Key Passage: James 3: 1-12
Key Text: James 3:5 – “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things”
Words are powerful. I know you have heard this many times. It almost sounds like a cliché. Something to be ignored. But this is a most profound statement. Words have the power to release life and words can cause death. With the right words a person can be motivated to exceed their personal ambitions and capacity and with carefully weighted insidious words a person could be driven to the point of despair and hopelessness that they may even take their lives. Don’t tell me words are not powerful.
Words are powerful. God created the heavens and the earth by His words. He upholds all things in His creation by His powerful word. If God withdrew His word, the whole of creation will cease to exist. It is interesting that science discovered that we are made up of words or letters known as the DNA. A cryptic combination of words that makes up humans. Words are powerful. God so believes in His word, that when He chose to redeem mankind, He sent His Word. He even exalts above His name His Word.
Words are powerful. The bible teaches that the organ of words, which is the tongue, is a little member and boasts great things. Consider this passage for a moment:
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
Words are like magnets. They are the magnets of the spirit. They pull the invisible towards us. Words can attract and pull what is in the spiritual real to us. So what you say invariably comes to you.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
If words are so powerful, should we then really not be more careful what we say? Words are spiritual. They carry latent and potent power. They can shape your day, your week, month, year and your life. Words can change your direction, open doors for you and make your life a delight. Words can make your spouse better, your children great, you employees excellent. But not just any words. If you want God’s best in your life, then you must learn to speak God’s word. You must declare His truth regardless of what your senses tells you. His word is omnipotent. His word is life. His word will not return to Him unaccomplished. His word will change what seems unchangeable to men. His word is.
So start saying the right things today and watch your life change for the better.
Let’s pray: Father God, please help me to control what I say and please inspire me to speak the right things in accordance with your word, in Jesus name. Amen.