The Tongue Must Be Bridled
- Date: August 31, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Look at James, Chapter 3, verse 8. We have read this passage a number of times already in the study. We see as the Holy Spirit is speaking to us, He says, "The tongue can no man tame." But God can! You might want to put that in there. In fact, in my Bible I have written there, "God can." With God, all things are possible! "The tongue can no man tame. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."
Through this study, have you begun to be frightened of the tongue, this little member a little bit? You should be. We have read in those lists that it will send you to hell. And "they that do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God." "How great a matter a little fire kindleth!" Tragically, over the years, you can see whole churches killed, whole churches split right down the middle, families, just because of this one member.
We have to, by changing our hearts, bring this member into subjection and restraint through the Holy Ghost, by choice. This member is not the origin of the murder, the death, the bitterness, the strife, the envy, the covetousness. The heart is. This agent that disperses by demonic influence these deaths that are coming forth, these statements that are coming forth, that are like firebrands, are satanic, spewing demonic influence into the church, the blood-bought bride of Christ. Be careful. The real issue is the heart; isn't it?
Turn over to Psalm 34. We will look at a couple of passages here, as we look at the need to bring some restraint. It is your responsibility, and you have and are enabled by the Holy Spirit to do this. The thirty-fourth Psalm, we are familiar with this passage, but let it ring in your spirit. This passage starts off with the proper use of the tongue, "I will bless the Lord at all times! His praise shall continually be in my mouth." "My soul shall make her boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear thereof and be glad." Let's encourage each other to use the proper words, to use our tongue properly, to make God big, to edify the body of Christ, to make sure that we are ministering grace to the hearers who are around us.
He goes on in this chapter, and then reminds us that we are going to have conflict in our own spirit, and fiery darts that are going to be hurled at us. Here we find ourselves blessing the Lord, and then we find this admonition, verse 13, "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." The tongue can no man tame, but we must restrain it. Here, he admonishes you and me to keep our tongues from evil.
With that admonition, we see him speaking to us in Proverbs 13, verse 3, "Keep your mouth, and by doing so you will keep your life." But when you open your mouth, in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin. We talk too much. "Be swift to hear, and slow to speak." So he says, "Keep your tongue from evil." Keep your mouth under control. If you do, you'll keep your life. "...but when you open it wide, it's to your own destruction and death."
We have been encouraged to provoke one another to love and good works. Be the initiator of these edifying conversations. You be the one who blesses the Lord! You be the one who says, "Magnify the Lord with me," and causes others to come into this realm of worship and praise and edification and true biblical koinonia, how vital it is.
James 1:26 says, "The man that can't bridle his tongue, his religion is in vain." It is your job. "Well, I can't help it!" Yes, you can. God would not tell you to do something you are not capable of doing. But what we are looking to do is, not just restrain your tongue, but to fill your heart with praise, and let your words become wholesome words (amen?), words that edify and bring life. It is really a heart issue that we are talking about.