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communicate with words. He is not like the rest of
creation, making different sounds and noises, but
communicate through words and speech, but this
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We are created with the ability to speak for the soul
purpose of praising and worshipping YHVH, but we
use it as a weapon against our brothers, a flame
that set the world alight and destroy what is
beautiful. Your lips bear the fruit that distinguish you from others and is the evidence to show
whether you are righteous or whether you are wicked and we should be careful how we use
our words so that our mouths do not cause our destruction.

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What you think in your heart determines who you are and who you are is revealed through
your tongue. If you want to know someone you should only listen to them, to what they say
and you will soon know the person. This verse in Proverbs 23 says much more than you
would expect on face value; it gives us the wisdom to guard our gates. How do I get to this?
The word ‘thinks’ is the Hebrew word “sha-ar” that actually means, ‘opening’ and ‘gate’. The
path to your thoughts is linked to “openings” that cause you to think in a certain way and what
is in your heart is expressed through a “opening” or “gate” that we better know as your mouth.
YHVH created us with gates where we allow things in and where we send things out. You
can think of yourself as a city with a wall with certain gates to allow people to enter and exit. If
you want the city to be secure, you need to put guards at the gates to stop wicked people
from entering and stop things to leave that you do not want to. You as a person is like a city
with gates and you have to make sure you have guards at every “gate”; your “eye-gate”, your
“ear-gate” and your “mouth-gate”. What you allow in is what cause you to think on certain
things, for example; if you listen to rock music that convey messages of rebellion, you will
become rebellious because you will think rebellious thoughts. If you watch movies with sexual
references, you will have a issue with lust because you will think about sex.
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from the heart and what you speak comes from within, that is why YHVH will judge
every word that comes from your mouth because it represents your heart and who you
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commonly found among women, they fight and attack each other with their mouths.
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used his tongue to deceive the woman and she used her tongue to convince her husband to
sin. The tongue lead to the fall of man and it is the vehicle Satan uses to spread his venom
among people of YHVH that will destroy them in the end. In other words, sin is transferred
through the tongue and that is why the tongue is evil. The tongue is the most used and most
powerful effective weapon, and it was discovered by Satan in the beginning and first used and
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to their destruction, but the tongue of the righteous edifies and unifies people in love. Your
tongue should not be used as an instrument of destruction but should rather be used for
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Once his or her reputation is destroyed, people will avoid that person and no one will want
have anything to do him or her. That person is then dead to that group or society and pushed
out as if he or she has leprosy. Lepers were normally casted outside the city to die. The
Hebrew word for “to speak” is the word “davar” and it also means “plague”. Leprosy is a
plague and is first found in Scripture where Miriam, Moses’ sister spoke evil words against
him. She got leprosy speaking against Moses and she was separated from her people outside
of the camp. The learning from this that the slander victim gets treated like a leper, but the
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others in defence or revenge. You will be the victim of your own words and will cause your
own spiritual destruction. We are all guilty of this because we are only human. We act though
our hurts and speak against those who spoke against us. Do not be like them and repent and
ask forgiveness and ask YHVH to place a guard before your mouth so that you will not learn
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little bit or tell something that is totally the opposite of the
reality. We think there are little lies and big lies but this is not
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righteousness. To lie is to worship Satan. YHVH’s character is based upon truth and a lie is
directly in contrast with Him because He is the Father of truth. Truth is the highest from of
reality and to say things as they are. YHVH’s Word is as light that exposes everything as they
are.
It is like switching on the light in a dark room and you will see everything in that room and
nothing is hidden and can walk without tripping over something and hurt your self. Lies are
compared to darkness where it hides things and will cause you to trip over hidden false
perceptions that will cause you pain. When we say we are His children we need to act like
Him and speak the truth at all times. When do you feel the urge to lie? It is when you are
doing something in secret and want to cover it up or it is when you want to hide your weak
character or because you fear man.
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them in a bad light.
False perceptions – sharing your opinion on someone based on your perception that
might be skewed and not the truth.

You sometimes meet someone and create a picture of him through your perception of him.
That perception is not the full picture or the highest reality of who that person is and you
complete the gaps in your mind to form a complete image of him. What you perceive of who
that person is is not the reality and is actually a lie and that cause you say things bout that
person that might not be true. A wise man once said; “you do not see things as they are,
you see things as you are”. If you have something against someone else, you will see
the bad in that person that is sometimes flaws in you. The opposite is also true, when
you love someone, that love will cover their flaws and you will only see good things in
them.
Lies and slander goes hand in hand because slander contains many false perceptions and
lies. YHVH is love and He taught us to forgive and love one another because of His
forgiveness and love towards us. If you love your brother, you will not spread lies through
slandering that person, because you have “room” for his mistakes. Everybody react from their
hurts and they can only give what they have received and the people who tend to slander are
those with brokenness and pain on the inside based on bad things that happened to them in
their past.
How do I stop lying? The truth will set you free. Repent and acknowledge that you have a
problem with lying and ask YHVH to forgive you and help you to change. There might be a
root cause for your lies and ask YHVH to heal your fear of man, low self esteem or hurts from
the past. The truth is the best remedy for healing lies and if you admit that you have a
problem, then you have almost won the battle. Repent and lie no more, learn to be like Him
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when he elevated himself to YHVH status. This sin caused him to be cast from the
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brag about yourself, things you have or your abilities, you elevate yourself above others and
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feel inferior to others and feel the need to elevate them selves. People who are confidant and
content with who they are will never speak flattery words about themselves. If you brag about
your possessions it actually tells people that you have idols in your life. An idol is something
that elevates you to a higher state than you really are. That is why people have idols such as
sports cars, expensive jewellery or the latest gadget to put them on a higher pedestal in
relation with their neighbour. Pride and idol worship goes hand in hand and that is why Satan,
the first to commit the sin of pride, are the greatest idol that wants to take the place of YHVH
in your life.
atan comes into your life, in the form of idols (he invented) to substitute true worship to
the Creator and we end up worshipping “things” (idols) and feel good about it because
of our pride. An idol is anything that substitutes your worship to YHVH. If you brag
about your car or gadget or whatever, you are elevating your self with, it causes people to
think more highly of you than they should. YHVH teaches us to be humble and not to elevate
our selves and we should never think higher of our selves than others. We should serve one
another in humility, but if you think you are better some one else, you will never serve anyone.
Y’shua came to serve and He washed His disciple’s feet to set the example and in the end He
served us unto death. Bragging is selfish and we should rather brag about our Father and
serve others in humility. Stop focusing on your selfishness and start acknowledging others
around you and worship YHVH and not who you are or what you have.
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YHVH’s ears if we casually swear and sound like the world. We are representatives of our
Master Y’shua and if you speak like this in public, you are misrepresenting Him and people
will get the wrong impression of Him. Think before you speak, especially in public because
you are taking YHVH’s Character (Name) in vane, breaking the third Commandment if you
talk like this! You set the wrong example to unbelievers, other young believers and children.
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this teaches us that the language you use reveals what is in your heart and
exposes your true colours. You can say you are a disciple and follower of the
Messiah but if you sound like the world, are you really following Him with your whole heart or
do you just give Him “lip service” once a week in the presence of other believers to appear
holy? Cursing is the fruit that everybody can see and we should rather bear the fruit of the
Spirit that is; love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, selfcontrol. It is through the lack of the fruit of the Spirit that believers bear the fruit of the flesh
that is; anger, frustration, cursing, envy, strife, jealousy and covetousness. This is also the
fruit of a spirit, but the wrong spirit, namely Satan. The root of cursing and foul language is
anger and frustration that is evidence that you do not trust YHVH, in other words, it is a lack of
faith. When you face a problem at work, do you start to curse and be frustrated or do you pray
and ask YHVH for His wisdom. If you say you are a believer in Messiah you have to do the
basics right and know to trust and ask your heavenly Father for everything and in every
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speaking the words of YHVH but speaking the words of man. Will you speak the
same way you speak every day in front of the Almighty YHVH? Will people speak
like that in the New Jerusalem when they will dwell with YHVH? I think not! Some
men say they are sorry when they accidently swear in front of a lady because they
respect her. Do we respect YHVH, He that is omnipresent, Who can see and hear
what you do every day? No, not if you speak like that in front of Him. We should remember
who we are and Who we serve and what we do to live out our faith. You cannot say you are a
reborn believer who follow Y’shua if you do not consider and act on these things, trying to live
right before the Almighty King.
Everything we do is worship to YHVH or it is worship to Satan. We worship YHVH if we do
everything according to is Instructions as given in His Word. We worship Satan if we do
everything in accordance to his instructions as found in the world. Who do you worship?
YHVH or Satan? Test yourself by listening to your self every day and answer the question.
Repent and ask YHVH to guard our lips and help you not be inpatient and not to sound like
the world so that He can help us to break the habit, so that our words may be sanctified and
be set apart before Him as true worship.
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YHVH’s Spirit? To grieve is to disappoint someone and to upset them and to make them sad.
Your children will grief you when they take drugs or sleep around. You will be very
disappointed and angry. So is YHVH when we speak unclean words by cursing or perverse
language. What are filthy words? It is words that are morally bad that is normally words of a
sexual nature or words used in jest. “F..k is a word of sexual nature and refer to the act of
sexual intercourse. This is definitely a filthy word that is not to be found in the mouth of a true
believer.
S..t is a filthy word that relates to something that is very filthy and should not be used by
followers of Messiah. There are many words like these that we tend to use because we
became like the people we mixed with (people in the world) and we begin to sound like them.
That is why it is very important not to use these words at home in front of your children
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children wrong and “cause them to stumble”, because they will have
learned the wrong ways and act like people in the world.
We should only speak words that are uplifting we should respect people by
keeping our conversations above the belt. Telling dirty jokes or making
sexual references in jest is not clean words and you cause others to
stumble if you do this. Do not even listen to dirty jokes or be in
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people complain when they want things they cannot have. If you believe and
trust YHVH in everything, you will have hope and will have a positive outlook
on life. Negativity and moaning about everything is a big flashing light to tell
you and your loved ones that you have a problem trusting YHVH. To moan
and to be negative is sin because it states in the Word that everything that
is not out of faith is sin. [Rom 14:23]. We should take our thoughts captive
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enemy. But if someone greets you with a smile but despise you in their hearts, you
will not know them as your enemy. This is the most dangerous enemy because you
will not see them coming and their true motives will be hidden behind a mask of friendliness.
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This tactic is known as “two-facedness” and is one of the most difficult things to deal with
because this enemy is hidden behind a smile. Satan uses many tactics to come into your
inner circle of fellowship to attack you from the inside where your guards are down. Ask
YHVH discernment to point out people like this who want to destroy the unity within the
fellowship. These people appear to be your friend and you allow them in closer and closer,
but before you know it, they will stab you to death with their tongues behind your back.
Everything you are or what you do can and will be used against you by their evil craftiness.
Knowing this, we should not learn their ways and it is not a tactic we as believers are
supposed to use against anyone. Y’shua taught us to turn the other cheek and to forgive and
to bless those who persecute us. By doing this He will avenge us and fight the battle for us.
Do not fight these battles your self, it will only get ugly because the enemy is very slippery
and you will not be able to sort it out and bring peace. If you confront them, they will normally
reflect all the issues back on to you. These things are very complicated to resolve and it is
better not to get entangled in such issues because it will only lead to emotional hurts and
destruction of relationships. Rather pray for these people and do not allow them into your
inner circle anymore.
If you have a problem with someone, go face him or her and sort it out. Bring the issue into
the light and keep your side clean with a motive of reconciliation and love. If there is no
repentance or act of reconciliation from both parties, the friendship will die an ugly death.
Take a witness and try to sort it out. If there is still no resolution, forgive and move on. Y’shua
came to bring restoration between Himself and us and He wants us to be the same; live in
love and unity with each other.
If there is an itch in the fellowship, scratch it immediately and do not let time take the
advantage of the situation to let it rot away into false assumptions and perceptions. Repent
and don’t be two-faced, deal with issues immediately, forgive and try to restore unity as far as
possible for the benefit of the Kingdom. Do not be like them and do not react back with the
same tactics. It is wrong and rather avoid such people and do not to be entrapped by their
craftiness. We are all weak and tend to react with the same weapon against such
people. If you do, repent and do not do this anymore!!! Tow-facedness is as bad as
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consequences are for speaking with an evil tongue, that it actually affects your salvation.
Y’shua spoke these words and they are quite direct on what will happen if you take it lightly;
you will give an account of you evil words and will end up in the fire of hell.
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involve: fighting, lies, slander, complaining, unclean words, filthy words, cursing, calling
people bad names, two facedness and bragging. The tongue is the smallest of all your
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e watchful of your tongue, no one can tame it, only you have the ability to keep it in
control. Speak only the words of YHVH, kind-uplifting words that will build people up
and equip then with the truth. Keep yourself from people who slander, for their
leprosy spreads quicker than a fire.
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Choose life by controlling your tongue! Your life depends on it!

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