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What Makes You Do the Things You Do? Dr. Elmer Towns
Lesson 4: What makes you say the things you say? October 14, 2007
1. For your destiny, change your heart, and your words will change.
2. For your character, change your words, and your heart will change.
The Five Most Five Powerful Words
- I love you.
- You are forgiven.
- I pronounce you husband and wife.
- You are hired.
B. THE INFLUENCE OF WORDS
1. “How forceful are right words” (Job 6:25). As forceful as life.
2. Your words determine your future. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37).
The Five Most Awful Words
- Later. “Felix trembled . . . go thy way . . . when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25).
- Guilty. “I never knew you: depart from Me” (Matt. 7:23).
- Condemned. “Thou art the man” (II Sam 12:7).
- Rejection. “Crucify Him.”
- Hell. “Shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev. 20:10).
3. 800,000 words in the English language, 300,000 are technical. We select from 500,000 and use about 5,000 each day. How do you use them?
4. God could have created the universe many different ways, but He used words, “Then God said” (Gen. 1:3).
5. How did God connect with us? “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God . . . and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14).
6. Our problem is our heart, but is reflected in our words. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, and blasphemies. These are [the things] which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man” (Matt. 15:18-20).
“We all think we know best and we act like teachers, telling others what to do and pointing out their faults. But we who are believers should know better, therefore our punishment will be greater for our faults. If anyone can control his tongue, it proves he is a mature person, because he can control his entire life” (James 3:1-9, ELT).
Three Illustrations: a bit, a rudder, a spark
We control a large horse by putting a small bit in his mouth, and we make him go wherever we want him to go. We control a huge ship with a tiny rudder and we make it go wherever we want it to go, even when the winds are strong. A small spark can start a large forest fire and it will do enormous damage. The tongue is a small flame, but it’s full of wickedness and its flame comes from hell that sets on fire the whole body. It can destroy lives with a blazing fire . . . no human can control their tongue; it’s always looking to destroy its owner and others. Sometimes it praises our heavenly father, and sometimes it curses others.
7. Only Christ can control our tongues.
C. FOUR WRONG CONCEPTIONS
1. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT I WANT. Woman told Churchill, “If I were your wife, I would poison your drink.” He replied, “If I were your husband, I would drink it!”
- Brutalized by honesty. You’re not just under the U.S. laws; you are under the laws of God’s kingdom.
- No shock-jock.
- “I will guard my ways lest I sin with my tongue”
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