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Summary: A message on the power of your words and using them for your benefit.

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Open Your Big Mouth

Speaking Your World Into Existence

3/31/04

I. Introduction

Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest Renaissance painters and sculptors.

In talking about his sculpting, he said that he never created his great works; he discovered them. He said he uncovered them.

Using his famous statue of David as an example, he said God placed the art in the stone, and it was Michelangelo’s job to bring out what God had created. Trying to see what was waiting to be uncovered, he was known to stand in front of an unfinished piece and yell in frustration, “Come out!”

Michelangelo looked at a block of stone and told what God had created to come out. Michelangelo must have looked really weird talking to a big rock, but then again, he was one of the greatest painters and sculptors in the world. And I think we’d do well to look at a man like this and be encouraged by this example.

Tonight’s message is “Open Your Big Mouth: Speaking Your World Into Existence.” Do you realize that what you say determines your future? Do you understand the great power that is between your nose and chin? If not, by the end of this message, you will recognize that you have control over your destiny and you’ll be in a better position to be able to get what you want from God.

II. Say What?

Have you ever listened to yourself talk, like on a video or a cassette recorder? Were you shocked to realize what your voice sounds like? Were you pleased with the sound of your voice?

Have you ever listened to the content of what you say? You know, you tell a joke that nobody laughs at and you wish you never said anything at all. Or, you accidentally spill the beans on something you were supposed to keep a secret? What about the old murmuring thing when your mom tells you take out the trash? (frickafrackaicantbelieveigottatakeoutthetrashagainitshisturn and then mom hears and on top of taking out the trash, you have to take out some ice from the freezer to put on your swollen behind. Or, have you talked about somebody behind their back only to turn around and see that they were behind your back?

If any of those things have ever happened to you, you may have an understanding of just how powerful your big mouth is and what kind of trouble it can get you into. Well, it’s no big secret that your mouth is a pretty big tool. In fact, Bible writers found this out thousands of years ago.

Proverbs 18:21 “21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

They wrote that the tongue is so powerful that it can bring life or death. Have you ever got in trouble with your parents from talking back and then thought to yourself “Oh, man, I’m dead meat”? Well, the life and death we’re talking about here ain’t just from your momma’s paddle. We’re talking about your very existence, how successful your life will truly be. It all begins with how you talk. And not just whether you talk like a gangsta, for sheezy, or you got a southern drawl, ya’ll, or you combine the two and whip out your sawed-off shotgun and bust a cap. No, we’re talking about the words that come out of that big mouth of yours. And instead of your words getting you in trouble, we’re gonna learn how to make your words work for you, not against you.


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