The tongue is a powerful force, but through the power of the Holy Spirit and the application of principles from God's Word it can be controlled. During the next few days we will meditate on scriptural principles to control your mouth. Here are the first three:
Get your heart right with God:
The first step in gaining victory over the tongue is to get your heart right with God because...
... those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; These are the things which defile a man... (Matthew 15:18-20)
Your mouth will speak what is in your heart. If your heart is not right, your tongue will reveal it. Take the first step in using your tongue properly by getting your heart right with God:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
Recognize your responsibility:
Recognize that you will be held responsible for the words that come out of your mouth:
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant... (Luke 19:22)
Keep your words few and simple:
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Matthew 5:37)
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.