Summary: I want to speak to you tonight about how we can use our tongue in a positive way. Although all of us are guilty of using our tongue at times as a weapon of sin, I want to talk to you about how we can use our tongue as a weapon of warfare against satan.
Something Worth Spreading
Anyone here ever heard some news that they just couldn’t wait to share with someone. Maybe the fact that someone in your family was going to have a baby, you got a new position or job, or maybe your child did great at their game. We love to share with others what is occurring in our lives.
On the flip side of this I’m certain we all have heard news of others that we should not have shared. However, there was an insatiable desire to tell someone. Maybe someone had fallen on hard times, a brother or sister in the Lord had stumbled in their faith, or maybe you’ve been privy to a “this is between you and me” conversation. If we are honest with ourselves we all are guilty at least sometimes of gossiping. Call it what you like and many of us even try to justify it, but it is still gossip and according to God’s word it is wrong.
James 3: 8-9, reads “But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness!”
The psalmist said in Psalm 39:1, “I will take heed and guard my ways, that I may sin not with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth as with a bridle while the wicked are before me.
Four preachers met for a friendly gathering. During the conversation one preacher said, "Our people come to us and pour out their hearts, confess certain sins and needs. Let's do the same. Confession is good for the soul." In due time all agreed. One confessed he liked to go to movies and would sneak off when away from his church. The second confessed to liking to smoke cigars and the third one confessed to liking to play cards. When it came to the fourth one, he wouldn't confess. The others pressed him saying, "Come now, we confessed ours. What is your secret or vice?" Finally he answered, "It is gossiping and I can hardly wait to get out of here."
I want to speak to you tonight about how we can use our tongue in a positive way. Although all of us are guilty of using our tongue at times as a weapon of sin, I want to talk to you about how we can use our tongue as a weapon of warfare against satan. How we can spread something worth spreading!
2 Timothy 2: 1-2 (NKJV)
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
There are three points I feel we can take from this passage that will enable us in spreading something worth spreading.
Have a Mentor:
Holy Spirit (most important mentor to have)
Jesus said in John 14:15- 19 “15 If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
Jesus was telling the disciples that He would soon be no longer with them, but He would not leave them alone. He would send an advocate. He would send another comforter, a defender of the cause, a counselor, patron, mediator. This comforter is promised to be with us forever. As Christ acted with his disciples while he sojourned with them, so the Holy Ghost acts with those who believe in his name. Those who are influenced only by the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, and the pride of life are not guided by the Holy Spirit. Now these cannot receive the Spirit of the truth, because they see him not, have no spiritual discernment, attend to nothing but the dictates of their corrupt passions and affections, and will admit of no influence but what can be an object of their senses.
In the last portion of this scripture, Jesus uses the word orphans. An orphan (one deprived of father and mother) is little esteemed, neglected, and is obliged to wander about in obscurity and darkness. Such a child is destitute of comfort, direction, and support, and is a prey to misery and disease, to sin and to death.