Could I convince you to swallow just a tiny drop of poison?
What if I sprinkled it on top of your favorite dessert, would you take a bite?
One thing is for sure…
You and I both would cringe and quickly push it away from us. Small drop or not, we know it’s enough to contaminate our whole body and make us sick.
Did you know we have something in our body that’s as powerful as deadly poison?
James 3:8 says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
I’m sure at this point in life, most of us have discovered how much our tongue can get us into trouble.
We can always say we’re sorry for saying something that hurt someone’s feelings — and they may even forgive us, but…
The permanent damage is already left behind. It’s sort of like a scar that leaves behind it’s trace of calamity.
Someone may forgive us, but the forgetting part is almost impossible.
We’ve all made mistake of letting our tongue loose at the wrong time, but we must examine ourselves (our hearts) to see what’s inside.
Matthew 15:18 says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart: and they defile the man.”
Have you ever met someone who one minute seemed so friendly, but on another occasion you saw him spiteful and mean-spirited, using his tongue to lash out and hurt someone?
Just like we wouldn’t expect a fountain to bring forth both sweet water and bitter (Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? – James 3:11) neither should both things be coming from our tongue.
God’s Word says, “A double-minded man in unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
Inside, there’s two struggles going on…one that may want to serve God and the other that is clinging to the flesh. If we continually give into the flesh, we accomplish no true victory in our Christian life.
The antidote for the deadly poison within…
Paul speaks about the flesh in Galatians chapter 5.
“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:15, 16)
Daily – We have to yield our lives to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to take the lead.
Daily – We have to read the Word of God. (<<== More of that!) We have to cut out the contamination of worldly influences.
Daily – We have to pray. We have to pray. We have to pray. (Pray without ceasing – I Thessalonians 5:17).
Let’s daily examine ourselves within as David did…
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23, 24
Don’t let Satan keep you from a victorious Christian walk. Don’t miss out on all the blessings that God has in store for you. I urge you to commit yourself to the Lord. The decisions you make today will determine your future of tomorrow.
God bless your day and week ahead,