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James 3:7-8 “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: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” The mouth contains the teeth, passages to the throat and tongue. The tongue is a part of the body which is vital for human beings to swallow, talk or taste. A human being who cannot make use of his tongue is termed deaf. The creation of everything seen is as a result of the potency of maximizing the mouth. Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The mouth is the It takes the Holy Spirit to tame the tongue: An average woman speaks about 20,000 words and a man speaks 7,000 words per day. The more the words, the prevalence of lies, deceits, hypocrisy and bad habits. Proverbs 10:19 “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Deadly poisons of the tongue 1. The Poison of lie: This is the commonest of all sins. There is no small or big lie: Lie is lie. No person wants to be disgraced or embarrassed and so they lie to cover a secret or an act. This is not to advocate for lie but to understand that, lie will keep begatting lies, hence, cultivate the habit of speaking the truth: Truth will be truth and it stands the test of time forever. When your conscience is deadened, lies

neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.”

Taming your tongue come without hesitation. Let your conscience guide you. 1 Timothy 4:2 “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” Proverbs 6:16-17 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,” 2. The Poison of Flattery: This is praising someone insincerely in order to gain favour for yourself. Flatterers are everywhere and when you lose touch with God, flatteries become your aim to achieve significance. Let’s not worship humans, especially in giving accolades or encomiums more than God. Isaiah 42:8 “I am the Lord: that is my name:

and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” 3. Profane Language: This is immoral, indecent, unwholesome and unruly talks. Some of us will not talk but will keep quiet when they are being said around us: both the passive and active users of the words are guilty. If you don’t act when those words are spoken around you, they will dwell in your heart and start ministering negatively to your spirit man. Profanity is poisonous. Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, nor maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Leviticus 18:21 “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech,

4. Tale bearing: Tale bearing is spreading gossip and rumours: It is the ability out of jealousy and envy to separate friends. This is the principal cause of division and rancour in churches. Talebearers are highly poisonous and always want to recruit followers to demystify or jeopardize your personality/friends/ marriages. Talebearers are crafty and cunning people always causing troubles. Be wary of tale bearing and always examine yourself to be sure, you are not a talebearer. Leviticus 19:16 “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord.” Proverbs 26:20 “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” 1 Timothy 5:13 “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” Romans 16:17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Proverbs 11:13 “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” TO BE CONTINUED

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What we can do to end malaria By W. Stuart SYMINGTON

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n World Malaria Day, the United States is proud to recognize our partnership with Nigeria and support your fight to beat this deadly disease. We salute all Nigeria’s health champions—from health workers to mothers, pharmacists to drivers, journalists to researchers, teachers to warehouse managers— and all those working to end malaria. As a global community, we have achieved remarkable success. Together, we’ve cut malaria mortality by half in sub-Saharan Africa, and saved over 7 million lives since 2000. In Nigeria, the United States has contributed $495 million for malaria control since the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) began in 2011, distributing more than 26 million long

lasting insecticidal bed nets, 23 million malaria rapid diagnostic test kits, 52 million treatment courses, and 14 million doses of medication to prevent malaria in pregnancy. As we commemorate World Malaria Day on April 25, we celebrate this success. As the world’s leading donor in global health, the United States is committed to working with our partners to intensify efforts to end malaria for good. We know fighting malaria is a smart investment to protect health, create opportunity, and foster growth and security worldwide. And we know fighting malaria together makes us more e?ective and achieves greater impact than any of us could alone. Countries are best positioned to beat malaria with strong partnerships behind them. American

partnership—including technical and financial commitments through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) as well as the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—remains a cornerstone for continued global progress. Since 2011, PMI, led by the U.S. Agency for I n t e r n a t i o n a l Development and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has partnered with Nigeria to support their fight against malaria. PMI’s transformative programs in Nigeria leverage and strengthen national leadership, resources, and systems to deliver lifesaving interventions more effectively and promote enduring malaria control gains. PMI walks alongside

partner countries on their journey to end malaria as an evolving, but enduring partner— promoting and building their self-reliance. PMI empowers every person, every community, and every country to fight malaria as an equal, valued, and essential partner. This year ’s World Malaria Day theme – Zero Malaria Starts with Me – recognizes this role we all play in ending malaria. So today we call on everyone – national governments, donors, communities, families, faith leaders, the private sector, and many others – to fight this deadly disease alongside us. Together we can scale proven interventions to close coverage gaps. We can share research, best practices, and data to stay ahead. We can welcome new products, players, and processes to advance our fight. This World Malaria Day, we are proud to

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reaffirm the commitment of the United States to continuing this global progress and ending malaria in Nigeria. And I extend our hand in partnership to all of those who will join us.

Zero malaria starts with me, you, and everyone working together for a more prosperous and healthy future for all. Symington is the United States Ambassador to Nigeria.

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