‘Hot’ Tongues

by Lester Young

You’ve probably already heard the Biblical principle, “You’re going to have what you say” (Mark 11:23-24). Indeed, the book of Proverbs tells very plainly – and profusely – about the correlation between one’s spoken words and their natural circumstances. Taken literally, we could (and should) even make the connection of the current condition of the world with the overall content and tone of people’s tongues over the years. James 3:6 backs up this assertion: “…The tongue is a little member, and it boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! 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 by hell. The Message translation puts it this way: “It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.”

So we can conclude the bottom line to be, ‘The worse you talk, the worse things get.’ But actually, if you stop and really consider just what’s going on here, you’ll come to understand that that’s only half of the bottom line – and the lower half, at that. James goes on to tell us, “Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. These things, my [brothers and sisters], ought not to be so” (James 3:10 Amplified). Now, admittedly, the tone in his Chapter 3 narrative tends to flow toward the negative side of things, but verse 10 snatches us back and reminds us that what we’re actually dealing with here is a spiritual law; namely, the Law of Confession.

The Law of Confession states, “You’re going to have what you say” (Mark 11:23). The Lord Jesus expounded on it further by explaining that whatever’s in your heart in abundance will find its way out of your mouth, and that [being what you truly believe] is what you’ll see come to pass (Matthew 12:34; Mark 11:23). It’s a Law – it always works. You can’t get around it. It’s how God set up the System, as Genesis 1 readily points out. And by simply listening to and looking around at the world we can see the effects – most certainly on the negative side.

But, fortunately, there isn’t just a negative side to this law, as James’ reprimand reminds us: “Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing, [even though we should not be using our mouths for both – for out of one side of our mouth we bless God; and out of the other side we curse men, who God made in His own likeness. And you know that just isn’t right.]” (James 3:10 paraphrased) We tend to forget – or overlook, or completely disregard – that there’s a positive side of the Law of Confession: as a matter of fact, it’s the side we were exclusively meant to use from the very beginning (Genesis 2:7, 19).

Consider this: If the tongue that’s full of iniquity and starts the entire course of nature is itself set on fire (or, ignited and fueled) by hell, producing the current condition of the world we see around us; what do you think a tongue that’s set on fire (ignited and fueled) by Heaven might be able to produce here? That’s easy: heaven on earth. And believe it or not, that’s always been God’s will and plan (Matthew 6:10). The tongue is indeed a hot little member, but we need to keep in mind that hell isn’t the only source that can set it ablaze. The Holy Spirit is also a flaming fire, and His Words are much more powerful than anything the devil can say! (Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:3-4; Romans 5:15, 17, 20; Hebrews 12:29)

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