By PASTOR ROB GRANGER
I’m proud to have served in the United States Navy. What I most enjoyed about my service was going to sea. I never ceased to be amazed that a ship, though large, yet seemingly so small, is able to travel thousands of miles across vast oceans, from one location to another.
To do so, a ship needs to be powered by one or more engines, have enough fuel, a compass and rudder to equip the ship to go in a specific direction to its location. Likewise, we as men and women are equipped to successfully go to specific locations. We weren’t made to sit still and sink helplessly in the hopeless circumstances of life. Rather we were made to navigate successfully on a divine course to a fulfilling life here and eternal life in Heaven.
It is our tongue that has the power to set and, when necessary, correct our course. “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you.” (Job 22:28, NKJV). The Holy Spirit has been given to guide us, and when we say what God says about us, our course will be set for a fulfilling journey. But our tongue must be engaged correctly. Many of us take for granted or even ignore daily the power of the things we say.
“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. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things” (James 3:5-6, NKJV).
The tongue has great power as a creative force through speaking words. God spoke the worlds into existence with words (see Genesis 1); Jesus commanded the lame to walk, the blind to see, the dead to new life and a man with a withered hand to be made whole (see Luke 6:10).
Jesus talked with His disciples about the power of their words. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). With the tongue we either “bless God” or “curse men made in His image” (James 3:9, NKJV). If we judge, we will be judged (see Matthew 7:2). When we bless others, we receive a blessing (see 1 Peter 3:9).
With the tongue we receive salvation. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10, NKJV). What we believe with our hearts and what we say with our mouths will ultimately determine what will happen and where we go in our lives.
One day Jesus was hungry and passing a fig tree, seeing no fruit, cursed it. The next day, passing by it again, the disciples were amazed that the tree was dead. Jesus said, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:22-23, NKJV).
Where are your words taking you? More next week.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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