Joshua 3:9-10… “And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites” (KJV).
Last lesson we talked about the Girgashites, a people who dwelt in “clayey” soil; i.e., an unstable people, a people who run from the power of God. In our day, they represent a people who are bent on backsliding, a people who are apostate, a people who turn away from Christ. In this lesson we want to look at the Amorites. The word “Amorite” means “to speak against someone so as to boast about yourself, to speak in order to cast down, to murmur against another, to say something in a wrong spirit.” In Numbers 12:1-16, when Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, God heard it. These two brought judgment upon themselves. They spoke because of envy and pride, out of the context of love. You see, Moses married someone not Jewish. Notice what happens when you speak evil against God’s anointed and God’s appointed leaders: “The Lord departed” (v. 9), “the glory [cloud; the presence of God] departed” (God will not stay in a place of criticism) and Miriam is stricken with leprosy (v. 10), and the congregation stood still–they went nowhere (v. 15). Churches, are you listening?
There is power in what you speak out. The originator of speaking out was God. Genesis 1:3, “And God said…” The act of creation happened when God said, “…Let there be light” (KJV). Light came into existence by speech. Everything that comes out of your mouth has power to create or to destroy. The Amorite spirit is a perverse spirit–it destroys. In Genesis 11:1-9, God stopped a project that was not His will by confusing the language. Isaiah 19:14 gives us an idea how God did it. “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.” When that perverse spirit was sent out, they began to speak against one another. (Note also Proverbs 17:20, 4:24, 18:20-21.) Our mouth directs the course of our life. Most people follow that course when they speak out (Proverbs 12:14). In Matthew 12:36-37, Jesus talks about idle words. Idle words refer to non-working words.
A perverse spirit creates a breach between brethren and, as a result, the Amorite spirit walks in. This spirit wanted to get Joshua and his people fighting against one another. Joshua was warning Israel that perverse speech is an enemy to possessing the land. Many people reading this speak against brothers and sisters and wonder why they are not possessing what God has for them. Ecclesiastes 5:6 tells us that what we speak is said before angels. Your words set angels in motion–either God’s angels or the devil’s angels. In other words, perverse words will set in motion spiritual forces. If your speech is perverse, change the way you speak. When you criticize, you are releasing evil spirits to attack the people you are speaking against. Release blessing and not cursing.
Matthew 5:21-22 talks about perverse speech. The word “Raca” means “vain, worthless and empty.” People use these words against others and cause depressive reactions. Jesus also said if you call someone a “fool,” you are calling him a rebel, an idiot, an outlaw, and you are in danger of hellfire. It’s the Amorite spirit at work. Paul teaches in Ephesians 4:15 that we are to speak the truth in love. Whenever love is out of control, the Amorite spirit takes control. Joshua was saying that we’ll not possess Canaan unless the tongue is under control. Our mouth directs our life. If you have been manifesting an Amorite tongue, repentance is in order. As a matter of fact, Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-26 that He’ll not accept your offering until you reconcile with your brother or sister.
Pastor George Belobaba
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