Summary: Part 2 of the Why We Worship series.
Christ Anchored Tabernacle
Pastor Jonathan Sanders
January 15, 2013
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Why We Worship
A Series On Pentecostal Worship
Methods Of Worship
The Power of Words
How many of us have spoken too quickly and said something before we thought better of it? There have been times when what came out of my mouth should have remained in my brain. The reason why we watch what we say and even the manner in which we say it is because there is power in the spoken word.
Words have a deep influence in our lives:
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The Bible teaches us that the mouth is the center of spiritual warfare. James said of the tongue,
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
You can tell a lot about a person’s spiritual state by the words that come out of their mouth. I am naturally an intense person. My wife has said many times that she can tell when I am praying and spending time in God’s Word like I should be. It is evidenced by the words that come out of my mouth.
When I am in the flesh, I may be a little short or snap at a person who asks me a question. When my spirit is right, my words are as Paul instructs:
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
If you have a screaming problem, it’s not a screaming problem. The screaming is a symptom to a heart problem. If you have a cursing problem, the words that you say are not your problem. They are a symptom. You have a heart problem. This is why David said,
Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Your mouth is the center of spiritual warfare. Jesus said,
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
In this ongoing spiritual battle that takes place in the earth, the words that you speak can either launch God’s weapons or the devil’s weapons. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)
The Lord’s Benefits Are Obtained Through Worship
Television preachers preach a wealth and prosperity Gospel. They preach what is often referred to as the “name it and claim it” doctrine. This is a doctrine that says that you can choose and name your blessing and it is yours.
We know this not to be compatible with God’s Word. There are times when God sends blessing into our lives and there are times when God allows trials into our lives. Ultimately He does what is best for us eternally. He is willing to allow us to suffer through a trial if it will reap eternal benefits.