Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne shares, “Watch Your Mouth”
Sunday, November 1, 2015 The River at Tampa Bay Church
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Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23 KJV
A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV
1. Death and life are in the power of the tongue – so watch your mouth:
a. When you listen to some people speak, you realize why their lives are in a mess.
b. Your tongue is the rudder of your ship of life. (James 3:2-14)
c. Call those things that are not as though they are. Don’t call those things that are as though they are not. (Romans 4:17-21)
d. Romans 4:17-21 KJV – “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
e. Faith does not deny the facts, but it looks to the greater truths/facts of God’s Word.
2. Guard your mouth – watch your tongue:
a. Start speaking God’s Word over your life and circumstances instead of speaking the circumstances.
b. Get rid of negativity. Let the weak say, “I am strong.” Let the sick say, “I am healed.” Let the poor say, “I am rich.”
3. God’s Word covers every area of our lives – start speaking and praying God’s Word.
a. God says it; I believe it; that settles it.
b. Numbers 23:19 KJV – “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
c. Here are just a few of God’s mighty promises:
I. I have received abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness and I shall reign in life through Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
II. I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water. (Psalms 1:1-3)
III. I shall not want. (Psalms 23)
IV. I live in the secret place of the most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalms 91)
V. I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
VI. I am seated at the Father’s right hand, with Christ, in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:20)
VII. I am an heir of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
VIII. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think – according to the power that is working in me. (Ephesians 3:20)
d. So many scriptures that cover every aspect of our lives. Make a list of them and begin to confess God’s Word over your life and circumstances.
4. This is God’s plan for man:
a. God’s plan is that we should use the authority, and the keys of the kingdom, which God has given us, to speak His Word and change the world.
b. Romans 10:8-10 KJV – “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
c. Believing God’s Word in your heart, and speaking it in faith, is a powerful combination.
d. Watch your mouth.
e. Do not speak the devil’s lies
f. Speak only what God speaks.