Summary: We need to watch what we say and to whom we say it.
Don’t Be Braggin’
January 1, 2012 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We need to watch what we say and to whom we say it.
Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 1:1-16
Supplemental Passage: Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NASB)
so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD." (1 Corinthians 1:31 NASB)
Introduction: Three boys were boasting about their dads and one boy said, "My dad is so fast, he can shoot an arrow and get to the target before the arrow hits it." The second boy said, "My dad is so fast that he can shoot a rifle at a deer and get to the animal before it falls." The third boy said, "My Dad’s got both of yours beat, he’s faster than that. He gets off work every day at 4:00 and he gets home by 3:30."
I. Not All Opportunities to Succeed should be taken
a. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed. (Proverbs 11:6 NASB)
b. Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." (Luke 12:15 NASB).
II. Watch your Words
a. If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. (James 1:26 NASB)
b. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! (James 3:5 NASB)
III. Sometimes, bragging backfires
a. If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. (Proverbs 6:2-3 NASB)
b. On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and lies which they utter. (Psalms 59:12 NASB)