NEW CREATURE- NEW TONGUE
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.
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?
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
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
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
Is this something I really need to say?
What is my motive in saying it?
Will my words heal or hurt?
Will my words draw me closer to God or further away?
Will my words drive a wedge between the one to whom I am speaking or bring us
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.
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door
of my lips.
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
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