An Unbridled Tongue Reveals a Deceived Heart
- Date: April 17, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.” (James 1:26)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
In Ephesians the fifth chapter He says, "Listen, don't let these things be once named among you" (verse 3). Don't let this stuff go on, don't allow this "...foolish talking," verse 4 says, "…nor jesting," this nonsense, "…but rather giving of thanks." And He says again here, just like He did in Galatians, the people who do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God. He admonishes us in this epistle as it goes on, and we read on down here for the need for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the need for us to resist the devil and bring these rebukes. "And submitting ourselves one to another," He goes on to say, "in the fear of God" (verse 21). It's become so common. "It was just an observation. I was just making an observation." Did it minister grace? "Well, it was just my opinion." Well, keep it to yourself, because if it doesn't allow grace and edification to the hearers, it shouldn't be spoken.
So as we look into this a little bit further, James tells us in Chapter 1, as he's speaking toward some of these things in verse 26, it says, "If any man among you seem to be religious and…" We talked earlier out of Chapter 3 about putting a bridle in the horse's mouth and a rudder to the ship. This twenty-sixth verse of James 1 says if any among us seems to be regenerated, a Christian, but "…bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain."
We saw in James 3 that you can't get fresh water and brackish water out of the same well. It's impossible. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Do we even hear sometimes what's coming out of our mouths? "Do you understand the words that are coming out of your mouth?" I think it would be good to be reminded sometimes, don't you? How many of you want somebody to call you on it, if you start speaking something that doesn't minister grace and bring edification to the body of Christ? Do you want to be rebuked? Do you want to be chastened? That word just means "instructed." Do you want to be reminded, be put in remembrance of what God wants? If not, we're grieving the Holy Spirit; He'll leave this place. That's the context of it all. What are we willing to do?
David's cry, "Take not your Holy Spirit from me!" He was willing to do whatever it took not to lose the presence of the Holy Ghost. And we need to have that same attitude; we need to be in a place where we are hungry for the presence of God, for the reality of the presence of the Holy Ghost in this place. Behold how they love one another. In James, Chapter 1 as he was speaking here, it seems that the person who's involving himself in this "…deceiveth his own heart…" (James 1:26). If you're not hearing it, you're deceived. If this is happening habitually in your life, and yet you think you're walking in the Spirit and God's hearing your prayers, James says you're deceived; your religion, your experience with God, he says, are not productive; it has no value to the kingdom of God. That's what the word "vain" means. It's worthless. If somehow we could grasp the magnitude, the spirit behind what I'm trying to share here. And we bless God, and we bless God, and we do our devotions, and then we kill our brothers. And you've got to see that this corrupt communication is not just slander. It can be speaking facts, truth! But it's not to be communicated to this person. "Well, what I was sharing was the truth." That doesn't have anything to do with it; it's corrupt if it's not edifying, if it's not ministering grace.