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Taming The Tongue


Praise the Lord. Let's open our Bibles. I want to carry on where we were at and share with you, we're just talking
about the tongue. Stick it out, let someone have a look at it. Very dangerous [laughs] and we're talking about Taming
the Tongue, and where we're going to is this. Let me just say where we're leading towards, so we just know where
we're going, and this is where we're heading towards. We're doi ng a series, we're in the church on being under cover,
or positioning ourself under the authority of the Lord, in order that we can have authority to speak, and to begin to say
words that release the power of God to flow. So what we're doing now is just lo oking at this area of the tongue, and I
want to identify some of the diseases of the tongue, some of the ways we speak, and we often are not even aware of
it, and they are totally counter-productive to us being able to advance the kingdom of God.
So we're just over these two or three sessions getting you aware of the power of the tongue, of the power that God
has given to us to create with our tongue, and the impact of the words we speak. The Lord put something on my
heart for today that really quite impacted me, as I've thought about it and dwelt on it, and I know it's going to impact
you too, so let's just go back and just pick up where we were. We were sharing how God had spoken out of that verse
in Joshua, Chapter 3, Verse 5; Sanctify yourselves, for tom orrow the Lord will work wonders among you. God has
been speaking about getting our lives in order so that we can come to another level in Him, so we're looking at the
tongue and in James, Chapter 3 it says this. It says Verse 2, we all stumble in many thi ngs, and if anyone does not
stumble in word, he is a perfect man. That's not bad - and able to bridle the whole body. So if you can control your
tongue, you can control every part of your life. Indeed, we put a bit in a horse's mouth, that they may obey us , and we
turn the whole body. Look also at ships, although they are so large and driven by very fierce winds, they are turned
by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires it to go. Even so the tongue.
So notice what it's telling here, that the tongue is like a bridle on a horse. I remember one time when Joy had a go on
a horse in Dannevirke. It was a great experience, and it was a spectacular experience, because she couldn't keep her
feet in the stirrups, and didn't get the bridle in the horse's mouth properly, so the horse just got the bit between the
teeth, and anyone who's ridden a horse knows if you haven't got the bridle in the right spot so you can pull on the
mouth, you can't stop it, you can't steer it. You just are in for a ride of your life, and Joy had the ride of her life, and
she couldn't do anything because she had no power to get the bridle into the back of the mouth to control the horse. If
you want to steer a huge horse, you've only got to get the bridle in the mouth. You control the mo uth, you steer the
horse. Same with a ship; you can control the rudder, you steer the big ship. No matter how big it is the rudder will
determine it's direction.
So the Bible uses these two things, a bridle for a horse, and a rudder for a ship, so the tongue for your life. Bridle for
a horse, turns it. Rudder for a ship, turns it. So the tongue turns your life. You want to turn your life? Talk differently.
Talk differently, if you want to turn your life, so we want to pick up a few things. I want to just go back to where I was,
because there's something new I want to share today, about the tongue. In Proverbs 18:21, the Bible says death and
life are in the power of the tongue, so there is power in your words. Notice, death and life are in the power of the
tongue, so your tongue has power. It's not just some empty little thing. It's not like your hands or anything else. There
is power in the words we speak to shape atmospheres. There's power in the words we speak to create an
environment. There's power in the words we speak to build relationships. Our words have power, they have an ability.
When you think how God created, He didn't create by waving His hand.
When you read the Bible, it doesn't say that the spirit of God was moving and God waved His hand - Boof! Then
something happened! It says He spoke words, so creation, or creativity, and particularly creative miracles of God, are
all released by words. What you didn't pick up there was that I actually spoke creatively. I said to the Pastor, when
you step up on the lectern and read the Bible, you will not be able to stand. See, they didn't put it in the clip, but I
spoke what I felt God showed me would happen. When we came into the meeting I got a vision and saw seven
walking sticks leaning against a wall, and I spoke out that today God is going to set seven people free of walking
sticks, and I immediately without any warning in the meeting just got everyone with a walking stick to come up. There
were seven people, and so what you saw was an excerpt of seven peo ple leaving their walking sticks behind. But you
understand a word had to be spoken when the presence of God was there, so words are very powerful. They affect
our future, they affect our lives.
Here's how important it is. We saw last week in Joshua, when they were doing their first battle against Jericho,
Joshua said be silent, don't utter a word for the six days, because it would be so easy for them to undo the creative
miracle God was about to do by speaking negatively and critically. You imagine marchin g around a huge city for
seven days, imagine what must have gone through people's minds about this military strategy, but they were
forbidden to give utterance to any word. If you read in the New Testament, interesting, now that was the beginning of
the possession of God's promises. Now get this - in the New Testament when God was about to birth Jesus, he
raised up a forerunner, John the Baptist, and when the angel appeared to John the Baptist's father Zachariah, he
didn't believe and he was struck dumb. He wasn't able to speak a word negatively against what God was about to do.
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