What power fuels my words — the Spirit or evil?
Spirit-filled words provide the power and wisdom to harness the tongue. The Bible says, “No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).
Self-effort can’t tame the tongue. Neither can good intentions. We need the power of God. And we have it!
Ephesians 5:17-20 commands us to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Our words reveal who controls our heart. A life filled with the Holy Spirit pours out blessing and thanksgiving. Spirit-filledlips make sweet music, instead of noisy gongs.
Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil” (Matthew 12:34-35).
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Present your tongue to God as an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13). Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit. Practice offering Him praise and thanksgiving (Psalm 34:1) and watch God infuse your tongue with life-giving power.
Spirit-filled lips bless God and people. Submit your heart to God and hand Him the reins to your tongue.
The Scripture says a tongue not under the control of the Holy Spirit is a restless evil set on fire by hell and controlled by the evil one (James 3:6).
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. … It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:6, 8 NIV).
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. And I say to you that every careless word what men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified, and by you words you shall be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37 NASB).
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them” (Matthew 15:18 NIV).
“You let your mouth say anything evil.Your tongue plans deceit.You sit and talk against your own brother. You slander your own mother’s son. When you did these things, I remained silent. That made you think I was like you. I will argue my point with you and lay it all out for you to see” (Psalms 50:19-21).
I have a precious friend who radiates Jesus. She has blessed me in many ways with her prayers, encouragement, and insights from her walk with God. But she’ll tell you she used to have a “potty mouth.” When she gave her heart to Jesus, He transformed not only her heart but also her tongue.
The tongue is small but powerful. Unbridled it dispenses deadly poison. Bridled by the Holy Spirit it blesses, refreshes, and gives life. Is your tongue heaven’s tool or hell’s weapon? Give your heart and tongue to Jesus today.
“Take control of what I say, O Lord,and guard my lips” (Psalm 141:3).
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Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps people live in God’s grace so they can enjoy fruitful and full lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, is to be released February 2020. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit ministry offering counseling, life and relationship coaching, and Bible studies. She is an AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) certified speaking and writing coach. Debbie enjoys a good mystery, dark chocolate, and the antics of her two standard poodles. Share her journey to refreshing faith at debbieWwilson.com.