Faith walk: Our words

Pastor Bill Register
Posted 2/20/19

One of the greatest challenges that you and I face every day is explained in the book of the Bible written by James. He said:

“… the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. …

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Faith walk: Our words

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One of the greatest challenges that you and I face every day is explained in the book of the Bible written by James. He said:

“… the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. 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 he entire course of life and set on fire by hell.” – James 1:5-6

This is a very strong statement about the power of spoken words. Words can be a tool of great blessing and they can be a weapon of great destruction. I am referring to the words that you speak – and the words that I speak.

Gossip, which is really character assassination, is one of the most insidious and deceptive ways that Satan uses to destroy personal spirituality. Somewhere, a long time ago, I read this quote about gossip:

“If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.”

James also said, “The tongue (our words) 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. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (verses 8-10)

It is a great spiritual challenge to control the words you speak. In your words there is the power to build or destroy. There is the power of faith or unbelief. And you cannot really have both. You cannot speak true words of faith, victory and spiritual power in one conversation and then switch to gossip, criticism, accusations and personal attacks in the next.

Words matter. They matter because they declare and support truth or they defame and destroy with lies. One path of conversation will build you in faith; the other will defeat you in unbelief.

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