The Tongue

The Untamable Tongue

James 3:8 “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” [NKJV]

In the book of James chapter 3 verses 1-12 the author  writes about the tongue and gives practical instructions about what a person says, and the words that they use.

A person should always try to use wisdom with their words and speech. Once words have been said, they cannot be taken back. What is said can be encouraging, comforting and supportive or, can do damage that can be irreversible.  

The tongue is one of the smallest members of our bodies but has enormous power and if allowed, it will take full control of what is said or done.

James chapter 3 gives several descriptions about the tongue:

Vs 3 compares the tongue as bits that guides horses

Vs 4 compares the tongue as a rudder on large ships

Vs 5 describes the tongue as a little member that boasts great things

Vs 6 describes the tongue as a small fire that can be the cause of a great fire

Vs 6 also describes the tongue as a world of iniquity that can defile the whole body

Vs 8 the tongue is untamable and full of deadly poison

Vs 9 with the same tongue blessings and curses proceed out of the mouth

James chapter 1:19 “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”

Paying close attention to what is being said helps with slowing down an angry response.

James chapter 1:26 “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but decides his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”

We can’t always respond with the first thing that comes to our mind.

James chapter 4:11 “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law.”

Words spoken about someone should be positive and uplifting.

Colossians 4:6”Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

In our daily conversation with others, the words that are used should be holy, courteous, desirable, full of wisdom and respectful. The words that are used should not only honor God, but also be encouraging to others that are around us that can hear what is being said.

Proverbs 15:1-2 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Vs.2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” [NKJV]

Father in heaven, may our speech and the words are said out of our mouths, always magnify and glorify You and Your kingdom, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service Rev

The Name of Jesus

The name that is above every other name

Jesus

Philippians 2:9-11 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (KJV)

Poverty                  High blood pressure                 Cancer   

Tuberculosis             Arthritis        Heart disease                  

High cholesterol        Diabetes       Gout       Drug addiction

Alcoholism      Mental illness    Eating disorder  

Pneumonia        Influenza        Depression    PTSD                          

Anxiety         Glaucoma           Eczema          Heart disease

 Kidney failure   Alzheimer’s     Dementia  Rheumatoid  Arthritis    

HIV          AIDS          Suicide       Parkinson Disease                

Stroke   Cerebral Palsy        Hypertension   Autism

Multiple Sclerosis   Abortion     Lupus   Gun Violence  

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

John 14:13  “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”

Luke 10:17 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

Jeremiah 10:6 “There is none like you, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is great in might.”

Acts 3:6 “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

John 1:29 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Lord Jesus, we take full authority over sickness, disease and anything that is not like you, we cast it out of our lives and send it back to the sender…By your stripes we are healed…in the name of Jesus we call those things that be not as though they were…and stand on your word that all of your promises are yes and Amen.   

Continuing in His service…Rev      

Messianic Prophecy

Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament that prophesied about the coming Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Many have said that the book of Isaiah contains more references to the coming Messiah than any other book in the Bible. It has been considered to be a major prophetic book in the Old Testament.

Isaiah 9:6 is one of many “Messianic prophecies” that not only tells of the Messiah coming, but describes who He is and what He will do:  

A Son is given (Emanuel)…..He came as a Gift

He has a responsibility…Government

Has several names:

Wonderful….excellent / great

Counselor….someone who gives guidance, teaches or gives encouragement / having supernatural wisdom

Mighty….possessing great power and strength

God….the great “I AM” being everything

Everlasting….eternal, never ending, lasting for ever

Father….having the nature of protecting / providing

Prince of peace….ruling with dignity and authority

The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament Messianic Prophecy in several of the New Testament books:

Born in Bethlehem [Mica 5:2, Matthew 2:1]

Anointed by the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 11:2, Matthew 3:16-17]

Ministered in Galilee [Isaiah 9:1, Matthew 4:12-16]

Rejected by Jews [Psalm 118:22, 1st Peter 2:7]

Betrayed by a friend [Psalm 41:9; John 13:18]

Rose from the dead [Psalm 16:10, Mark 16:6]

“Father in heaven, thank you for the fulfillment of the messianic prophecy that prophesied the coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…Amen”

Continuing in His service…Rev

Your Comfort Zone

Your Comfort Zone

Image result for picture of a comfort zone

Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

A comfort zone can be a situation in which you feel no threats of harm or danger, and when your ability or determination is not being tested.

comfort zone can also be an area where you don’t have to try anything difficult or new, because you like things just the way that they are at the present time.

Many times a person can be living in a comfort zone unintentionally, and feel that there will be a risk in moving out of that comfort zone to unfamiliar or untested areas. Change does not come easy for many people and there are basically two ways to move out of a comfort zone:

1. A decision is made on your own to make a change.

2. God calls upon you to take a step of faith and trust Him.

In Abram’s situation, God calls upon him to “get out” of the comfort zone that he was in. There are several other things that have to be taken into consideration with Abram leaving his comfort zone.

First God gives Abram clear directions and instructions;

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”

Second God makes several promises to Abram;

A promise of increase.

“I will make you a great nation”

A promise to become well known.

“I will bless you And make your name great”

Then God gives Abram A prophecy;

“And you shall be a blessing”

God continues to speak into Abram’s life with additional promises;

“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

The only way that Abram would receive what God had for him was for Abram to obey God, and that meant getting out of his comfort zone, and having faith that God would do what He said He would do.

As I stated earlier is this blog, there will be times when a decision has to made on our own to get out of our comfort zone. The pandemic of COVID-19 has not only disrupted the routine of a person’s daily life, COVID-19 has also caused people to have to make the decision to get out of their comfort zone.

Social distancing, quarantine and mass shut in, are just a few of the adjustments that will had to be made once a person has gotten out of their comfort zone. This is a time when our faith in God can be put to the test. Once we are out of our comfort zone, will we walk by faith, or what we see?

“Father in heaven, You did not bring us this far to leave us. We pray that You will continue to lead and guide Your people with making any adjustment that have to be made being out of our comfort zone. We give You the praise, the glory and the honor in Jesus name…Amen!”

Continuing in His service…Rev