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JAMES 3:2-12

—2We all make many mistakes. A person who never said anything wrong would be perfect. Someone like that would be able to control their whole body too. 3 We put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us. With these bits we can control their whole body. 4 It is the same with ships. A ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship. And the one who controls the rudder decides where the ship will go. It goes where he wants it to go.
It is the same with our tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it can boast about doing great things. A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame. 6 The tongue is like a fire. It is a world of evil among the parts of our body. It spreads its evil through our whole body and starts a fire that influences all of life. It gets this fire from hell.  7 Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. 8 But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness.
—10 These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. 11 Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not. 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? Or can a grapevine make figs? No, and a well full of salty water cannot give good water.


—Words matter. Words have power. They can build up or tear down. They can encourage or discourage. They can pour forth love or spew forth hate. Scripture teaches that the words we speak are a reflection of what fills our heart (James 3:8-12). So, if we want to tame our tongue, we must examine our hearts. How often have we allowed our emotions to rule and end up saying something that we later regret! Something that hurt a loved one or EVEN OURSELVES! Have you ever said that YOU ARE NO GOOD?
—Or that YOU ARE ALWAYS BAD? DO you speak a lot of negatives into your self or about others around you? The Bible is very clear about these negative things that we speak that IT IS LIKE POISON TO OUR BODIES! Many are sick and unhealthy simply because of the poison that comes from their tongue on others and including themselves. If we proclaim to be men and women who love God then doesn”t that we mean that we need to be OBEDIENT TO HIM EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO OUR TONGUES?

Our first step in this process OF OBEDIENCE is examining our speech

—Scripture reinforces this truth in Matthew 12:33-34 (NLT) :
A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

We must THINK before we speak. Ask yourself these questions

—1. Is it True?

—2. Is it Helpful?

—4. Is it Important?

—3. Is it Necessary?

—4. Is it Kind?

—I have learned that if I cannot answer “yes” to the majority, if not all, of these questions, I should hold my tongue.

—God has also taught me to check my words before I allow them to leave my lips by asking myself another series of questions.


—1. Is this something I really need to say?

—2. What is my motive in saying it?

—3. Will my words heal or hurt?

—4. Will my words draw me closer to God or further away?

—5. Will my words drive a wedge between the one to whom I am speaking or bring us closer together?

—Of course, I don’t always follow these guidelines. Far from it. But what matters is that I know what I need to do. And committing it to prayer helps me actually do it! God calls us to cultivate a habit of speaking life-giving words. Why? A cultivated heart produces a tamed tongue. A tamed tongue speaks words of love, mercy, grace, and encouragement. And words of love, mercy, and grace enable us to speak truth in love the times we have to speak hard truths. He wants our words to edify. If you commit taming your tongue to Him, you will succeed. Be encouraged, and remember, with God ALL things are possible!! We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.



—Psalm 141:3,

—Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

As  new creature in Christ do we also have a new TONGUE? YES of course not physically but spiritually yes we do and that is part of our new NATURE that God has given us! You see when we receive the Lord Jesus as our savior, God puts a part of himself inside of us but it takes time for our behavior to mactch our nature. You see our nature is placed inside our spirit and our tongue reflects the things in our hearts.

—God is cleansing us and molding us FROM THE INSIDE OUT! So it will take time for us to learn to speak as Christ would speak. As we walk in the Spirit we will need to spend more time in the word as the Holy Spirit will teach us and as we examine the behavior, attitude and words of JESUS! We must go to our Lord JESUS and ask for His help with taming our tongues! We must surrender DAILY our minds, hearts and tongue to the Lord and as He fills us with more of Him we will learn to speak WISELY and BOLDLY for His glory! So dont get down or frown because God is continuing His work in you and He will make you INTO A MAN AND WOMAN OF HIM WHO ENCOURAGES, INSPIRES AND UPLIFTS OTHERS AND ONE WHO WORSHIPS AND PRAISES EL SHADDAI EVERYDAY OF THEIR LIFE!!

Pastor Jeff Queen
PPATW President