Tame Your Tongue-Pastor Berlisa Knowles-Smith

To win in Christ is to Win in Life!

We are approaching the Day of Atonement. This has been God’s special day of connection with His people, every single year, for thousands of years. Yom Kippur 2020 will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 27 and ends in the evening of Monday, September 28

The time to Return to God and cleanse ourselves!

It is a time to Humble ourselves, call upon the name of the Lord and seek his face. Repent of our sins and consecrate our life to God. Resolve and determine to obey God . Ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk in that narrow and straight path of righteousness.

I believe this word will help us look more like Him.

I believe this message will help us ladies represent Christ well on earth.

Main Scripture:

James 1:26 (NLT) If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) Those who control their tongue will have a long life;

opening your mouth can ruin everything.

Getting the tongue under control is one of the most difficult and important tasks in the Christian life. An uncontrolled tongue has the power to ruin a life.

According to James if our tongue is out of control, then our religion is worthless.

1 Corinthians 11:31 (AMP) But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged.

Characteristics of an Uncontrolled Tongue

  1. Gossip: - casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.

Proverbs 16:28 (NLT) A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;gossip separates the best of friends.

Proverbs 20:19 (NIV) A gossip betrays a confidence;so avoid anyone who talks too much.

2. Recklessness: - lack of regard for the danger or consequences of one's actions

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) The words of the reckless pierce like swords but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Are your words reckless or wise? Do you usually hurt or heal?

3. Deceit: - the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.

Proverbs 15:4 (NIV) The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

4. Lies: Proverbs 6:16-17 New International Version


There are six things the Lord hates,

seven that are detestable to him:


         haughty eyes,

a lying tongue,

         hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 12:19 New International Version


Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

5. Flattery: - excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one's own interests.

Proverbs 28:23 (NIV) Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

How to Tame Your Tongue:

1. Realize you are accountable to God for your words.

Matthew 12:36 (NIV) But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty/careless word they have spoken.

2. Dedicate your tongue to God.

Psalm 19:14 (NIV) May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

David realized that there was a connection between his words and his heart, so he prayed that God would be pleased with both.

3. Fill your heart with God’s word.

Matthew 12:34-35 (NIV) You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

So what comes out our mouth is stored in us.

4. Listen before you speak.

James 1:19 (NIV) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

5. Speak words of grace and life.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) The tongue has the power of life and death,and those who love it will eat its fruit.

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