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Stick, Stones, & Words

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September 22, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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Stick, Stones, & Words

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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to be with you again, it's
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  • such a privilege to have a few minutes together each week
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  • to open the Word of God, to invite the Spirit of God
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  • into our lives, to stand together in Jesus's name,
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  • and this generation.
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  • Our lesson today is on the authority of our words
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  • and in the book of James it says that if we didn't-- never
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  • transgress in our words that we're perfect people.
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  • Most difficult part of my person to control is my mouth.
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  • My word's get me in trouble, but there is tremendous
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  • spiritual authority in the words we use.
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  • How we choose to use our words to bless the Lord, to open our
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  • lives to God's very best.
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  • We're gonna take a few minutes with the Word of God and open
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  • our lives to invite God into help us.
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  • The Holy Spirit's our teacher.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • God has something good for you today.
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  • Allen: I want to talk to you about words, but I really have
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  • a bigger agenda.
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  • I'm going to suggest to you that there is a spiritual authority
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  • in your words.
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  • That the words you speak in spiritual authority as
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  • a concept biblically that's intertwined.
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  • They're really inseparable.
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  • And if you haven't thought about it much or you don't think
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  • about it much, you're forfeiting something that God has entrusted
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  • to you.
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  • But I have a secondary agenda that is related to that.
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  • See I think those of us that attend church, particularly
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  • in America, we are-- kind of imagine that our stability
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  • and our opportunities to flourish and all of those
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  • things are secured by the government, or our
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  • history, or the integrity of our founding documents,
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  • or something.
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  • I would submit to you that the freedoms and liberties
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  • and the things that we know have come from Almighty God.
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  • And the degree that the church is a healthy vital influence
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  • in our culture, those things will remain for the generations
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  • that follow us.
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  • And the degree to the church is diminished, and weakened,
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  • and silenced, those things will disappear.
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  • And the idea that's kinda flourished in our hearts
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  • and we're all, I think, susceptible to this is that
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  • there's a time on Sunday morning when we're Christians.
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  • We find a building that looks like a Christian place and we go
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  • in and we do Christian.
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  • We spray up, and clean up, and sit up, and shut up,
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  • and for a moment and about an hour or so we try
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  • to fool our neighbors.
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  • But when we leave church, we've done Christian, now we're gonna
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  • go do life.
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  • And we have friends and we recreate, and we do business,
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  • and we do all the things that define us.
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  • We have homes and lives, not bad, not evil.
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  • What I want to suggest to you is that the notion of your
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  • spiritual life was never intended to be confined
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  • to a church building.
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  • Or to a time block on Sunday morning.
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  • That it was intended to be integrated into the breadth
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  • of your life.
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  • And there's no clear expression of this that I can think
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  • of from scripture than this notion of the spiritual
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  • authority of your words, who you are and what you say 24/7 is
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  • an expression of your spiritual life for good or for evil.
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  • Something's being expressed whether you intend it or you
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  • don't intend it.
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  • It's a mistake to think that intent is required to have
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  • a consequence.
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  • I think of some of the goofy things I've done in my life
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  • and some of the stupid tax I've had to pay.
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  • Very few of those things were initiated 'cause I had
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  • the intent to cause myself pain.
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  • So don't get confused and go I didn't intend it.
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  • That's not the point.
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  • There is an authority in your words.
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  • I know it's not a concept we think about it and it can be
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  • taken to some goofy places, some odd places, don't do that.
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  • And don't reject the idea because you've seen people do
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  • goofy things whether people do weird things with food, but I
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  • still intend to have lunch.
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  • So don't reject the truth, because you've seen something
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  • that you disagreed with.
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  • I wanna submit to you that prayer is a utilization of your
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  • words for God directed outcomes.
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  • We've been spending a lot of time for a few years now
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  • talking about prayer and how to unleash it in our lives.
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  • We bring weekly prayers, we talk about how to pray just sentence
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  • prayers in the context of our daily interaction with people.
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  • See, for too long I think we have linked prayer to public
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  • gatherings of Christians as if prayer was some sort of a public
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  • service announcement at the beginning of a gathering
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  • of Christians.
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  • We don't really attach value to it.
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  • It's one of the-- when the Christians get together, we
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  • begin with a prayer and when we're done with our gathering we
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  • close with a prayer and then you know it's time to run
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  • to the restaurant.
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  • But prayer is more than that it's using your words for God
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  • directed, God inspired outcomes.
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  • Words aren't just empty useless conveyors of messages.
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  • The words you choose and the words directed
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  • towards you have an impact.
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  • Yeah.
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  • And we're going to unpack some scriptures with this idea.
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  • But maybe if we use another idea of the types of calories that
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  • you consume.
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  • Whether they're healthful or not will define your physical health
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  • and wellbeing.
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  • Now that's reality.
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  • The impact isn't often immediate but it is certain.
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  • Well I would submit to you there's an analogy the words you
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  • use and the words you receive have a defining influence
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  • in your life.
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  • The impact isn't often immediate but it is certain.
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  • It's worth considering.
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  • I'll give you a verse of scripture, it's not in your
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  • notes, but it's a very familiar verse that illustrates this
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  • point.
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  • In Romans chapter 10, in verse 9, it says if you believe
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  • in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is
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  • Lord you'll be saved.
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  • Salvation is kind of a loaded word in the New Testament, has
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  • lots of meanings and implications,
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  • but fundamentally it means you can be a part of the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • How do you become a participant in the kingdom of God?
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  • You have to believe in your heart and confess with your
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  • mouth.
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  • What ignites that transformation?
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  • The New Testament speaks of it as a new birth.
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  • What ignites that birth in your life?
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  • Joining a church?
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  • Passing a theological exam?
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  • Being kind, or moral, or generous, or benevolent?
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  • Maintaining your marital vows?
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  • Being a good parent?
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  • Being a gifted athlete?
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  • What qualifies you to enter the kingdom of God?
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  • Your words are necessary.
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  • See, I think we have trivialized words.
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  • We thought, "Ah, there's nothing."
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  • There is something to it.
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  • There is something to it.
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  • There's something into your spiritual wellbeing
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  • and the wellbeing of you as a person is related to the words
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  • you use and what you do with the words that are directed
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  • towards you.
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  • Some of us have carried the impact of words that were
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  • spoken to us decades ago.
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  • And have been either unaware, or unwilling to unload
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  • the impact of those words.
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  • I've told you on many occasions that the first chapters
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  • of the book of Genesis give us the big rock ideas of the Bible.
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  • That in those first 11 chapters, we're introduced to the primary
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  • themes of Scripture.
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  • In Genesis chapter one, we're introduced, it says, "In
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  • the beginning God."
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  • The Bible makes no attempt to discuss it with us
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  • the origins of God, where he came from it.
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  • It doesn't-- we're not given that information.
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  • What this book tells us is the relationship,
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  • the interactivity between Almighty God and Adam
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  • and his descendants on planet Earth.
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  • That's what this book is about.
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  • But in Genesis 1 it says, "In the beginning God created
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  • the heavens and the earth."
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  • God is identified as the creative force, the creative
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  • power behind all living things on planet earth.
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  • And that first chapter is the creation narrative.
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  • It's echoed again in the second chapter.
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  • But what is the-- what is the instrument God used
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  • to create the earth and everything that's in it?
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  • His word.
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  • It says, "God said, 'Let there be light,' and the lights came
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  • on."
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  • And God said, and God said, it's used repetitively.
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  • It's not just a literary function.
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  • It's used repetitively for emphasis that God's word was
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  • the authority that brought order to the chaos that was this
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  • place.
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  • When we're introduced to the story.
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  • And God's word still brings order in this world.
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  • Not just his written word, his word in your heart from your
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  • mouth makes a difference.
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  • Now, I have finally gotten to your notes, there's hope.
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  • Let's start with this notion from Scripture that words carry
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  • with them an authority and authority for which we are
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  • going to be accountable.
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  • We start in Proverbs chapter 21, it says, "He who guards his
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  • mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity."
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  • I have no interest at this season in my life of being
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  • involved in unnecessary calamity.
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  • I try to avoid them now whenever possible.
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  • I used to think they were fun not so much.
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  • All right, if I have the invitation to be a part
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  • of some enormous calamity, I will defer and send you.
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  • And we're given some counsel here.
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  • It says, "He who guards his mouth and his tongue avoids
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  • calamity."
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  • You think about guarding your words?
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  • You guard your home.
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  • You guard your finances.
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  • You probably guard your kids.
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  • You guard your-- how many of you locked your car when you park
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  • today?
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  • You think you go to church with thieves?
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  • Bunch of suspicious people.
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  • You're used to guarding things in your life.
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  • You guard your data.
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  • You guard your information.
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  • Well, the Scripture tells us we should guard our mouth and our
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  • tongue because what comes out of it has an impact
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  • on the events of our lives.
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  • Say I don't believe that.
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  • I know, that's why I read it to you.
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  • We have to decide what to do with the truth of Scripture.
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  • Look at Proverbs 18, "The tongue has the power of life and death,
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  • and those who love it will eat its fruit."
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  • So there is power in the words that come out of your mouth.
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  • Hebrew poetry is typically written in couplets, two ideas
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  • that are pushed together and to get the full meaning
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  • of the presentation you need note both parts.
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  • That's true here.
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  • The first statement is there's power in your tongue for a life
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  • or death, for good or for evil.
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  • And the second phrase has do with what you believe.
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  • He says those who love it will eat its fruit.
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  • If you believe it, it will bring good things to you.
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  • If you ignore it the opposite is true.
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  • There is power in the spiritual authority for good or for evil
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  • in the words you speak.
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  • Matthew chapter 12, Jesus is speaking.
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  • He said, "I tell you--" there's a pattern that Jesus uses when
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  • he's teaching.
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  • Oftentimes he'll begin a phrase and said, "I tell you
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  • the truth," or "I tell you."
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  • And I've told you before that when you see those phrases it's
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  • a warning.
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  • It's like a caution light that what he's about to say next is
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  • so unusual he has to say I'm telling you the truth before he
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  • tells you.
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  • Because it's outside your expectation.
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  • So he's kinda queuing us up to what's coming next we
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  • probably wouldn't have imagined.
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  • He said, "I tell you that men will have to give an account
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  • on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."
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  • Jesus said that.
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  • I know it's in the Bible and you read it like it's normal,
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  • but that's a little surprise to me.
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  • How may of you thinking about judgment before Almighty
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  • God are worried about your words?
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  • I'm thinkin' about some behaviors, some events, some
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  • activities, some things I consented to, some things I
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  • didn't stand up against.
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  • And Jesus is ignoring all of that.
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  • He said, "You're gonna have to give an account on the day
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  • of judgment for your careless words," not you're intentionally
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  • mean spirited words.
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  • For your careless words.
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  • "For by your words, you'll be acquitted and by your words,
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  • you'll be condemned."
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  • Words have more authority than we thought about.
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  • Words carry with them a spiritual authority.
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  • Words have an impact on your actions and your behaviors,
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  • and the consequences of your actions and your behaviors.
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  • This is a fundamental idea.
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  • This isn't like crazy Christianity or the the lunatic
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  • fringe of our faith.
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  • This is at the heart of it.
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  • How many of you know the biblical word "repentance"?
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  • Repentance is something that is expressed verbally.
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  • Repentance that is only a thought is not repentance.
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  • Repentance is about a change of heart and a change
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  • of behavior, but those changes are ignited initiated by a words
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  • you say, by words you express.
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  • "God, I'm sorry.
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  • I have been wrong.
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  • My choices were wrong.
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  • My behavior was wrong.
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  • My attitude was wrong.
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  • I repent.
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  • I wanna go a new way."
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  • If you don't express those words, the consequences of your
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  • behavior is coming to you.
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  • It's through repentance, we receive mercy and grace and we
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  • are delivered from the consequence we justly
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  • deserve.
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  • Words have authority.
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  • We've been a little casual with this.
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  • I just don't think it's been on our radar screen.
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  • Allen: The story of being a Christ follower is the story
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  • of transformation.
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  • We aren't Christians because we're perfect.
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  • Being a Christ follower is not an outside in proposition.
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  • It's not a set of a dozen rules that we keep better than
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  • everybody else.
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  • Therefore, God accepts us into his inner fold.
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  • Being a Christ follower, the Bible describes it as a new
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  • birth.
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  • There's something ignited in you, initiated in you.
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  • It's launched with your words, but God responds with his grace
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  • and his mercy.
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  • Transformation is ignited.
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  • And we are changed incrementally bit by bit, day by day til
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  • the character of Jesus Christ is formed in us.
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  • Not pretending to be Christlike but seeking to honor God
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  • with our words, our actions, our behaviors.
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  • It's the same idea when you see a child born.
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  • You look into the the glass at the hospital and you see
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  • those new infants in the hospital nursery.
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  • They're not done, it's a beginning.
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  • It's the igniting of a lifetime of change, and transformation,
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  • and learning, and adapting, and new skills, and new
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  • responses.
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  • If you respond to the world when you're 30 like you did when you
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  • were 3 you've missed something.
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  • And as Christ followers, we are being transformed.
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  • We often make the mistake in our desire to present ourselves as
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  • mature Christians.
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  • Not mature chronologically, but somehow suggesting we have
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  • mastered this thing.
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  • We step away from our desire to be changed.
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  • Folks, we need to be changed.
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  • The way I knew God last week is not adequate for the challenges
  • 00:15:06.160 --> 00:15:09.110
  • I face this week.
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  • There are needs that life brings.
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  • I don't know about you, but life is harder than I wish it were.
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  • It comes with more challenges, and more problems, and more
  • 00:15:16.280 --> 00:15:20.000
  • obstacles, and growing older doesn't diminish those.
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  • I need to know God in a new way.
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  • I need to be changed.
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  • Can we lose this pretense that we've got it all mastered?
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  • Let's say with Isaiah, "Woe is me.
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  • I need your help."
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  • And God doesn't respond with criticism.
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  • He said, "I've made preparation for your transformation."
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  • Isn't that wonderful?
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  • Now it doesn't absolve us of responsibility.
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  • James is the in your face book in your Bible.
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  • In James chapter 3, it says, "We all stumble in many ways."
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  • You look at the person on your right and say, "You look
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  • like a stumbler to me."
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  • Takes one to know one, all right?
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  • "If anyone has never at fault in what he says, he's a perfect
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  • man, able to keep his whole body in check."
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  • I know it's in the Bible, but that's a staggering
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  • statement to me.
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  • He said, "If you're able to manage your words, the rest
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  • of yourself is pretty easy to manage."
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  • Well, you know, reflectively I kinda get that there was a time
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  • in my life, if you pushed me, I'd push you back 'cause I
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  • healed quickly and it really didn't matter that much to me.
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  • At this season in my life if you push me, I'll go get somebody
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  • bigger than you to push you back.
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  • But I still find I have to be careful with my words, because
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  • I'll launch those rascals in a heartbeat.
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  • And James is reminding us that we have a responsibility
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  • for the words that we speak, not to be casual with them.
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  • Look at Psalm 39, psalmist said, "I'll watch my ways and keep my
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  • tongue from sin.
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  • I'll put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my
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  • presence."
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  • I grew up in a veterinarians office.
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  • So muzzle is an image that I'm familiar with.
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  • We didn't muzzle very many dogs.
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  • They brought in dogs to the clinic that were mean
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  • or are aggressive and they can typically be handle, especially
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  • if we get the owner out of the room.
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:11.210
  • There were techniques, or ways, or strength, or all sorts
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  • of ways, but occasionally you brought a dog that was
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  • so disrespectful of authority, that was so unconditional,
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  • unconcerned that you had to muzzle him.
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  • They were so aggressive, so assertive.
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  • It was a warning.
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  • It's a warning to something that was out of control, unmanaged,
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  • undisciplined.
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  • And the psalmist is using that image.
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  • He said, "There's times I need a muzzle for myself."
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  • There's sometimes I find I have to if not literally at least
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:42.290
  • figuratively put my hand over my mouth.
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  • We've been a little undisciplined with our words.
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  • Why does it matter?
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  • Because there's authority in your word, for good
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  • and for bad.
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  • Please don't treat them casually, it's a spiritual
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  • principle, it's a biblical principle, it's at the heart
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  • of Scripture.
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  • We're introduced to it in the first chapter
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  • of the Bible.
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  • This isn't some subtext, some subtle hint in Scripture.
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  • It's a primary theme.
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  • I went back to the book of Proverbs.
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  • Proverbs is a book of wisdom.
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  • Proverbs is a book that will tell you the outcome
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  • at the beginning of an idea.
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  • That's a tremendous advantage.
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  • It's like knowing the scores to all the NFL games
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  • before the season begins.
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  • That might be an advantage.
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  • For some behaviors.
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  • Well the book of Proverbs tells you the outcome
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  • at the beginning.
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  • And I went to the book of Proverbs and I pulled out all
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  • the verses that said something about our words, or our mouth,
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  • or what we speak.
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  • And two things become clear, there's a direct connection
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  • between what's in your heart and what comes out of your
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  • mouth.
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  • Your mouth is like the overflow valve.
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  • See, I thought when I was a kid the only real issue with words
  • 00:18:48.220 --> 00:18:50.260
  • was not to use profanity.
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  • You didn't want to get caught using profanity by somebody that
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:56.150
  • didn't like it 'cause there was a consequence.
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  • So, I thought if you just learn to have what a handful of words
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:02.130
  • you were good to go, the rest of it didn't matter.
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  • But what I've been awakened to is the idea that what's
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:07.100
  • coming out of my mouth is really an indicator of what's in my
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  • heart.
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  • And it is possible that I hit my thumb with a hammer, praise
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:14.160
  • the Lord might not come rolling out of me.
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  • But I have discovered that if the more praise the Lord I put
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:22.060
  • in my heart, the better chance I got of gettin' that
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  • out under pressure.
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  • Well, the book of Proverbs leads us towards that.
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  • I just made a cursory list.
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  • This is by no means an inclusive list of the way that words can
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  • diminish or strengthen your life 'cause both are true.
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  • We can start with the negative, the diminishing.
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  • Look at Proverbs 11 says the-- "By the mouth of the wicked its
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  • cities destroyed."
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  • Proverbs 12, "Reckless words pierce like a sword."
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  • 15, "A deceitful tongue crushes the spirit," that's harsh
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  • language.
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  • What do you think it takes to crush the spirit
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  • of something?
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  • Tremendous disaster, great financial loss, a horrific
  • 00:19:57.170 --> 00:20:01.160
  • physical diagnosis?
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  • It's not what the Scripture says.
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  • It says a deceitful tongue can crush the spirit.
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  • Proverbs 26, "Flattering mouth works ruin."
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  • Or 13, "He who speaks rashly will come to ruin."
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  • Proverbs 12, "An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk."
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  • Do you think of words as an entrapment, a snare?
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  • Those are powerful words.
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  • Destroy, pierced, crush, trap, lead astray, all of those
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  • outcomes are related to words used casually or destructively.
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  • Now if it's true in the negative, it's even more
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:38.090
  • true in the positive.
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  • Look at Proverbs 10.
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  • It says, "The mouth of the righteous is a fountain
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  • of life."
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  • The Bible was written by persons that inhabit the Middle East,
  • 00:20:44.020 --> 00:20:46.060
  • it's predominantly a desert.
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:48.010
  • The most precious resource in the Middle East is water.
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:51.230
  • It was an antiquity and it still is today.
  • 00:20:51.240 --> 00:20:54.290
  • So if you have a fountain, you're a wealthy, influential,
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:58.030
  • powerful person.
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  • And it says the mouth of the righteous is a fountain
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  • of life.
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:04.280
  • Proverbs 10 again, "The lips of the righteous know what is
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:07.100
  • fitting."
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:08.200
  • Chapter 15, "The heart of the righteous weighs it's
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:10.140
  • answers.
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  • The tongue brings healing, is a tree of life."
  • 00:21:11.250 --> 00:21:15.040
  • Proverbs 21, "He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:17.280
  • himself from calamity."
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  • Proverbs 12:19, "Truthful lips endure forever, a lying tongue
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  • lasts only a moment."
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  • Truthful words endure.
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  • Lies are temporary.
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  • What are you going to give yourself to?
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:34.080
  • You know truth is not held in high esteem in our culture
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  • in this season.
  • 00:21:36.270 --> 00:21:38.230
  • We don't particularly champion the truth any longer.
  • 00:21:38.240 --> 00:21:41.290
  • It's unfortunate.
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  • Decide to be a person of the truth.
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  • Not simply in the words that you choose and the things that you
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:48.200
  • advocate for but in what you use your words to support.
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  • It's important.
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  • It has an influence in your life.
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  • Now I want to wrap this up with an idea that to me is
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  • the most hopeful and this whole discussion.
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  • And it has to do with the opportunity that this
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  • represents for all of us.
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  • You know we're a large group of people.
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  • We come from a lot of different backgrounds, many places
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  • in life, many places in the world.
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  • We have different gifts and abilities that God has given
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  • us.
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  • We're not all the same.
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  • It's okay.
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  • Every one of us is different.
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  • Just as your thumb print is unique or your-- other aspects
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  • of your person are unique.
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  • God's given you abilities and gifts and I don't always get
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  • the gifts and abilities I would like.
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  • I always thought it would've been better if I could have
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  • played in the NBA.
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  • Particularly now that the salary cap is shifted.
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  • I see those contracts.
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  • I'm pretty certain it was an oversight on God's part.
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  • He intended me to be 6'10 and gifted.
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  • I'm not.
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  • Just take my word for it.
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  • You know some of us have athletic gifts, physical gifts,
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  • some have musical gifts, some have creative abilities.
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  • Some have crazy intellectual capacity.
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  • Some of you are relationally gifted.
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  • You can sit with a group of people and make everybody
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  • feel at home and help get to know one another.
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  • We have different gifts and abilities.
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  • And sometimes it's easy to be frustrated by the gifts you
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  • don't have or look at the gifts that somebody else has.
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  • "God, I wish I'd I had those."
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  • Sometimes it feels like life circumstances, some people were
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  • born to families that were more intact than others.
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  • Now all of us come from torqued families.
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  • Some more so than others.
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  • Or maybe you came from a place that you think is disadvantaged.
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  • And because they accent with what you speak,
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  • or the schools you attended, or some opportunity that was not
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  • extended to you.
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  • It's easy to be frustrated.
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  • But folks on this point, God has entrusted to you and me words.
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  • He's put authority in your lap.
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  • You have an authority and it doesn't matter the accent
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  • with which you deliver it, or the education that supports
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  • it, or how socially sophisticated you are.
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  • God has given to you and me an authority.
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  • What will we do with it?
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  • The New Testament talks about us being ambassadors.
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  • Ambassadors don't lead armies.
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  • They're not generals.
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  • They don't command scores of tanks or flights of jet
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  • aircraft.
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  • But they represent the authority of a nation, of a kingdom.
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  • With your words.
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  • See don't limit your faith as a Christ follower to a worship
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  • service or a church building.
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  • Allen: One of the most remarkable aspects of Scripture,
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  • I don't know that's ever really explained, is the authority that
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  • God has invested in you and me, in human beings.
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  • In Genesis, in the garden, when God had created Adam, it says
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  • that he gave him authority over all of his creation.
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  • And even though we fell, even though we committed sin and we
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  • forfeited so much, God has invested in our lives
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  • a spiritual authority.
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  • And our words are the delivery system for that spiritual
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  • authority.
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  • It's why the invitation and the opportunity to pray
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  • for one another become so important.
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  • To bless your family, to give thanks to God, to use your words
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  • to unleash the power of God on our behalf.
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  • Any idea can be misused or misapplied, but it doesn't
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  • diminish the truth of something because someone misuses it.
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  • Somebody may misuse their car, but it doesn't mean that the car
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  • is not a helpful tool.
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  • I want to plant the seed that you begin to use your words
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  • on a daily basis to bless God, to give thanks to God, to push
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  • back on the heaviness in your life.
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  • If you're discouraged or despair is present, begin to give thanks
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  • to God for the good things that he's done on your behalf
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  • and you'll see the joy of the Lord begin to fill your
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  • heart.
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  • I want to pray with you before we go.
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  • Father, we thank you for your goodness to us, for your grace,
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  • and your mercy.
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  • We love you.
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  • Let the joy of the Lord fill our hearts this day in Jesus's name,
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  • amen.
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  • God Bless you.
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