“5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:5-6
The tongue is among our members and it defiles our entire body as it wars against the law in our mind to do good but evil remains with me.
“21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Romans 7:22-23
This member wishes good as we bless and wishes evil as we curse another. We speak life with this member as we declare the Word of God and then turn around and speak death as we voice our doubt.
Some use this member to perform their witchcraft as they declare and decree incantations or “spells” referred to as “blessing” among the religious and superstitious. Yes, we should pray blessings over others but in doing so we speak to them the Word of God or pray for them God’s Will. There is no power in our words to create a blessing or a curse. The prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16) but the “righteous” have their faith in the Cross of Christ for those blessings and not in the declarations of their speaking of the blessing which is superstition.
Somebody said “Well, bless God my faith IS in the Cross of Christ!” Ok then, praise the Lord. However, when you go to cast that spell recognize the fear you have if that spell (prayer) is not declared or decreed in just the right manner. Superstition provokes fear of a curse if the method of speaking is not decreed correctly. Let me be clear, the fear of another’s curse upon one’s self renders the Cross of Christ as insufficient against man’s vernacular and is silliness to say the least. This is the stupidity taught in the word of faith doctrine and has rendered God’s Children powerless against the wiles of satan because whether they realize it or not, their faith is in their vernacular; their words, declarations and decrees become the source and means of their blessings. This is the corruption of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified presented from the pulpits all too often…the leaven which leavens the whole lump and produces super spiritual, self righteous professing Christians whose heart is far from God.
This member is our tongue and it is a world of iniquity. If our tongue is not tamed it should be dealt with as all of the other members which war against the law of our mind…our good intentions which fail us daily.
“24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 7:24-25
When our tongue serves the law of sin but our mind the law of God, the power of this sin is broken the same way the power of all sin is broken in the Believer’s life…by faith in the Cross of Christ. Sin no longer has dominion over the Believer because we are not under law but under Grace (Romans 6:14). With our faith placed solely and exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in our life and we are freed from the law of sin and death. It is this same law which is working against the law of God after the inward man which the Holy Spirit frees us from when we our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ for our deliverance.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
The tongue can be tamed by the power of the Holy Spirit. If your tongue is performing that which is evil (gossip, slander, lies, blasphemy, etc.) repent and turn back to the Cross of Christ for deliverance. The power of gossip was broken by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.
“8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:8-10
Man cannot tame the tongue but the Holy Spirit can when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ. Consider this small member which boasts great things whether they be good or evil.
-Donna Clark Warren