|KHANDIE'S KORNER - "January 19, 2003"|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
"TAMING THE TONGUE"
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the 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. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea is tamed, and have been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursings. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:1-18)
Depending on how its used, the human tongue can be the most dangerous weapon we possess. With it we can tear down or build up, curse or bless, strengthen or weaken, bring joy or sorrow, speak life or death as the word of God declares: But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil (Deut 30:14-15).
The illustration of how deadly the tongue can be is defined clearly here in the book of James. Here James illustrates how man is able to tame even the most wild of beasts, of birds and creatures of the sea, how we are able to steer great ships in the direction we desire it to go, and yet we have such difficulty in Taming the Tongue. With our mouths we lift up our voices to the Lord in prayer, praise, worship and thanksgiving and with the very same mouths we speak curses and all manner of evil against one another. This ought not to be so. Our Lord speaks of the dangers of our words in the book of Matthew where he declares: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKETH. A good man out of the good treasures of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that EVERY IDLE WORD THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT. For by THY WORDS thou shalt be JUSTIFIED, and by THY WORDS thou shalt be CONDEMNED. (Matt 12:34-37) Knowing this my friends, we must be cautious in what we speak to and about one another AND what we speak of ourselves as our very own speech can bring upon devastation in our own lives. Continual negative speech will bring upon continual negative circumstances, and the same if your speech is positive. If you are one to speak such things as Ive always been sick, Ill never be well .Nothing good ever happens to me ..Ill never have my hearts desires .etc. then you will never receive the blessing the Lord so desires to give you, for with your OWN mouth, you speak curses and condemnation in your OWN LIFE. The Lord knows our hearts, and our speech must line up with what we TRULY BELIEVE in our hearts as again his word declares that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, thus what we believe in our hearts is spoken through our mouths. If you believe in your heart that you are healed then why speak the words you will never be? If you believe in your heart that your prayers according to his word have been answered, why speak as though they will never come to pass? If you truly KNOW in your heart what HIS WORD says, and KNOW according to his word those promises apply to YOU as God is NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS, then why speak opposite of what HE says? Beloved, what we SPEAK is just as important as what we BELIEVE! The Lord also says this about our speech: For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall BELIEVE THAT THOSE THINGS WHICH HE SAITH shall come to pass; HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH. (Mark 11:23)
We must also tame our tongues to refrain from speaking evil of one another. Being involved in ministry I hear so much negative and evil speech from one member of the Body of Christ towards another. Speaking against a man or woman of God is extremely spiritually dangerous, thus we must be very careful in the things we say. As children of God, as parts and members of the Body of Christ, we are NOT to tear down one another but are called to BUILD UP! Thus, if you see your brother or sister stumbling SPEAK LIFE into him or her, not the speech of death! Spewing out harsh words will not strengthen a weaken vessel, but will only cause a saddened heart to burst more in sorrow, and YOU will be held accountable for YOUR words. Many of us need to search our hearts to determine the underlining reasons for our negative speech, for behind much of such speech lies envy and strife which only serves to divide. The Lord calls each of us into a particular work for HIS Glory, thus we should be strengthening one another in that work, encouraging one another and praying ALWAYS for one another, NOT trying to tear down one another. We are to be working TOGETHER , not apart. This is NOT a competition of whose the greatest, but rather HOW MUCH IS THE LORD BEING GLORIFIED IN THE THINGS WE DO AND SAY and are we SUCCESSFULLY as a WHOLE fulfilling HIS WILL in and through our lives!!! If we want to be great in HIS EYES, then we had better become A SERVANT and we can start by serving one another with a genuine desire to walk in Love.
We must also REFRAIN from participating in idle gossip of one another. If you know of a brother or sister in error, WHY are you going to another believer and NOT the brother or sister YOU FEEL is stumbling. What purpose does it serve to engage is gossip about him or her? If you were TRULY walking in LOVE you would go directly to that brother or sister IN LOVE, with your concerns. Beloved saints of God, this is the behavior of the world, NOT the children of God. When are we going to learn that the mission we are on, the calling we have surrendered to has NOTHING to do with us, and everything to do with GLORIFYING OUR FATHER! It is NOT about us, but about HIM! Do we still lack understanding that the world watching us and judge CHRIST by OUR behavior! When they see Christians behaving in an ungodly manner, they then reject Christ, NOT US, but THE LORD! Do we really want the responsibility of causing one to turn from Christ because of OUR BEHAVIOR? When we speak unkindly towards one another, we do not to each other, but TO THE LORD! What we say to one another, we say to HIM! We MUST guard our tongue from evil speech!
In my opinion, the only way we can begin Taming the Tongue, is to begin to Speak HIS WORDS! Walk as HE WALKED, speak as HE SPOKE! Be like Christ in ALL things, and have GENUINE LOVE one for another. How difficult really is it for us to walk in Love? It seems to me it would be the easiest command given of the Lord that we could fulfill by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we TRULY LOVE one another, we would not speak evil, but good. Our desire should be to please our Lord in ALL things and it would please Him GREATLY, if we would have LOVE one for another!
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always .Khandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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