Taming the Tongue – Part 1

28 October 07



1.      Introduction:

·   Joshua 3:5  -  “Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you”.

·   People of God positioned to receive their promised inheritance.

·   God requires hem “sanctify yourselves” – prepare heart/life so positioned to receive.

·   Sanctify = 6942 = to prepare, dedicate, set apart.

·   One area must face:  Tongue – negativity.

·   Ephesians 4:29  -  No corrupt communication – do not grieve the Holy Spirit.

·   Corrupt = 4550 = rotten, corrupted by age, no longer fit for use.

·   Words we speak impact relationships and impact presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

·   Grieve = 3076 = to make sorrowful, affect with sadness, put into sorrow.


2.      The Power of your Words:

·   The words we agree with in our heart and the words we speak shape our present and create our future.

·   Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit”.

·   Words we speak can impart death to ourselves and others or impart life.

·   Words we speak:

i)  Reveal who we are                                               - Matthew 12:34

ii) Flow out from what is in the heart                       - Matthew 12:30

iii) Shape and create our environment      - Proverbs 18:21

-          atmosphere

-          relationships

·   Words have a ‘spirit quality’ that shapes our world.

-    ‘Angry words’ – fill the atmosphere with ‘tension’ – the demonic present.

-    ‘Encouraging words’ impart life to ourselves and others.

·   “Fruit” = the consequence of the “word seeds” we have sown.


3.      Bible Pictures of Negative Words:

i)        Words are like cancer/gangrene:

·         2 Timothy 2:17  -  “…their word does eat like a cancer…”

·         Cancer is like a deadly cell that spreads and invades the body destroying it.

·         Gangrene – dead flesh that spreads and kills without amputation.


ii)       Words are like rust:

·         James 3:8  - “ The tongue no man can tame – it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison”.

·         Poison = 2447 = Rust

·         Words can eat out and destroy relationships like rust eats out metal.

iii)     Words are like snake venom:

·         James 3:8  -  “But the tongue no man can tame, it is an unruly evil full of deadly poison”.

·         Poison = 2447 = snake venom.

·         Snake venom:

i)        Paralyses the nervous system leading to suffocation.

ii)       Kills tissue and spreads through the body like gangrene.

·         Deadly =  2287 = deathbearing.


iv)    Words are like fire:

·         James 3:5-6  -  “…the tongue is a fire …and it is set on fire by hell”.

·         A very small fire can cause destruction of unstable areas of property, endanger and destroys lives.

·         The tongue sets on fire “the course of nature” i.e. an career, life course.

·         The tongue is set on fire by hell = a spiritual power.


v)     Words are like arrows:

·         Psalm 64:3  -  “… their tongues like a sword and bend their bows and shoot their arrows, even bitter words”.

·         Arrows penetrate a person’s body destroying organs, poisoning.

·         Words spoken can penetrate and wound like an arrow.

·         Even words spoken in humor can be like arrows – Proverbs 26:18.


vi)    Words are like wounds:

·         Proverbs 18:8  -  “The words of a tale bearer are as wounds, they go into the innermost parts of the belly”.

·         Words spoken can deeply wound people – impact their spirit.

·         Wound = 3859 = to burn, cause bitter irritation.

                                    Root – Latin = little snake, festering sore.


4.      Words Shape and Create our Destiny:

·         James 3:3-5  -  “the tongue – like a horses bridle , a ships rudder.

-    the tongue can direct life like a horse’s bridle or a ship’s rudder.

-    By agreeing and speaking we release:

i)        Spirit of God

ii)       Demons


a)    Agreement:

·         Agree = to give consent to, harmonize with, come into one mind with.

·         E.g. Genesis 3:1-5  -  “Eve came into agreement with devils words.

·         E.g. 2 Samuel 15:3-4/11 -  People came into agreement with Absolom’s words.

·         The words they agreed with => actions => destiny.

·         What words are you coming into agreement with?

·         E.g. Words of rejection / shame / fear / self-pity / unbelief?

E.g. Words of criticism / gossip? 

b)    Speaking:

·         To utter aloud what is in our heart.

·         Numbers 13:30-32  -  Israel / Caleb spoke words.

·         Numbers 14:26-28  -  The words they spoke determines their future.

·         Genesis 17:5  -  Abraham – ‘Your name shall be Abraham’, father of nations.

God put before Abraham a vision of his descendants – sand, stars.

Everybody spoke his name, they spoke his destiny.

·         The words we agree with and speak shape or present and determine our future.