September 2010 Devotion MP3

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Theme: No one but Jesus can tame the tongue, which is evil and full of poison.

I. Introduction

“Tonight we’re going to look at taming the tongue. We will be in James chapter 3, which explains how no one can tame their own tongue. We will see the root of the tongue’s true problem and how only Jesus can solve this problem. Open your Bibles to James 3:7-8, pew Bible page #855. 

“James 3:7-8  7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (NIV)

II. Body

A.  Verse 7-Taming the Animals

1. Elephants-lions-dolphins-dogs
2. We put hours of effort into taming/training animals.

Transition: “How much effort would it take to tame our tongues? How hard do we have to work to tame our tongue? Ultimately, the work would be for nothing because we can’t do it!”

B.  Verse 8–No One Can Tame the Tongue

1. No amount of effort can tame the tongue.
2. Why does the tongue need to be tamed?

a. Restless – unstable
b. Evil – harm, morally bad
c. Full – completely
d. Deadly – death bringing
e. Poison – venom (snake)

Transition: (Feel the weight of the harm the tongue can do? – gossip, slander, lying, self-boasting, accusation, blasphemy, flattery…)

C. The Root of the Tongue

1. What is the real problem? A mind of its own? Does it speak on its own?
2. Sinclair Ferguson, “The tongue is the hinge on which the door into our soul swings open in order to reveal our spirit. In effect, our words are like so many media people rushing to file their reports on the condition of our soul.”
3. The problem is a heart issue: Matthew 12:34b “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NIV)

D. How the Tongue is Tamed

1. How then, is the tongue tamed? It is not tamed by simply following Jesus as an example (2x) – until, you submit to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
2. 1 Peter 2:22:“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats… 24 He himself bore our sins in          his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.” (NIV)

Transition: The Christian is to pursue godliness. Here are some practical ways to do this for the tongue.

E. Applications for Taming the Tongue

1. God first.
2. Ask others.
3. Confession. (To God/others–gossip, slander, unknowingly) 4. Guard thoughts.
5. Daily prayer/Scripture reading.

III. Closing

Remember that only Jesus can tame your tongue by saving your soul. And be mindful of the practical things you can do to pursue godliness in this area.

Closing prayer: Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (NIV)

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The above article was posted on September 20, 2010 by Mark Lamprecht.
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