Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:4-5)
A rudder is a small piece or structure of wood or metal attached upright to the stern of a boat or ship that sets it on course to a desired direction. The captain uses it to direct wherever he wants.
The Apostle James in our opening scripture likened the tongue to the rudder of a great ship. Though so little, the tongue can accomplish anything-- good or bad "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof"(Proverbs 18:21). The life you have today is the result of your tongue-work; everything you've been saying. Your words direct the course of your destiny, positively or otherwise; never forget that.
The Bible says "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body"(James 3:2). Your tongue is the tool by which you chart your course in life. This means you actually have control over your life through your tongue; you can determine the quality of life you live here on earth. This is the reason you shouldn't talk poverty, defeat, sickness or death; rather, talk prosperity, victory, success, health and life, and that's what you'll have in your life.
Steer "your ship"--your life-- in the direction of God's destiny for you, with your tongue. Make a choice to speak the right words of faith about yourself, and you'll have a glorious and successful life.
I have a glorious and successful life because I'm born of God and filled with the Holy Spirit who teaches me and guides me the path of life! I walk in righteousness, abundance, health, peace, joy, prosperity and continuous victory today and everyday of my life. Praise God.
Rhapsody of Realities June 3,2011
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome