The Dumb Speak: Are You Ready to Get Your Voice Back?

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus as recorded by the apostle Matthew. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses twenty-two thought thirty-seven of the twelfth chapter. When you come to this particular passage you will find a scenario playing out which had played out before within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. As you approach this passage of scripture you will find those within this particular passage bringing unto Jesus one who was possessed with and by a devil—and not only possessed by a devil, but also this devil so captivated this individuals life that they were both blind and deaf. If you read this particular passage of scripture you will find that when men and women heard that Jesus was in the region, they would bring unto Him those who would perhaps not otherwise have brought themselves into the presence of Jesus. One of the most wonderful and powerful realities surrounding the four gospels is that there are examples after examples and instances after instances when men and women would being unto Jesus those who would not bring themselves into the presence of Jesus. There is not a doubt in my mind that there were those who were present during the life and ministry of Jesus who could not muster the courage and the strength to enter into His presence. I am firmly convinced that there were those within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ who perhaps felt so overwhelmed with and by the condition of their own hearts and lives that they could not find enough of a reason to enter into the presence of Jesus. Perhaps there were men and women who felt so absolutely and incredibly overwhelmed with and by their own sin that it kept them from entering into the presence of Jesus. Undoubtedly there were those present during the life and ministry of Jesus who found great difficulty entering into the presence of Jesus because He was so holy and so righteous, and their sin, their rebellion, their transgression would somehow offend His holiness and righteousness.

If there is one thing I absolutely love about the four gospels concerning the life and ministry of Jesus it’s that it is Hampton packed and filled with example after example of those who cared enough about the condition and plight of another that they would bring them into the presence of Jesus. There are multiple instances when men and women who could not bring themselves or make their way into the presence of Jesus would have those around them who cared enough about them to not leave them alone in their present condition. As early as the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew we find countless men and women who perhaps could and would not bring themselves into the presence of Jesus being brought by others who perhaps had faith enough to believe that Jesus could heal them of whatever disease and infirmity they were suffering from. One thing that is so incredibly interesting about the four gospels is that there were even times when not only would men and women bring those in need into the presence of Jesus, but there would also be instances where it would be their faith in Jesus that would bring about the miracle and healing which another individual needed. We would be incredibly naïve to think and to believe for one moment that everyone who entered into, and everyone who was brought into the presence of Jesus had faith enough to believe Him for what it was they needed or were asking for within their lives. I do not believe that everyone who entered into the presence of Jesus had faith enough to believe Jesus for their healing or their miracle, and there were times when Jesus would heal them in spite of their lack of faith. In all reality, I would dare say that there were times when the only thing certain men and women had was a cry and a voice of desperation. There is not a doubt in my mind that there were examples within the four gospels when Jesus touched and healed men and women simply because the level of their desperation and cry within His ears was enough to move Him with compassion. There were times within the life and ministry of Jesus when the only thing men and women had was the ability to raise their voices and to lift up a cry in His ears in hopes that He would heal them.

What do you do when the only thing you have within your heart is a cry? What do you do when the only thing you have within the very depths of your soul is a gripping and consuming desperation—a desperation that is unwilling to remain any longer in your present condition? What do you do when you can’t seem to muster enough faith within your heart and soul to enter into the presence of Jesus, or even when you do find yourself in the presence of Jesus don’t seem to have enough faith to believe Jesus to be able to do what He is able to do, and what it is you need and desire Him to do? How do you react and how do you respond when you know you don’t have enough faith within your heart and soul to believe Jesus to be able to do in your life what it is you need and desire Him to do? The more I read the four gospels the more I am convinced that there were times when it wasn’t about how much faith you could conjure up within your own heart and soul that brought about the healing or miracle you needed and desired, but rather the level of desperation that was present within your own heart and soul. I am utterly and completely convinced that there were countless times within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ when men and women could only bring into the presence of Jesus their need and the desperation that was directly associated with that need. There were men and women who had spent so long living with their need, or living with their malady, or living with their infirmity, or living with their sickness, or living with their torment and oppression that it produced such an intense longing and such an intense desperation within their hearts and souls that they were determined to enter into the presence of Jesus and simply cry out unto Him. Tell me dear brother, tell me dear sister—when was the last time you were desperate enough to simply enter into the presence of Jesus and simply cry out with all that you had within you? When was the last time you entered into the presence, and although you didn’t have or feel you Had enough faith within your heart and soul to receive your healing, the one thing you did have was a voice and a cry. WHEN ALL YOU HAVE IS A VOICE AND A CRY! I am absolutely and completely convinced within the very depths of my heart and soul that there are men and women among us who perhaps don’t have enough faith to believe and to trust Jesus to be able to do within their hearts and lives what it is they desire, but what they do have is a cry—a cry that has been fueled by an intense period and an intense longing of desperation that has been far too long in their lives. I am utterly and completely convinced that within the four gospels there were countless men and women who entered into the presence of Jesus—not because they had faith enough to believe that Jesus was able to do that which they desired, but because they were gripped and consumed with a tremendous amount of desperation.

Perhaps one of the greatest questions that we must ask right now of you who might be reading this is whether or not you are desperate enough within your own condition and situation to simply enter into the presence of the living God and cry out to Him. Are you sick and tired of remaining in your present condition, and as a direct result of your being sick and tired of where you have been, you simply decide to enter into the presence of Jesus and do the only thing you know how to do—cry out with a loud voice in the presence of Jesus, and plead with Him to do in your life and do for you that which you desperately desire. I read the four gospels written by Matthew, by Mark, by Luke, and by John, and I can’t help but be confronted with the tremendous reality that there were countless men and women who entered into the presence of Jesus, and the only thing they had within their hearts and souls was an unrelenting desperation—a desperation that was enough to carry them into the presence of Jesus. If you read the four gospels written by the New Testament authors you will find that not everyone who entered into, and not everyone who was brought into the presence of Jesus had enough faith to believe in Jesus, or even to believe that Jesus was able to do that which He was able to do. In all reality, there were countless men and women within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ who did not have enough faith within their hearts, simply because they were so overcome and woe overwhelmed with their own sin, their own iniquity, their own transgression, their own rebellion. There were men and women present within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ who simply did not have enough faith to believe in Jesus to do exactly what He said He would do, and as a direct result of their lack of faith, they determined to do the only thing they knew they could—cry out with a loud voice in desperation in the presence of Jesus. BRINGING INTO THE PRESENCE THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE! BRINGING INTO THE PRESENCE OF JESUS THE VOICE OF YOUR CRY! I firmly believe that when we gather together in our churches and within our houses of worship, there are times when the only thing we have is simply a cry, and a voice of desperation that is enough to overshadow our lack of faith. We would be incredibly naïve to think that everyone who entered into the presence of Jesus believed and trusted enough in Jesus to receive that which their hearts truly desired and longed for. There are countless examples of men and women who brought into the presence of Jesus the only thing they knew they had—a cry of desperation from within the very depths of their soul. Much like Mary who felt the only thing of worth—the only thing of value—was the alabaster jar full of precious ointment and perfume, men and women bring their own alabaster jar of desperation into the presence of Jesus the Christ.

Let me pause for a moment and ask you right now whether or not you are desperate enough within your own heart and soul to simply cry out to Jesus? Are you desperate enough within your heart and soul to simply enter into the presence of Jesus and cry with a loud voice asking, and pleading with Jesus the Christ to minister and meet your need? One thing we can and will find within the four gospels which were written by the New Testament authors is that they were completely saturated and filled with example after example of men and women who simply cried out to Jesus in desperation because of their need, or perhaps even the need of one close to them. I can’t help but be reminded of the account of the Roman Centurion who came unto Jesus in Capernaum, and who entered into His presence on behalf of His servant who lie at home sick of the palsy, and was grievously tormented. The Roman Centurion cared enough about his servant that he was willing to enter into the presence of Jesus—this Jewish man whom everyone was beginning to talk about—in order that He might somehow bring Jesus to the place where He would heal his servant. It’s interesting and worth noting that initially this man entered into the presence of Jesus and simply declared unto Him that his servant lied at home sick of the palsy, and grievously tormented, and Jesus simply responded unto this man that He would come and heal Him. What this man does next is absolutely incredible, for this man begins speaking from a place of authority, as He declares unto Jesus that He is not worthy to have Him come under His roof. This man then begins to declare unto Jesus how he himself was a man under authority, and one who has soldiers under him. As a result of having soldiers under him, he would give a command to “Go,” and they would go, and give a command to “Come,” and they would come. What the centurion declares within the presence of Jesus is absolutely wonderful and incredible, for the centurion emphatically declared unto Jesus that all He needed to do was speak the word, and his servant would be healed. I absolutely love the account of this centurion who entered into the presence of Jesus because he entered into His presence—not for Himself, but on behalf of his servant who lie at home sick with the palsy, and being grievously tormented. The only thing this centurion had was knowledge of what he had heard concerning Jesus, and a willingness to enter into the presence of Jesus and to implore Him to heal his servant who lie at home sick with the palsy. How absolutely incredible it is that this man was willing to enter into the presence of Jesus in order that he might beseech and intreat Him on behalf of his servant who lie at home sick with the palsy, and grievously tormented.

In all reality, the ministry of Jesus within Judaea and the surrounding regions, towns and villages began back in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, and began immediately after He had called unto Himself His first four disciples—Simon called Andrew, and James and John sons of Zebedee. Consider if you will the words which are recorded in the final three verses of the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew beginning with the twenty-third verse and continuing through to the twenty-fifth and final verse:

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and form Judaea, and from beyond Jordan” (Matthew 4:23-25).

What we find at the end of the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew is actually quite astounding and remarkable, for it is within this particular portion of Scripture where we begin reading how those who were possessed with devils were brought into the presence of Jesus. Within the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew we find those who were possessed with devils—those who were undoubtedly grievously tormented and oppressed by devils—being brought into the presence of Jesus. It’s worth noting that Matthew records concerning this particular instance that Jesus healed them all, thus indicating that all those who were brought into His presence received that which their hearts desperately desired and needed. In the latter portion of the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew we find those who were possessed with devils being brought into the presence of Jesus, and once in the presence of Jesus, He immediately drove out the devils which so grievously tormented and oppressed those individuals. While the two men whom we read about in the latter portion of the eighth chapter weren’t brought into the presence of Jesus, they were nonetheless individuals who were possessed with devils. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded in this passage of Scripture beginning with the twenty-eighth verse of the eighth chapter concerning the two men in the country of the Gergesenes:

“And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole heard of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts” (Matthew 8:28-34).

Thus far within the fourth and eighth chapter we find a tremendous presence of demonic activity within the life and times of the ministry of Jesus, for we read of account after account of those who were possessed with devils being brought into the presence of Jesus in order that Jesus might drive and cast out those devils which possessed men and women during that day. Within the Old Testament we don’t find any account of men and women who were possessed with devils, but all of a sudden when Jesus steps on to the scene, we see what could somehow be a surge of demonic activity in the earth. If there is one thing Jesus’ life and ministry was characterized by it was casting and driving out devils which possessed, tormented and violently oppressed men and women during that time. In the fourth chapter we read how there were many who were possessed with devils who were brought into the presence of Jesus, and in the eighth chapter we read of Jesus entering into the region of the Gergesenes and casting out the devils which possessed the two men in the tombs. It’s actually interesting to read and consider the activity of the demonic realm during the life and ministry of Jesus, for in the eighth chapter we find the devils which possessed these two men not only keeping them confined to the tombs, but also giving them such fierce strength that no man who dared pass by that region might pass through. What I so love about Jesus is that He wasn’t afraid, nor was He intimidated by the demonic presence and activity within the earth, and He was willing to take the fight right to the doorstep of the strongholds of the demonic forces and evil spirits. One thing I absolutely love about the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew is that it brings us face to face with a Jesus who is willing to take the fight directly to doorstep of the strongholds of the demonic presence. Jesus was in no way afraid, nor was He in any way intimidated by the presence of the demonic forces and evil spirits during His day, and He was more than willing to take the authority, the power, and the very Spirit of God directly into the enemy’s territory in order that He might take the fight directly to them. This same Jesus who overcame Satan in the wilderness by, with and according to the word of God, would begin directly confronting the presence of the demonic activity which so gripped and so plagued men and women during that time. It is absolutely wonderful and remarkable to consider how not only was Jesus unafraid and not intimidated by the presence of the demonic forces in the earth, but He was willing to face and confront it head on and without reservation. Although there were those who would and could not pass by this area in the Gergesenes because of these two men, Jesus was willing to enter into the region, and to march straight toward the tombs where these two men were in order that He might directly confront the devils which possessed these two men. In fact, there is not a doubt in my mind that the storm which Jesus and His disciples experienced prior to arriving in the region of the Gergesenes might have been a direct attempt of the demonic realm to destroy Jesus and His disciples—or if not destroying them, preventing them from being able to cross and pass over the sea and enter into the region.

When you come to the twelfth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, you will find one who was brought into the presence of Jesus one who was possessed with a devil, and not only one who was possessed with a devil, but this devil caused this one to both be blind and dumb. Oh, please don’t miss the tremendous significance and importance of this encounter found within the twelfth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, for it brings us face to face with the activity of Satan within the earth—not only to torment and oppress men and women, but also to steal their voice and their sight. As I read this particular passage of Scripture I can’t help but be directly confronted with the fact that this devil so possessed this man that it not only robbed him of his ability to see, but also his ability to speak. Oh, there is not a doubt in my mind that one of Satan’s greatest tactics and strategies is to so torment and oppress that he is able to effectively rob us of our voice and of our ability to see within this generation. There is not a doubt in my mind that there are men and women right now among us whom Satan is working as hard as he possibly can to so torment and oppress them that they lose their ability to speak, as well as their ability to see. I firmly believe with all my heart that one of Satan’s greatest tactics and strategies is to rob men and women of their voice, and to keep them from being unable to speak to others, and even to speak to Jesus Himself. One thing you will notice about this particular passage of Scripture is that this man was both blind and dumb, which means that not only could He make His way into the presence of Jesus Himself, but even if He somehow managed to enter into the presence of Jesus, he had no voice to cry out in His hearing, or ask Him for deliverance from the torment and oppression he had spent a considerable amount of time experiencing and living with. I do not believe for one minute that the adversary wants simply to rob our voice as it pertains to those before and around us, but the adversary also wants to rob us of our voice within the very presence of Jesus Himself. I am absolutely and utterly convinced that one of the adversary’s greatest tactics and strategies is to so violently torment and oppress us that we lose our voice, and our ability to speak forth the wonderful and mighty works of the living God. The adversary would love nothing more than to so torment and oppress us that we lose our ability to shew forth and sing forth the awesome and wonderful praises of the true and living God within the earth. What’s more, is the adversary would love nothing more than to rob us of our voice in the very presence of Jesus the Christ in order that we might not have the ability to cry out unto Him with our voice. There is not a doubt in my mind that there are men and women among us in the houses in which we worship who are so tormented and oppressed by the demonic realm that they have no voice to worship the living God, and no voice to sing forth the praises of the living God. One of the adversary’s greatest tactics and strategies is to effectively rob us of our voice and the ability we have to engage in fellowship with those around us, and even to effectively engage in fellowship and relationship with Jesus Himself.

Please don’t miss what is taking place within this passage of Scripture, for it isn’t the first time where we find the presence of the demonic realm in the life of an individual. If you journey back to the ninth chapter of the same New Testament gospel you will find the account of one who was so violently tormented and oppressed by a devil that this one was dumb and completely unable to speak. If you begin reading with and from the thirty-second verse of the ninth chapter of Matthew’s gospel you will find the following words written and recorded concerning this one who was dumb and possessed with a devil:

“As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:32-35).

What is found in the final portion of the ninth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew is quite interesting, for we find the account of one who was so tormented, and one who was so oppressed by a devil that he was completely unable to spake. I believe with all my heart that one of the adversary’s greatest tactics and strategies is to effectively strip and rob us of our voice and of our ability to speak forth the mighty works of the living God, and to even sing forth the mighty wonders of the living God. I am absolutely convinced that there are men and women sitting among us in the house of the Lord who are so tormented and so oppressed by the forces of darkness that they are completely unable to lift their voices in praise and worship before the living God. I am utterly and completely convinced that there are men and women among us who—although they aren’t possessed with devils and demonic spirits as we read about in the Scriptures—are nonetheless grievously tormented and violently oppressed by the demonic realm, and so much so that they are unable to lift their voices and raise their hands in worship before and in the presence of the living God. There are men and women around us week in and week out who have lost their voice and their ability to worship and praise the living God because the enemy of their souls has so tormented and oppressed them that they are completely unable to raise their hands and lift their voices. Such men and women might not be physically possessed by demons and evil spirits, but they are violently tormented and oppressed with guilt, with condemnation, with shame, and with an overwhelming sense of being unworthy before and in the presence of Jesus. There are men and women among us who are so violently tormented and oppressed by demonic forces, and particularly and especially around the areas of bitterness and offense. There are men and women among us who are so tormented by the demonic realm and forces of darkness that they are enslaved, ensnared and held in bondage to that which would seek to completely strip and rob them of their voice and their ability to worship and praise the living God. We would be incredibly native to think and believe that there aren’t such men and women among us who are in desperate need of deliverance within their lives. There are men and women among us who are so violently tormented and oppressed by the forces of darkness that they are not only restricted from fellowship with those around them, but they are also restricted from fellowship with the living God. I can’t help but consider how in both cases—that which is found in the ninth chapter, and that which is found in the twelfth chapter—those who were so violently tormented, oppressed and possessed by devils that they were completely unable to speak. Not only were they unable to speak to those before and around them, but even when they entered into the presence of Jesus, they weren’t able to speak before Him. We would do well to recognize and realize this very real reality concerning these two individuals, for it’s one thing to lose your voice before others, but it’s something else entirely to lose your voice in the presence of Jesus who is the Christ and Lord.

I absolutely love what I find and read in these two passages of Scripture, for not only did Jesus drive out the devils which possessed, tormented and oppressed these individuals, but on both occasions the dumb spake. I can’t help but wonder what it was like for those who were previously dumb and could not speak to finally open their mouths and speak to those around them. I can’t help but wonder what it was like for those who were previously dumb and unable to speak to be able to say the name of Jesus, and to actually thank Him for delivering and setting them free. WHEN YOUR VOICE IS RESTORED TO YOU ONCE MORE! ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR VOICE BACK! I believe with all my heart that there are men and women right now who have been so long without a voice who the very Spirit of Christ wants and desires to give them back and restore their voice unto them. I am absolutely and utterly convinced that there are men and women among us within this generation who have been so long without their voice—both in the presence of those around them, as well as before and in the presence of Jesus—and the very Spirit of Christ wants to restore their voice unto them once more. The question I would present to you who are reading these words is whether or not you are willing to get your voice back. Are you ready to get your voice back? Are you ready to get your song back? Are you ready to get your praise back? Are you ready to get your ability to communicate with others back? I am convinced that once the voice is restored to these men and women, their lives can and will take on an entirely different level, for not only will they be able to sing forth the praises of the living God in worship and praise and adoration, but their fellowship with those around them will take on an entirely different level. I believe with all my heart that there are men and women who have been so robbed of their ability to have fellowship with others, and who have been so robbed of their ability to have fellowship with the living God and with His Christ because the adversary has effectively robbed and stolen their voice. The very Spirit of Christ wants to completely infiltrate your life and wants to completely and utterly set you free and deliver you from the oppression and torment that has robbed you of your voice, and that which has robbed you of your ability to worship and praise the living God in His presence. Oh, you might have been dumb and unable to speak previously, and you mighty have been unable to lift your voice in the presence of God, and even speak to those around you, and yet the very Spirit of Christ desires to completely and wonderfully set you free and deliver you. Those who were possessed with devils and were unable to speak were not only set free and delivered from the devils, but they were also given their voice back. Oh that we would recognize and understand the wonderful and awesome reality that the very Spirit of Christ not only wants to bring deliverance and freedom within and into our lives, but He also wants to completely and totally restore our voice once more. Oh that you would ready and prepare yourself to receive your voice back once more, and once your voice has been restored, you are able to worship once more, and are able to have fellowship with God and man once more.

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