Choose To Belong

Bond-Servant=choose to become a servant

Connected to Jesus

Quit trying to jerk His chain

He controls the chains if we have in fact bound ourselves to Him

Speak like you belong to God!

Proverbs 18:6-7

6 A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.

7 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

PROVERBS 18:19-21

18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

18:21 Death and Life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Can it be that the average person spends one-fifth of his or her life talking? That’s what the statistics say. If all of our words were put into print, the result would be this: a single day’s words would fill a 50-page book, while in a year’s time the average person’s words would fill 132 books of 200 pages each! Among all those words there are bound to be some spoken in anger, carelessness, or haste. Today in the Word, June 15, 1992.

The Life Application Bible records these stats:

When our speech is motivated by Satan it is full of, …JEALOUSY, SELFISHNESS, DESIRES, DISORDER, EVIL.

When our speech is motivated by God and His wisdom it is full of, …MERCY, LOVE, PEACE, COURTESY, SINCERITY, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS.

I. Talk Like You Love Jesus

We sometimes say that a man has to eat his words. If they have been good words, they will yield satisfaction to him. He will be rewarded according to the nature of his speech.

Matthew 12:33-35

33"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

II. Talk Like You Belong to Jesus

James 3:2-6

. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Matthew 12:36-37

36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

III. Talk Like You Love Others

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. - Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

In his book The Youth Builder, Jim Burns talks about the importance of building up young people with affirmation and trust. What he says about criticism applies to every age group: For every critical comment we receive, it takes nine affirming comments to even out the negative effect in our life. Most young people receive more critical comments a day than encouraging ones. You can have a very positive, life transforming effect when you develop a ministry of affirmation.

3. Through relationship with the Holy Spirit - guard your tongue.

Ephesians 2:29 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.


Proverbs 15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word!

Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

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