You Are What You Speak
Sermon shared by Bob Ashcraft
Summary: You have probably heard the expression "you are what you eat." A more precise saying is "You are what you speak." The words that come from our mouth yield much greater power than we realize.
Audience: Believer adults
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YOU ARE WHAT YOU SPEAK
You have probably heard the expression "you are what you eat."
A more precise saying is "You are what you speak."
The words that come from our mouth yield much greater power than we realize
Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
If we realized the power of what comes from our mouth – we would be far more careful in choosing our words
Even quoting the Word of God, we must quote by the Spirit of God and not by our own motivations
2 Cor 3:6 "… the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
43 "For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
The words that we speak are fruit and we are identified by that fruit
There are Christians today who gossip, slander, backbite and curse – this is not good fruit
Jesus said in Matt 12: "we will give an account for every word we speak"
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
What comes out of your mouth, reveals the content of your heart
It is a spiritual discipline to watch our words
Prov 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Prov 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Prov 10:19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Prov 17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. 28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
"Calling things that are not as though they are"
Some Christians get this concept confused
Rom 4:17 "…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;"
We are made in God’s image, We have been given authority, We have been created to have dominion over the earth
Job 22:28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
However, our confession must be in line with God’s Word – if not we are dabbling in witchcraft
James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
Our words must line up with God’s word, should be of the spirit, should be a blessing, should be in love
Prov 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.
SOWING AND REAPING
looking back at the expression "You are what you eat."
The more truthful saying is "You are what you speak."
The first is talking about a physical truth
But we are not just physical beings – in fact, our physical realm should be the least of our being
Deu 8:3 "Man shall not live by
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