THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 8-31-14

LESSON TITLE: “SPEECH SEASONED WITH SALT.”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD, “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON’T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AS WE LEARN IN THE BIBLE. AND FATHER HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO BE LIGHTS THAT WE MIGHT ILLUMINATE BEFORE THOSE OF THIS WORLD THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW YOU AND DESIRE TO OBEY YOUR TRUTH. FATHER, THAT IN THE END WE MIGHT ALL BE SAVED AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU. AND FATHER WE KNOW IT IS ONLY THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE HE MADE THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AND WE THANK YOU FOR THIS GREATEST OF GIFTS. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

ONE OF THE GREATEST BLESSINGS WE HAVE THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS THAT WE BECOME NEW CREATURES, THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT HELPS US TO FOCUS ON THIS WONDROUS TRUTH. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WE JUST FINISHED SINGING A SONG THAT PROCLAIMS TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE VICTORS IN CHRIST BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME NEW CREATURE ACCORDING TO GOD’S PRECIOUS WILL. SO, WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE BORN OF GOD. READ WITH ME FROM 1 JOHN 5:4, WHERE IT SAYS, “FOR WHATEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD; OUR FAITH.” NOTICE THAT BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH WE CAN AND HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. THIS MEANS WE HAVE CHOSEN GOD AND PUT HIM FIRST. WE HAVE SET GOD AT THE TOP OF OUR PRIORITY LIST AND PUT THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE AFTER HIM.

ALSO CONSIDER THOSE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE OVERCOME IN THIS WORLD OR IN THIS LIFE. WHAT ABOUT THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATION THAT COME OUR WAY? CONSIDER, THE PROBLEMS AND HEART ACHES WE OFTEN SUFFER. AND WHAT ABOUT THE SIN AND WICKEDNESS THAT COMPLETELY SURROUNDS US IN OUR DAY AND TIME? THE REALITY IS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENDURE THESE THINGS, MAKE CORRECTIONS AND EVEN PUT THEM BEHIND BECAUSE OF OUR GREAT FAITH IN OUR CREATOR ABOVE. THEREFORE, HE IS THERE WITH US, BESIDE US, HELPING US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH HELPS US WITH THIS ENCOURAGING IDEA IS FOUND IN ROMANS 8:35-37, WHERE PAUL SAID, “WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? SHALL TRIBULATION, OR DISTRESS, OR PERSECUTION, OR FAMINE, OR NAKEDNESS, OR PERIL, OR SWORD? AS IT IS WRITTEN: ‘FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.’ YET IN ALL THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US.” WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE TRULY ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS, BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIFE THAT CAN REALLY HARM US OR AFFECT US AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE LORD ON OUR SIDE!

NOW, LET ME ASK YOU, COULD THEIR BE ANY GREATER MOTIVE THAN THIS TO CAUSE US TO FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? COULD ANYTHING ENCOURAGE US MORE TO WANT TO DO HIS WILL? IF YOU ARE NOT A FOLLOWER OF GOD, CHOOSE TODAY TO DO THAT WHICH IS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. KNOWING THAT THROUGH YOUR FAITH AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL, YOU SURELY WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THIS LIFE!

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD?” OUR MAIN LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, “A SPEECH SEASONED WITH SALT.” I HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE WITH US FOR THIS IMPORTANT STUDY OF THE DAY.

SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND THINK ABOUT YET ANOTHER GOOD LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO CHALLENGES AS YOU MIGHT MAKE US BETTER SERVANTS AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AS GOD LOVES. I ASKED YOU THIS MORNING TO THINK ABOUT THE VBS (VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL) JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO WE CONCLUDED OUR VBS AND ONE OF THE SONGS THAT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE OFTEN SING AND THEY LIKE VERY MUCH. IT SAYS: BE CAREFUL LITTLE MOUTH WHAT YOU SAY, BE CAREFUL LITTLE MOUTH WHAT YOU SAY BECAUSE THERE'S A FATHER UP ABOVE AND HE'S LOOKING DOWN IN LOVE, BE CAREFUL LITTLE MOUTH WHAT YOU SAY. YOU SAY IT'S TRUE THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY, BUT NOT ALWAYS CHRISTIANS. ALL OF MANKIND NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR SPEECH - OF THOSE THINGS THAT THEY SHOULD SAY AND WHICH ARE PROPER AND ACCORDING TO WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US IN HIS WORD. THE BIBLE SPEAKS A LOT ABOUT THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A SPEECH THAT DEMONSTRATES OUR LOVE, NOT ONLY TOWARD GOD, BUT A SPEECH WHICH DEMONSTRATES OUR LOVE AND REALLY OUR ADMIRATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE AROUND US.

WE'LL BEGIN BY LOOKING SPECIFICALLY IN COLOSSIANS 4 AND THERE'S A FAMILIAR VERSE IN COLOSSIANS 4 THAT WE ARE ALL WELL AWARE OF. BUT AS YOU LOOK THERE WITH ME I MIGHT ASK YOU TO THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT YOUR FOOD. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I LIKE SALT ON MY FOOD AND I PROBABLY USE TOO MUCH SALT LIKE MANY OF YOU DO. BUT THERE'S NOT HARDLY ANYTHING THAT I DON'T LIKE SALT ON INCLUDING A LOT OF MY FOOD THAT I WILL PUT SALT ON. AND SOMETIMES WHEN I PUT THAT SALT ON THERE IT JUST MAKES ME WANT MORE BECAUSE IT TASTES SO GOOD AND IT ENHANCES THE FLAVOR AND IT REALLY BRINGS OUT THE FLAVOR IN MANY OF THE DIFFERENT ITEMS THAT I CHOOSE TO EAT. YOU KNOW, SALT IS AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT GIVING FLAVOR OR ADDING FLAVOR TO SOMETHING. AND THE BIBLE USES THAT VERY CONCEPT HERE IN THIS TEXT - VERSE 6 OF COLOSSIANS 4. THE BIBLE SAYS, “LET YOUR SPEECH ALWAYS BE WITH GRACE SEASONED WITH SALT.” WELL, LET'S STOP THERE JUST FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE THERE'S A MOUTHFUL THAT'S BEEN SAID ALREADY. LET YOUR SPEECH ALWAYS BE WITH CHARIS OR GRACE, AS IT IS THERE FROM THE GREEK. AND THAT BASICALLY MEANS WITH FAVOR. THAT MEANS WHAT I SAY SHOULD BE SAID WITH FAVOR TOWARDS THE HEARER.

NOW, IN A MOMENT WE'LL LOOK AT EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 AND IT'S EVEN CLEARER ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE GRACE IS REALLY ABOUT THE ONE HEARING. AND LATER IN THIS SAME VERSE IT SAYS THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO KNOW HOW WE SHOULD ANSWER EACH ONE. AND SO IF WE THINK ABOUT OUR SPEECH ALWAYS BEING WITH GRACE - THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO KNOW HOW WE ANSWER EACH ONE. BOY, THAT SHOWS US HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE THINK ABOUT WHAT WE SAY. I'M CONVINCED THAT'S WHAT GETS ME IN TROUBLE A LOT OF TIMES AND I'M CONVINCED MOST LIKELY THAT'S WHAT GETS YOU IN TROUBLE AS WELL. THAT WE SPEAK BEFORE WE THINK RATHER THAN THINKING BEFORE WE SPEAK. AND SOMETHING HAPPENS TO US, OR SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING TO US, OR SOMEONE IS RUDE TO US, OR SOMEONE IS UNKIND TO US AND WE IMMEDIATELY RESPOND IN THE SAME WAY. WE'RE ALSO UNKIND. WE'RE ALSO RUDE. WELL, LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. DOES THAT SHOW WE'RE OF GOD? DOES THAT SHOW THAT WE'RE GIVING FAVOR EVEN TOWARD OUR ENEMIES? LOVE TOWARD OUR ENEMIES, EVEN THOSE WHO SAY SPITEFUL THINGS AGAINST US AND WOULD HURT US, WE STILL DO WHAT? WE LOVE THEM. YOU SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR SPEECH? TOWARDS EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE DONE EVIL THINGS AGAINST US THAT WE MIGHT, AS IT SAYS HERE, MAKE SURE THAT WE ANSWER EACH ONE PROPERLY - PREPARING FOR HOW WE SHOULD ANSWER THEM. BUT I BELIEVE IT'S IMPLIED HERE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD ANSWER THEM SO THAT WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE ANSWER WITH FAVOR OR WITH GRACE.

NOW, LET'S APPLY THAT JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE BECAUSE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF GOD, GOD OFFERS US GRACE AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THAT CONCEPT OF GRACE FROM THAT STANDPOINT WE KNOW THAT IT IS A FAVOR OFFERED THAT IS UNDESERVED. SO THERE ARE MANY TIMES THAT GOD EXTENDS HIS GRACE TO ME. I REALLY DON'T DESERVE IT. I DIDN'T DESERVE IT IN THE BEGINNING WHEN HE ALLOWED HIS SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD FOR MY SAKE THAT I MIGHT HAVE HOPE TO OVERCOME SIN. I DIDN'T DESERVE THAT AND NO ONE ON THIS EARTH DID. BUT STILL - GOD DID IT. HE OFFERED FAVOR.

NOW, APPLY THAT TO OUR SPEECH. WE OFFER FAVOR, NO MATTER WHETHER IT'S DESERVED OR NOT. NO MATTER WHO IT'S BEFORE. NO MATTER WHO IT'S TO - WHETHER THEY HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES WORTHY OF SUCH OR NOT. WHY? BUT WHY? BECAUSE EVERYTHING I DO IS TO DO WHAT? GLORIFY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN. EVERYTHING I DO IS TO HELP OTHERS TO SEE AND MEET GOD NOT MAN. NOT THE REACTION THAT A MAN WOULD HAVE OR REACTION THAT THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BUT WHAT GOD WOULD DO. HOW GOD WOULD RETURN WITH A PROPER SPEECH AND HOW GOD WOULD RETURN BY TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK SO TO SPEAK.

BUT THERE'S ANOTHER IDEA THAT WE SEE HERE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THESE THINGS THAT IS BUILT ON REALLY AS I MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO BACK IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4. AND IF YOU'LL TURN THERE TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 WITH ME NOTICE WHAT HE BEGINS TO SAY IN VERSE 29 RIGHT AFTER HE SAYS, “LET NO CORRUPT WORD PROCEED OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.” WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK TO THAT BUT THEN HE SAYS, “BUT WHAT IS GOOD FOR NECESSARY EDIFICATION THAT IT MAY IMPART GRACE TO THE HEARERS.” THAT IT MIGHT DO WHAT? WELL, TO BEGAN THERE AT THE END OF THAT VERSE, THAT WE MIGHT IMPART FAVOR TO THE HEARERS WHETHER IT'S DESERVED OR NOT. THAT WE MIGHT BE SEEN AS SEEKING THE KINGDOM OF GOD FIRST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, KNOWING THAT WHEN WE DO THAT WE GIVE GLORY TO GOD. ISN'T THAT WHAT BEING A CHRISTIAN IS ABOUT? NOT GLORIFYING SELF OR GETTING BACK OR VENGEANCE. BUT IT'S ABOUT GLORIFYING GOD IN OUR WORDS AS WELL AS IN OUR ACTIONS.

BUT LET'S BACK UP A LITTLE BIT HERE BECAUSE HE ADDS SOMETHING ELSE. HE SAID IT'S NOT ONLY THAT ABOUT GRACE TO THE HEARER BUT IT SAYS THAT WHICH IS GOOD FOR EDIFICATION. WELL, TO ENCOURAGE US. NOW WE SEE, NOT ONLY SHOULD IT BE WITH FAVOR, BUT IT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING. IF I'VE GOT SOMETHING BAD TO SAY IT'S NOT WORTH SAYING. IF I'VE GOT SOMETHING HURTFUL TO SAY IT'S NOT WORTH SAYING. IT KIND OF REMINDS ME OF AN OLD STORY THAT WE'VE ALL HEARD BEFORE. A RABBIT ONCE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT HIS MOM TOLD HIM. WELL, IF YOU DON'T HAVE SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY. WELL MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. WELL, THINKING BEFORE WE SPEAK AS WELL AS THE IDEA HERE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR WORDS SHOULD EDIFY, SHOULD BE WITH FAVOR, THAT THE HEARER MIGHT BE LIFTED UP IN RELATIONSHIP TO HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS AND GODLY THINGS AND NOT TORN DOWN. THAT THEY AGAIN WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WOULD HAVE ME TO SAY AND THAT I WOULD SAY IT IN THE WAY THAT HE CERTAINLY WOULD SEE AS A BENEFIT TO THE HEARER AS WE SAW IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 4.

BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE FIRST PART OF THAT VERSE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A PART OF THE RECIPE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR WORDS ARE WHAT THEY SHOULD BE. HE SAYS THERE, “LET NO CORRUPT WORD PROCEED OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.” NOW THAT'S NOT ONLY GOING TO TAKE THE ABILITY THAT WE HAVE TO THINK BEFORE WE SPEAK BUT IT'S GONNA TAKE A NEED TO FEED OURSELVES WITH PROPER WORDS, WITH PROPER TREASURES, AND WITH PROPER RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE IT'S FROM THE TREASURES OF THE HEART THAT A MAN DOES WHAT? THAT A MAN SPEAKS. THAT A MAN COMES FORTH WITH THAT ABUNDANCE AND THEREFORE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORDS THAT WE HAVE ARE NOT CORRUPT OR PROFANE OR WICKED OR BLASPHEMING BUT THAT THEY ARE TRULY ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. THINKING ABOUT THAT NOT ONLY THEN DO WE HAVE A NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE SAY TO OTHERS IS WITH FAVOR TO EDIFY AND BENEFIT. NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACCEPTABLE TO GOD BECAUSE ULTIMATELY GOD MUST BE PLEASED WITH ALL THINGS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE IDEA OF MAKING SURE THAT NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION COMES OUT OF OUR MOUTH BECAUSE IT'S NOT FITTING FOR A CHRISTIAN. THAT WE DON'T DO THOSE THINGS OR INVOLVE OURSELVES IN THOSE THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER WITH ME NOW TO THE SAME BOOK BUT IN CHAPTER 5 AND I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOMETHING WITH ME THAT IS SAID THERE IN RELATIONSHIP TO SOME SPECIFICS ABOUT WORDS. AND IT SAYS FOR INSTANCE THERE IN VERSE 4 BEGINNING THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN, IT SAYS,” FILTHINESS NOR FOOLISH TALKING NOR COARSE JESTING.” AND THEN HE SAYS, “WHICH ARE NOT FITTING BUT RATHER WE SHOULD BE GIVING THANKS.” DON'T ALLOW THINGS TO COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH THAT REALLY AREN'T FITTING OR PROPER. THAT ARE CRUDE, THAT REALLY AREN'T ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.

IN THE SAME TEXT RIGHT AFTER HE MENTIONS IN VERSE 5 AS WELL, OF THAT SAME AREA. HE SAYS THOSE WHO DO THESE THINGS HAVE NO PART IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD BUT THEN NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 6 AFTER HE CLARIFIES THAT. HE SAYS, “LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU WITH EMPTY WORDS, FOR BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS,” - EMPTY WORDS, FILTHY TALKING, COARSE JESTING, HE MENTIONS ALSO HERE UNCLEANLINESS - HE LUMPS THAT RIGHT IN THERE WITH ALL THE REST OF THE SINS. AND HE SAYS THESE FOLKS ARE NOT ONLY GOING TO LOSE THEIR HOPE OF THAT KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BUT IT SAYS HERE THAT THE WRATH OF GOD, THE WRATH OF GOD IN VERSE 6, IS GOING TO COME UPON THOSE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE. AND THEN IN VERSE 7 IT SAYS, THERFORE DO NOT BE PARTAKERS WITH THEM.” IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE GONNA SAY THINGS THEY SHOULDN'T AND THEY'RE GONNA BE ENGAGED IN NASTY TALK, DON'T ENGAGE YOURSELVES OR BE AROUND OR ASSOCIATE WITH SUCH. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT. WE'RE CHILDREN OF GOD. WE'RE THOSE WHO LOVE AS GOD LOVES AND THEREFORE WE'RE INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SPEECH IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD AT ALL TIMES, GOD IS PLEASED WITH IT, THOSE AROUND ME ARE EDIFIED AND ENCOURAGE TO KNOW GOD. AND I AM ALSO ABLE TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AND SATISFIED IN HAVING KNOWN THAT I HAVE SAID THOSE THINGS WHICH AT LEAST ARE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT.

NOW, THERE'S ANOTHER ASPECT TO THIS TALK AND SPEECH THAT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT AS WELL. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS WILL BLURT OUT GOD'S NAME WHEN. SOMETHING EXCITING HAPPENS? OR THEY'LL BLURT OUT GOD'S NAME WHEN THEY HURT THEIR FINGER? AND THEY MIGHT CRY OUT GOD! OR THEY MIGHT CRY OUT LORD! OR THEY MIGHT CRY OUT JESUS CHRIST IN A VERY FLIPPANT WAY. LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING. ARE THOSE EMPTY WORDS? ARE THOSE VAIN WORDS? ARE THOSE ACCEPTABLE WORDS? YOU TURN ON THE TELEVISION AND YOU LOOK AT ALMOST ANY COMMERCIAL AND YOU LOOK AT ALMOST ANY PROGRAM AND YOU CAN HARDLY GET THROUGH A FEW SENTENCES BEFORE SOMEONE IS SAYING OH GOD! AND SCREAMING OUT OR HOLLERING OH GOD! IN RELATIONSHIP TO EXCITEMENT. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. GOD'S NAME IS HOLY. WE ARE TO REVERE AND SHOW REVERENCE TO HIM. WE ARE TO RESPECT HIM. LET NO CORRUPT WORD COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. AND WHEN WE USE THE WORDS OF GOD AND THE NAME OF GOD IN FLIPPANT AND CARELESS WAYS, IS THAT NOT CORRUPT? IS THAT NOT UNACCEPTABLE? AND DOES THAT NOT CAUSE THE WORLD TO SEE, RATHER THAN BEING OF GOD, THAT ACTUALLY WE ARE THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE WORLD AND THE WAYS OF THE WORLD?

THEREFORE BECAUSE OF THAT, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT I WANT US TO UNDERSTAND. ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS BROUGHT OUT IN THE BOOK OF JAMES 1 WHEN HE WARNS US ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY TO CONTROL THE TONGUE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR BODIES. THERE'S SEVERAL WAYS THAT HE DESCRIBES IT THERE IN HELPING US TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTROL OF THAT TONGUE, THERE IN JAMES 3, AND HE SAYS THAT WE NEED TO BE INDIVIDUALS WHO TRULY ARE ABLE TO BRIDLE THAT TONGUE. THE SAME WAY A HORSE WEARS A BRIDLE AND HAS THE BIT IN ITS MOUTH THAT IT MIGHT CONTROL. THAT WE LEARN TO CONTROL THAT SMALL MEMBER THAT IS EITHER ABLE TO CURSE, AND DO WICKED, AND HORRENDOUS, AND WILD, AND UNGODLY THINGS OR THE SAME TONGUE THAT IS ABLE TO BLESS GOD, TO PRAISE HIM, AND TO WORSHIP GOD. HE SAYS THAT BITTER WATER AND SWEET WATER DO NOT COME OUT OF THE SAME MOUTH. BUT HE ALSO DESCRIBES THAT TONGUE AS A FIRE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE MEANS BY THAT BECAUSE YOU CAN SAY THINGS OR PEOPLE CAN SAY THINGS TO YOU AND IT GETS A FIRE GOING. IT GETS A LOT OF PEOPLE MAD. WORDS CAN BE POWERFUL. THEY CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE. THEY CAN BE GOOD AND WHOLESOME.

WHAT KIND OF WORDS WILL WE CHOOSE? BECAUSE WHAT HE'S TRYING TO BRING OUT HERE IS THAT THE PERFECT MAN, THE ONE WHO IS COMPLETE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, IS ONE WHO LEARNS TO DO WHAT? WHO LEARNS NOT TO STUMBLE IN WORD AND THEREFORE HE'S ABLE TO, AS IT SAYS HERE, CONTROL THE WHOLE BODY. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT. IF WE'RE ABLE TO LEARN TO CONTROL OUR MOUTH SOMETIMES THAT AFFECTS ALL THE REST OF OUR BODIES. AND THE REASON MY FRIEND IS BECAUSE OF WHAT WE LEARNED A MOMENT AGO - WHEN WE FEED OURSELVES WITH THE TREASURES OF GOOD, GODLY, AND RIGHTEOUS THINGS, THAT'S WHAT COMES OUT. BUT WHEN WE FEED OURSELVES WITH THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT OF GOD OR THOSE THINGS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO HIM, THE WORLDLY THINGS THEN AS WELL, WE FIND THAT WE ARE PRODUCTS OF THE WORLD AND WE ARE GUILTY THEN OF HAVING A SPEECH THAT IS NOT BECOMING OF WHAT GOD WOULD DESIRE.

I'D LIKE TO FINALLY LOOK AT SOMETHING THAT IS SAID THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 12 AND THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE AGAIN IT BRINGS OUT THAT IDEA OF THOSE TREASURES. THOSE TREASURES THAT ARE PLACED WITHIN US AS A GOOD TREE YIELDING THE FRUIT OF GOD. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT HE GOES ON TO SAY SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 36. LET'S READ A FEW VERSES AROUND THAT THOUGH TO SEE THE CONTEXT. VERSE 33 HE SAYS, “EITHER MAKE THE TREE GOOD AND IT'S FRUIT GOOD OR ELSE MAKE THE TREE BAD AND IT'S FRUIT BAD; FOR A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT. BROOD OF VIPERS! HOW CAN YOU BEING EVIL SPEAK GOOD THINGS? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS.” VERSE 35, “A GOOD MAN OUT OF THE GOOD TREASURE OF HIS HEART BRINGS FORTH GOOD THINGS, AND AN EVIL MAN OUT OF THE EVIL TREASURE BRINGS FORTH EVIL THINGS.” NOW HERE IS VERSE 36, “BUT I SAY TO YOU THAT FOR EVERY IDLE WORD MEN MAY SPEAK, THEY WILL GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF IT IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.” DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR WORDS ARE GOING TO FIND YOU JUSTIFIED OR CONDEMNED? JOHN CHAPTER 12:48 SAYS THE SAME THING IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORDS OF GOD ARE HOW WE ARE JUDGE. AND THEREFORE MAKE SURE THAT WE NOT ONLY OBEY THOSE WORDS BUT THE THINGS THAT WE SAY ARE ACCORDING TO WHAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN HIS WORD, THE BIBLE.

BUT HERE HE ADDS IN VERSE 37, “FOR IT IS BY YOUR VERY WORDS THAT YOU WILL BE JUSTIFIED AND IT IS ALSO BY YOUR VERY WORDS THAT YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.” DO YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT OUR SPEECH IS? YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE SAY IS PLEASING TO OUR GOD IN HEAVEN? DO YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR SPEECH IS PLEASING TO OTHERS? THAT WE MIGHT BRING GLORY TO GOD, THAT WE MIGHT BRING EDIFICATION AND GRACE FAVOR TO THAT HEARER, WHETHER THEY DESERVE IT OR NOT? AND YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WHEN WE SAY THINGS THAT THEY'RE ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, AND THEY'RE NOT BLASPHEMOUS, AND THEY'RE NOT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE PROFANE, OR WICKED, OR EVIL OF THE WORLD. BUT THAT IN ALL THINGS WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR SPEECH IS GOOD AND PURE. THAT IT IS AS THAT SEASONING OF SALT THAT ENHANCES AND ALWAYS MAKES BETTER. SO THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BENEFIT, NOT ONLY OURSELVES AS GOD SEES OUR FAITHFULNESS IN SPEECH, BUT THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BENEFIT THOSE HEARERS AND THE WORLD AROUND US AS WELL. SO WHAT ABOUT YOUR SPEECH? IS IT A GLORY TO GOD OR NOT? MAKE SURE TODAY THAY YOU'RE SAYING THOSE THINGS WHICH LIFT UP AND WHICH COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO GOD IN EACH AND EVERY WAY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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WHAT TYPE OF SPEECH DO YOU HAVE TOWARD YOUR FELLOW MAN IN THIS WORLD? IS YOUR SPEECH ALWAYS OFFERED WITH GRACE TO THE HEARER? IF NOT, WHY NOT CHANGE YOUR SPEECH THAT IT MIGHT BE TO THE GLORY OF GOD BEGINNING TODAY.