( James1:26, 3:1-13, Psalms 34:13, Isaiah 54:17, Proverbs 15:4, Matthew 12:36)
It has the power to spring out good and bad. However, not on its own. It is powerful. It can build or demolish. Yet, as powerful as it is, it can never do anything on it own. It is a weapon. It can build life. It can destroy life. It does not do it on its own, it does it at the order of the person wielding it. Your victory and mine are not achieved without the help of this wonderful weapon. It is indeed a weapon but we really do not pay attention to it. We do less to tame it. We do less to caution it. We do less to master it.
Most times when the enemies attack, as potent and deadly as this weapon is, instead of using it against our enemies we use it against ourselves. Some family members use this against one another. The wife uses it to destroy her husband and his endeavours. The husband also exercise his authority with this weapon on his wife (forgetting she is the other half that makes him complete and fully useful). They compete not in blessing each other but in using this weapon against each other for hindrance, stumbling and destruction. Many parents have destroyed many of their children with this weapon. The same thing has being taught and passed over to the children.
(Proverbs 18:21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof
(Proverbs 15:2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
This weapon is our tongue. It is housed in the mouth. It works with the lips and the teeth. With its two major accomplices, they have destroyed lives and provoked God. When the lips open they do so to unleash this potent and deadly weapon. When the Bible says, “as you say it so be it”, it is this weapon in action. Our Lord honours what we say by bringing it to fulfilment. The host of heaven awaits the verdicts coming from our lips, whichever our tongue so moulded. Even enemies know how potent and deadly it is. While one uses it carelessly, the enemies keep on tempting, manipulating and frustrating the person for the purpose of misusing this weapon more.
The Bible was not careless with word when it likened the tongue to a steering. Yes, only our God, our creator knows the mightiness of the authority He must have inputted into it. This tongue has being used to steer mighty men and women. Up till now it still works as an effective steering for all. As the tongue is a potent and deadly weapon, so also it is a potent steering. Those who know and master their tongues use it not only on themselves but to also steer(drive) people to their path, to do their bidding. They use it to control not only themselves but other innocent souls and lives. The wise one use it carefully before God (to praise and pray) and the simple use it to accuse, judge and condemn God and His works.
(Matthew 12:36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
The Bible says we will give account of all we use our mouth (the tongue and its accomplices) for. Be it good or bad. For our good or other’s good. Against ourselves or others. For God or against God.
Please, do not let us forget, God awaits you to say it and then He does it.
(Psalms 34:13, 1 Peter 3:10) Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Proverbs 15:4a) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life
Keep your tongue from anything and everything evil, and keep your lips from speaking lie and deceit. If we can bridle and use our tongue for good as the word of God has encouraged us, then it will be a tree of life.
BRIDLE YOUR TONGUE
Do not use it:
1) to accuse, judge or condemn God or God’s works
2) to accuse or destroy innocent souls or judge anyone.
3) against yourselves or your good efforts and works.
1) to praise God, talk about His awesome glory, His righteousness and all His goodness.
2) wielding it against your enemy (the devil), His works and agents.
3) for your good; to decree your blessings(bless yourself), to deliver yourselves and to set yourself free.
4) for the good of other people.
Let us teach our children and loved ones these things also.
Please remember what God has for you in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
You are blessed in Jesus name.
1) Lord Jesus, forgive me for the works of destruction I have used my tongue for.
2) Holy Spirit, sanctify my tongue and that of my loved ones, in Jesus name.
3) Father give me the tongue of the wise and learned, in Jesus name.
4) By mercy oh Lord, anoint my tongue and lips with grace and favour, in Jesus name.
5) In Jesus name, my tongue is a tree of life(Proverbs 15:4a).