Holy Spirit Got Your Tongue?

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue.” (James 3:7-8, ESV)

I bet you can relate to this passage. I sure can. You know that moment when an outburst just shot out from between your lips, and you instantly regret it? Instantly you wish you could put the proverbial toothpaste back into the tube, but you can’t. It’s out there. You said it. So you cringe and wait to eat the fruit of your words.

Our words seed the atmosphere. Understanding this, we want to grow daily in the discipline of what we allow our tongues to utter.

However, have you ever considered one other aspect of the tongue that is extremely hard to tame? When I was meditating on this passage from James recently, the topic of eating came to mind. Goodness is it hard to completely subjugate our tongue when it comes to consuming the right foods!


It matters to God what we eat. This is one of the key reasons for the Bible giving a detailed account of how He fed the Israelites in the desert. It’s why, when the disciples asked Jesus for training in prayer, the Prayer 101 class He gave them included the line, “Give us today our daily bread.” If you look for it, food actually gets a pretty good amount of attention throughout the Word. The Holy Spirit even made sure we knew about John the Baptist’s eccentric alimentary patterns.

Yes, God cares about what we choose as fuel for our bodies. This is not because He’s a legalist or looking for something to be critical about. It’s not because our eating choices make us more or less holy. Jesus actually specified to the contrary, “It is not what people put into their mouths that makes them unclean. It is what comes out of their mouths that makes them unclean” (Matt. 15:11, NCV).

Rather, He cares about our nutritional intake because He loves us. He knows that what we eat is a key factor in determining our health, our strength, and even our emotional wellbeing.

He also knows that sometimes when we are hurting, we look to food to comfort us. He understands that sometimes when our spirit is needing nourishment, but our stomachs are full, we turn to food anyway trying to satiate our inner discontent. Food is actually a pretty huge deal to us humans, and He knows it. Whatever is a big deal to us, He wants to be in the middle of it. He wants to be intimately involved.

Have you made Him the Lord of what goes into your mouth? You’ll never be able to make all the right dietary choices on sheer will power. The good news is, Holy Spirit is standing by, eager to empower you in your steps towards healthy eating. Ask for His help, and you shall receive!

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31, NET).


Do you have any insights pertaining to the topic of eating for the glory of God? I’d love to hear from you about them below in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Holy Spirit Got Your Tongue?

  1. Jennifer, “food” for thought. I do not think Jesus ate breakfast, lunch and diner. My sister Val which has much knowledge about nutrishion suggested eating when hungry throughout the day [when possible]. What we eat and how much is more important. I have been eating one meal a day at about 4-5 pm for many years with no adverse effects [and my weight has remained constant.] Recently, I have been praying before eating [watching tv, on the computer-things that “eat time”] asking Holy Spirit to intervene in my habits and make them comply with that which is good and Glorifying to God. I have learned so many new things [in the spirit] in this season in my life. len wisniewski

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  2. Val, eats small portions of fresh and healthy foods through out the day. She is 71, walks each day and rides her bike. Very active, middle aged woman. She takes take of her terminally ill husband, Rusty [lewey bodies demintia]. len wisniewski

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  3. Thank you for thoughts etc on this posting. I believe that we should prayerfully be always mindful of the needs of our bodies, minds and spirits. This is so that the temple housing the Divine can live the allotted time God determines. Breaking night-time fast ie breakfast has always been a life discipline for me. Fuelling the body with the ‘right’ food early in the day determines the health of my body mind and spirit. This has been my routine and I am 75 years of age. Importance of breakfast – ie not heavy but light and nutritious has been confirmed by health experts . Lunch also ‘light’; and last meal of the day…..not late but with one glass of red wine – for heart and blood health. I’m sure the water Jesus turned into wine was never intended to be to make folks alcoholic but to give an emphasis to heart and blood needs. Even in remembering Him. It is this wine accompanying broken bread that forever points to the heart health and living life found only in HIM. May all folk listen to God and seek Him for the needs of individual bodies etc. Lots of water is often a missing element. Lots of water and less food could be the key in many lives. Blessings. *interesting that only mention of Jesus having breakfast was fish on a beach’. Sounds wonderful to me!

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