James 3:5 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. NKJV
Last week we began discussing the importance of our words. We mentioned that our words highly determine the course of our lives. The significance of our words should never ever be underestimated. We have all seen how words can sway the actions of a whole section of our population during the political campaign season. Of course many politician’s words are not all that believable because they are not truth. They don’t come our of the wisdom of God and they are not followed by action.
But your words literally sway what is happening in your life now and in your future. Words have determined what has already happened in your life until now. The Spirit of God reminds us from the book of James that faith without works (corresponding action) is dead. (James 1:22-25.) In our opening Scripture above, we see that if we can control our words we can control our whole body. Is it true that if I can control my mouth I can control my liver, I can control my kidneys, I can control my brain, I can control functions in my body?
The Revised Standard Version says of James 3:2 says “…if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. RSV
The Living Bible paraphrase says: “… If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way.”
Brethren, if you control your mouth, you control your life. Then how watchful do we need to be of what comes out of our lips? The number one way of being a doer of the Word of God is speaking the Word. The number one action of your faith is speaking the Word. You and I are born of God, created in His image to act just like Him. From the beginning, when God said something, it happened. When He wanted light in the universe, He did something by saying: “Let there be light.” (Gen. 3:2)
How did God release His faith in creation? Did God say “Let there be light” and then “Aah what else should I do for this light to come about?” What other action did God use to create the universe, all creatures and plant life other than that He believed in His heart and He said with His mouth? Did God consider His words to be enough action? Yes He did!
One time, papa Hagin and His crusade team were traveling home from meetings by private jet. As they began the flight, he said, “We’re going over to the other side.” Then they took off. Once in mid-air, the plane’s engines stopped working. As the pilots were consulting on what to do, a young man in the team watched bro. Hagin. He didn’t say a word. This young men thought they were going to crash and die. But bro. Hagin said nothing. Eventually the pilots were able to restart the engines and make an emergency landing. When they landed, this young man asked bro. Hagin, “Why didn’t you say anything during that crisis?” I thought you would speak to those engines and to the plane to go back to functioning well. Bro. Hagin said, “I did.” The young man said, “I watched you the whole time. Your lips did not move.” He said, “I had already spoken at the beginning of the flight and just because a crisis happened does not mean I expected my words to fail.” Praise God, papa Hagin knew his first words were significant and effectively working during the whole crisis.
Brethren, how much do you value the significance of your own words?