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You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; — Isaiah 40:9 (NIV)

Have you ever wondered why animals cannot talk? There are only two occurrences of animals talking in the Bible. These incidences are recorded in Genesis chapter 3 and Numbers chapter 22. We can glean some valuable insight from these passages of scripture. We see that God controls the tongue and gives us the power of speech.

God gave the power of speech to man and not animals because it is a spiritual authority issue. When a man speaks to an animal, he is exercising authority over it. We invoke spiritual authority through our verbal command.

When God created us in his image, he gave us the ability to speak. Before God does anything, he speaks first. His word is his first and final authority and will never return to him without fulfilling its intended purpose.

Because we are created in his image, our authority is released in our speaking. We have received spiritual authority from God that MUST be released through our words. We do not operate independent of God, but we say what he has spoken.

When Moses was at the burning bush, he was ready to quit before he even got started. His biggest complaint was that he could not speak well. God’s response was that he made the mouth and gave man the ability to speak (Numbers chapter 4). He told Moses that he would give him what to say. The basis for his authority would be the words that God gave him to say.

Today’s Pharaohs and their mighty men will resist us at every turn. But we have got to keep saying what God has said, not what we think or feel. The basis for our spiritual authority is not in our emotions, feelings, reasoning, or circumstances. We release spiritual authority with spiritual words. Mountains move at the sound of spiritual words being released!

Jesus said in Mark 11:23“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”

Sometimes we are ready to quit before we even get started. Most of the time, we feel that because we “cannot talk all that good,” we need to be silent. The basis for our speaking is not how fluent we are or how good we sound. You have not started until you start speaking. Today . . . release from your mouth the words that God has spoken to you. It is so!

Apostle  Phillip A. Walker