Why You Should Guard Your Mind And Your Mouth

We have never lived in a time where communication was so easy or so prevalent.

All around us there are voices. Everywhere you turn their is commentary. The media, individuals, those in charge, and those that are not in charge ALL have something to SAY and they all seek for YOUR attention.

Communication is a bedrock of society. Proper communication can change the world. Think about when the gospel is communicated…there is inherent power in the words that are spoken.

But to be clear: All of our words hold tremendous power.

This is the reason that the enemy wants to trap you, and to ensnare you with your words.Think about it for a moment…the Bible declares that the devil goes about as a roaring lion. In fact, let’s read that verse.

1 Peter 5:8–9 NLTse

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy,the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,looking for someone to devour.

Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

To a large degree, Satan battles us with words. There is a war of words taking place around your life at any given moment.

The devil seeks to place his evil words into your head, into your heart, and into your spirit.

The devil is an accuser that will taunt you until his last breath. He is a master wordsmith, and he uses this ability to wage war on the internal strength of the people of God.

The word “roar,” in this short passage means: To cry with a full, loud, continued sound.

That’s exactly what the devil is doing right now. He finds those people who are hurting, or wounded, those that are waging war spiritually, and he begins to roar.

The enemy cries out with a full, loud, continued sound that, IF ALLOWED, will penetrate your mind, your heart, and your spirit.

He wants to scare you into believing that he has the upper hand. The devil wants you to fear that his roar is your demise, but God still has the upper hand!

We need guardrails over our mind, our heart, and our spirit. Ultimately, we need guardrails over our own mouth, and here’s why…

Into your heart

Whatever we allow into our mind, filters its way into our heart, and from our heart it will begin to proceed out of our mouth.

We must have guardrails against the roar of the enemy. Our guardrails must cover our mind, our heart, and our spirit. Words can be a trap, so be careful with your words.

Here’s what the Bible says about words…

Proverbs 12:13–19 NLTse

13 The wicked are trapped by their own words,but the godly escape such trouble.Why do the Godly escape? Because they guard their mouth.

Godly people recognize the power of words. They use words as tools, and understand that words have creative power.

Scripture tells us that life and death are tied to our words.

Your words can build up or tear down. Words can undermine or stabilize a situation. Words have the power to lift up Jesus or lift up the devil.

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Godly people will choose their words wisely, understanding that, once the words leave your lips, they cannot be retracted.

14 Wise words bring many benefits,and hard work brings rewards.

15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.The Bible says, “in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” In other words, when Godly people listen to wise counsel, their way becomes safe. When you and I surround ourselves with the RIGHT people to listen to, good words will begin to filter into our mind, and filter into our heart, and eventually those same words of wisdom will proceed from our own mouth.

16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.When people insult you, it’s an opportunity. The opportunity is both for you, and for your adversary, the devil. If you stay calm, and speak Godly words, you will avoid the devil’s snare, but if you get heated and blast things from your mouth that you shouldn’t say, you will be ensnared.

A wise person will avoid the “word” trap by staying calm under pressure and insults.

17 An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.

18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

19 Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.

Here is a powerful principle…God’s Word over your life will stand the test of time because it is true. Satan may be speaking into your ear, and the constant barrage of his lying roar is shaking your spirit, but you don’t have to give in.

Guardrails for your mind, your heart, and your spirit will keep you from giving in to satan’s lying trap for your soul.

Whatever we allow into our mind, filters its way into our heart, and from our heart it will begin to proceed out of our mouth.

Now, I want to expose HOW a person becomes trapped by the words of the enemy.

As we talked about a few moments ago, the devil’s roar gets into our mind.

We stew on what he is saying; we think about his words, and if we are not careful lying words will take root in our mind.

Satan’s words are like a bitter root that will plant itself in the soil of your mind and once it does, it will attack your heart.

Once the devil’s bitter, lying words root themselves into your mind and heart, you cannot help but parrot what he has said.

Let’s look at another passage of scripture. The context is always important, but within the framework of this scripture, there is a principle that applies to our words. It’s a principle that can be leveraged for you, or against you.

Proverbs 6:1–3 NLTse

My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—

if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said.

follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased.

Here’s the principle I want to expose…It’s called the agreement trap.

Be careful what or with whom you agree. Whether in your mind, your heart, or your words, agreement has power.

Jesus even referenced this agreement principle when he said, “if two or three agree….” Jesus says this same principle can even leverage power in our prayers.

The Apostle Paul has something to say about agreement as well.

2 Corinthians 6:16–7:1 NKJV

16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?Here’s what the word agreement means in this passage:

  • Consensus
  • Union
  • Agreement with the judgement reached by the group as a whole.

Don’t think for a moment that your enemy isn’t trying to sway your own opinion about yourself, and about God, and about God’s power in your life.

If he can cause you to agreewith what he is saying, and if he can get you to the point where you agree with your mouth, you are immediately trapped by your agreement.

You are trapped by your words.

Whatever we allow into our mind, filters its way into our heart, and from our heart it will begin to proceed out of our mouth.

Maybe you think you would never agree with the devil, but many people, even believers, do it every day.

Satan doesn’t come and tell you that it’s him who is lying to you, he simply lies and tries to get you to believe it and agree with it.

Here are some examples:

  • You are not smart enough to…
  • You will never be able to…
  • Everyone hates you because…
  • Your friends are against you because…
  • You are a terrible christian because…
  • Your kids will never be saved because…
  • You’re too fat, too skinny, not pretty enough…
  • You will be a terrible parent because…
  • Your marriage will never last…
  • You’ve failed, and there is no hope for you…

Satan will do his best to get you to listen to lies like these and eventually agree with them.

Do Not Believe These Lies From The Devil_

Over the years, as a pastor, I’ve heard countless versions of these lies and many others like them. They started out as seeds the devil was roaring into someone’s mind and eventually the person began believing them in their heart, and once they believed the lie in their heart, it made it’s way out of their mouth, and agreement with the devil’s lie opened the door to demons and trapped them.

They were trapped by their agreement.

2 Corinthians 6:16–7:1 NKJV

16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

In this context, I am trying to warn you to separate yourself, and cleanse yourself by refusing to be trapped with the devil’s lie.

Never agree with the negative, destructive things the devil speaks into your ear.

He is a liar.

Instead, put up guardrails over your mind, your heart, your spirit, and your mouth.

In our last post we talked about guardrails for your heart…so I won’t dive back into that…you can read it HERE.

We do, however, need to focus on putting guardrails around our mind and our mouth.

Guard Your Mind and Mouth

Your mind is the entry point of the devil’s lie and your mouth is the exit point.

Here is one of the best guardrails for your mind…Ask yourself, “what is the desire of my heart?”

Whatever the desire of your heart is, that is the thing, person, idea, dream, etc…that you have your mind SET ON.

Listen to this passage of scripture…

Romans 8:1–11 NKJV

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.Jesus came and agreed with the law, and because of his agreement he was crucified in our place, for our sin. Because he never sinned, he is the only one who has the power to atone for OUR sin.

Through agreeing with the sacrifice of Jesus for OUR sin, we can be free from the devil’s snare and live for God.

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Now, this next verse contains the guardrail for our mind.

For those who live according to the fleshset their minds on the things of the flesh,but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.When the desires of our heart are set on things of the flesh, things that do not agree with what God wants to do in our life, we will always set our MIND on the things of the flesh.

Those who live according to or in agreement with God’s Spirit, always set their minds on things of the Spirit.

Tremendous power is transferred and made available when you set your mind.

A made up mind is a powerful tool that can be leveraged for youor against you.

The Bible even gives us the result of a set mind in the next verse.

For to be carnally minded is death,but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Don’t allow the lies of the devil to permeate your mind. Don’t allow yourself to agree with negative, evil, discouraging thoughts that could only be authored by the devil himself.

You might not feel like you are good enough, smart enough, able enough…or whatever…but when Jesus comes into your life, his power and ability supersede what you are and who you are. Jesus’ life is lived out through you, and HE IS enough.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Now that we’ve talked about guardrails for our mind, here are a couple (there are many more), for our mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 NKJV

Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastilybefore God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.

In other words, God hears everything you say. Don’t be so quick to say things that you shouldn’t say.

  • Don’t speak evil of others so quickly.
  • Don’t speak evil and negatively about yourself, because you are the temple of God.
  • Don’t pray bad things about others. Because something (not God) will answer those bad prayers when you pray against people.

We even have a saying that betrays what happens in this process we are discussing, and it goes like this…“I’m going to speak my mind.”

Whenever you hastily “speak your mind,” you are saying that whatever took root in your mind, has found its way into your heart, and is about to proceed from your mouth.

Jesus tells us, whatever comes out of the heart defiles us, so be careful with what you speak…even about yourself.

  • Don’t say bad things about yourself.
  • Don’t put yourself down.
  • Don’t degrade yourself with your words.
  • Don’t belittle yourself and undermine your potential.

Whatever we allow into our mind, filters its way into our heart, and from our heart it will begin to proceed out of our mouth.

James 1:19–25 NLTse

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,for it has the power to save your souls.This is the guardrail we need:

  • Accepting the Word of God into our heart.
  • Believing it in our heart.
  • Living it out in our heart.
  • Stewing and pondering on it in our heart.

But just as this scripture says, we must ACCEPT what God says to us and about us. Only by truly ACCEPTING God’s Word in your heart, can it be planted.

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.

24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

So here are the guardrails…ask yourself:

  1. What are the desires of my heart? (Because this will affect your mind)
  2. What is coming out of my mouth? (Because this will betray what is actually IN your heart.)

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