by John Barnett

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Blessing God (29 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 3:1-9

I wonder this morning have you though about the fact that every time we open our mouth, we open our little transmitter and we get to broadcast either a blessing to God or we get to curse Him? You say oh, I don’t swear, I don’t do that. But you know what or text says this morning? When we talk those words in their direction, intent and purpose are either a blessing to God or they are a cursing to God. You don’t have to cuss and swear.

I was in a very secular setting a couple of days ago with my wife. It was so secular that I heard God’s name damned about every 30 seconds. I looked at her and said is this how normal people act? She looked at me and said this is it- this is the way they talk. I said I am getting a little sheltered. It was really something. Now I am not talking about that. You don’t have to use 4-letter or 6-letter words. You and I can curse God if we are not blessing Him.

Let me show you what I mean. Look at James chapter 3. I am going to read verses 1-9.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect (mature) man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 *Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set 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. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can t ...

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