This lesson, “The Power of the Tongue”, can be a tremendous blessing and starting point in your quest for happiness.  How the tongue is used can determine the future whether good or bad.  I think you’ll find that the truth on this subject can and will impact your life for the better, if you will apply it everyday.  Another lesson which may be of interest to you is titled


The Power of the Tongue


“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 


Wow!  What a way to start out.  There’s nothing like getting to the point on a subject is there?  Life and death occupy the extremes of the spectrum called living.  One enjoys happiness and blessings, the other bad days and trouble.  While life enjoys fruitfulness and hopefulness, death hammers out destruction and broken relationships.  This life and death however have no power without an agent to carry them.  This agent can turn them off or on at any time.  It can make one effective and fruitful and the other powerless and weak.  The agent I speak of is your tongue.  The Bible, The Word of God, has much to say about the tongue.  James speaks of this little member in our body and what he has to say isn’t very pretty.


“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! [6] 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. [7] For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: [8] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:5-8 (KJV) 


Now don’t get discouraged here at the first.  This sounds pretty bad and it really is, but before we finish we will look at the solution to this problem at the end of the lesson. 


There are several things that an unbridled tongue will do.  It will boast of many things, it can kindle destructive fires, it is a world of iniquity (sinfulness), it follows the course of nature, is full of poison, an unruly evil and sets us on the course of hell itself.  Some have called the tongue, “The little red devil behind the white pearly gates.”  Whatever you may call it, your tongue has the capacity to do great harm and destruction.  If that was not enough, it also says no man can tame this member of our body.  As crazy as it may seem, it also has the power to bring life. 


Do you find yourself hurting others with your words more times than not?


A Ship and a Horse


James portrays the tongue as a rudder of a ship and a bit in the horses’ mouth.  We all know that a rudder steers a ship.  The direction of the rudder determines where the ship will go.  In the same way, the horse will always follow its’ mouth.  The direction of the head is where the horse will go.  The tongue is like the rudder of the ship and the bit in the horses’ mouth.  How we us it will give direction to our life.  We can go either in the way of life or the way of death.  What do we do with a ship and a horse illustrates what should be done with our tongue.  With the ship we fasten the rudder to the captains wheel and with the horse we put a bit and a bridle in its’ mouth.  By doing this we can change the course of the situation.  In the case of the ship we can steer clear of an oncoming obstacle and deliver the cargo safe and sound.  With the horse we can rope calves, barrel race and accomplish lots of work simply by controlling one part of its’ body.


“…If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2 (KJV


By putting a bridle on a horse we actually bridle the whole horse.  By connecting the rudder to the captain’s wheel we in effect control the whole ship.  By putting a bridle on our tongue we literally control the whole person.  In the case of the horse, when we teach it to submit to the bridle, the horse becomes valuable.  With the ship it too has purpose and value.  With you and I the same is true.  When the tongue has a bridle placed upon it, the value and usefulness of the person is greatly increased.  Life takes a turn for the better when we understand the power of the tongue and begin to use it for our benefit.


“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23 (KJV) 


Want to stay out of trouble?  Watch what you say.  I know this sounds simplistic and easier said than done.  Let’s not look at how we can do this right now however; let’s look at the results of doing it first.  When a bridle is placed on our mouth good things begin to happen almost immediately.  This is because people will respond to you differently.  When you say cutting and hurting words to others the result will often be trouble.  When your words are spoken with grace or kindness the opposite effect will usually take place.  In fact, sometimes just saying nothing at all can be a tremendous blessing to you.



“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” Proverbs 17:28 (KJV) 


How true it is!  We look wise when we control that little red devil behind the white pearly gates.  Once he gets out, the troubles start almost immediately. 


Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back?  Why did you say it in the first place?


The Bridle


“Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” Psalm 32:9 (KJV) 


There is a bridle for the tongue that is not controlled by a hard master.  The master of the good tongue is Jesus Christ.  The secret in controlling your tongue is in understanding what motivates the tongue.  The plot thickens.


“…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34 (KJV) 


The real issue is the condition of the heart.  When the heart is angry, the tongue speaks words of anger.  When the heart is happy words of happiness come out.  So then, the answer to the problem of controlling the heart is a change of the heart.  This cannot be done by oneself it must be done by God himself.  Doing what is right from the heart can only be accomplished when the heart is right.  The heart becomes right when God makes it right through a spiritual touch of his Spirit.


“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) 


When God touches the heart it is changed.  Where there used to be anger, now there is love.


“…because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5 (KJV) 


When God touches the heart, the tongue becomes bridled by Gods’ Spirit.  When he comes into your life, all of his positive attributes dominate and begin to rule the lower attributes of the flesh.  Jesus spoke of his Spirit as living water that cleanses and purifies from the inside out.  This spiritual experience takes away the fleshly heart and replaces it with a godly, spiritual heart.  At the moment this takes place, the power of the tongue is changed from destructive to constructive.  It is amazing how fast life becomes better when the tongue is bridled by his presence.  The Bible records this experience of change in Acts 2.  When the disciples of Jesus received a change of heart through the baptism of the Spirit of God, they spoke in other tongues. 


“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4 (KJV) 


The power that went through them is for all people who want a change of their heart from the inside. 


“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [39] For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39 (KJV) 


The witness of the Apostles touched many people because they had truly been changed on the inside.  The good news is this experience is for us today! 


Would you like to experience an inward change of heart?  Would you like to experience the baptism of the Spirit of God?




No man can tame his tongue and therefore needs a power to help him bridle it.  When the tongue is bridled it becomes a tool that brings life.  An unbridled tongue causes death and destruction, yet there is a way to have freedom from a destructive tongue.  On the other hand, there is a way to have life abundantly through the power of the tongue.  Jesus Christ is that answer.  If you are struggling in this area we would like to help.  Simply let me know and someone will get with you as soon as possible.  You are not alone in this situation. 


Thanks again for taking the time to go through this lesson.  I hope it has been a blessing to you.  If it has, please let me know, it would be a great source of encouragement.  Check back often for we are always adding new studies for you to consider.  See you soon!




Greg Wirths


Focus on Freedom




“Becoming Successful.”  This lesson deals with true success and how to achieve it!  With that said, let’s get started!



  1. Kara SAndifer says:

    Greg and family
    Just a note to say thank you
    Our story Edward my husband and mine) is long ,so I’ll give you a brief description of who we are and
    how you have helped
    not just us but an entire jail
    full of all kinds of people encluding my husband ,inmates and gaurds as well , any one in ear shot when my husband
    who is one of many ministers _in jail _in the same facility for various reasons ,
    is talking about God and Our saviour JESUS

    my husband is there because he built a wall with out a contractors licence in the state of new mexico which you may well know is practiced by many and now as we have learned is one thing the state has recently inacted strict laws against for example one can no longer sand a floor ,paint any structure or even replace a window or any activity in regards to construction with out having a contractors licence unless it is your own home and not for any kinda of monetary commpinsation ,
    so that out of the way ,

    he is teaching and preaching some of Santa Fe’s so called hardest criminals and we refer to your bible study the power of the tounge
    to day to help him deliver the message today as you can imagine the things Edward must hear .
    We thank God for being chosen to minister in this way ,
    on January 22 2009 at 10 am we have a hearing to see if the judge is willing to reduce Edwards sentance ,
    if it isin your heart ,
    please lift us up to the Lord in prayer ,
    I miss him and can hardly wait for the Lord to bring him home so that we can cantinue the jail ministry that God has led us to or whever he wants to take us next ,
    this Bible study has blessed so many
    As soon as Edward calls and lets me know how the days teaching went
    and what the responces are I will return here and let you know
    every day we study the word togeather over the phone so that we can pass it on and when i typed in the power of the tounge on googgle your site came up and really helped us meet a need thank you
    kara sandifer
    your sister in Christ
    New Mexico

    ministry how sweet it is !

  2. Mercy Eleda says:

    Thank you so much for the powerful insights on the “Power of the Tongue”. It was very enriching and informative. May God bless you….

  3. yonas says:

    It is a great lesson.God bless you.

  4. catherine says:

    thank you for the teachings about the tongue

  5. MoMo says:

    Thanks Greg! Continue to spread the love of Jesus! May the Lord richly bless you!

  6. patrinella ndoro chivaviro says:

    you have encouraging words

  7. The subject on tongue is though an unpopular one yet very wide. Thanks for making it very easy for all to understand.

  8. The lesson is an eye opener; its insight, wisdom is beyond human understanding. May God’s spirit forever rest upon

  9. Marcos Salomon Manrique says:

    Good Morning;
    Iam a minister who is presently living in Ecuador i sort of stumble over this article and i was very blest to read it, it is concise clear and doctrinaly correct in my view.
    most of what we get on the internet is so much more concerned wwith being “rigth” than simply preaching a good solid word like yours God bless you yours in Christ Marcos S Manrique

  10. brittany bailey says:

    Thank Sooooo much

  11. thanks for your education. may the good Lord bless you.

  12. Isreal says:

    Pls teach me how to use my tougue rightly.

  13. josiah says:

    This issue has been exhausted in detail. God bless you.

  14. what a lesson! you have helped me so much,keep it up,may GOD continue to give you more revelations…..
    Providence Manavira

  15. raphael oladunjoye says:

    I was given an assignment from MFM school of deliverance,On power of the tongue and i got my answers here.thanks and God bless,from Lagos Nigeria.

  16. Anthonykamukama says:

    Thanks my dear for helping us to understand about the power of a tongue, however, take heart my dear, i will be praying over it and i believe that God will soon let your husband out. Is he still in the prison by now?

  17. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for “rightly dividing the word of truth.” I was doing research to counteract the “positive confession” lie so many of my co-workers use by searching out the basis upon which this occult belief lies.
    I thought your site might be trying to use “death and life are in the power of the tongue” to support “positive confession.” Praise the Lord, you weren’t!
    Thank you for feeding the sheep instead of misleading/deceiving the sheep!

  18. anthony says:

    It is full of inspiration and godly insights. Thank you so much. Blessings. It will help me personally and will share it to others.

  19. Edet samson says:

    Its so touching.i enjoyed the teaching

  20. nkosikhona says:

    wow that was just so awesome Greg,i truely learnt alot and thank God for leading me to this page..

  21. Stephen Eze says:

    This lesson is of great help to me, thanks

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