To enter into the fullness of God’s salvation in every area of our lives, we have to make the right confession. In every area, whatever it may be, we must say the same with our mouths as God says in His Word. When our confession agrees with the Word of God, we are moving into the full provision of God in salvation and we have the ministry of Jesus as our High Priest operative on our behalf in heaven. With Him standing behind us on the basis of our confession, there is nothing that can hinder us or keep us from moving on into the fullness of our salvation. Our confession links us to Jesus as our High Priest. That is why what we say with our mouths determines our experience.
Let us return briefly to the illustration of the tongue as the rudder of the human life.
“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body...” (James 3:4-5 NIV)
What the rudder is to the ship, the tongue is to our body or to our life. The right use of the rudder directs the ship properly. The wrong use brings a shipwreck. The same is true with the tongue. The right use of the tongue brings success and salvation in its fullness. The wrong use brings shipwreck and failure.
The ship is steered with a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. A great ocean liner may have a captain with many years of experience, but when he comes into a harbour, he is not permitted to berth that ship himself. It is an almost unvarying rule that he must take a pilot on board, and allow the pilot to assume responsibility for the use of the rudder and the berthing of the ship.
You and I may feel we are capable of handling our lives, but there are situations that we cannot manage. We must take a pilot on board and let him assume responsibility. Can you guess who the pilot is? Of course! The pilot is the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit alone who can enable us to use our tongues rightly and to make the right confession.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Faith. When He motivates and controls our words and speech, they become positive. Our speech then honours God and brings the blessings of God into our lives. Every one of us needs the Holy Spirit to pilot our lives by controlling our tongues. He is the ultimate solution to the problem of the human tongue.
God permits us to come to a place of failure. He says, "None of you can control your own tongues." And then He says, "But I have a Pilot. Will you invite the Pilot on board?" All you need to do is simply respond with a prayer such as the one below.
Dear Lord, I really cannot control my tongue rightly. Please come in and take control through Your Holy Spirit. I will yield to you. Please give me a tongue that glorifies You. In Your Name, Amen.