Posted in Living in Today's World, Security in Jesus, The Power of the Holy Spirit, Trusting God

W-O-R-D-S

Ecclesiastes 11: 12  ” The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;”

Proverbs 16:24 ” Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

Psalm 36: 1-3 ” To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.  For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.”

Psalm 94:12-22: ” Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked.  For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.  But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it.  Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.  If I say, ‘ My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.  In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.  Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You?  They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood. But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge”

Yes, the tongue is unruly… very much able to tear down a person’s integrity; however… when we ask our Heavenly Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to help us bridle the tongue… He does so by the power of the Holy Spirit.  A lifelong lesson for many, one I am constantly reminded of and chastened for;  as I am learning to talk less and listen more— Praise be to my Father and Lord Jesus!

I pray this video and the song will be a blessing to all.  ♥ Streim

Posted in Lessons from the Holy Bible, Living in Today's World, Seeking Truth?

The Taming of the Tongue!?

All of  Paul’s epistles were written to churches in the form of theological letters.  Many of the new churches strayed from the “pure teachings of the true Gospel” for whatever reason.  An example is the church at Corinth.  Paul received a letter from the leaders of that church because some members were erring from the ways of righteousness!  Arguing over how to practice the Lord’s Supper, suing one another and even sexual/carnal problems.

James writings are for the practical purposes of everyday living.  Most Bible scholars believe this James is the brother of Jesus.  The main emphasis of his writing is to point out that saving faith needs to result in changed behavior!

Taming the Tongue!?  James 3 (ESV)

1) Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

2) For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

3) If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

4) Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

5)  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

6)  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

7) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,

8) but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9) With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

10) From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.

11) Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

12) Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

WOW!!!  Those are some harsh words!  So what or how can we tame the tongue?  It’s full of poison and is a restless evil!  Simply James says ” but NO human being can tame his tongue…”  But wait, the rest of the chapter gives us the hope we need and how we are to know what to speak, where to speak, when to speak and how!  We are to seek wisdom from above!!

13)  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

14) But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

15 ) This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

You want to know how to tame that tongue??  Here’s your answer

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Getting rid of the sour, proud, hurtful, ungodly and vile words spoken from our mouths is to fill our hearts with God’s Wisdom.  Where do we get that from?  The Holy Word~~quiet alone time with Him in prayer~~fellowship with other believers who love of our Lord Jesus as much as we do~~and

Asking the Lord, for it His will!

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Psalm 51:6 “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
Psalm 111: 10 ” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
Proverbs 2: 6 ” For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; “
Proverbs 15:33 ” The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor “
Proverbs 18:4 ” The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. “