I. Two Points of Energy Sit on Your Tongue
No matter how old you may be or how young,
Two points of energy sit on your tongue,
Offering choices: speak death or speak life.
Submit to God’s fire or the fire of strife.
Whether bitter or sweet, you have power today
To decide how to flavor the things that you say.
Do your words justify? Do they condemn?
Because you can’t turn a millstone to a gem.
Take, for example, Christ’s wilderness fast.
Forty days is how long this fast did last,
In which He was tempted to turn stones to bread.
But He turned the devil’s own words on his head.
II. Don’t Use Your Tongue’s Energy to Glorify satan
So, Satan changed tactics and promised Him power,
Declaring, “I’ll save you from your desperate hour.
With the right words you can save yourself from the cross.
Why should you, God’s own Son, suffer such loss?”
The devil said, “If you’ll adore me, I’ll give
To you all of these people. Yes, I’ll let them live,
While you enjoy fortune and revel in fame.
All you have to do is to worship my name.”
“To clarify what that means, Glorify me
For all that I’ve done and the misery you see.
Do not speak of victory won through your death.
Those people aren’t worth it, you’ll just waste your breath.”
“All I want is some credit for all that I’ve done.
For, it can’t be too hard to admit that I’ve won.
So, let’s talk about all of the problems I’ve caused,
With all of the suffering, all that’s been lost.”
“Sympathize with their grumbling, as I see fit,
And make them feel sorry for you, just a bit,
Because loving problems and talking of pain
Is the best way to glorify my evil name.”
III. Jesus Used His Tongue o Glorify satan
To thus misuse his tongue Jesus was tempted.
But the Father’s provision it would have preempted.
Yet how many of us today fall for this trick?
It’s packaged up pretty, but boy is it slick!
We fret and we worry ’bout each little task,
But the energy lies on our tongues if we’ll ask.
We mumble and grumble because we are bored,
But that needn’t be so if we’re serving the Lord.
Others of us, swallowed by circumspection,
Forget the great hope of our Lord’s resurrection.
While we might remember to lift up the cross,
We focus on suffering and count it as loss.
IV. Remember the Power of Christ’s Resurrection
But where is the joy that He purchased for us
When he rose from the dead? Oh, why do we still fuss?
He spoke to that mountain of death, and it moved.
To remember this victory it would us behoove.
So let’s not proclaim sadness or pity or shame,
But think about Jesus and lift up his name.
Talk of His victory, and ALL that He’s done,
ALL that He is, and ALL that He’s won.
For the tongue has the power of life and of death,
The power to give or to take away breath.
So rather than grumble or mourn or complain,
Let’s use our tongues to lift up Jesus’ name!