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August 24, 2022 5:30 am
On this weeks Hopecast, David Chadwick and Jenn Houston discuss how the things we say can have a major impact on our relationships and community.
Welcome to this week's hope to have your friend Jim Houston, Jim, thank you for joining me on this. Hope I appreciate your presence so much for having me David what today we want to do our pastoral time with each in case you don't know of one week of hope cast is about what's going on in the world looking locally globally and trying to understand biblical prophecy in light of what's happening in the world and in the next week I do something more practical trying to address some issues in people's spiritual lives to help them grow in Christ, so that's the model that were doing right now again with Jim Houston joining me every week and I hope again these hope casts are meaningful to you as well so Jim today looking at an issue that people may be dealing with in their personal private Christian lives here. The one I chose today the power of the talk, let's deal with words and their destructive and also construct of powers in our lives Junior ready. I'm ready.
I know this doesn't apply to you.
Now if they do to me. I sometimes use words wrongly and regret it so much. Let's get some insights biblically today into the power of words destructively and constructively. Let's start with destructive words you know in the book of Proverbs it says life and death is in the top life and death is in the tongue and what a true statement.
That is some of you listening right now are still carrying around inward emotional wounds from negative words spoken to you by a parent by a spouse by a significant other or friend in your life and you've carried around that message. It's in your soul and it bounces around and is regurgitated in your heart repeatedly because it hurts so much and today we want to talk about some ways to overcome that destructive power of words in your life through mostly the grace of Jesus who tells us who we truly are and not what other people say about us, but nevertheless all of us need to realize that our words can have destructive power engine. I know you're a parent I'm a parent as well and particularly with parents, we need to understand the power of our words with our kids yet so trail it's there often times when I'm like on the inside so angry and I want to say something but I just ask the Holy Spirit to help me. You know, just guard my tongue so that it doesn't have a lasting negative impact we have designations right hand gave him yeah and words flow out of those emotions that we feel so one of the ways you do try to control your tongue is by controlling your feelings with you, and you need to control your thoughts life. There's an entire chapter in the Bible James III chapter that deals with the tongue and it such a great illustration of the power of the tongue. This small little instrument in our mouths that all of us have.
James says is like a bit that is in the horses mouth that you can turn one way or the other and the horse will follow with your natural tug. It's also like a rudder on a boat you just turn that rudder slightly one way or the other in the boat will go in that direction. So it is with the tongue. It can build people up, but also James says it can be like the spark that sets ablaze a powerful forest fire and when we think about the forest fires in California, for example, that are happening more and more often in that state. They are all started by some singles bar that occurred somewhere whether that was a lightning bolt or whether that was a person who was careless in lighting a match. It doesn't matter. There's something small that causes this huge blaze that is so hard to get control over.
That's what happens with our tongues. When we start using them to criticize and hurt people, then that means somebody else is going to tell somebody else is going to tell somebody else and soon it becomes like a forest fire of hurt on a particular person's life. Another example that I've used is not biblical but it's a good example is our words are like a sack of feathers that we have put in a sack on our front porch, a huge breeze comes and topples that sack and then blows the feathers all over the yard you go try and re-collecting those feathers after they been blown everywhere.
It's impossible. Similarly, like a spark with our tongues that sets ablaze negative words about someone or some things that get repeated over and over again. That's like feathers strewn all over an area once it's out of your mouth.
It's impossible to regather again, so that's what James three tries to remind us of the destructive power of the tongue, and how we need to control it. Put that bit into your mouth and let the Lord the Holy Spirit control every word that comes out you know with illustration you just gave of the gentle breeze you are coming by then is feathers being dispersed.
It made me think of something that I was sharing with a friend recently.
It was here when you're sharing something with an acquaintance, a friend, there can be a false sense of intimacy. In a conversation and when you're sharing heart to heart even gone.
We have to be on guard because, once something comes out of our mouth, we don't know what that person's gonna do it that they could be the one that spreads that in some adages I'm challenging myself again and our listeners. Be careful and be discerning, even in those moments when you think it's safe and Internet to guard your time. Even in those times when Jesus said in Matthew five verses 34 through 37 to not take careless those you don't like saying oh my God, I swear to you that kind of miss use of God's name to make a point which is really vanity if you will, and out of that then Jesus says let your yes be yes and your no be no.
He's implying in those verses. First of all, the least said the better I'll never forget I said that all the time. What a wise man. He was the least said the better. But when you're trying to say something. Find as few words as you can and just let your yes be yes and your no be no. Don't swear by the name of God, trying to impress other people with what ever choose simple words speak specifically and don't use words that can ultimately hurt and destroy people. That's another biblical insight that the Lord gives us about the power of our words but there's also I think constructive ways that words can be used.
I think here of first of all, the need for parents to speak positive words to their children, I think of Jesus here first at his baptism, the father in heaven spoke to his son, behold, my beloved son in whom I'm well pleased. In the third person of the Godhead comes upon Jesus and I think that is not his infilling of the Holy Spirit. If you will, because he and the Holy Spirit are one in their trite unity. I think it was an empowering from the third person of the Godhead to begin the inauguration off his call to go to the cross and ultimately be raised from the dead. But here's my point. Even Jesus, the second person of the Godhead in human flesh needed his eternal father to speak words of life and blessing over him. You are my beloved son in whom I'm well pleased. And what else hits me here.
Jan is later on at the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus took Peter, James and John with him to the top of that mountain, Moses and Elijah stepped out of eternity. It's just a beautiful badge and having Peter, James or John have Moses and Elijah step out of eternity and suddenly be present and it speaks very well doesn't it to this invisible.
I think veil that separates this world from the next one probably how easy it is the cross from that world into this one.
If God permits it, giving evidence to Jesus resurrection body appearing to us so quickly in those rooms with his disciples. Here's what's so interesting to me as well. When Elijah and Moses appeared to Jesus and Peter, James and John are watching this and their conversing.
Elijah represents the prophets, Moses represents the law the fulfillment of the entire New Testament in Jesus there conversing with one another. Then suddenly, a voice from heaven comes from the father. This is to Jesus his son. You are my beloved son in whom I'm well pleased. The second time the father does that in Jesus short 3 1/2 year earthly ministry. Here's what it says to me that every son needs to hear that from his father.
Even the eternal incarnate son, Jesus needed to hear that from his father, not once but twice. So, how much more do we, as earthly fathers need to tell our sons and our daughters. I'm so proud of you because that's what the father was telling Jesus and I'm so proud of you. I love you so much are my beloved son and my beloved daughter. I couldn't be more proud of you and who you are.
I think those kind of words gave Jesus life to continue his mission, even to the point of death on the cross.
They are words that every parent needs to speak to their kids to give them life for the calling that God has on their lives as well.
Well this is so cool because just this week. My children started school and my daughter is on the volleyball team deal export state.
I think I do, just a bit.
I well they had a horrible loss, horrible, embarrassing loss and my daughter had a couple of errors. You know my husband.
He's a former volleyball coach so you know the temptation to coach was there strong that you know what he said to her, he said. I'm so proud of you.
You are the loudest cheerleader on your bench and you rallied your team and I love proud of him because you could see him like dying to not wanting to cochair and call out these other errors and whatnot but I was so proud of him. All you know what you night I love basketball.
I played basketball and pretty high level. My middle son David played basketball as well at a pretty high level and I realized pretty early on, the Lord spoke to my heart said you're his father, not his coaching, and I think that's what Christmas you two as well with Cana. You're his father, not his coach my job is to build my son, my daughter up in the Lord and not to be there coach finding fault with their behavior. That was a great lesson for me to learn this reminds me of using words and the power of words positively of a situation that happened. My college coach Dean Smith.
I had pneumonia, my junior year, and I missed two games because of it, and I finally got back to practice and that first practice I went up for a rebound grabbed it went back up score. The basket got fouled and I'll never forget this as long as I live. This was 50 years ago. He blew the whistle and yelled at the top of this long. That's a great play Dave Chadwick.
He said it so have you back. Allow Jan, five decades ago and I'm still remembering those powerful words from my college coach reminds me of another story that I just love there was 1/5 grade school teacher. In the 1960s by the name of Mrs. Bennett Tucci. She had brought into her classroom in Detroit Michigan. Several African-American kids who had not been there before hand integration was finally occurring, so she was trying to figure out how to assimilate them. There was one particular young boy diminutive small who was blind and he could hear a thing. His name was Stephen Morris says Ms. Bennett, did you try to figure out a way to assimilate Stephen Morris in her classroom so she put them on the front row and she came up with an ingenious scheme she knew that with his sightless this he had great hearing ability so she hid the class mouse in the wastepaper basket and during one of her lectures. She heard the scratching and she went all know the class mouse is you loose all the kids began to go to class Moses was your girls jumping on their chairs and jumping on their chairs where the plasma is a finally Mrs. Benedict. He says Stephen Stephen Morris, you have a great gift of hearing where's the class mouse as of the first words after weeks that Stephen Morris spoke in the class were everybody quiet and he walked over to the wastepaper basket hearing. The scratching is it Mrs. Bonaduce the class mouse is in the wastepaper basket. She picks it up by the tail holds. It was all here it is. Here's puts it back in the cage and then everybody sits down calm. This comes again and she says Stephen Stephen Morris. You are in deed a wonder, and thereafter Stephen Morse's classmates nicknamed him little Stevie wonder and that's what set off with him exploring not only his giftedness and hearing but a strange musical giftedness that he had as well, which led to at the end of the school him singing something called fingertips, part two, which was the first of little Stevie wonder's gold albums allow he has become one of the top 10 major sellers of all music worldwide little Stevie Morris wonder made who he is because of the power of positive words by 1/5 grade schoolteacher by the name of Mrs. Bennett Tucci Starpointe being gin that no matter who you are in life, you could be a schoolteacher you could be a coach but especially with parents use your tongue to build up those kids around you.
You never know when you might have a little Stevie wonder in your presence whose life you're setting in motion to become all that God wants them to be, by the power of your positive word. I love that story so much. It really is life and death is in the power of the tongue is in the power of the tongue. Let me conclude with these words. Jesus said in Mark seven that out of the abundance of your heart flow your words so if your words are critical destructive negative go examine your heart. See what you're putting into it. You are probably putting in negative, destructive, critical thoughts, but on the other hand, if your words are giving life. It's because probably your life is full of the love, grace, mercy and compassion of Jesus himself. Make sure you keep filling your heart with the grace and mercy, kindness and compassion because words are a part of our lives.
Jesus is the word made flesh. God knows the power of words. He gave us speech but use your words not to tear down, but to build up. Use your words to encourage, not discourage for life and death truly is in the tongue.
Use your words to advance the kingdom of God for Jesus glory and his glory love anti-Semites stated for this great encouragement will thank you all for listening today to this hope cast about the power of the tongue. I hope it encourages all of you. Our next hope cast will deal with more biblical prophecy and what's going on in the world. I look forward to sharing that time with you again when we come back together for another David check engine