Turn your life around

images-1The tongue is a rudder and a bit, according to James 3. Though a small member of the body, it sets the direction of your life. It defines reality. Worse than being bombarded by negative thoughts is giving “air time” to them on your tongue. It takes it up to a higher level. It makes mere thoughts

Like a bit, like a rudder, the tongue brings control.

Like a bit, like a rudder, the tongue brings control.

materialize. Cutting yourself down in your own mind is bad but worse is cutting yourself down with your tongue. It’s legitimizes something that should be simply dismissed as rubbish.

This warning turns into a promise for blessing. Don’t brush off the power of your tongue to pronounce good for your life. Like a rudder that turns around a huge freighter, like a bit that turns around an unwieldy beast, the tongue can turn around your life. Prayer, then, is doubly good. Not only does it involve positive confession, it involves God! Discount God to your own demise!

Don't pooh-pooh prayer; it unleashes incredible power. pic from Ben Rogers Blog

Don’t pooh-pooh prayer; it unleashes incredible power. pic from Ben Rogers Blog

After comparing the tongue to a rudder and a bit, James 3 then compares it to a spark. One word can ignite a forest fire. That fire can be good or bad, depending on the word you utter. If we know that we can blow up our marriage just by saying one word (“divorce”), how much more can we cause blessings to break out with one word of prayer? Say that word today. What is that word? It is “Jesus.”

Pray with faith for finances, health, emotional well-being today. Pray for the advancing of Christ’s kingdom and love throughout the Earth.

33 responses to “Turn your life around

  1. Your words are true. Thanks for inspiring once again!

  2. Fantastic message, thank you!

  3. Great warning! If we’re not yet able to control our minds, we can still control our tongues. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Reblogged this on today i prayed… and commented:
    So much truth in this blog post by Mustard Seed Budget.
    today i prayed that we would tame our tongue, give our problems and concerns to the only One that can help. That we would cry out to Him in our trouble, our sadness, our anger and not to others. Today i pray that we would not self destruct, but pray thru every hard moment.

  5. Thank you for the great message! It’s so true, speaking them aloud takes the thoughts in our minds to a whole new level. Thanks for the powerful reminder!

  6. Great reminder! Thank you…

  7. Thanks so much for your encouraging words from God’s Word. I’ve had a lot of trouble with my tongue at times. I’m thankful for God’s patient love and faithfulness. I feel as if the Father again is saying to me, “You need to agree with what I say even in what you say about yourself.” May God’s Word be what steers my tongue (in fact all of our tongues for that matter)! In Jesus the Messiah’s Name.

  8. In India we have a saying meaning: The spoken (delivered) word becomes your master, and you are the master of the unspoken word.

  9. It is amazing how true these words are, and how what comes out of our mouth affects our life and those around us. Thank you for sharing this excellent message : )

  10. WHEW…. I AM INDEED SO INSPIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. thanks so much for those words of encouragement … the most powerful Word on earth and in heaven … Yes, Jesus πŸ™‚ (Philippians 2:9-11)

  12. Thank you for this thought provoking blog it was packed with real truth. It is easy to let rip with your tongue and almost impossible to correct the damage that is done. Once words are spoken they can’t be taken back. Please Oh Lord put a guard on my mouth and make my thoughts pleasing toward you.

  13. For finances… really? πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by “Honey” again.

  14. My advice to clients: Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt—ESPECIALLY when it concerns yourself.

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