“Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Behold the ships, also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder, wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity, the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.” James 3:3-6
Like a bit in a horse’s mouth directs a horse on a trail’s way,
or as a rudder turns a ship around out upon a bay,
So our words, says the Bible, create good or bad,
affecting whether we’re happy or whether we’re sad.
Three words that you can use to fight a melancholy spirit
are, “I am blessed!” Say it out loud, so your own ears hear it!
To start your day with these three words will get you on the proper track;
just don’t let circumstances cause you to take them back.
Speaking words of faith when things seem to be adverse
are that bit or rudder needed to enforce victory over the curse.
Though the tongue is small, the Bible refers to it as being like a fire,
so set it on the course of all the good that you desire!
“I am blessed!” charges the atmosphere with God’s power and light,
and leaves no room for the powers that would bring darkness and blight.
Agreement with a friend or spouse can be a powerful thing–
Just think what agreement with Almighty God Himself can bring!
So remember, “I am blessed!” when your life seems to need a lift;
such words and the promises of God can cause anything to shift!
P. A. Oltrogge
It’s been a while since the above was written. It may not always be easy or necessarily yield quick results; but the more we practice it, the stronger we can grow in it. It definitely is right to keep our thoughts and speech in agreement with God’s Word. Visit http://www.cappsministries.com for the book, The Tongue, A Creative Force.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever, Amen.” Ephesians 3:20, 21
“You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28
“A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” Proverbs 18:7
“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.” Mark 11:23 (See also 24-26 on forgiving.)
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:20, 21
“He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23
“I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.” Isaiah 57;19 (KJV)
“The mouth of a righteous man is a fountain of life….” Proverbs 10:11
“…the mouth of the upright will deliver them.” Proverbs 12:6
“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words….” Proverbs 12:14
“…but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life….” Proverbs 13:3
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
Other scripture references: Proverbs 14:3, Proverbs 15:2, 4, Proverbs 16:23 and Psalm 91
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, oh Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8
“…Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (RSV)
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