Shift Pt.6 – Words
(Proverbs 18:21 NIV) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Most people don’t understand… The connection between the mouth and the mind. They work hand in hand.
There is a connection between belief and what you say Because you can’t separate them. You can’t have a thinking message without a words message
At a wedding – repeat after me – recite these vows – Swearing into office – or in court
Words were an important element in God’s work of creation. The plan of creation had been set in place, but God had to speak the words before it could become a visible reality. (Genesis 1) – Words carry creative power!
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug – mark twain
In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution, and fathered, defined, and popularized the concept of “paradigm shift”. Kuhn argued that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those revolutions one conceptual world view is replaced by another.
He encouraged us to think of a paradigm shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. It’s a revolution, a transformation – a metamorphasis.
(Proverbs 4:23 NCV) “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.”
You will never change the way you think until you change the way you talk.
The Mind Affects your Words and your Actions
Matthew 12:34-37 The MSG – “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
The Mouth is the expression of your thoughts. What you are thinking is expressed in what you say and do.
If you change your thinking, you will change your speaking. If you change your speaking, then you can reset your future and change your life. A transformed or renewed mind will reset the life that is before you!
Romans 12:2 NIV – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
In other words, outward transformations is dependent upon inner transformation – Shift your Thinking, Shift your Seeing, and Shift your Speaking!
All of us haven’t gotten in trouble with our mouths.
(James 3:2 NIV) “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”
James says, if you can control your mouth, you’re perfect He’s not talking about sinless.The word “perfection” in Greek literally means “mature/healthy”
When you go to the doctor and say, “I’m not feeling well,” The first thing he says is, “Stick out your tongue.” Your tongue reveals what’s going on inside of you. Not just true physically – but spiritually too
1. My Words directs where I go.
“Words are the guides to acts; the mouth makes the first move” Rabbi Leon De Modena
(James 3:3-4 NIV) “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.”
•The Bit actually puts pressure on the horse’s tongue.
•Our Words are powerful enough to give direction to our entire lives
If you control your words, you are literally protecting and directing your own life
Proverbs 13:2-3 NLT – Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
I can retract what I did not say, but I cannot retract what I have already said”
2. My Words can destroy what I have.
(James 3:5-6 NIV) “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire…it sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
(Proverbs 21:23 GN) “If you want to stay out of trouble be careful what you say!”
“Learn this and you’ll get along, no matter what your station: An ounce of keep your mouth shut beats a ton of explanation.”
(James 3:7-8 NIV) “All kinds of animals…have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut.
3. My Words display what I am thinking.
(James 3:10-11 NIV) “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
Luke 6:45 NIV – A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
4. My Words Produce What I can Have
Words according to your faith will feed your faith and starve your fears.
2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV – It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak,
Your future does not respond to anyone’s voice but your own
Mark 11:23 ESV – Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
We are not missing it in our believing, we are missing it with our words
Start saying things you want to happen in your life, not what you don’t want to happen! Jesus said to speak to the mountain, not about the mountain. Jesus said you can have what you say, but you have been saying what you have
The Words we speak indicate what we believe in our hearts and ultimately determine what we will receive in life
5. My Words must please God
Remember, Every time you open your mouth, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.
Psalm 141:3 NIV – Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 19:14 NIV May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
What’s the real problem?
It’s a heart problem.
Our thinking and our words are just exposing it. Hear something liberating – God’s not looking at your actions. He is looking at your heart. He doesn’t want you to act right – wants you to be right
Jesus said what’s inside of you is what’s going to come out. Actions are just symptoms of a heart condition
(Matthew 15:18-19 NIV) “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”
God’s Solution – You can’t change your life – until God changes it
1. God wants to cleanse your past.
Nothing can begin until we get past yesterday – Too many people are trapped in their yesterdays – What we need is a fresh start
(Ezekiel 36:25 NIV) “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.”
2. God wants to change you from the inside.
He’s not worried about what you are doing – knows it happens inside
God doesn’t want you to modify your behavior. He wants to change you into a new person
(Ezekiel 36:26 NIV) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
3. God wants to give you His thoughts.
You actually become a new person. New thoughts – because you’re a new person
(Ezekiel 36:27 NIV) “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
(Romans 10:9-10) “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”