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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Your tongue and the Holy Spirit

What is the door into your life?
Your  mouth.  What you say.
Your words can bring life - or your words can bring death (Proverbs 18:21).
There is power in your words.
The ability to speak is part of being a human being.  Animals do not use rational speech.  Apes do not either, despite what the movie shows.
If your dog or cat were to say to you, "It's a nice day, isn't it?" and proceed to hold a conversation like Mr. Ed. You would probably say, "Why, you're not an animal, you are a person!"
But we abuse our ability to speak as we misuse and abuse the other gifts that God has given us.
The Book of James says that the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity," that needs to be tamed, and that it is like the bit that guides the whole horse or the rudder that steers the ship.
In other words, if you control the tongue, you control the whole person.
You open up the possibility of entering into the holy of holies.
Zephaniah 3:9 states that in the last days God will turn to the people a pure language that they may all call upon the name of the Lord."
When you speak words from the Holy Spirit, you are letting Him tame your tongue and gain a new level of control over your whole personality.
The voice is your chief means of expression.
How can you speak of total surrender to God if you haven't surrendered your most important means of expression?
It would be like one country surrendering got another while keeping control of the radio and television facilities.
Until  your tongue is tamed, your ability to verbalize and rationalize is a barrier to the moving of the Holy Spirit in your life.
If you let the Holy Spirit freely guide your voice, there will be a break through which permits him to flow forth from where he is living in your spirit, to fill, to baptize, to flood and overflow your soul and body and minister to the outside world.
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

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