Devo Why Tongues Part 1
James 3:2-3 (NIV)
2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
James 3:8 (NIV)
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Matthew 12:33-35 (NIV)
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
The part of the brain that is in control of the tongue controls the whole person. Make it good and produce good fruit, but make it bad produce bad fruit. Problem is sin dwells there, therefore it produces bad fruit. No man can control the tongue unless he controls the spirit of the man. We want to be a perfect man, but cannot. Not at all saying we aren’t forgiven, just not in control of our actions. The Holy Spirit, when we submit to Him, takes control. He burns the sin out of our lives. Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert to overcome sin and temptation. It is the Spirit that leads us in to situations to burn the sin out of our lives. (See Jacob, Joseph, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Paul, Peter, so on) The Holy Spirit when given control takes over and leads us in God’s ways. He fills with power to overcome sin. Sin is the power of Satan in our lives. Power over sin is power over sickness, death, and the grave, the last of which will be the grave. The Holy Spirit also shows us what God’s plans are, for only the spirit of a person know what is in the heart. He reveals to us God’s direction for our lives. The Spirit is the bit in our mouths.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane