“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
To minister life to people when you speak to them, you must use words, but your words must be anointed with power from the Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit’s coming on the day of Pentecost when He said,
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. (John 14:15–16)
Why is this important? Ministering life to people has to do with yielding to God’s Holy Spirit and speaking the Word of God. The power of the Holy Spirit is joined together with the Word because they are the same in Heaven.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come and abide with us and be our Helper. Then He said He and the Father would make Their home in us if we love Him and keep His Word. When you put these two Scriptures together, John 14:15–16 and John 14:23, you can see that, as a believer, you have the Trinity living inside you.
When you speak and yield your spirit to the Holy Spirit, you are going to see the manifestation of the power of God. When you fall in love with God and His Word, you will be passionately walking in obedience because that is what God asks of you; He wants you to be obedient to His Word. So, we should want, not only to know His Word, but to also know His acts and His ways.
You are going to begin to walk in the power of God so that, when you speak, your words have weight behind them in the Spirit. You must realize that satan and all of the demonic spirits down here can hear if you are connected in the Spirit with what you are saying. Your words have power when you connect with the Spirit of God. The Spirit of life that comes out of you must come out in the power of your words.
When your spirit is born again, you have to push out fear, and you have to push doubt away. You have to realize that the change must happen now in your body and your mind. Your spirit is born again, and you are now walking in the power of God. I had to learn to speak from my spirit and not from my head or my soul. If you begin to do that, then you will start to be a partaker of the divine nature because God made you in His image.
Speak from the Spirit
Your spirit is the only part of you that has been born again. It is the only part that has changed. When you speak from your spirit, your words will have power. If you want the power of God in your life, and you want that manifestation, then you must cross over to where you learn to speak from down in your heart. You must watch the words that you speak.
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36–37)
Jesus spoke this to me in person when I was with Him during a heavenly visitation. I met Him when I died on the operating room table in 1992. Jesus said, “Kevin, you will be held accountable for every idle word that you speak.” When I got back, I had to go and look that up because I did not know it was in the Bible, and I loved to talk!
Jesus was instructing me that I needed to tone it down a little bit and be careful about what I say because the tongue is a rudder.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great thing. (James 3:4–5)
Jesus explained this verse to me and told me that the little rudder is your tongue. We will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every idle word that we have spoken.
Think about the things that you are going through right now and the things that are contrary to your life. From your spirit, you have to speak what is right, and you start to steer your life just as a ship is steered by a little rudder. Your tongue needs to change, and you are going to speak where you are going, and your world is going to be framed by your words. You must believe in your heart and then speak it out. We see this same principle in Genesis 1 when God spoke of creating Adam.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
You are made in the image of God. What does that mean? When God made the worlds, He thought, He believed in His heart, and then He spoke, and man was framed out of nothing. Adam was then standing there, and God brought all of the animals to Him. God told Adam to name all of the animals anything he wanted (see Gen. 2:19–20). Whatever Adam named them would be their name. If you see a giraffe, remember that Adam named that giraffe, and it stuck forever.
God gave man and woman authority and dominion over the earth (see Gen. 1:26–30), and God gave them the authority to name the animals. We have authority as men and women of God, and now we can speak in the spirit. We must be very careful about what we say because it is steering us.
Think about being a partaker of the divine nature.
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
Many people do not want to think about this verse, and it is because men and women are so fallen that even religious people do not think we could ever achieve what God made us to be. Yet, Jesus Christ Himself told me, “I died, and I redeemed man back to Adam. That means that they are supposed to walk in authority and speak in authority. They are supposed to have dominion.” Even in the Old Testament, God blessed Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they had authority on the earth. Abraham was a great man. Yet, when Jesus spoke of John the Baptist, He explained that there had never been anyone greater in the Kingdom and that everyone from then on, even the least in the Kingdom of God, was now greater than John (see Matt. 11:11). If what Jesus said is true, it means that you and me, even if we were the lowest in the Kingdom, are greater than John the Baptist. It also means we are greater than Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Enoch, and all of those men and women who walked with God because, according to Jesus, John was greater than they.
Jesus then continued with His resurrection power and took us to the heavenly realms (see Eph. 2:6). Now we are greater because of the authority that has been given back to us. If you want to walk in the greater manifestation, you have to do it from down here on the earth. God believes in His heart, and so must you.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:23–24)
Jesus explained this verse in Mark 11 to me. He said, “The reason I said that was because you need to realize that, if you speak from your heart and you believe it, then what you say with your mouth, you shall have it.” Jesus said this because we have been purchased back, and Jesus has given us back the authority that Adam and Eve had.
Religious leaders are so used to us being beaten down, but as Christians, we are greater than anyone who came before us because of Jesus Christ. In the Kingdom, we are even greater than those who built the foundation. I do not think that I am greater than Moses, but at the Jordan River, Jesus basically was saying that everyone in the Kingdom from then on is greater.
Agree with the Word of God
Right now, you see the discrepancies in your life, such as wanting to participate in the divine nature and not being able to see how you can. I understand that, and I want you to know the discrepancies that you are seeing and experiencing in your life now have to do with how you are talking. You are not speaking the truth. I know this for a fact because, when I began to watch my words, I started to say things that God was revealing to me, and these became the direction in which I started going. I started to sense from the Word of God that there were certain areas which I needed to apply to my life. I began to meditate on those Scriptures, and then, all of a sudden, I started to receive guidance for my own life.
And it all has to do with your words. I found that, as soon as I began to correct my words and learned to stop saying certain things, then the curse stopped in my life, and I began to have revelation. I started to move forward, and most importantly, I stopped being a victim. I started to see that satan and all those devils became the victims instead. Everywhere I would go, those devils would be rushing to get away from me instead of rushing to come and get me.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
This physical world is fallen, and satan is the god of this world. He controls everything down here. That is why you have poverty, sickness, discrepancies, disappointments, and all the killing, stealing, and destroying. Jesus said He came to give you life and give it to you more abundantly. Participation in that abundant life has to do with speaking the truth in love. You speak the truth in God because God is love. So, you speak the truth in God, and out of your spirit, you begin to live off the words, the fruit of your lips. You start to speak where you are going.
Let go of the hurt right now, and let the Word of the Lord, the fear of the Lord, come into you and your life. The Word of the Lord will bring you the correction that is needed, and the fear of the Lord will bring you the wisdom of God. And the Spirit of God will want to speak through you.
Hook Up to the Power
Interpreting my tongues is how I developed my relationship with God in this area. I started to pray in the Spirit a lot, but then I would have these words come up in English, in my known language, and I would want to speak those things. As I started to speak those things, the power of God was so strong that I felt it go out like a missile.
Then the Lord began showing me that this is how the power words work. The power comes when you hook up with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God prophetically. That power is going to come forth, and it is going to come forth in your words.
You need to pick a few of the powerful words that are in God’s Word and meditate on them. Meditate on them until they start to take root in your heart and you start to feel the anointing. For a long time, I meditated and focused on the end part of John 15:5, “‘For without Me you can do nothing.’” I thought about that for a while, and then the reality of it started to hit me. Now when I say that verse as I speak or teach, it is so powerful, and that is because my spirit received the revelation of it. It then became part of me.
Many people tell me that they cannot determine if it is their voice or God’s voice that they are hearing. They cannot discern because they want “this, this, and this.” As Christians, we are not taught that we are supposed to live a crucified life and that our lives are not our own. If you want to know if it is your voice or God’s voice, you must live a crucified life. You have to say, “This is not my life, and my life is not my own. It is God’s now” (see Gal. 2:20).
Hebrews 4:12 says,
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
We know this means that the Word goes in and it cuts. The Word of God is so powerful that it splits between your soul—your mind, will, and emotions—and your spirit, and that it will separate them. The Holy Spirit will show you what is of your soul and what is of your spirit. The Word of God is very powerful. When you are praying in the Spirit, and when you are quoting the Word of God, that sword is being effective. Whatever it is that you are going through, I want to encourage you right now by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God and the Word of God together are very powerful.