Watch Your Speech. Getting My House In Order Part 7

Title of Message: Watch Your Speech. Getting My House In Order Part 7

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: James 3:2-12 (NLT)

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 

Introduction

Don’t just focus on what we put in our mouth (DIETS), be as equally and more concerned about what is coming out of our mouth!  There is power in what we speak.  Once we speak words, we cannot take them back.  We cannot hit the rewind button. With that said, we must be mindful of the words we speak.

 James 3:3-5: We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

 ·       Facts about horses: Horses weigh 840-2,200 pounds, 6 feet in height, 8 feet in length, can run/gallop up to 25-30 mph; fastest horse ran 55mph, can jump 6-8 feet, can jump over 27 feet

·       Facts about ships: weigh about 2,200 tons!  1 ton is about 2000 pounds!

·       Facts about tongues: average tongue is about 3-4 inches long

 In the example of the bit in the mouth of the horse and the rudder in the ship, we see that a small thing can have a great impact.  The same is true for our tongue. Though it is a small member of the body it can create great havoc if not used correctly.

 James 3:6  And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

 My tongue can be set on fire by HELL. Satan himself can influence the words in my mouth.

·       When I use my tongue to tear someone down, offer counsel that is not biblical, or bring glory to man instead of God, I am allowing myself to be influenced by Satan.

·       In Mathew 16:23, Jesus rebukes Peter and calls him Satan because Peter was speaking something that was against the will of God.  Even though Peter had great intentions, he spoke against God’s will.  This lets us know that we should pray and think before we speak. When we counsel others, we must make sure that we speak the heart of God instead of our opinions that are dictated by our feelings! Our tongues can be set on fire by hell itself and pull people away from God through the advice we give.

 Supporting Scriptures

Matthew 12:33-37  33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 James 3 :7  People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

 The staff at Sea World can tame killer whale, lion, crocodile, beast, but no one can take the tongue.

 James 3:9-12 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 ·       We cannot claim to love God but speak ill about the very ones that were created in His image.

·       We can’t praise God with our mouth and curse men who have been made in the image of God with that same mouth!

·       Our heart is the source of our words.  Mathew 12:34 reminds us that the mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart.  If our hearts are impure, our words will reflect that.

·       God is not telling us to bite our tongues, He’s telling us that we must have heart surgery so that our hearts can be purified.

·       When we focus on just biting our tongues, the ill feelings towards others are still there.  Biting our tongues doesn’t get to the root of what is going on in our heart.  Our heart is changed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we can then use our mouth to be used for God’s glory.

 Supporting Scriptures

Matthew 12:34 For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

 Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

 Ezekiel 36:26 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.[b] 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

 Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me

Proverbs 15:28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

 Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else,  for it determines the course of your life.

 Colossians 1:16 God made my tongue for Him. All things created by Him and for Him.

 Avoid Using Your Tongue In The Following Ways

1.     Avoid idle talk because we will have to give an account for all that we say.

a.      Mat 12:34-37 KJV - 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

2.     Avoid gossiping

a.      Spreading rumors especially about someone private’s affairs

3.     Avoid complaining

a.      Complain: to express dissatisfaction; finding fault

b.     Complaining is the opposite of rejoicing

4.     Avoid slandering/smearing/defaming others

a.      Avoid making false statements, trying to damage someone’s character, and damage their reputation.      

How Should I Use My Tongue?

·       Sing praises to God. Use your tongue & gift of speech to praise God.

·       Use your tongue to Pray to God

·       Use Your tongue to proclaim the gospel and tell others about God.

·       Use your tongue to Bless others by speaking words of encouragement, offering comfort, speaking life into their dead situation!

·       Confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD!

 

 Reflection Questions:

How do you tend to use your tongue? Are you a complainer?  Do you find that you both bless God and curse those made in His image? If you struggle with your tongue, we encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to give you a clean heart.

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