Putting Our Flesh Under:
Last month, we began looking at this new series dealing with our flesh. It is important that the body of Christ move on to maturity. A sign of maturity is knowing how to be led by the Spirit of God instead of by our flesh.
Romans 8:5-9 NIV
““Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.”
This month, we will focus on aspects of our mouth and how our speech impacts our lives. Here are seven principles that will help us in our daily lives if we apply them to our lives.
*Realize that the tongue can be used for good or bad, even as a Christian.
James 3:6-10 NLT
Proverbs 10:32 CEV
*We need to control what comes out of our mouth and God has given us the grace to do so.
Proverbs 13:3 NLT
Proverbs 21:23 NLT
Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Proverbs 4:23-24 ISV & GWT
*Our lives are impacted by what we say.
Matthew 15:11 NLT
Matthew 15:17-18 NIV
Proverbs 12:14 NASB
Proverbs 4:23-24 GNT
*We also impact the lives of others with the words we speak.
Ephesians 4:29 NIV & GNT
Colossians 4:6 NLT
Proverbs 15:2 NIV
Proverbs 15:28 NLT
Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 NLT
*Discern the words of others to see what spirit is behind what they say.
Proverbs 10:11 CEV
Proverbs 13:2 ISV & GWT
Proverbs 15:28 CEV
*We will live with the consequences of what we say.
Proverbs 18:20 GNT
Proverbs 18:21 CEV & GNT
Matthew 12:36 BSB
Matthew 12:37 NLT
*People eventually speak what is in their heart.
Matthew 12:34 NIV
Matthew 12:35 KJV
Luke 6:45 NLT
Growing up into the image of Christ means that we operate and do what He would do.
John 14:10 BSB
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father dwelling in Me, performing His works.”
Here is a confession scripture to help us regarding dealing with our tongue:
Proverbs 8:7-9 BSB
“For my mouth will speak the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; none are crooked or perverse. They are all plain to the discerning, and upright to those who find knowledge.”
1. Have you ever spoken something in the heat of the moment and regretted what you said?
2. Do you struggle with being disciplined in how you live your life?
3. Is the pull of the world strong in your life?
4. Do you know how to bridle your tongue when necessary?
5. Have you ever struggled with ruining your witness by they way you spoke in a pressured moment?
6. Do you know how impactful your words are in the lives of those around you?