Words To The Body of Christ
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
George and Jeannie Kirkpatrick, Authors
and the Harvest Team at New Foundations Ministries
an audio clip by George Kirkpatrick
A Clean Tongue
by Keith Huff
James tells us that “if any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain,” James 1:26 . This is a strong statement from James. Our religion can be worthless if we don't hold in check or restrain our tongue.
Jesus said “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment,” Matthew 12:36. We must hold in check, restrain, and guard our words that we speak. Our tongue can offend, hurt, put down, lie, speak doubt, and be filthy. The Lord hears our tongue 24 / 7. We will have to give an account for every idle word in the day of judgment.
The prophet Isaiah came into the very presence of God. When he did, he could only say “....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 mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts,” Isaiah 6:5. Isaiah had deceived his own heart and thought himself to be a religious man, but the presence of the Lord of Hosts had shown him his unclean tongue, and that he was fellowshipping with other people that also had an unclean tongue.
We need to be like Isaiah and REPENT and acknowledge our tongue. When we do this, then the Lord can cleanse our unclean lips. We can see this in the next few verses of Isaiah 6.
“Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Isaiah 6:6-7
Isaiah's lips were cleansed only AFTER he acknowledged that he had unclean lips. Only the Lord's live coal can cleanse our lips. We need the fire of God to convict us of our speech. Only then will we be able to submit ourselves to his cleansing fire. Then, and only then, will the Lord be able to send us to speak to his people.
James tells us that “...the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity": so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell,” James 3:6 .
Many use their tongue of fire that comes from hell to offend, boast, put down, hurt, and condemn the body of Christ. This has hurt many of God's people. We must seek the Fire of God and ask Him to cleanse and heal our tongue, and those whom we have hurt. Then the Lord's live coal touching our lips will not defile and destroy the body of Christ.
“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2
So many times we let our tongue offend. This can cause those we offend to stumble and fall. We also hurt and destroy and start fires among our brothers' and sisters' in the Lord. James tells us “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,” James 3:8.
The only one that can tame our tongue is Christ Jesus our Lord. If we let Him touch our tongue then we will not offend in word. Let the following verse be our prayer.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Related Books by George Kirkpatrick: The Mouth of the Prophet
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