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Summary: James addresses the power of the tongue. We need to realize the tongue can develop many problems...

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THE POWER OF WORDS...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I. WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE CHURCH OR THE WORLD?

A. My last year teaching school we were studying about the USSR and all the power that

the USA and the USSR had in their weapon reserves.

Tammy a girl in my 7th grade class ask:

WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD?

B. I thought for a minute. I thought about the knives, guns, atomic bomb, the nuclear bombs,

satellites, lasers, rockets and missiles.

I said: Tammy, let me think about that question and I will get back with an answer.

WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD?

C. I went to bed thinking about: WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD.

I prayed for a while and I woke up...

I had the answer... I knew for sure what the answer was... THE TONGUE... WORDS...

II. JAMES HAD A BRILLANT LESSONS ABOUT SMALL THINGS...

A. Is it funny today the church wants to talk about REVELATIONS all the time.

When James is one of THE GREATEST BOOKS ON PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING?

James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater

condemnation.

[2] For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect

man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

[3] Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about

their whole body.

[4] Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds,

yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

[5] Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a

matter a little fire kindleth!

[6] And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that

it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

[7] For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed,

and hath been tamed of mankind:

[8] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

[9] Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are

made after the similitude of God.

[10] Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things

ought not so to be.

[11] Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

B. JAMES WAS JESUS' HALF BROTHER... SAME MOM--- MARY,

DIFFERENT DAD'S...

James did not come to accept Jesus as God's son until after the RESURRECTION.

C. JAMES LEARNED AND TAUGHT A POWER LESSON ABOUT LITTLE THINGS...

1. THE MATCH--- can start a big fire...

President John Kennedy had an ETERNAL FLAME lit on his grave.

The first day a little girl SPRINKLED some HOLY WATER over the grave and the ETERNAL

FLAME WENT OUT. A soldier quickly re-ignited the flame.

2. THE BRIDLE --- You can teach and control a horse, a elephant, and a whale...

I was at a circus. The elephant trainer pushed with his bare hand and pushed an eighteen inch

pole in the ground and chained the elephant to the rod.

I said to the trainer: I CAN NOT BELIEVER THAT ROD IN THE MUD CAN HOLD THAT HUGE

ELEPHANT.

The trainer said: IT CAN'T HOLD THE ELEPHANT! He can move any time he wants.

He will pull and feel the resistance and then quit trying... ???

3. THE RUDDER OF A SHIP... The winds can blow the sails, but a good captain

knows the POWER OF THE RUDDER...

D. JAMES' PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING IS SO DEEP... READ SOME MORE...

TWO EARS... ONE MOUTH...

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,

slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his

tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.

My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

III. WE SEARCH FOR POWER?

SEEMS WE HAVE A GREAT INTEREST IN MAGIC TODAY?

THERE IS MAGIC IN THE TONGUE --- IT IS FULL OF POWER...

A. Years ago when I was traveling playing music we were in a church.

The Pastor was receiving PRAYER REQUEST...

A man sitting on the first pew stood up and said:

MY BROTHER IS LOST AND GOING TO HELL...

I WANT THE CHURCH TO PRAY FOR HIM TO KNOW JESUS...

I KNOW IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN BUT PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM! WOW!

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