Summary: How to get control of your mouth
MASTERING MY MOUTH
August 3, 2003 Am - Danny Williams
Getting a Grip on Life - Part 1 of 5
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
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.