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tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8)
What happens in the
mind affects the tongue and the tongue affects the spirit, soul, heart, and
body. The bible speaks extensively of the power of the tongue. Spiritual warfare includes the battle with
Read what the Bible
says about the tongue in James 3:1-13. These verses reveal that although the
tongue is a little member of your body, it is very powerful. Through the tongue
the whole body can be defiled. The tongue can never be tamed by man. Only when
you yield your tongue to God can control be maintained over it. But even then,
it will never be completely tamed. You can never relax your guard over the tongue
believing you have totally conquered it.
The Bible compares
the tongue to:
A fire: James 3:5
A world of
iniquity: James 3:6
A beast that needs
A fountain of either
fresh or bitter
A tree bearing either
good or evil fruit: James
sword: Psalms 57:4; 59:7, Psalms 140:3
pit: Proverbs 22:14
The Bible says the
tongue is powerful because of the effect it has on others. The tongue actually
has the power to bring death or life:
Death and life
are in the power of the tongue... (Proverbs 18:21)
The tongue is
powerful because of the effect it has on you. You can snare yourself with your
snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.(Proverbs 6:2)
The tongue is
powerful because your words can separate you from God:
said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over
Your tongue is closely
related to your heart, body, soul, and spirit. For example, if Satan has
control of your heart, he has control of your tongue:
things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they
defile the man. For out of the heart
proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false
witness, blasphemies; These are the
things which defile a man...
A good man
out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an
evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is
evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)
Satan uses the things
you say to cause a breach (opening) into your spirit:
tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.(Proverbs 15:4)
By evil communication
you create a breach through which Satan enters to war against your spirit.
Satan also uses your lips to affect your soul:
mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (Proverbs 18:7)
his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)
Through the tongue,
Satan affects your whole body:
tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that
it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is
set on fire of Hell.(James 3:6)
Your tongue affects
your whole life:
keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall
Satan seeks control
of your tongue by tempting you to speak:
conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye
have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
But I say
unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account
thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)
The heart of
him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of fools feedeth
things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive
not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. (II Timothy 2:14)
AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN:
heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.(Titus 1:14)
ABOUT THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW:
speak evil of those things which they know not... (Jude 10)
But these, as
natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things
that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. (II Peter 2:12)
at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness;
God is witness.
(I Thessalonians 2:5)
And this I
say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Colossians 2:4)
COMPLAINING, AND BOASTING WORDS:
murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh
great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. (Jude 16)
For when they
speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the
flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who
live in error.
(II Peter 2:18)
vanity every one with his neighbor...
mouth they speak proudly. (Psalms 17:10)
shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast
WHICH TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN:
not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him
guiltless that taketh His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
AND BITTER WORDS:
is full of cursing and bitterness. (Romans 3:14)
are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking
Let the lying
lips be put to silence, which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously
against the righteous. (Psalms 31:18)
and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.(Psalms 50:20)
WORDS AGAINST OTHERS:
I come, I will remember his deed which he doeth, prating against us with
malicious words... (III John 10)
A froward man
soweth strife; and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (Proverbs 16:28)
revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.(Proverbs 11:13)
backbiteth not with his tongue nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. (Psalms 15:3)
WORDS: Dissembling words cause division:
hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him. (Proverbs 26:4)
A fool's lips
enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (Proverbs
hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep
them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalms
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:19)
all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.(Psalms 52:4)
AND PERVERSE WORDS:
Put away from
thee a froward mouth and perverse lips put far from thee. (Proverbs 4:24)
EVIL AND DECEITFUL WORDS:
thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. (Psalms 50:19)
Let not an
evil speaker be established in the earth... (Psalms 140:11)
that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak
mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. (Psalms 38:12)
But now ye
also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication
out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)
As you can see, the list is extensive of the damage the tongue can cause
in you and by you. But, don’t be
disheartened, know that God has counter strategies to
obtain victory over the tongue!
therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall
be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the
earth is mine: (Exodus 19:5)
Being born again in Christ does not automatically make us a peculiar treasure, however, it opens the door to allow God to begin the necessary work to adorn us in the beauty of His holiness.
involves a right personal relationship with the Lord which includes good prayer and
Bible study habits. If we are to lead others in the ways of God, you must
communicate with Him yourself and have knowledge of His Word. You can attend
leadership seminars, go to college, and read many books on leading souls to Christ,
but unless you continue to seek the Lord your ministry, tricks and tips will fail.
A right relationship with God also involves being full of the fruit of His spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Holy
Spirit refers to the nature of the Spirit revealed in the life of the believer.
It is spiritual qualities which should be evident in the lives of all
Christians, and especially in spiritual leaders.
The gifts of the Holy
Spirit are for witness. The gift of the Holy Spirit (the indwelling o God's spirit) is for power. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for character. Spiritual
fruit is evidence of spiritual maturity. Just as fruit takes time to develop in
the natural world, spiritual fruit takes time to develop. It is the product of
natural growth in the life of the Spirit.
The Bible speaks of
two kinds of spiritual fruit: The outer fruit of evangelism and the inner fruit
of godly spiritual qualities. Spiritual leaders should bear fruit by being a
powerful witness of the Gospel message:
Ye have not chosen me, but I have
chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain... (John 15:16)
The last command of
Jesus before returning to Heaven was:
Go ye into
all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
He challenged His
disciples with a great vision of spiritual harvest:
Say not ye,
There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you,
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to
harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth
wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he
that reapeth may rejoice together.(John 4:35-36)
King Solomon said:
The fruit of
the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.(Proverbs 11:30)
The power of the Holy
Spirit enables believers to be spiritually fruitful through evangelism:
But ye shall
receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
God gives us the
method of spiritual reproduction:
And the thing
that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.(II Timothy 2:2)
In addition to the
spiritual fruit of evangelism, we are also called to develop the fruit of
But the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith, Meekness,
temperance: against such there is no law.(Galatians 5:22-23)
These are inner
qualities the Holy Spirit wants to develop in the life of the believer. They
are qualities that were evident in the life of Jesus Christ. This is why we
call them "Christ-like qualities".
The fruit of the Holy
Spirit is found in every act of goodness, righteousness, and truth done by
For the fruit
of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.(Ephesians 5:9)
The fruit of the Holy
Spirit includes the following specific qualities:
Love is an emotion of
deep affection, care, and concern. It involves caring for people, being
friendly, sympathetic, compassionate, understanding, comforting, encouraging,
The leader must love
God (Mark 12:30).
Love is to be shown
by the believer to all believers, and the unsaved (I Peter 1:22; Luke
6:27,32,35; Matthew 5:43-44; 19:19; John 13:34-35; 15:9,12; 17:26; I John
The believer's work
for the Lord is to be a labor of love (I Thessalonians 1:3).
Faith works by love
Spiritual gifts work
through love (I Corinthians 13
Love is the key to
success of all ministry (I Corinthians 13).
Love involves tact,
which is an ability to get along with others and relate to them in a positive
manner. It is an ability to say and do what is necessary and difficult without
Joy is a quality of
gladness, delight, and jubilance.
It is God's desire
that you have joy (John 15:11; 17:13).
The disciples were
filled with joy and the Holy Ghost (Acts 13:52).
The source of joy is
not in worldly things. It is in God (Psalms 16:11).
Because true joy is
spiritual and not dependent on outward circumstances the believer can rejoice
in temptation and trials (James 1:2; II Corinthians 7:4).
The believer can be
longsuffering with joy (Colossians 1:11).
Peace is a condition
of quiet, calm, tranquility, and harmony. It is the absence of strife, anxiety,
and concern. A believer with this quality is reliable and able to keep his head
in emergencies because he can keep calm.
Confusion is the
opposite of peace. God does not cause confusion. His desire is to bring peace
(I Corinthians 14:33).
All true peace comes
through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36; Ephesians 2:14; Romans 5:1; John 14:27;
follow after things which result in peace (Romans 14:19)
and live in peace
with others (II Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 12:14).
Unity, which is
necessary in any effective ministry, is kept through peace (Ephesians 4:3).
The peace of God must
rule the heart of the believer (Colossians 3:15).
Longsuffering is the
quality of patience. It is the ability to cheerfully bear an unbearable
situation and patiently endure. Longsuffering was a quality evident in the
ministry of the Apostle Paul But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,(II Timothy 3:10)
We are to be
longsuffering with joyfulness (Colossians 1:11).
The believer should
preach God's Word with longsuffering (II Timothy 4:2)
and relate to others
with this quality (Ephesians 4:2).
He must "put
on" longsuffering as a spiritual quality (Colossians 3:12).
Gentleness is the
quality of having a mild manner, not being severe, violent, or loud. It is a
quiet and respectful kindness.
The Bible warns
believers not to strive but to be gentle to all men (II Timothy 2:24).
We are not to be
brawlers. Brawlers are people who are always fighting or arguing (Titus 3:2).
We are to be easily
entreated. That means we are to be easily approached by others because of our
gentle nature (James 3:17).
A gentle believer and a great leader. David wrote:
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. (Psalms 18:35)
Goodness is acts of
holiness or righteous acts.
God fills the hungry
with goodness (Psalms 107:9).
As believers, the goodness and mercy of God
follow us (Psalms 23:6).
Faith is an attitude
of belief, expectation, and hope towards God Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1) It is believing
that all God said is true and that nothing is impossible. Faith, combined with
the work of the ministry, accomplishes great things for the Kingdom of God.
Faith is an attitude
of confidence in God which makes followers feel confident and builds their
faith. It is the belief that "I can do all things through Christ which
others should be done in meekness (Galatians 6:1)
and it helps the believer keep
unity in the church (Ephesians 4:1-3).
It should be used in
dealing with all men (Titus 3:2; II Timothy 2:24-25).
A wise man is a meek
man (James 3:13).
All believers are
encouraged to seek this quality (Colossians 3:12; I Timothy 6:11; Zephaniah
moderation in emotions, thought, and actions. It is self-control.
Temperance is mastery
in all things (I Corinthians 9:27 and 9:19- 27).
We are to add
temperance to our lives (II Peter 1:6).
In addition to
spiritual fruit, the Bible identifies specific qualifications for leaders.
These are found in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The following qualifications are
those listed for pastors, bishops, elders, or deacons. Although these
qualifications are identified for specific offices, they are desirable for all believers:
Above Reproach: Should have a good
reputation, moral, disciplined, and not be in violation of God's Word: I
Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6, 7
Husband Of One Wife: If married, should
have only one mate: I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6. (The support and cooperation of
the mate in ministry is also important.)
Temperate: Moderate in all
things: Titus 1:8; I Timothy 3:2
Self-controlled: Demonstrate control
in all areas of life and conduct. If a man is to lead others, he must be able
to control himself: Titus 1:8
Sober, Vigilant: This means the
leader is knowledgeable, sensible, wise, and practical: I Timothy 3:2; Titus
Hospitable: Home is open to
others: I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8
Able To Teach: Has an ability to
communicate God's Word to others: I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9
Not Addicted To Wine: I Timothy 3:3;
Patient: Opposite of being
quick tempered: I Timothy 3:3
Not Self-willed: Not self-centered
and always wanting their own way: Titus 1:7
Loving What Is Good: Supporting all that
is worthwhile to God and His purposes: Titus 1:8
Just: Fair in dealing
with people: Titus 1:8
Stable In The Word: Titus 1:9
sanctified: Titus 1:8
Not Fond Of Sordid
Not greedy for financial gain. Free from the love of money: Titus 1:7; I
Good Reputation With
Must have a good testimony among non-believers: I Timothy 3:7
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God
hath prepared for them that love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9
Despite the severity of our personal situation or the uncertainty of the current situation of the country in which we live, we must
stick to the journey at hand. We launch out as far as God directs us and then we allow Him to take over.
“Afterward he brought me again unto the door
of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the
house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the
waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side
of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led
me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward;
and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had
the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he
brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured
a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the
loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not
pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not
be passed over. And it shall come to
pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers
shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish,
because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every
thing shall live whither the river cometh.” Ezekiel
If God gave us His spirit we ought to do more than have a superficial relationship with Him. It can't just be Sunday morning worship only, paying your tithes or singing on the praise time. We must be equipped to go deeper in God. We must have:
faith that will defy human understanding
faith that goes totally beyond what you thought could happen
God has called you to do something He has already given you the ability to do
We can not doubt God or the ability that He places in us. We must not waver in our belief. Double
mindedness will keep you in the shallow place. “A double minded man is unstable in all
his ways.” James 1:8
God has complete control you can't leave until your assignment is done.
God is leading you, He doesn't leave you where you are. Follow His lead
No more can we settle for being average. Take on His nature and characteristics even in our dealings with people. Learn to forgive even as Christ Jesus instructs. There is something about being associated with God that can transform everything
about you. Allow yourself to grow up in God. When you don't get to a place where you can forgive people you limit your own growth in God. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”1 Corinthians 13:11
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew
go to hell from the church. Again, church attendance, paying tithes, being a part of the programs does not guarantee your entrance into heaven. There must be demonstration of your faith unto God by obedience to His will.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” 1 Peter 2:2
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us,”Hebrews 12:1
let getting outside of God's will cause you to leave prematurely. God is saying come on up higher, lose
control and let me have control. It is not just a Sunday morning experience. You
have to be careful to be clothed in God; in His holy Spirit everywhere you go.
But they, supposing him to have been in
the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and
acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,
seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them
hard to come into contact with God and still be the same.
“And a woman having an issue of blood
twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be
healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and
immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When
all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude
throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said,
Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And
when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down
before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had
touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her,
Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”Luke
desire for the things of God.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he
shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust
also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:4-5
Our focus should be on the eternal things of God and not the temporal things of this world. Yes we know that the world is in a horrible state but we should not be surprised about it. The word of God expressly informs us of end time behavior of this world. Just as there is end time behavior upon us, we need to be in end time behavior through our pray, praise, worship and faithfulness to do the will of God. The world has most definitely launched out, likewise so must the body of Christ! Don't get so caught up in the things o the world that you lose focus on who is sovereign. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.Colossians 3:2