The tongue is influential weapon and its ammunition is the words we articulate. Our words are so authoritative that they can consecrate or curse, give confidence or dishearten, injure or mend, shred apart or construct. Our words can even persuade the way we act and feel as well as determination our mind-set and attitude on life in impacting our viewpoint. Our viewpoint then will effect out action and lifestyle. Our thoughts control our will which relates to daily life from the inside out.
The power of influence can change individuals. There is a big effect of our words on the people around us and also will cause action individually. Therefore we should be very careful with the influence of our words, calculate your thoughts and carefully listen to every syllable to what we are saying. Why? When we shâma` we are listening and in word pictures it is directly connected to obedience. In the west we hear something process the thought and it does not directly correlate with action.
In Hebrew language In ancient Hebrew, like in Chinese and ancient Egyptian, every word is formed by adding pictures together to "paint" or illustrate the meaning of the word. A word picture is a word that is described by pictures.
You don’t have to be able to read Hebrew in order to understand and to use this effectively when you read the Bible. When Hebrew was first written, each letter represented both a sound and a picture. Even if you or the people you teach are not familiar with the Hebrew sounds and have no experience with this language, the pictures you see inside the words will speak for themselves.
Why is Hebrew Word Pictures are important to believers?
"Every so often, something comes along that can help move your spiritual life into high gear. I’m convinced that "Hebrew Word Pictures" is such a concept. With so many books and conference about biblical principles, this one can help you better understand and love God’s Word itself.
As someone who’s studied "word pictures" for years, seeing them come alive in the very letters of Scripture is like adding color to a classic movie. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in gaining a deeper love and understanding of the Scriptures.
shâma` – ‘hear, heed, understand & obey’
If you constantly complain, you release poison into your life. Complaining is not based on your circumstances; it’s based on the attitude of your heart. If you will keep the right attitude during your time of adversity, God will honor you. When you truly trust God there are times you will have unanswered questions – don’t let that keep you from fulfilling your destiny. When you have a heart full of gratitude, it leaves no room for complaining. You can always find something to thank God for, no matter what kind of adversity you may face in life. So decide today to live a life of thanksgiving!
"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious lips far from you." (Proverbs 4:23-24)
Let us encourage you today to watch what you are saying. Your words have creative power and you can use them as a destructive force or as an instrument of blessing. If you continually speak negative words over your life, then eventual defeat will be the result. In the same way, if you speak words of faith and victory, you will see a harvest of blessing not only in your own life, but also in the lives of those around you.
Your words have the power to pollute or purify.
Proverbs 18:21 – Power of the tongue.
A. The tongue has the power to kill or the power to give life
B. “…they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – They that love using the tongue shall eat the fruit thereof. In other words, they shall reap the rewards of the use of it, whether good or bad.
James 3:2 – 8 – Control of the tongue.
A. Verse 2 informs us that if we are able to control our tongue, we have reached some level of spiritual maturity.
B. It says we have achieved a level of spiritual maturity where we can control the rest of our body if we can control our tongue.
C. In Verses 3 & 4 we are given 2 examples of large things that are controlled by small things.
D. Verse 5 compares the tongue to the horse’s bridle and the ship’s helm (the ship’s steering mechanism).
E. Verse 6 explains the danger of a loose tongue. Expound…
F. Verse 7 explains that the tongue is harder to tame than wild beasts.
G. Verse 8 explains the evil nature of the tongue, the dangerous poison it spews out, and the inability of anyone to tame it. Only the one using it can control it.
James 3:9 – 12 – Inconsistencies of the tongue.
A. Here we see the often inconsistencies of the use of the tongue.
B. We’re reminded of the absurdity of such inconsistencies.
Matthew 12:34 – 37 – Connection between the tongue and the heart.
A. Here we are shown the connection between the heart and the tongue.
B. Basically, the tongue is connected to the heart, in a manner of speaking.
C. The words of the tongue are and extension of what resides in the heart.
D. Verse 34b makes it clear that the tongue expresses the heart’s content.
E. Verse 35 explains that the spiritual condition of the heart is evidenced by the words of the tongue.
F. Verse 36 informs us just how responsible we are for the words we wield.
G. Verse 37 makes it clear that justification or condemnation rest in the words we speak.
· If then, we our words wield these kinds of power toward others and in the judgment we are judged with, it stands to reason we need to understand how to use our tongues in a way that is acceptable to God.
Ephesians 4:24 & 25 – Speak the truth.
A. We must speak the truth.
B. We can lie so much we begin to convince ourselves our lies are true.
C. But, God is not deceived. He knows what is true, whether we will acknowledge it or not; and He will judge us according to truth, not according to what we present as truth.
Ephesians 4:29 – Corrupt use of the tongue.
A. Here, we are instructed to guard ourselves to keep corrupt words from coming out our mouths.
B. Corrupt words can be words that are vulgar, cursing, or damaging.
C. Notice, we are only to speak those things that minister grace to those who will be hearing our words.
D. Do you speak words that minister grace to those you speak to or about? Or, do you just ‘say what’s on your mind’ and consider what you have said later?
Proverbs 31:26 – Use kindness with the tongue.
A. Here, in the Biblical picture of what we call the perfect woman, I believe we see a type of the church in the state God intends it to be.
B. First, our mouths should express wisdom.
C. In James 3:14 – 16 we see described, a picture of earthly, sensual, devilish wisdom.
D. But, in James 3:17 we see a description of wisdom that is spiritual, from above.
E. Where the tongue is expressing the characteristics in Verses 14 – 16 we know the heart is filled with devilish content.
F. If the tongue is expressing the characteristics listed in Verse 17, we know the heart is spiritual.
G. Back in Proverbs 31:26, it also says “…in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
H. The law of kindness means that the mode of operation of her speech is consistently kind.
I. Ephesians 4:32a says to “…be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…”
J. Words of kindness are not optional to the Christian; neither are they contingent upon deservedness.
K. Matthew 5:44 & 45 explain we are to “…bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
L. Our words are to be kind, blessing words; words of prayer, even when we are being rewarded with treachery and mischief.
Psalm 12:2 – 3 – Manipulation using the tongue.
A. Flattery and double-hearted deception will be met with the harsh judgment of God. They will be cut off, destroyed.
B. Verse 3b – 4 explains that those who think they shall prevail by manipulating the people in their lives with their skillful, but deceptive use of words.
C. These are proud, thinking themselves more intelligent than those they are attempting to manipulate.
D. Here, though, God makes it clear He will destroy them.
E. In their pride, they have not taken God into consideration.
James 2:12 & 13 – Use mercy when speaking.
A. We are to speak mercifully.
B. We will be judged according to the same degree we speak and show mercy.
James 2:14 – 18 – Vain use of the tongue.
A. Here we are warned of the futility of empty words.
B. Words without corresponding action to confirm their validity are empty and profitless.
Ephesians 5:1 – 2a & 3 – 4 – Using the tongue for foolishness.
A. We are to refrain from foolish or jesting words.
B. Foolish talking and jesting would include speaking vainly of things pertaining to God and His Word.
C. They would also include things that are indecent (filthiness).
D. They would also include jokes or jests that make fun of or demean others – such as ethnic, or racial jokes, or jokes about someone else’s appearance or intelligence.
E. These would also include words that would incite the flesh to sin.
Ephesians 5:4b & 19 – 20 – Spiritual content of the tongue.
A. We should speak words thanking the Lord.
B. We should speak words that invoke spiritual thoughts and heart yearnings.
Titus 2:7 & 8 – Careful words that need not be retracted or apologized for later.
A. We ought always to be careful to speak words that cannot be condemned; words we will not have to be sorry for saying or have to justify later.
Colossians 4:6 – Use consistent grace in speaking.
A. With grace – always speaking things that reflect the grace God has extended to you.
B. Seasoned with salt – words that, like salt, tend to preserve the one it is applied to; and words that provide a good flavor to the person or subject being addressed.
C. Our speech must “…always…” be like this. It should never be inconsistent.
D. We must remember that good, honest, pure words can quickly be nullified by destructive words.
E. Ephesians 4:29 – Therefore, our words should consistently be those that minister grace to the hearer.
Galatians 5:13 – 16 – Walking in the Spirit allows control of the tongue.
A. Verse 15 – If we bite and devour one another with the use of our tongues, we must understand that the result will be that we destroy each other.
B. This ‘biting’ and ‘devouring’ warned against is that of biting or devouring one another.
C. It is not strange, but rather to be expected that attacks will come from without, from wolves; but it is unnatural for sheep to attack each other.
D. It has been said that Christians are the only ones who shoot their wounded.
E. Ephesians 4:1 – 6 – The unity of the church is quickly destroyed by contentious or malicious words.
F. Mark 3:25 – Divisive destructive words wil
l destroy the effectiveness of a church and sometimes even the very church itself.
G. Verse 16 – The key to controlling the tongue and using it for the right purposes is to walk in the Spirit.
H. Proverbs 13:10 – A fleshly or carnally minded person will speak in pride, demanding his way, and this will always generate contention.
I. One who walks in the Spirit, on the other hand, will always seek the good of his brother instead of his own will; and will therefore speak only those things that edify his brother.
J. Verse 25 – Here we find that we can live in the Spirit and yet not walk in the Spirit. So, our salvation should be validated by our corresponding manner of life, particularly the way we use our tongues.
Ephesians 5:11 & 12 – Use the tongue to reprove wickedness.
A. We are not to participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, either by our involvement in them, or by our discussion of them.
B. Instead, we are to use our tongues to reprove, or confront them concerning their wickedness.
C. We should not let our silence give the appearance that we approve of evil.
D. The only way to keep this from happening is to speak against it.
E. This will not make us popular, for those who commit wickedness do not like to be challenged in it.
Romans 10:13, 14, & 16 – We must speak the gospel in order for people to be saved.
A. Verse 13 makes it clear that calling on the name of the Lord is how we are saved.
B. Verse 14 explains by the questions it asks that we cannot call on Someone we have never heard of.
C. Verse 16 plainly tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
D. Lifestyle evangelism is great but the message of the gospel must be heard in order for someone to believe and receive it.