Bold WordsSeries: UNSEEN. James Dewhurst August 11, 2019
Today we are excited to continue in a 5-week series we are doing called – Unseen!
Since the Christian life is a life based upon faith, during this 5-week series we are in, we are discussing unseen spiritual disciplines that empower us to live out our faith boldly. If we want to impact what is seen, we have to be deeply connected to the unseen!
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (ESV)
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (ESV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV)
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ESV)
All too often, our confessions contradict our petitions!
> Don’t ask God to heal your marriage, and then complain about your husband!
>Don’t ask God to work on your child and then complain about their behavior!
>Don’t ask God for a new job and then go complain about your current one!
If we want God to answer our prayers, what we say has to line up with what we pray!
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (ESV)
Words are free! It’s how we use them that will either bless or curse us:
>Our words have the power to wound or heal!
>Our words have the power to build or destroy!
>Our words have the power to redeem or condemn!
The reason words possess such power is because theyreflect what’s in our hearts!
34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (ESV)
Whether we realize it or not, the life we are living is being created by our words!
23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. (ESV)
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. (ESV)
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (ESV)
In every circumstance we face, we get to choose whether we speak life or death!
Some of us need to stop praying for life, andcounteracting it by speaking death!
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (ESV)
Unfortunately, we live in a world today that’s dominated by destructive dialogue!
We speak words of Criticism, and tear down the very thing we wish was built up!
We speak words of Complaint, that discourage people we wish would change!
We speak words of Doubt that create confusion and instability in our families!
The truth is, every time we speak we either use constructive words or destructive words!
10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? (ESV)
Instead of always defaulting to broken words, we need to start declaring bold words.
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (ESV)
Before Jesus performed miracles, he spoke them into existence with bold words of faith!
If we speak about our life as it is that’s all it will ever be, but if we speak about our life as it could be, that’s what it will become!
(Our words are creating the life we live!)
When we speak Words of Faith, our mountains of fear and anxiety have to leave!
20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (ESV)
When we speak Words of Hope we create enthusiasm and optimism for the future!
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (ESV)
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (ESV)
When we speak Words of Truth, we break the power of destruction and disorder!
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV)
Our faith must exist in our hearts and our mouths! We have to pray it and speak it.
I want to share with us two specific areas where we need to speak bold words:
1. We need to speak boldly about what we believe deeply!
(Fear is silent, not Faith!)
Too many Christians today are privately proud but publicly ashamed of their faith!
It may not be politically correct to be bold with our faith but it is biblically correct!
Romans 1:16 (NIV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, becauseit is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Paul understood that silence would cost souls!)
2 Corinthians 3:12“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
Acts 4:31“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
The Bible tells us in Acts 4 that religious and government leaders were offended at Peter and John for preaching the resurrection of Jesus because 5,000 more people came to Christ. They seized them and put them in jail overnight. The next morning they warned them to stop preaching, and this was their response in Acts 4:19-20 “But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or him? You are the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
2. We speak boldly to the people we love deeply!
(Love is not passive, it is active!)
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
(Love speaks up!)
When we speak truth to those we love, we reap a harvest if righteousness in their life!
Sometimes we have to silence the opposition in somebody’s life so they can succeed!
The most damaging thing we can do to people we love is validated destructive behavior!
For some people, the only lifeline they have is the truth we possess!
Love speaks up!!!
We will not only give an account for the words we speak but also for the ones we don’t!