James 1:26 ERV; You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless.
I’ve met some pretty awesome people in my life. People of faith, men and women who are pretty anointed when they stand to lead worship or preach a message, yet I’ve heard them say things and wondered, wow, what are you doing? You lead my example and that’s not what the Word says. I know it’s easier to see and hear the wrong in others more than yourself, I also realize I am far from perfect. I’ve said some things and thought afterwards, “Yeah, you probably shouldn’t have said that!” James 3:1 says it like this; “My brothers and sisters, not many of you should be teachers. I say this because, as you know, we who teach will be judged more strictly than others.”
If your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Wonder why you’re not seeing results from your prayers, check your tongue. If you’re sick, stop saying you’re sick. You have a choice to believe the Word or your symptoms. You may feel awful, but begin to take communion, remembering the body of Christ who took all your sickness and disease and the blood that paid the price for sickness and disease. Be fully persuaded, Paul said, that the Word of God is true. If you can learn to put more trust in the unseen than the seen, you will get whatever you ‘say’ (Mark 11:24).
It’s time to work on this small instrument in our mouth that causes us so much trouble. Learn to speak as Jesus did; He only said what the Father said. If you know the Word (truth) it makes you free. The only time Jesus was angry or spoke harshly, it was to the religious folk, to the rest, he taught them and went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil and his deception. The problem most of us face today is that we don’t know the Words of our Father.
James 1:6-8 says this; “When you ask for something, don’t have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can’t make up his mind about anything.”
Believe or don’t believe, but take control of your mind, keep it in the Word and on His promises. Sometimes you have to put blinders on so you’re not distracted by things around you. Sometimes you have to stay away from people who are ‘just concerned’ about you. They only want to hear all about your problems so they can give their opinion on the matter. The only opinion you need is God’s! Stop ‘sharing’! If you need to be encouraged in the Word, listen to some faith filled Word preachers or teachers on TV. Take notes. Ask the Lord to show you things that need to change in you so that you can stop being double minded.
Father, I ask that you lead and direct me into all truth. That you would sift out the bad that the good would remain. I want to create an atmosphere where faith will work in and through me. I want my shadow to heal the sick just as it did with the disciples after the Holy Spirit was poured out. You said we would do greater works, so prepare us for that day. We want to display your light, the light of your glory. May we keep our lamps trimmed and burning, filled with the fresh oil of your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen