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Although the tongue is a little member of your body, it is very powerful:

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things, we offend all. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they are so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:1-8)

Through the tongue, your whole being can be defiled: Your mind, soul, and spirit. The tongue can never be tamed by man. Only when you yield your tongue to God can it be controlled. Like a ferocious animal, your tongue can never be left unguarded!

The Bible compares the tongue to:

A burning fire: Proverbs 16:27; James 3:5 A world of iniquity: James 3:6 A beast that needs taming: James 3:7-8 A fountain of either fresh or bitter water: James 3:11

A tree bearing either good or evil fruit: James 3:12

An unruly evil: James 3:8

Deadly poison: James 3:8 A sharp razor: Psalms 52:2 A sharp sword: Psalms 57:4; 59:7

A poisonous serpent: Psalms 140:3 A deep pit: Proverbs 22:14

As these scriptures reflect, the tongue can be an unrestrained force for evil. When brought under the control of the Holy Spirit, however, this powerful member of your body can be used for good--to speak forth God's Word of salvation, faith, healing, and deliverance.


My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.


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