Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that in the presence of God, all believers are humbled and realize they have "unclean lips".
7 June 2009
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Contingency Operation Site (C.O.S.) Sykes
BIG IDEA: When believers are in the presence of God, they are humbled and realize their “lips are unclean”.
REFERENCES: Isaiah 6:1-7 (ESV); Job 42:5-6 (ESV) I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes; Acts 28:25-26 (ESV) And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive; John 12:39-41 (ESV) Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them. Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him; Matthews 15:18-20 (What defiles a person) ESV – Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone; Mark 7:14-23 (ESV) What Defiles a Person – Note: Mark makes it clear that Jesus spoke this parable – and the one in Matthews 15 - making “all food clean”; Colossians 3:7-8 (ESV) In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth; James 3:1-12 (ESV) Control What You Say – The Apostle James tell us that a Christian Speech is another test of maturity. Note: The size of a thing does not determine its value or power. When God gave us the faculty of speech, He gave us a tool to build with; but it can also become a weapon of destruction; The tongue is a flame: it can, through lies and gossip and heated words, set a whole family or church on fire; James 1:26 (ESV) If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless; Matthews 12:34b (ESV) For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks; Proverbs 16:27 (ESV) A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire; Note: On the Day of Pentecost, believers received tongues of fire from heaven; but it’s also possible for the tongue to be “set on fire from hell”; Proverbs 18:20-21 (ESV) From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits; Matthews 26:69-75 (ESV) – Peter denies Jesus; 1 John 1:9 (ESV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.