Unrestrained Lips are Devilish
- Date: September 6, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:15-16)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
You can't justify your sin. The Holy Spirit says, "Listen, this wisdom that lies against the truth, that tries to justify its position to allow the tongue full expression- "I have a right to speak my opinion." No you don't. You have a right to love one another, because love will cover a multitude of sins. You don't have a right to slander and to go around and criticize what a brother or sister may have done you think that offended you. The Bible says in Matthew 18, go to them alone. And when you stand praying, forgive. When you bring your gift, if you realize that you have something against a brother, go to him first and make things right and then come and offer your gift. We have all of these guidelines because you know there's going to be offenses among us, isn't there? We're just folks. There's sin in our members. We're going to have conflicts, but woe unto him by whom they come. We're better off to have a millstone tied around our neck than to offend the little ones.
Now, look what he says. He says this wisdom of the unrestrained tongue, "I have a right to speak my opinion" is a wisdom that is "not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish" (James 3:15-16). For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. This is one of the main reasons that we're addressing this subject. Where envy and strife is there's confusion and every evil work. That's a powerful statement. This leaven begins to leaven. A spirit of calling good evil and evil good begins to come into our midst and if we bite and if we devour, ultimately we're consumed. What a tragic, tragic consequence. The tongue has to be restrained.
Turn to Proverbs, Chapter 10 and look at the wise man as he's declaring to us these truths that we have to allow to come into our heart. This Word that's alive and powerful that judges between the thoughts and the intentions. Proverbs 10, verse 19: "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin…" Well, basically, to put that in the vernacular of today, we talk too much. We just talk too much. The more you talk, the greater chance of sin, of saying something you shouldn't say. Look what it says in the preceding verse. "He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. [And] In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:18-19). Why don't we start with just decreasing the volume of words?
The Scripture tells us what to talk about, doesn't it? Did you know that Malachi speaks and says that there's a book of remembrance made for those who talk about the things of the kingdom, the things that are eternal, the things that edify? He says, "I'm taking notes." There's a book made. All of your good talking is written down. And you will give an answer for all your idle words too. So, I just want to share this aspect and cause us to understand, we've got to restrain our lips. The man that restrains his lips is wise. Look at what Proverbs Chapter 6 says in verse 16 sregarding things God hates lest we again minimize the spirit of this thing. "Well, it wasn't that bad. I didn't really mean it that way." You know, one of the most tragic things is the people that say, "I was just kidding. I didn't mean it." You know, Proverbs 26:19 says, am I not in sport? I was just kidding. No! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Don't just say I was just kidding, am I not in sport? That whole twenty-sixth chapter of Proverbs talks about the tongue that's out of control, the damage it can do, the wounds that go down even into the innermost being of an individual. "I was just kidding." You still killed them. In the eyes of God, you still murdered your brother. Listen to what he says (verse 16). "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [hmm] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." He that restrains his lips is wise, the Scripture says.