Summary: How to get control of your mouth

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August 3, 2003 Am - Danny Williams

Getting a Grip on Life - Part 1 of 5

Proverbs 13:1-3

Proverbs 18:4-8 18:19-21

The average man speaks enough words in one year to fill 66 books, 800 pages long.

He speaks 20,000 words a day. The average woman 30,000 words a day.

We are a nation of talkers.

Talk shows on TV, talk shows on the radio, car phones. We like to talk.

Today, 55 million Americans will listen to 400,000 pastors deliver over one billion words.

When it’s all said and done, a lot more is said than done.

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:3, "He who guards his mouth controls himself. But he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."

The Bible says that self control means controlling the tongue.

There is so much in Proverbs on our words.

There’s over 120 verses related to different things about our speech.

I want to summarize everything in three statements -- The Sermon on the Mouth.

1. Think before you speak.

2. Always speak the truth.

3. Speak the truth in love.

That’s what Proverbs says about our words.

1. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK -- contemplate before you communicate.

Proverbs 16:23 "Intelligent people think before they speak. What they say is then more persuasive."

The biggest battle you will ever face is your own mouth, not other people’s

Get your mind in gear before you engage your tongue.

Have you seen these game shows where they guess the answer before the question is given?

They always get it wrong, because they assume they know what’s being said.

Don’t never assume nothing!

Learn to think before you speak.

"You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say."

People Listen to your Words- They reveille who you are

Mother Story

A mother invited some people to dinner. At the table,

she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said,

"Would you like to say the blessing?"

I wouldn’t know what to say," the girl replied. "Just

say what you hear Mommy say," the mother answered. The

daughter bowed her head and said,

"Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to


Dan Fouts, the former quarter back for the San Diego Chargers, now retired, said, "Now that I’m retired I want to say something I’ve always wanted to say: As a quarterback I want to say, All defensive linemen are sissies."

You have to live with the consequences of what you say.

The Bible says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."

Have you ever set off a chain reaction with your words?

People have died for saying the wrong things.

Proverbs 20:25 "It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows."

Choose your commitments carefully.

Calculate the cost.

You will say words that will get the attention of the Devil and turn on the law of Sin and death,

Or you will say words that will get the attention of God, and turn on the law of Life in Christ Jesus

So Think before you speak.

It’s a trap to agree to something before you’ve really thought it through.

Talk is not cheap! It can cost you a lot.



Every time you speak you are giving someone authority to work in your life.

So since you are going to be speaking anyway, you might as well put God’s word on your mouth and give him authority

Either Angels will be released on your behalf or demons

How many know?

Talk is not cheap.

It’s always easier to get in than it is to get out.

It’s easier to get into debt than get out of debt.

It’s easier to fill up your schedule than to get out of your schedule.

It’s always easier to get in than to get out. "It’s a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows."

Think before you speak.

That is a hard, hard lesson to learn.



What ever your Life is like, is a result of your tongue.

What you say can make you sick or well, happy or sad, rich or poor, can get you married or divorced.

What you say can win friends or make enemies.

What you say can get you hired or fired.

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Have you ever said "Yes" to a salesman and later regretted it?

Have you ever made a promise to your kids and they wouldn’t forget it?

Or they wouldn’t let you forget it? Have you ever accepted an invitation and later regretted you had?

Think before you speak.

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