Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Power of the Tongue (Part 1)

This subject of the Tongue is a key topic in the book of James. There is a reference to the tongue in every chapter; Chapter 1:19 he says, "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." They say that men speak 20,000 words a day and women speak 50,000 words a day. Proverbs 10:19 says, "In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise." Proverbs 21:23 reminds us, "Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles." In James 1:26 James also says, "If anyone among thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless." In chapter 2:12 James says, "So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty." Here in Chapter 3 James takes a whole chapter to give us many instructions and warnings about the Power of the Tongue. 

Why is there so much emphasis on our tongue in the Bible? The tongue affects or causes wars, marriages, memories, friendships, families and assemblies. It has been said that "the sins of the tongue are the neglected sins of the church today." But let's look at what James has to tell us about our tongues.

The Tongue Directs You Where You Go (James 3:3-4) We shape our words and then our words shape us. Look at verse 3. A horse is a powerful animal and such a small bit controls and directs this massive animal. Just like a bit in the mouth of a horse controls where ever you want to go, so our tongue control us. He also says that the tongue is like a small rudder on a huge ship! My tongue directs where I go. It is the steering wheel of your life. What we say about ourselves and about others affects us and them! Words like: I can't, I'll never, You never do anything right! Words are the steering wheel of life. Can not speak words of failure and defeat and expect victory. What a man thinks in his heart so he is and out of the abundance of that heart a mouth speaks. Instead of saying, I can't and say, "I can do all things through Christ" Stop saying it's impossible and start saying "Nothing is impossible for God." Stop saying, I'm not educating, I don't know much and start saying the words of James, "If any man lacks wisdom let him ask of God.." God is greater than any criticism you might be facing. He's greater then giants your facing! He's greater the any burdens your caring! He's greater then any mountains your climbing! The Bible tells us that if we have faith of a mustard seed we can say to the mountain to go into the sea! Maybe your mountain is a sickness, maybe it's financial, maybe it's family. We can grumble, murmur and complain or we can live by faith and it will affect what we say. The Bible says, "Now let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, let the sick say I am healed, let the bound say I am free." I 'm not talking about name it claim it. I'm talking about seeing yourself the way God sees you in Christ. It may not be physical healing or material wealth that we receive, but what we say affects how we live spiritually before God. We need to stop talking about how big our mountains are and talk more about how big our God is! David is a great example of this for us when he faced Goliath! He didn't focus on Goliath He focus on God! He declared that God was going to give him victory over that 9 foot giant. 

Our tongue is the steering wheel that will direct us to victory! We must boldly say, "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." "No weapon formed against me shall prosper and all those that rise up against me shall fall." If God be for us who can be against us." We need to stop worrying and complain and start declaring the greatness of our God! Our words can either be a miracle in our mouths or a sword that defeats us and is used against those around us. Our words direct our lives! 

1 comment:

  1. This is my third time coming around to read this; its simply inspiring and very educative. I love it.