God? Gen 3:5
Only God can speak life. It is God that created the heavens and the earth with the power of His words.
"And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light." Gen 1:3
If there were any power of life or death in my words, my children would never get sick or hurt. Jonathan would still be alive today. Lorna would be healed by now. Hospitals would be empty. There would be no death. No hurting. No poverty.
We hurt souls when we pray and prophecy that which we will and want. We bring false hope.
I am not saying that God doesn't heal anymore, or that He cannot heal Lorna in a blink of an eye because He can, only He can. I am living proof that God heals. He healed my soul. He healed me from asthma, cancer, fear and selfishness. He gives us life in abundance. John 10:10
Life in abundance.
Jesus prayed "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Your will be done...
We can have life in abundance even on a death bed, even when we have to sit up at night with a sick child, in sadness and in pain. The life we have in Christ Jesus, can be filled with joy unspeakable, in abundance, everlasting...
I will only pray for God's perfect will to be done...
...and have perfect peace in knowing that He is in control.
*Names where respectfully changed.