Words of Destruction

February 18, 2013

James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Words of Destruction

Perhaps no other author in the Bible addresses the tongue quite like James does. He sees in this small member of the body, the ability not only to do great good, but also great harm. In this scripture he basically says, “it doesn’t matter how religious or spiritual you think you are, if you don’t have control of your tongue and what comes out of your mouth, your religion is worthless.”
That word worthless means vain, useless, devoid of force, truth, success and result. In other words, if you want your words to be effective and powerful, you can’t spout off everything the pops into your head or erupts out of your emotion. It is a member that needs self-control.
James addresses the tongue further in James 3:22-12.
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
A tongue left to its own devices can be a very destructive member. It is like putting a sharp sword in the hand of a man that has no regard for life and has no conscience as to who he wounds and kills. It is a primary communicator of what is in a man’s heart, for the Word says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
The tongue is a two edged sword that can cut on one side, but can bring healing from the other. Proverbs 18:21, the Living Translations says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
I have seen examples in life where people could be so Christian in their words of praise and exhortation, they could teach and preach the Word, but if you dare offend them, out of that same mouth could come venom and curses that would send you to hell. You see it is usually in our offenses that the control of our tongue is best tested. Can we still speak life when we have been wounded or threatened? When the Holy Spirit still has control of our tongue, even in the most adverse circumstances then we’ll know that it is an instrument of life and not of death and God has the reigns.

Blessings,
kent

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Experience versus Knowledge

December 12, 2012

Romans 15:18
For I will not dare to speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed,

Experience versus Knowledge

The apostle Paul makes this declaration from Romans 15:18, ” For I will not dare to speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed.”
Paul was a very intellectual man. He knew the Word as far a being well versed in the letter of the law, but since his conversion from Judaism and being a Pharisee, he came to the revelation that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). He realized that all of that knowledge that he had acquired hadn’t led him to life, but death. After he came to know Christ, he came to the realization that the Word of God is a two edged sword. One side produces life, the other death and yet it is the same Word. It is like a surgeon’s scalpel, it could easily cut through arteries and kill a person, but used in the hand of a skillful surgeon that same blade can work to save, heal and bring life.
That is how God’s word is in us. If we are only full of a lot head knowledge or lofty revelations, no matter how true, and then use and flaunt that to show everyone how spiritual we are; it only produces pride and does not bring forth life.
In 1 Corinthians 8:1 Paul says, “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Love will use the knowledge that the Spirit has quickened and made real to us to produce life in others. It won’t be to show how smart and spiritual we are, but to put tools in the hands of others that can help them grow in the Spirit and overcome in life’s trials and adversities.
Paul gives us a principle here if we can hear it. The best things that we can share are those things that we have seen worked out and seasoned in us through life experience. It is not what we know in our heads, but what we have seen the reality of by walking in faith concerning those truths. The strongest voice, is the voice of experience.
In our inexperience, we all like to take the truths and revelations that we have received and run with them. We want to share them with everyone that will listen. There is a time and season to share the things that we know, but Paul says, “I will not dare speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me” and to what end? “For the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed.” In other words for life giving purposes I will share only those things that God has made real in my life. I have proven them, by walking them out. I don’t just know them in my head, but I know the reality and substance of them through life experience and being led by the Spirit.
Knowing the Word, is not knowing how to regurgitate what someone else has taught us, but by allowing it to marinate in our life and heart till it becomes substance in us, then we can best share it with others. It is not any longer what was spoken to us, but what has now become a part of us through life experience and walking it out.
We live in a society of very educated Christians as far as knowledge of the Word is concerned, but it is not what we know in our head that give us wisdom and character. It is that which we walk out in daily life and living. It is not the knowledge of the Word that makes us godly, it is the application of the Word in real life situations that gives us a right to speak out of what we know, not intellectual, but inwardly in our hearts and lives. That is the same way we have to know Christ. Someone can know all about Christ, who He was, where He came from, what He did and how to become a Christian, but until that becomes a living reality in their heart through faith, it is only head knowledge and vanity. I know lots of people, but the one I know best is my wife. We have more than just an intellectual exchange or knowledge of one another. We have an intimate knowing exchange on every level of our lives. When I speak to you about my wife, I am speaking from a place of intimate knowledge and relationship with her. That is the same way it has to be with Christ in us. That is the same place we must speak and move out of; that intimate personal knowledge of Christ. That is the knowledge that will change people’s lives and help them grow up into Christ.

Blessings,
kent

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