"Culprit of my own deception!"
A woman came to the altar and confessed to the pastor, "I have a terrible habit of gossip and slander!
I want to dedicate my tongue to God. I want to lay it all on the altar of God."
The pastor replied, "Well, the altar is only twelve feet long, so we can dedicate half this Sunday and the other half next Sunday!”
Here is the third question we have to answer so that we will know whether or not we are living out a faith of deception:
3. T or F – I can be a Christian but what I say and how I say it doesn’t matter.
James puts it this way: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive their own hearts, and their religion is worthless.
Whoa! Heavy, Dude!
Can you think of a time in your life when someone deceived you? Was that a good experience for you?
The only thing worse than being deceived by someone is to be the culprit of our own deception! One of the worst cons you will experience is the deception you pull off against your own heart.
James breaks it down like this:
1. There are those who believe they are religious (connected with God) …
2. These people are commanded to keep a tight rein on their words …
3. However, they are unable and do not keep a tight rein on their words …
4. This is because they have deceived their own hearts …
5. Regardless of the definition or understanding of their “religion”, it is worth...... absolutely nothing.
Nutshell: Those who don’t keep a “tight rein on their tongue” have a faith with no connection to God. Such a faith is worthless!
Prepare yourself with prayer and contemplation.
Proverbs 12:18 – Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.