Open Heaven Devotional 21 November 2021
Topic: The Tongue Is A Fire
Memorise: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Read: James 3:1-10
Open Heaven Devotional 21 November 2021 Message
Apostle James captures the extent to which the tongue can go in destroying a persons destiny, in todays Bible reading: “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.” “James 3:6”
The tongue indeed is a fire, thus it must be controlled. Controlled fire can be used productively; however, uncontrolled fire destroys. The tongue is so complex that it could be likened to a fountain that produces cold and hot water at the same time. What can we now do to this thing that the Bible describes as …an unruly evil, full of deadly poison?(James 3:8 ).
Since the Bible describes the tongue as poison the good news is that Jesus promised us that even if we drink a deadly thing, it shall by no means hurt us (Mark 16:18 ). Therefore, one can see that every problem of man ends at the cross of Jesus Christ.
The story was told of a woman who was having problems in her marriage. She consulted a wise old man in her family who gave her a small, smooth stone to slip into her mouth and lick, remaining silent, every time her husband picked a quarrel with her. She did this and before long, peace was restored to that home.
She ran to the wise old man to show her gratitude for the effectiveness of the charm only to have him tell her that what he had given her was an ordinary stone. He had merely found a way to make her keep quiet rather than destroy her home with her mouth. The Bible says:
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
Choose to speak only words that edify and if you must correct someone, do it constructively and in love.All children of God must learn to control their tongues. As there is a time to talk, there is also a time to keep silent (Ecclesiastes 3:7 ).When we talk, our words must be fitly spoken (Proverbs 25:11 ) in due season (Proverbs 15:23 ).
Help me Lord to bridle my tongue at all times, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Hymns: What a wonderful, wonderful day,
1. What a wonderful, wonderful day,
day I will never forget;
After I’d wandered in darkness away,
Jesus my Savior I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend,
He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, with joy I am telling,
He made all the darkness depart.
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
(filled my soul)
When at the cross the Savior made me whole;
(made me whole)
My sins were washed away
and my night was turned to day,
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!
2. Born of the Spirit with life from above
into God’s family divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary’s love,
O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made,
when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer, of grace He did proffer,
He saved me, O praise His dear name!
3. Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure
After the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure,
There in those mansions sublime.
And it’s because of that wonderful day,
When at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal,
From His precious hand I received.
RCCG Open Heaven 21st November 2021 Devotional Guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.