James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
WOW! This might be a problem! There are a ton of unbridled tongues out there … IN THE CHURCH! WE NEED HELP!
You can forget trying to TAME the tongue, it CAN’T be done, but I am fully convinced by the Word of God that we can bridle that unruly varmint and change our lives by what we say. James gives us a clue to how.
James 3:3-5 ~ Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
We have some great comparisons here that show us the power of our words. The tiny rudder on a huge ship can point it in any direction, even in the face of great winds and waves. And just like the small bit in the horse’s mouth can turn and direct that powerful animal and change its course, what we say with our mouth is like the steering wheel of our life, it directs and determines our direction and course.
When I was a boy I lived in the country and our neighbors had horses. One of the horses was a young stud that was the meanest critter I have ever seen. If you turned your back on him he would bite you. If you got behind him he would kick you. He took pleasure in stepping on your feet or head butting you in the face if you got too close. Several people tried to break him to the saddle so that he could be ridden, professionals were even brought in but the horse could not be tamed. His name was Devil, and he lived up to his name.
The owners oldest son Daniel was an experienced horseman and he saddle broke all the stock. He had a love for that animal and was the only one that ever rode him. When everyone would go riding, Daniel would always choose Devil to ride instead of one of the more gentle animals, and every time he climbed into the saddle we all had a great show. Devil would buck, twist and squeal like crazy while we yelled and whooped to cheer Daniel on. Daniel would stick with him until Devil knew who was boss and eventually Daniel could guide the horse anywhere he wanted to. Devil wasn’t tamed, he was forced to obey.
Just because the tongue cannot be tamed does not mean that you can’t make it do what you want. Words have creative and destructive power, and how you use words today is shaping your tomorrow.
It has been my observation that most Christians DO NOT believe this principle. If they did, they would be more selective in what they are saying. The book of Proverbs is FULL of scripture that stress the power and importance of you words.
Proverbs 6:2 ~ You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
Proverbs 15:4 ~ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Proverbs 12:18 ~ There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
Proverbs 21:23 ~ Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 26:28 ~ A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 29:20 ~ Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 18:20 ~ A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and
those who love it will eat its fruit.
Is it really true that life and death are in the power of the tongue, the power to speak life or death to your situation? Your body, your job, your career, your family, your finances, your ministry, your mind, YOUR FUTURE? they are ALL affected by what is coming out of your mouth and it makes NO DIFFERENCE if you believe it or not, IT IS HAPPENING, to the saved and unsaved alike.
If you look at today’s most popular motivational speakers, you will see that they have some understanding of these principles and have had great success applying them to their lives and the lives of their followers. Most of them don’t even know that there are eternal spiritual laws at work, and yet they know that they can change their world with the things that they say. And that is exactly the point.
You don’t have to know why things happen as long as you know that they DO happen. There is more than enough scripture that plainly spells out the power that you have in your words without you having to do an exegetical theological study on the topic.
God has made it very plain and simple. This is a topic that should be above argument and easy for all to see because of the sheer volume of scripture on the subject. Yet when you mention confession of God’s Word people come out of the woodwork to take a position against it.
This makes perfect sense to me because I know that the enemy HATES it when you speak God’s Word. Jesus spoke it when He defeated Satan in the wilderness and you can speak it to defeat Satan in your own life.
When the devil comes to steal kill and destroy, you can use God’s Word to build up, give life, preserve, and prosper.
Here are a few more scriptures to help drive this concept home:
Job 22:28 ~ You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
Mark 11:23 ~ For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this
mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Isaiah 57:19 ~ “ I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.”
Psalm 103:20 ~ Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
These are just a few passages that tell us the power and influence that words have in our life. This is a huge responsibility. These verses would not be in the bible unless God wanted us to be aware of this power and use it for good.
The best things we can say about any situation are what God says about it. If we are weak, God says: “Let the weak say I am strong”. Joel 3:10 Is this denying weakness? NO! this is the principle of “calling those things that are NOT as though they WERE” Romans 4:17 .
If we stay on God’s side and say the things He says about us in spite of what the circumstances say, we are not lying and we are not in denial, we are in faith to obtain the promise. Just because a doctor or some other “professional” puts a label on you, you don’t have to let that define you. Let God’s Word define who you are. Speak His word regularly, grab the steering wheel of your life and MAKE IT TAKE THE COURSE YOU DESIRE.
Speak words of life
Speak words of success
Speak words of Victory
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Thank you, and God Bless! JC