Growing up and even a few years ago, if I heard the phrase, “speaking right words,” I knew exactly where the message was going. We were reminded that life and death are in the power of the tongue, and when we speak negatively we negate our faith.
Now it is true that we should have thankful hearts and that thankfulness should come from our mouths, but the word of faith; that I grew up in took that way beyond biblical truth. But that’s not the point of this post. Throughout the years, I have gone back and forth with the word of faith four times. People don’t realize when they come out of false teaching that there is a process involved, one of deprogramming your thinking and words from the false teaching and learning the truth. And here’s the thing, both of these things happen simultaneously.
As I look back on my years in the charismatic movement and make no mistake; word of faith, charismatic, prophetic, it all has the same false doctrine underpinning it, so there is no real distinction. The thing that keeps you is the language. Personally hearing God for every step you take, the language of breakthrough and revival. The language has been the hardest thing to move away from; it’s programmed into me. The old me would have said I need deliverance, but I don’t; I just need to continue to hear, read, and study the truth of God’s Word. The biggest mistake we can make when leaving false teaching is not giving ourselves the time to understand exactly why things were false. We have to allow ourselves to go through the minutia of the teaching, shedding false understandings, changing our vocabulary, and walk in more and more truth.
Speaking the right words isn’t about a formula of faith to get God to do what we want Him to do. We are to declare the truth of the gospel and teach that Christians grow in sanctification. The Christian life isn’t about getting all our fleshly desires given to us. That’s what satan said to Eve in the garden, and that’s what he said to Jesus in the wilderness – I will give you all these kingdoms if you bow down and worship me. We may not be bowing down to the devil, but when speaking the right words is about getting what you want and not Second Timothy 3:16, we’ve fallen for the lie in the garden.
When we learn more and more about what Scripture teaches, we will realize the fallacy of charismatic lingo. My advice quit worrying about your declarations and focus on Biblical devotion.