THE POWER OF THE TONGUE 5/11/08
WORD O’ GRAM: WHAT I SPEAK
How do I
creating life or death in
of my tongue?
my words where I want to go.
horse by its bit.
ship by its rudder.
the course of my body
through my mouth,
fruit of what is sown.
Out of the abundance of my heart, I speak many
words. What I say has the power to defile my temple or
bless it. My words set the natural course of my body
towards fiery death or abundant life. My words can set
my health towards the destructive fire of the demonic.
My words will justify me or condemn me. My words can
bring sweetness to my soul and health to my bones. What
do I want to say today?
Prov 18:20-21 NKJV
A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of
his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be
filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
James 3:12 NKJV
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers,
knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For
we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not
stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to
bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in
horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their
whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are
so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned
by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And
the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue
is so set among our members that it defiles the whole
body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is
set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and
bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and
has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the
tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9
With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we
curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a
spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same
opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or
a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt
water and fresh.
Matt 12:36-37 NKJV
But I say to you that for every idle word men may
speak, they will give account of it in the day of
judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and
by your words you will be condemned."
NT:692 argos (ar-gos'); from NT:1 (as a negative
particle) and NT:2041; inactive, i.e. unemployed; (by
implication) lazy, useless:
KJV - barren, idle, slow.
NT:3056 logos (log'-os); from NT:3004; something said
(including the thought); by implication a topic (subject
of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or
motive; by extension, a computation; specifically (with
the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e.
KJV - account, cause, communication, concerning,
doctrine, fame, have to do, intent, matter, mouth,
preaching, question, reason, reckon, remove, say (-ing),
shew, speaker, speech, talk, thing, none of these things
move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
NT:2920 krisis (kree'-sis); decision (subjectively or
objectively, for or against); by extension, a tribunal;
by implication, justice (especially, divine law):
KJV - accustion, condemnation, damnation, judgment.
NT:1344 dikaioo (dik-ah-yo'-o); from NT:1342; to render
(i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent:
KJV - free, justify (-ier), be righteous.
NT:2613 katadikazo (kat-ad-ik-ad'-zo); from NT:2596 and
a derivative of NT:1349; to adjudge against, i.e.
KJV - condemn.
Proverbs 16:24 NKJV
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the
soul and health to the bones.
Matt 12:34-35 NKJV
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
Prov 10:20-21 NKJV
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The
heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the
righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.
Prov 18:4 NKJV
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The
wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Eph 4:29-32 NKJV
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but
what is good for necessary edification, that it may
impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the
Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day
of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,
clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all
malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave
Col 4:5-6 NKJV
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with
salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each