The source of our words is our thoughts and what's in our heart.
The words we speak are an outer manifestation of what is inside the heart. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34; Lk 6:45).
If we speak words of hate, then there is hate inside of our heart. If we speak words of doubt, then there is doubt and unbelief inside us. If we speak words of love and kindness, then love reigns in our heart.
Jesus said that what proceeds from our mouths is what defiles us. "Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11).
Jesus said that the words we speak proceed from the deepest recesses of our heart. "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man" (Matt 15:18-20).
Thoughts, plus the condition of our hearts, always precedes our actions or words. Whatever is going on in the inner man eventually is displayed through words and deeds.
Thoughts also trigger emotions, whether good or bad emotions. If a person continually dwells on negative thoughts, then they will continue to battle negative emotions. If a person dwells on positive thoughts, then they will feel more at peace and have a continual song of praise.
The Apostle Paul, in Phil 4:8, tells us the kind of thoughts to dwell on. He says to meditate on thoughts that are:
6. of good report
An individual becomes in life what they continually think and say. A person can rise no higher than how they think of themselves or perceive something to be. Proverbs 23:7 says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
As our mind and heart expands, then we are able to expand. If a person thinks and believes that they will always live in poverty and never rise above a certain financial level, then chances are that they won't. Until their thinking changes on the matter, then they will remain stuck where they are.
The Lord is always encouraging us to come up higher, and to believe Him to do what seems to be impossible for us.
Romans 12:2 tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of the mind. The Word of God renews our minds.
Often times we can't seem to breakthrough and receive all of God's blessings that He's promised. Sometimes it's a matter of timing, but often it's a matter of "our soul being clogged up" (quoting from what Dr. Aiko Hormann says in her research).
The soul consists of the mind, will and emotions. The heart of man is influenced by both the spirit and the soul. At salvation, our spirits were saved. But our souls are in the process of being reformed and conformed into the likeness of Christ. The flesh part of us wants to sin and do its own thing. Our flesh (carnal nature) wars with our spirit. There is the daily battle of the flesh and spirit. Making the decision to yield to the Holy Spirit involves dying to the flesh, dying to selfishness.
When someone hurts us, our initial reaction is to operate in the flesh and strike back in anger. Paul said in Rom 8:7-10 that: "the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."
For years I struggled with negative and foreboding thoughts because of the many years of verbal abuse. I battled daily with thoughts of unworthiness and low self-value. I struggled with thoughts of hopelessness. It was difficult forgetting the past and not continually dwelling on past and present problems. Because of evil words spoken over my life, I battled with strongholds in the mind, believing certain lies of the devil.
Although verbal abuse was almost daily for many years and many cruel angry words were said to me, there were a few lies in particular that plagued me the most --- day and night. I was repeatedly, more than I can count, told that I was “useless”, that I might as well not even try to accomplish something because I would fail, and was also told that no man would ever love me. The tape would play over and over again in my mind. I seemed to remain trapped in a prison of these lies, and would weep often because I felt the situation was impossible.
The Lord would confirm to me over and over again things He planned to do in my life. He would speak through His Word, through rhema words in my spirit, and through several prophecies (the same basic message spoken by many different people who don't all know each other, spoken over the years at different times). Over the years I received at least fifteen prophecies, maybe more. I wrote down most of them, but forgot to record some of them. So I don't really know for sure how many prophetic words were spoken, but it was many. Anyways, for several years I couldn't seem to get past some verbal abuse statements said to me in my youth (which was opposite of what God kept on saying to me). I seemed to give more weight to the lies spoken, then to all the words God kept on confirming to me over and over again.
I had to make a decision and choose whose report I was going to believe. I choose to believe what God says. I sure am thankful that God is patient and gracious, and works with us. I was always putting myself down and condemning myself, like being a cruel taskmaster to my own self. If someone said or did a certain thing that ticked me off, a trigger mechanism would go off and unhealed traumatic memories would flood my mind (and I would experience the emotions related to the event of a particular memory).
The primary area that the enemy targets is our mind. If he can lead us into deception, then he has a certain amount of control over us. And as was said earlier, we are in life what we think and say. When the devil gets us to believe a lie, then the lie becomes a stronghold in the mind. It entraps us into a prison of our own limited or wrong thinking.
A stronghold causes us to believe a lie rather than God's truth. A stronghold is imaginations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God (or in other words, the person with the stronghold in the mind exalts the lie above the truth of God's Word). The lie carries more weight than what God says.
I first learned about Dr. Aiko Hormann when she was interviewed on the “Joni Show" (Marcus & Joni Lamb, Daystar Network). Dr. Aiko Hormann is a Christian research scientist filled with the Holy Spirit who specializes in the functions of the brain. In addition to her medical expertise from her research, she has many years of experience in the area of deliverance and ministering healing to the soul (mind, will and emotions).
Dr. Hormann explains in detail the correlation between the spirit, soul, and body with the use of visual charts and illustrations. She talks about the war between the flesh and spirit, the condition of the heart, the renewal of the mind, strongholds in the mind, obsessive thought patterns, and how to get free. She also talks about healing for the emotions and healing for past memories.
She talks about the power of thoughts (literal power, yet unseen power). Dr. Hormann discovered through research and actual studies that thoughts carry more power activity than sound waves emitted from a local radio or television station. Thoughts are very powerful, but words are even MORE powerful.
Dr. Aiko Hormann talks about the airwave activity of thoughts, depending on positive thoughts or negative thoughts. Worshipping the Lord and dwelling on God's Word invite angelic (good angelic) visitation, whereas thoughts of hate and unbelief are an invitation to demonic activity seeking to find a door or entrance to wreak havoc in your life. If a born again Christian has areas of their soul that are unhealed, especially in the mind, then the devil takes advantage and attacks with oppression, harassment, deception (believing lies).
Dr. Hormann says that sin, old memories, past hurts, negative emotions, etc clog the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and blessings are delayed. When our mind and heart gets unclogged, then the river of the Holy Ghost is no longer dammed up.
She also talks about the parts of the brain that store memories. When something traumatic or hurtful happens, the memory is stored in a certain part of the brain (like a computer file). And not only the memory is stored in a file, but the emotions that go along with the memory are also stored.
Dr. Hormann gave the names of these parts of the brain (there is more than one area of the brain that stores memories). When a trigger mechanism goes off (like someone doing something to push your buttons), then that old computer file in the brain comes up and you experience the emotions you originally experienced when the event originally took place.
Dr. Hormann explains that actually God has placed within our body three brains that control the body, mind and emotions and explains it in detail in her teaching on the 3 brains:
1. head - mind; commands given to every part of the body
3. deepest gut
Dr. Aiko Hormann says that when she prays for people concerning the healing of memories and emotions, then she also includes in her prayer the physical aspect. She identifies the exact name of the part of the brain that stores memories, and prays that the file in the brain that stores the old memory would be healed and that the trauma and emotions attached to the memory would be disconnected from the file. It doesn't mean a person necessarily forgets what happened, but that the emotional and psychological responses that are triggered from memories are no longer there.
Dr. Aiko Hormann said that she once ministered to a woman who had four ongoing issues that she had been battling with for years.
First, the woman ALWAYS felt guilt about everything, even when good things happened.
Second, she battled with fear.
Third, she struggled with severe anxiety.
Fourth, whenever her husband would show her affection, even non-sexual, she would jump out of her skin. The marriage suffered.
The first thing Dr. Aiko Hormann did was to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ROOT of the problem. And by a word of knowledge (1 Cor 12:7-11), the Holy Ghost revealed to Dr. Aiko Hormann that the woman had been sexually violated as a child. The woman recalled that indeed she had been molested by an uncle. When the root of the issue was revealed, then Dr. Aiko Hormann also prayed for physical healing of the brain where the memory and emotional responses was stored. And the woman had to release any unforgiveness in order to unclog her soul. The Lord completely healed this woman, and she was set free from all four symptoms. And her marriage was healed too.
If you would like to find out more information about Dr. Aiko Hormann's medical research and healing/deliverance ministry, her website is: www.aikoministries.org .
God bless you.