Now, for some, hearing the phrase beginning with “Year of the…” may remind us of certain Americanized Chinese restaurants with animals and years connected on paper placemats—but this is in no way that.
This is, in many ways, a prophetic word for the year. One which matches the spiritual atmosphere most of us can feel crackling. As if the fire of God is somehow growing brighter, along with rekindled hope and promises.
Yet, what does “Year of the Mouth” mean to you and me? Does it mean we are to speak more? Or, does it mean something entirely different?
5780 and Speaking Promise:
Because 5780 is the “Year of the Mouth,” our first instinct might be to speak out everything, but this is not wholly true.
We are to speak to cause things to come to pass, to break down walls, and move into our new season… But we HAVE to speak with Godly wisdom and ACCURACY. We are not always meant to bind and loose things just because our spiritual eyes notice a problem. We are not always meant to speak things in front of just anyone. And we are not always meant to speak everything we know is to come to pass…
The reason why we are not always meant to speak—even in such a time—is because we, or those it may affect, are not always at the spiritual level to release or receive the word. Further, some things require being directed by God to be in a certain place to speak a word among certain people that God has brought together to receive that word. And sometimes, the season for speaking a thing is simply not now. Not everything is ours to attend to.
Yet, this is also a season where what we speak has a POWERFUL impact.
This is not to say that in other years and seasons our words did not or could not hold power—for they always do—because we are created to speak like our Father. However, this is an appointed time to speak. This is the start of a new decade in both the biblical (Hebrew) year of 5780 and the Gregorian year of 2020. It is a time to set our stages.
What Should We Speak?
For each of us, what we are meant to speak will be different. It is important to seek God to know what we are to speak. Further, it is important that we are PRECISE in our speech, as a single word can take something good and twist it into something we did not intend. We must ask for and use the WISDOM of GOD.
It is also important to have a “game plan” with long term goals. One of the best ways to do this is to enter the Courts of Heaven and seek out God’s blueprint, purpose and goals, so that we not only see what we are to do in the spirit, but know what we are to do in the natural. We need to see and know what we should start speaking regularly. Perhaps even daily.
Now, this may initially appear to be a worldly approach—like speaking affirmations as we stare into a mirror, crossing our fingers and toes—however, just as it is not like the Americanized Chinese restaurant, this also is not that…
The world often steals biblical principles and distorts them so that, not only do they speak out a half-truth, but so the enemy can steal our promise… because, if we see the world doing it, we begin to see the biblical principle through worldly eyes. We begin to think it is ungodly instead of it being, in fact, Godly.
God SPOKE us into existence. He spoke into existence the sky, the Earth and all that is in it… the Universe, stars, sun, and moon. He took His speech and turned it into life. Then, in His infinite kindness, He made US in HIS IMAGE—breathing into us His breath of Life! He not only made our nature so that it could be like His, He created us to SPEAK!
He created no other thing which can speak, and in speaking He gave us power and authority.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”—Proverbs 18:21
God allowed Adam the privilege of naming the creatures God created, and in naming them, Adam gave them their very nature; because words have power.
“Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.”—Genesis 2:19
That God allowed mere man such authority as to name the very creatures He had crafted is beyond our comprehension. Names in the Word have such great meaning, so much so that God even had Sarai become Sarah, and Abram become Abraham. Even the names of the prophets match their nature.
So, what should we speak?
Well, we should speak life. Life over ourselves, our families, friends, and others, remembering that death and life are both in the power of the tongue—in the power of our words.
We should speak promise. Those things God has told us, directed us, and laid upon our hearts.
We should speak the Word… because it is power, light, and life.
We should speak kindly, with compassion and mercy where God leads—in the manner that God directs.
We should speak that which is of God—particularly those things which are currently not manifesting.
We should speak like God; turning speech into life as we speak without fear.
Speaking Like God:
Jesus only did and spoke that which His Father in Heaven—our Father—spoke. He was in tune with the Holy Spirit and did not open His mouth unless moved.
Most of what Jesus was to speak during His three year ministry was life, light, and bread for those He encountered and for all generations to follow. He confronted those who disobeyed God only when He was instructed. He cast out demons only when He was moved. He cursed the fig tree only because His Father instructed Him. In all this, He only did what His Father directed.
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.’”—John 5:19
“[F]or it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”—Matthew 10:20
That is what we are meant to do in any season, following our Father through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Speaking that which our Father speaks. Doing that which our Father does.
Now, this is not always easy… the Blood of Jesus restores, yet, every day we somehow manage to say, think, or do things we should not, and at times, even not say, think, or do those things which we are instructed. Still, Jesus paid the price for us. He restored us to our Father AND placed the Holy Spirit inside of us; and He IS always speaking.
In this “Year of the Mouth” it is obviously important to speak. However, it is just as important to listen to the Holy Spirit so that we might know what to speak. So that we do not speak forth things that harm us or others.
With greater authority—such as with our ability to speak with greater power—comes a greater responsibility. It is the way of God and man. As we rise higher and step into this year with newfound voice, we must be careful of what we speak. We must use caution and know that, even if something may seem wonderful through our eyes… we cannot see every single consequence down the road.
We may speak forth a zoo because that seems like an amazing idea, but do we have the knowledge of animals, the proper foods, right enclosures, environments, and that goes with it to maintain it?
While few of us would speak forth a zoo, there are many other things we might, that, at first glance, are wonderful, shiny ideas, but in execution would have the gazelles of our lives eaten by lions.
Yet, even with this responsibility, we should not to be afraid to speak forth big things! If God were to lay a zoo upon our hearts to speak and placed blueprints, goals, skills, timing, and all the tools in our path, then by all means, we should speak it forth…
God is having us speak many BIG things forth in this season; setting the stage for the next ten years.
We are not to walk in fear, but in power and might—in authority—not because we ourselves are perfect or even qualified… but because God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Therefore, speak. God is listening. It is time to set forth the stage of our call.
It is the “Year of the Mouth.”