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The Tongue – Part 2

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THE TONGUE PART 2

JAMES 3


Our Bible says a lot about all the wrong ways we can use our tongues. This list
sums up the major ways God says – “Don’t use your tongues for”: wickedness,
deceit, lying, perverseness, filthiness, corruption, bitterness, anger, craftiness,
flattery, slander, backbiting, gossip, blaspheming, foolishness, boasting,
murmuring, complaining, cursing, contention, sensuality, vileness, tale-bearing,
whispering and exaggerating. These are the 25 types of tongues named in the
Scriptures.
Is there any hope for taming this thing so dangerous? Yes, in the garden of lives
cultivated by God through His Word and in the power of His Spirit we find some
wonderful lives with transformed tongues. From the soil of failure and the rocks
of defeat under God’s care come beautiful and fragrant mouths of wholesome
and healing words.
There are many but we need to just concentrate on seven lives who bear the
marks of a tamed tongue.
1. ISAIAH THE DIRTY TONGUE: Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that King Uzziah
died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of
His robe filled the temple. 2. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six
wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with
two he flew. 3. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is
the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4. And the posts of
the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house
was filled with smoke. 5. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people
of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
NKJV
Cleansing: v. 6-7
Yielding: v. 8
Commissioning: v. 9-13
Wow, having trouble with an unclean mouth, dirty talk? Let God cleanse, let Him

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lead. Be God’s man or woman, boy or girl. His touch transforms. His cleansing
restores. His attention gives eternal worth.
2. MOSES THE COMPLAINING TONGUE: Exodus 4:1, 10, 13 Then Moses
answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my
voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” 10 Then
Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor
since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow
of tongue.” 13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of
whomever else You may send.” NKJV
That was a bad use of his mouth. But look at Exodus 5: 1-3, Afterward Moses
and Aaron went in an told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My
people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” 2 And Pharaoh
said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not
know the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the
Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” 3 So they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met
with us. Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to the
Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” NKJV
How did it all turn out? Look at Exodus 33:11, 13, 15. So the Lord spoke to
Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the
camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from
the tabernacle. 13 “Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight,
show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your
sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If
Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. NKJV
Do you struggle with fear and having second thoughts about following the Lord?
Do you keep thinking and saying you are unable to do it? Are you complaining
about how God made you and what He is doing in your life? The answer is
found in getting to know God! He can lift you above the mundane. The view
from the top of the high places of the earth God takes us to is incredible! Isaiah
58:14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on
the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” NKJV
3. PETER THE CURSING TONGUE:
Jesus warned him: Matthew 26:33-35 Peter answered and said to Him,
“Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to
stumble.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night,
before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35 Peter said to
Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all
the disciples. NKJV
Peter fell: Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard.
And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of
Galilee.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what

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you are saying.” 71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another
girl saw him and said to those who were there, This fellow also was with
Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know
the Man!” 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to
Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” 74
Then he began to curse and swear, saying I do not know the Man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of
Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me
three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. NKJV
Christ restored: John 21:15-17 So when they had eaten breakfast,
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more
than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He
said to him, Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time,
“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes Lord; You
know that I love You.” He said to Him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to
him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was
grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he
said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus
said to him, “Feed My sheep. NKJV
Peter transformed and used: Acts 2
Have you blown it? Have you fallen, crashed and burned? Christ can restore
and use you!
4. PAUL THE BLASPHEMING TONGUE: 1 Timothy 1:13 although I was
formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained
mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. NKJV
5. THE THIEF WITH THE RAILING TONGUE: Matthew 27:44 Even the
robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
NKJV
6. JAMES AND JOHN THE VENGEFUL TONGUES: Luke 9:53 But they did
not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do
You want us to command fire to come down from the heaven and
consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them,
and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 “For the
Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And
they went to another village. NKJV
What happened after Jesus got a hold of them? James laid down his life as a
martyr John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life
for his friends. NKJV John the Gospel of Love, I John the Epistle of Love.
7. THE MAN WITH THE DEMONS TONGUE: Mark 5:1-20 Then they came
to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when
He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs

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a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs;
and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 5 And always, night and
day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting
himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and
worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have
I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the most High God? I implore You by God
that You do not torment me.” 8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man,
unclean spirit!” 9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he
answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many. “15 Then they
came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and
had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were
afraid. 18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demonpossessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did
not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them
what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had
compassion on you.” 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in
Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. NKJV
THAT’S A TONGUE IN GOD’S SERVICE!
No matter what depths of sin we have gone to, Christ can save, Jesus can keep,
His blood can cleanse and Jesus will use you for His service!
So what can we do with these tongues?
1. SPEAK GOD’S WORD: Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not
depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you
may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will
make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. NKJV
2. CONFESS OUR SINS: Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silent, my bones grew
old through my groaning all the day long 5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions
to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah NKJV
3. SHARE WHAT GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE: Psalm 77:12 I will also
meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. NKJV
4. PRAISE GOD: Luke 1:64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his
tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. NKJV
5. CONFESS JESUS: Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth
the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the
dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
NKJV
6. SAY HEALTHY WORDS: Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed
out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may
impart grace to the hearers. NKJV
7. BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS: 1 Peter 3:9 not returning evil for evil or
reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were
called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. NKJV

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