There is a powerful weapon which exists that is often misunderstood or not realized at all. Unfortunately, Satan, and those who do his bidding, understand this weapon more than many of God’s people do. This weapon is vocabulary.
Many people understand the power of words. They know that God created and maintains all things we see by speaking words—the visible from the invisible. The temporary from the eternal (Genesis 1:1-3, John 1:1-3, Hebrews 1:1-3, 2 Corinthians 4:18). Yet, this subtle attempt to change one’s understanding of words through changing definitions is a tactic we need to be aware of.
Isaiah said woe to those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). When we define something differently from what God says, which is what the true meaning of that word is, then we are in trouble, and we sow seeds of trouble. Little by little our understanding of right and wrong, good and evil, is redefined without us realizing it. This becomes a stronghold in the mind. What is acceptable in a society can slowly be changed through the words used to describe them.
In some countries, we see entire concepts being removed by removing the words that define them, like love, or changing the definition of a word to something completely different. By changing the vocabulary, false belief systems will be established as strongholds in the minds of the people who are not paying attention—particularly those who are not seeking truth.
What the enemy is doing is trying to call what is, something else—a lie. It’s not this, it’s that. It’s a diversion. It’s seductive and hypnotic. It’s slippery, and like a chameleon, hidden in plain sight. They call what is (evil) something else to make it better received, with a spell attached to it, so deception is implanted. The enemy is trying to corrupt vocabulary by calling what is evil good, and what is good evil. Isaiah says woe to them.
Changing definitions has a somewhat hypnotic effect. It deceives. It removes understanding from the people, keeping them in darkness. It uses false assumptions, distorted logic, and plays on emotions, so people pity evil rather than realize its dangers. Censorship is a tool of this—trying to change society’s understanding of words and concepts by hiding those who expose the truth about them. Forbidding these truth-tellers from talking about them, calling them the evil ones, and shaming the people who dare to think those thoughts. In the process, good and evil are re-defined for those who accept the lies.
Paul gave a safeguard against deception—loving the truth. He said those who do not love the truth, but take pleasure in wickedness, will be deceived (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
In spite of all this, it is not inevitable that our vocabularies will be redefined, and our speech controlled. Words are from God. His Word will not change. We must seek Him for the proper understanding of His words.
His words are a weapon as well as a creative tool. He has given His church the authority to speak His words—to bind and loose. We can use this authority to bind the efforts to change our vocabularies, and we can loose God’s definitions, thoughts, and concepts so people will know truth—the truth that will make them free. We can release accurate definitions of words according to His truth, and release His truth into our definitions and vocabulary.
Consider these Scriptures:
- Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20).
- The Word of God is alive, powerful, and sharp, piercing to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow, judging the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
- Seducing spirits and doctrines of demons sear the conscience and cause a fall from faith (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
- You nullify the Word of God by your tradition. (Mark 7:9-13)
- The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but divinely powerful for destroying fortresses—speculations, lofty things, and thoughts that rise up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
- The mouth speaks from the heart (Matthew 12:33-37).
- You have heard it said…but I say…(Matthew 5:21-48).
Consider this prayer:
Father, forgive me for any corrupt vocabulary I have received into my mind and heart. I repent of allowing this deception to take place. I cast it out, remove it from my spirit, soul, body, and environment. I repent of deception and receive and embrace Your truth---Your words, Your vocabulary, thoughts, concepts, ideas, and definitions. I embrace the truth.
I bind this spirit of deception, this seductive and hypnotic spell, and all associated spirits with it, from influencing me, my family, my church, my community, and government. I bind this spirit from influencing those who influence and instruct our children, our churches, and our society.
I loose Your words, definitions, vocabulary, thoughts, concepts and understanding—Your truth, Your illumination and enlightenment into my life, family, church, community, government, education system, our children, our future, all areas of influence—culturally and otherwise in Jesus’ Name. I loose the Spirit of God, Your words and definitions to freely flow in our society and into the minds and hearts of the people.
The corrupt vocabulary is bound. Truth is loosed. The enemy’s strongholds are bound and torn down. We bring every thought, concept, and definition captive to the obedience of Christ.
Change the dictionaries to align with Your truth!
I release the Word of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, to be preached, taught, and proclaimed throughout the land. In every county, city, township, and village. In every church, home, school, and university. Over the airwaves—television, internet, radio, social media, etc. with the parresia anointing. (click here for the parresia anointing article).
Let Bible studies arise. Let home churches arise. Let churches preach the truth of the gospel. Let them teach and preach Your Word, discipling people in Your ways. Let the children be taught the Word of God all the days of their lives. I release a hunger for God’s Word and a thirst for righteousness—that sin becomes undesirable and despised in the people’s own lives. That Christians rise up in love and the preparation of the gospel of peace. That they pick up their armor and stand for truth, taking up the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God. Let the revival begin and the true disciples of Jesus Christ grow and multiply in numbers, strength, and maturity.
Thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus!