Watch Your Tongue
- Date: September 5, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” (James 3:5)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
As we saw in our study of Tongues of Fire II, it's not enough that you stop, you also need to stop others. This is not just about speaking, it's about hearing. It can't be tolerated any longer in our midst. We saw some of this spirit not too long ago and some of us just caught ourselves and even had to laugh at ourselves. But you know, it's really not funny. When we just made that little rearrangement of chairs and moved some different things and how people just had to give their opinion and some people were upset that something changed. This spirit within man is what's being fed in all this social media. Dear God, people revel in being able to shoot their mouths off internationally! Everybody wants to put up their little page and make themselves known to the world, but the Holy Spirit says, take heed that you be not consumed. So, if it's allowed in your life it will ultimately consume you. And if it's allowed in this fellowship it will ultimately destroy this fellowship. Oh, the people may not leave, but the Spirit will. We may still tolerate one another, but the Holy Spirit will not tolerate it. We may overlook it in our friends' lives, but the Holy Spirit will not overlook it. And for our hearts to be challenged, to stand in one accord as a community and say that nasty spirit's leaving here! And it's going to start with me. Isn't that where it always starts? It's not about anybody else; it's about me. When I say it's about me, I'm talking it's about me. I'm guilty, and it has no place in our lives.
James has quite a bit to speak, of course as we know, on this subject. In James, Chapter 3:1 he said, "…brethren, be not many masters [teachers, authorities], knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." You know, with what judgment you judge, you will be judged. You condemn others, the Scripture says, and yet you do the same thing? You know, we talked about criticism of outward things. Some of us would be critical of others who possess different material things. And we might think that these people are being covetous or somehow that their lives are too opulent in the many ways that they're expressing themselves. But it doesn't matter whether you have a lot or a little, covetousness is covetousness. And you're judging others. If you stop and look, the reason you judge so many of these other people is because of your own covetousness. You don't have what they have, and you want it. Envies and jealousies, the spirit of man is not only that you don't want others to have those things. It's not just that you want what they have. You want them not to have it, because it's within every man - in me that is in my flesh dwells this spirit of preeminence. We want to be above. What a nasty spirit. And as we look at that and recognize it for what it is, he says, don't desire to be masters. The greatest among us is the servant of all! Don't desire to be masters. Then, he goes on and says (Verse 2): "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, [this] is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."
Many of us are fighting different appetites that we would like to be free from. There are men in here that are battling pornography and you want to be free. There are people in here that are battling covetousness and you want to be free. There are people in here that are battling their physical appetites and you can't seem to control your body and you want to be free. If I'm reading this passage correctly, what helps put us on a course of living lives that are disciplined and lives that are orderly, instead of worrying about some of those other subjects, why don't we do this? Why don't we look at the tongue? Because he tells us here, if you can learn to control your tongue, you can control anything. That's a powerful statement, isn't it? It's an unruly member. He gives three little examples about the tongue and he said we put bits in the horses' mouths, and rudders for ships. And he said but realize verse 5: "…the tongue [though it's] a little member, [look what it can cause, the consequences of a tongue that is out of control.] …Behold [he says], how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" Just a spark! You know, every year they have the great fires out in southern California, up in the Sierras at times, just a spark and the devastation that it can cause.