The Apostle James gives warning about the damaging effects that the tongue can have on our lives. In Chapter 3:3-6, The Apostle James calls this section, “The taming of the tongue. Listen to these words: 3. "When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
The fact that the word “tame” is used to describe the power that words contain. It is a sufficient warning to how we must be diligent to use our words wisely. Words are powerful. Once you put them into the atmosphere, you cannot call them back. Words become a part of your memory, your history, and your retrieval inbox of stored messages. They are not placed in a garbage receptacle and thrown out so that you will never see them again. Just like we can make files and store documents, pictures, emails, etc in a retrieval system, your mind, everything that has to do with the part of the brain which stores information, works effectively and revisits you in your present, often at inappropriate times. Rumors, gossip, backbiting, hurtful messages, tongue lashings from a husband, mother or father, remind us of how we disappointed them or did not measure up to their expectations. These words can come back to haunt us at critical and vulnerable times in our lives.
Your words and my words are carried into the atmosphere and picked up by the recipient standing within earshot of them. Our words will either bless or curse the individual who hears them. They can help to build up, tear, down, encourage, build hope and give courage to an individual that may be struggling with some type of illness. Your words can have a positive effect on that person's attitude towards their healing. Your words can help that individual fight for his or her very survival.
But the good news is this: contained in every promise God makes to you, is the power to fulfill it! Paul chose to forget and you can too! Read the following promises and personalize them:
“Fear not. ….do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth and the reproach… you will remember no more” (Isaiah 54:4 NA S). “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, not it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? God has something new in mind for you so don’t miss it!
“I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NAS). “The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…. Be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create” (Isiah 65: 17-17 AMP). In this text, God uses the word, “create. Listen, God can bring order out of your chaos and beauty out of your ashes. He can take you from being broken, busted and disgusted, and turn you into fine wine that can be poured out as blessings on His people. Will the healing of your memories be instant or easy? No. You will do a lot of growing and a lot of stretching and a lot of forgiving in the process. Romans 12: 1-2 reminds us that we must daily renew our mind and transform our thinking. How do we do that Pastor Ford? We do it by agreeing with what God says about us. We do it by standing on the word of God.
But aren’t all those promises from the Old Testament” Yes, but listen: “He always does exactly what he says! He carries out and fulfills all of God’s promises, no matter how many of them there are.” (2 Corinthians 1:19-30 TLB). Today god stands ready to heal you, His grace is greater than your past, so, come and be healed today.