Summary: Part two of this series focuses on who we speak words to (gossiping) and whom we allow to speak words into us - remembering that speaking life and death is not about being a Christian, but about the power of words.
That Is Why You Fail Part 2
This is part two of my series, “That Is Why You Fail.” If you recall from part one of this series, I shared with you that the words we speak share with others what is on the inside of us. I spoke to the fact that we speak life and death, belief and unbelief when we open our mouths. I illustrated this with the example from the movie, “The Empire Strikes Back” when Jedi Master Yoda told Luke Skywalker “Do or Do Not, there is no Try!” after Luke stated that he would try to raise his ship from the water. When Luke could not do it and confessed with his mouth what he believed in his heart – that it was impossible – Yoda did it. Luke stated that he didn’t believe it and that’s when Yoda said, “That Is Why You Fail.” I shared with you that we fail because of what we believe on the inside. We “try” to do things because we are not sure we “can” complete them. I asked each of you to spend that following week “not trying” but doing. Did you do it? Do you remember the story captured in the seventeenth chapter of Matthew? A man had brought his son to Jesus’ disciples because he had a demon. The disciples tried to cast the demonic spirit out but were not able. Let me read what is captured in verses 17-20 and I will be reading these from the King James Version of the Bible. “Then Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me.’ And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, ‘Why could not we cast him out?’ And Jesus said unto them, ‘Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:17-20) What I want you to see is that Jesus did not mix words with them. They asked why they could not do it and He told them plainly that it was because of their unbelief. Notice that Jesus did not congratulate them or give them credit for trying! They did not believe in their hearts that they could do it and the demon knew they doubted and therefore would not leave. I ask you again, let’s stop trying and either do or do not! Remember, our mouths will speak what is in our hearts so when we say “I will try” what is in our hearts is a small slimmer of doubt that we will not be able to do it. Our words matter. If you simply say “I will do it” you will make the necessary steps to actually do it.
In part one I told you that words play three key roles in our lives: how we use them; who we use them with; and the third being who we allow to speak words into us. I previously focused on how we use words and how those words speak death and life into our situations. This morning I will focus on the last two: who we use these words with and who we allow to speak words into our lives.