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November 19, 2020 2:00 am
Words can bless, or they can bite. Some people whisper, and some people shout. In the message "Roar," Skip examines both the troubles and triumphs of the tongue, explaining how you can use your words for good.
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God can handle your gnarly prayers. So be honest and get it out and I look at her like this honest prayer is better than dishonest piety of learning fated to displacement. That's how you feel and that's what you mean to do that now God is able to sit through the rubble of even the normally this prayer and pick out the gym.
Proverbs wise King Solomon said. Death and life are in the power of the top so you will your time today on connect with Skip Heitzigs and scriptures more helpful guidance on using your words, for good.
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As for the head of those who surround me notice this phrase.
Let the evil of their lips cover them here. The word evil or evil of their lips is malicious or spiteful or threatening words. That's how it's generally seen or translated. However, the Hebrew word all or evil, literally means trouble. Some filled with anxiety. Laborious toil.
Some or having a wearing effect.
There are some words you get exposed to, and they have a wearying toilsome effect.
Think of the vulgarity and profanity that just you hear it so often it just I hope it wears on you. It grates at you. In fact, it's everywhere. So much so that everybody said oh well that's just normal. Nowadays I think there's any form of media entertainment where vulgarity isn't the norm anymore in virtually every workplace in America it has become the norm.
Time magazine article states profanity on broadcast television has risen 77 0% in the last five years. If that isn't talking to you. This should be because is the purpose of the article that I'm quoting time magazine said that children exposed to swearwords on television will become more physically aggressive aggressive speech usually accompanied by aggression seen on the screen will translate according to the experts quoted in this time magazine article into physically aggressive behavior was a boy and if I ever said a bad word. My mom had a solution for here. That's right, she would take a bar of soap taking over the sink and shove that bar of soap into my mouth.
Let me taste it, and then she washed it out with soap and I thought, what's the purpose of that. She said not to clean up your speech and a washer mouth out with soap. I never will forget that to this day.
If I'm in the shower and I taste a little bit of soap.
My mind goes back to those traumatic experiences of my childhood.
There's what's ironic what I was having my mouth washed out for back then is what's on prime time today. In 1946. I hope it goes back a ways, but just follow me in 1946 a movie came out still is played every single Christmas it's a Christmas classic with Jimmy Stewart was the name of it's a wonderful life the great film I to feel good movie.
And in this movie are dreaming sure there's a doctor you have to be really old even laugh at that is ever going to get it. Who is this Jimmy still got okay so in this movie. 1946. It's a wonderful life the original screenplay as produced when the movie was produced over certain words in the movie that had to be deleted because they said people can't listen to these word is not appropriate, it is unacceptable for the viewing audience to have these words in entertainment. I want you to know those words were ever deleted these words jerk jerk deleted from the movie inappropriate for audiences lousy deleted dang taken out impotent removed and garlic eaters taken away from the film garlic eaters is offensive to me sensor. We've come a long way spiteful words like 1/3 category and are Psalms slanderous words go down to verse 11 of Psalm 140 verse 11.
Let not a slanderer be established in the earth.
David praised slanderer is a talebearer. It describes something who roams around looking for a person to tell something to I have a tale to tell, will you listen is a description.
I am more deadly than the screening shell of a Canon I win without killing I tear down homes. I break hearts wrecked lives. I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me know purity is pure enough to daunt me. I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless. My victims are as numerous as the sands of the sea and often is innocent. I never forget, and I seldom forgive my name is gossip. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18, the words of a gossip are like choice morsels just picture that you sit down to a nice meal stomach is churning because you're hungry.
He smelled the food now you take your first bite when you take legal why because it's a choice morsel and there are folks who when they hear gossip. It's not you tell me a little bit more and there are some who feel that way and telling those kinds of things which shows us the problem of gossip. It's not just in the telling of it. It's in the hearing of it, there wouldn't be so many open mouths. If there weren't so many open years Google tasty morsels to receive. Have you ever experienced this somebody you know you haven't seen maybe for a couple weeks then you see him again. But suddenly they appear to you to be very different to cut cold torture. Their attitude toward Jews like a Lutheran cold and standoffish and it's as if the winds of the relationship ship and you wonder what's up almost guarantee you they heard something they been listening to someone say something that causes that response whenever they see so let me suggest that before you entertain the hearing of a bad report about somebody else that you asked five questions question number one asked the person this are you giving me this information. What why are you telling this to me. I can almost guarantee their telling you that because they feel they believe you will be a sympathetic ear that you will tasty morsel. They don't think you're going to confront them and say hey wait a minute, let me challenge you on this. They think you're a sympathetic ear so awesome where you telling me this question number two.
Where did you get your information asked them that what you get your identifier source of one of these are really credible source of the bidder want to be made that would tell me if you can identify your sources don't bring it up. Third question to ask. Have you gone directly to those involved. How few people do this but how biblical that is to do. Matthew 18 you go directly to the person. Question number four. Have you personally check out all the facts. As you know thing about faxes facts are often offset by another set of facts you might have bits of the truth, but do you have all you sure you have all the facts here. The Bible says a fool answers a matter before he hears it in the fifth question to ask is my favorite questionable can I quote you on this one want to be about once you are involved.
You just got involved and you got me involved in it. Can I quote, but I asked him can have your permission. Can I quote you on this. If they're responsible and mature, they will say yes you can soak some words are hurtful hears is that the second guideline some words are hurtful, but other words are helpful and let's consider those. Let's consider helpful words. David includes some helpful tips on using words in Colossians chapter 4 Paul writes let your speech always be with grace.
Season with salt and other words filled with truth, but also filled with love, grace and salt.
I believe the children of the King should use language of the court.
If we are God's children. There's helpful speech and hears three kinds number one prayer real prayer meeting, we will go through it again but Psalm 140 and 141 are essentially all a prayer but it's real prayer. Look at verse one of Psalm 140 deliver me oh Lord from evil men.
That's a prayer preserve me from violent men who plan evil things in their hearts they continually gather together for this is a real prayer. It only makes sense that if you are going to open your mouth. 700 times a day, that at least some of those times to be directed up some of that speech out to be directed to God in a real prayer speaking about real prayer good on the verse nine again. Listen to this. This is in us home. This is in the Bible come on this is Scripture look at this. As for the head of those who surround me, let the evil of their lips covered them. Let burning coleslaw on them. Let them be cast into the fire into GPX that they rise now that that was a prayer in the Bible you just read why do we gloss over that that's that's hence is called an imprecatory song. So here's what I'm getting at.
I'm not saying pretty gnarly prayers on everybody but I am saying pray on his prayers. And that's how he honestly felt and he was unafraid to pour out those honest feelings before God does. We got an answer that is more responsible than I got can handle your gnarly prayers. So be honest and get it out and I look at her like this. It honest prayer is better than dishonest piety. A lot.
I pray that you displaced okay. If that's how you feel and that's what you mean and do that now God is able to sift through the rubble of even the normally is prayer and pick out the jams. He is still sovereign, but he can handle real prayer, a part of real prayers praise noticed on verse 13 he says, surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name. The upright shall dwell in your presence in the next Psalm Psalm 141 verse two. Let my prayer be set before he was incensed the lifting of my hands. As the evening sacrifice. This now is the highest use of the tongue praise to God. So here here's the deal we feel the urge to use sharp words replace it with praise set of sharp words. Use sanctified words we feel the urge to take God's name in vain, rather than that make God's name of value so when you do that when you replace that urge to say something bad with something filled with praise what you are doing is retraining your mind what Paul calls in Romans chapter 12 the renewing of your mind you're setting up new habits, new tendencies. Ephesians 5 Paul writes be filled with the spirit speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. That's the reprogramming process so real prayer is helpful.
Real prayer number two.
Regular petition is helpful if you have an issue and in this case.
David's issue was his tongue. Pray about that regularly. Look at verse three. Great prayer) verse three of Psalm 141 set up guard, old Lord, over my mouth, keeping watch over the door of my lips do not incline my heart to any evil thing to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity and do not let me eat of their delicacies. Don't let me go when I hear bad report. What a great prayer that we should pray in a regular basis.
Funny, it takes two years for a person to learn how to talk and the rest of his life to learn how to keep his mouth shut and David is praying this Lord help me with this area of my life and the picture is pretty cool.
It's of a guard a century and a century, a guard of somebody. What a weapon at a gate and he would monitor people coming in and going out so picture a guard at the gate of your mouth and what a bad word wants to come out that God does know you don't, you're not coming out. That's not going to help Betsy to be disruptive.
Think about that first and send me something constructive and all of that out, wouldn't that be great. Why would he pray that because speaking without thinking is like shooting without aiming it will cause destruction and it won't be very helpful at all. James in chapter 3 of his book said no man can tame the tongue.
What is that infer who the owner when the containment God containment. He's the only one that's the inference of the first no man can tame the tongue.
If that's true, and only God can do it then ask God to help you think before you speak. Let me take that word, think and give it to you visually in an acronym THI and K before you say something, ask T is it true before I say it is this true H. Is this helpful. I is this inspiring and is it necessary, and K is a kind is a true, is it helpful would be inspiring. Is it really necessary and is a kind if you ran your speech to that grid he would make more friends and keep more friends than the basic truth is that a closed mouth gathers no feet and this one was waiting for that to fall on some of you close mouth gathers no feet real prayer, regular petition third form of helpful speech, righteous rebuke. Look at verse five of Psalm 141 let the wicked let the righteous strike me, it shall be a kindness. Let him rebuke me, it shall be as excellent oil.
Let not my head. Refuse it. My prayers against the deeds of the wicked. This is the ability to express love true tactful criticism to warn a person. Solomon Roden, Proverbs 27 open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed faith for the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful who wrote these two Psalms were reading, David.
Thank you. David wrote these two Psalms, David would know about confrontation would he not for who was at the confronted him with his own sin, but the prophet Nathan. When David is in his palace and he had committed adultery.
He was a sort of doing his own thing Nathan came to him and said you know there was a man who owned a lot of sheep he took a poor man's single sheep and killed it and ate it. They've got so infuriated he said that man must surely die, and the prophet said you're that man David you're the guy that did that and he confronted David with his own sin. This is righteous. Rebuke Oscar Wilde said a true friend always stabs you in the front you had enough people stab you in the back of truth friend will go right to your face and that's what accountability is. It's the rubbing together of two personalities that should bring a real accountability so your words can either be Obama or Obama, they can be a BAL M soft soothing ointment, bomb or BOM be long are your words of all or bomb your words encourage and build up and add worship to God and inspire you discourage and gossip and shock people and criticize some words are hurtful. Other words are helpful. Finally, all words are consequential that is the consequence of something else. They stem from and originate from something else. I want you to see what it is.
Look at Psalm 140 verse two he speaks of violent evil men notice who plan evil things in their hearts, never getting to the root of the problem more than the tongue.
The problem is the heart. Jesus said from the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak the problem with polluted water as it comes from a polluted well a man that has stinky cheese on his upper lip goes everywhere thinks the whole world smells bad. Rob in the world. It's his lip. He takes the problem with them wherever he goes. So when my mom wash my mouth out with soap. It didn't cure the problem only that day cure the problem but the next day and subsequent days. The problem came back because the problem wasn't in the mouth as much as it was in the heart. It's interesting when you go to a doctor sometimes a doctor will say stick out your tongue.
Why why my tongue because you can tell an awful lot by looking at the texture and color, thickness, etc. of your tongue, the tongue is like an outward gauge to what's going on.
Perhaps in some cases inside the body. Words are like an outward gauge to tell what's going on inside of you. So a person who spews profanity says a lot about him. If a person has to say. Damn.
And hell, all the time. He may simply be describing his condition and his destination from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. It's very revealing, and by the way, whatever is inside eventually will come out.
Joe had some friends that came to give him counsel. One was named alive who could been watching and listening to the other guys spout off and finally he said these words, for I am full of words, the spirit within me compels me indeed.
My belly is like wine that has no vent is ready to burst like new wineskins. I will speak that I may find relief. I must open my lips say this to say this, eventually you will say an angry person who holds a grudge eventually will express those few a lustful person will eventually express with crude remarks what's going on inside the heart.
A genuinely loving person will express those feelings also saying the computer world garbage in garbage out.
In other words, the quality of the data that is put in determines the quality of the results to come from the data. Garbage in, garbage out. So it's time to input the computer visually and audit audibly with the right data, and Paul offers this advice as he closes the book of Philippians. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right.
Think about things that are pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. If you do that you will bless far more than you will bite you will bring home far more than bringing up all into the conversation into the relationship then wraps up. Skip Heitzigs message from the series places want to share about a special opportunity you have knowledge of the Bible to a deeper level you looking to pursue biblical studies beyond church and personal Bible study teacher learning and your life's purpose to the next level with Calvary college registration for the 2021 spring term is open now and the curriculum features both online classes and on-site classes at Calvary church Albuquerque. Classes include biblical studies like spiritual foundations and the history and authenticity of the Bible class classes and keep books of the Bible, like Daniel, Romans and Revelation with video content from world renowned biblical scholars. Skip Heitzig Calvary college partners with Veritas international University and Calvary Chapel University so you can earn an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree or simply increase your knowledge of biblical studies. The deadline to get your application in for the 2021 semester is December 4. Find out more and apply today at Calvary ABQ.collect Calvary queue.college cost Jesus your good Shepherd because he protects you provide for you and meeting online through Scripture to help separate help reach more people. Now when you call 894 they think/cannot escape.com/Downey student tomorrow is six years is your spiritual life genuine should Skip presentation of connection occasions go through