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Your Tongue Controls Your Body

Updated on July 11, 2016

The Bible has a lot to say about the effect your words have on you. And one effect your words have on you is they have an effect on your body. In James 3:2-4 the Bible says some amazing things about the effect your words have on your body. In verse 3 it talks about how we put bits in a horse's mouth to control his body, he's making a comparison of the bit to your tongue. So, he's saying your tongue can be used to control the body like a bit in a horse's mouth controls his body, it controls the direction he goes. And in verse 4 it talks about how a ship is controlled by a very small helm wherever the governor listeth inspite of fierce winds. In that verse you are the governor, your tongue in the helm, the ship is your body, and the fierce winds are anything that comes against your body. Notice, you are in control of your ship by your tongue.

Understand your body is a vehical for your spirit, it's how you make contact with this physical world, but the body is not the real you. The real you is a spirit that God has given authority over your body. If you look in Genesis chapter 1:26-28 you see that God gave man dominion over all the earth which includes your body. Because in Genesis 2:7 it says that God formed man's body out of the dust of the earth. God has given you(spirit you) authority over your body, but you have to take authority and stay in authority. That's why in 1Corinthians 9:27 Paul says, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection." He could only do that because God had already given him dominion over his flesh. So, by faith take authority over your flesh and stay in authority over your flesh with your words.


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      Blessed Hill 21 months ago

      Nice and short, to the point and powerful. James is one of my favourite books in the New Testament. James doesn't mince words when it comes to walking by faith. Either you are or you aren't. But there are so many levels of maturity in walking in faith which I think causes the most problems in the Body of Christ.

      Paul deals with this issue all through his epistles; in Romans in regards to eating and drinking as an example, in Corinthians in regards to divisions amongst believers following men instead of unity of faith in Christ Jesus, in Galatians about being deceived to follow "another" gospel. All of these issues have to do with levels of maturity of faith in different areas. We are all at different levels in different areas, some may be more developed in faith for healing than maybe someone who has developed their faith in evangelising the lost. But every one is vital for the health of the entire Body of Christ. We all need each other because where I may be weak you might be strong and vice versa. So instead of arguing over our strengths and weaknesses shouldn't we be loving each other and encouraging one another till we all grow up into the full stature of Christ?