Friday, February 4, 2011
Whoa I got a loose tongue, help me Lord!
We’re prayer warriors, watchmen on the wall, with the full amour of God, unmovable, unshakable always abounding in the word of God, so why are we so storm ridden? Sometimes it seems like the enemy is everywhere in our lives, but he’s not omnipotent, he’s not everywhere at once. He doesn’t have to be because we’re such great helpers! No, no not me, you got the wrong person, I’m not helping the enemy do anything!
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:316
We unleash havoc in our own lives with the things we release into the atmosphere with our mouths. Many times we speak freely without thought about the effects of what we’re releasing into our lives.
Simple things we release which we think are harmless, like checking our horoscope to see what the stars have to say about us. Not realizing it places us in the category of “Soothsayer, Prognosticator, Fortune-teller” and opens up strongholds for the craziness of the enemy. God tells us that He’s the author and finisher of our faith so why are we checking with the stars?
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12
James asks us how can we talk bad about, gossip, or curse human beings with the same mouth that we praise the Father with. Notice he didn’t say your brother, James said “human beings”, why is that important? Because the term “Human Beings” includes even your enemies and those that you claim you don’t like (ouch). When you praise and curse out of the same mouth, your praise is defiled for fresh water and salt water can’t flow from the same stream because once you add salt to fresh water it all becomes salty.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26
We need to think before we speak and check what’s in our hearts before we set our lips in motion. What are we saying about others and what are we saying about ourselves. Are we looking at our ability or are we seeking what God has seeded in us? Lord help me rein in my tongue!
“Go out and feed some sheep today!”