Your Heart and Your Mouth -- Jesus said, For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Words from your mouth reveal your true identity. Words actually paint a picture of your heart – character, motives, desires, thoughts, dreams, hates, loves, etc. The tongue is the hinge upon which everything in the personality turns. I can listen to you talk for a few minutes and know your personality temperament.
Your Heart and Your Mouth – video audio notes
Your Heart and Your Mouth – video audio notes
Scriptures: Isaiah 6:5, Matthew 12:34-35, Matthew 26:73, James 3:6, Psalm 22:13-15, Psalm 38: 7-12, Matthew 12:34-35, Psalms 51:10, Psalms 119:11, Hebrews 4:12, Psalms 119:7, Ephesians 1:18, Proverbs 27:9
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Your Heart and Your Mouth – sermon notes
We are talking about LOCKING AND UNLOCKING THE TONGUE. There are times when we need to talk and there are times when we need to lock our mouths so we cannot talk. Isn’t it interesting the first sin ever committed dealt with talking? “The woman said unto the serpent…” How wonderful would it have been, for us all, had Eve locked her tongue? Adam’s life, her family’s life, and our lives would be better. Their life unraveled because of this. It is the same with us. How much better would our lives, family, and generations to come be if we could properly LOCK AND UNLOCK THE TONGUE? Instead, we allow our tongues to form unclean words.
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I AM UNDONE; BECAUSE I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips…
The Living Translation says, “Then I said, “My destruction is sealed, for…” The reason Isaiah experienced WOE was because of what came through his lips and through the lips of other people. Destruction comes, and our lives are undone – unravel – because of the unclean words coming through our lips and through the lips of the people with whom we dwell. I am telling you, when a spouse, friend, or person begins to say unclean/destructive things, you need to tell him or her to “lock their tongue.” If you do not, it can seal your destruction. We need to learn to rebuke people speaking negatively as Jesus did.
One day Jesus cast a devil out of a blind mute man. The Pharisees began talking and attributed the deliverance to Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. Jesus rebuked them for the words coming out of their mouths.
Matthew 12:34-35 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKETH. A good man out of the GOOD TREASURE of the HEART bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the EVIL TREASURE bringeth forth evil things.
It is interesting Jesus referred to good or evil things spoken as treasure kept in the heart. When you speak mean, hurtful, and evil things to and about people, you get them from a treasure in your heart. You have heard someone blast a person and then say, “Well, I had to get this off my chest!” They enjoyed reaching down into their evil treasure. It was a treasure to them.
Jesus said from the heart the mouth speaks. What does this mean? Words from your mouth reveal your true identity. Words actually paint a picture of your heart – character, motives, desires, thoughts, dreams, hates, loves, etc. The tongue is the hinge upon which everything in the personality turns. I can listen to you talk for a few minutes and know your personality temperament. Your words reveal where you actually live in life. I was born in Miami, Florida, but my family moved to Griffin, Georgia when I was six years old. We would go to Miami on vacation and visit relatives. I remember my relatives laughing at my accent after a few years of my living in Georgia. They recognized I now speak with a southern drawl. Do you remember the story about Peter denying the Lord three times? Peter and others were sitting around a fire in Jerusalem after the arrest of Jesus. When asked if he was a disciple of Jesus, Peter cursed and swore in an effort to deny his relationship with Jesus. However, even though Peter denied he knew Jesus, his speech gave him away.
Matthew 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; FOR THY SPEECH BEWRAYETH THEE.
Jesus was from the Galilee area and so were his disciples. He spoke with a Galilean accent. I spoke with my Georgia accent and every time I spoke, I revealed to others where I actually lived. I was in Miami, Florida, but I actually lived in Griffin, Georgia. Just as the accent you put on words reveals where you physically live, your words reveal the state in which your heart lives. Your heart lives in the state of PEACE or PANDEMONIUM. Your heart lives in the state of TRANQUILITY or ANGER. Your heart lives in the state of FAITH or FEAR. Your heart lives in the state of LOVE or HATE. One thing is certain. In whatever state your heart lives, your speech will bewrayeth – betray – you. Your tongue will eventually form into words the treasure in your heart and those words will come out your mouth.
Here I have a saltshaker, a container of catsup, and a container of mustard. When I shake or squeeze each, what comes out? Salt comes from the saltshaker. Catsup comes out of the catsup bottle. Mustard comes out of the mustard bottle. Why? This is what is in them. What else could possibly come out than what is in them?
I will never forget an incident when I first came to this town. The church I came to pastor began growing. We were expanding and making the sanctuary much nicer. One particular Saturday, we were padding the pews. A man in the church was using a furniture staple gun to do the job, but about every tenth staple, the gun jammed. He would open the gun, remove the jammed staple, close the gun, and begin again. Initially, it frustrated him and he expressed his frustration with words every time it jammed. The staple gun was shaking and squeezing him and what was in his heart was coming out. In his defense, as the day progressed, he got to the point where he would not say anything. He would simply open the gun and go through the process.
In the same way, whatever is in your heart comes out of you – especially when people shake or squeeze you. You will speak what is in your heart. People see who you are (better put hear who you are) by the words coming from the treasure of your heart. It would be wonderful if we could simply change our words and fix this. It does not work this way. You cannot simply say, “I’m sorry!” It does not fix your words. You will never change your life until you change your heart. How do you change your heart? I will talk about this shortly.
First, allow me to show you something. Have you ever studied what physically happens to you when a word formed by a tongue enters your body? The sound of the word goes through the Outer Ear Canal down to the tympanic membrane called the eardrum. This sets in motion those delicate auditory ossicles – the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. This movement begins a transfer of neuron energy into thousands of little coiled nerves called the semicircular canals much like the coil in an automobile. This energy moves through the auditory nerve and fires like a spark plug into the cortex of the brain. Here is what I want us to know. At this point, your brain releases hormones and chemicals into your body, which affects your body and mind in powerful ways. Those hormones and chemicals tell you to fight or run (adrenaline), laugh or cry, respond or listen, etc. For example, one loud word will startle and upset an infant to tears and even though you hold and comfort the infant, it takes time to regain the infant’s tranquility. You have seen a baby “snub.” Though not crying, the little body continued to react to the chemicals released into the system producing the “snub.” With us, whatever a word meant from experience will control the chemical charge given to our body the next time. When someone spoke an upsetting word, your sympathetic system went into motion. Your brain released chemicals and your body reacted to those chemicals for hours. It took this long for them to filter from your system. This is why it took time to calm down after the word upset you. You were “snubbing.”
In moments, your body experienced a “rush” because of words. Maybe you stormed around your house for some time in a rage slamming doors, yelling, kicking the cat, etc. You wanted to calm down, but you could not get a hold on yourself. Your entire body reacted to the chemicals caused by disturbing words. This gives us a fresh look at the words of James.
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that IT DEFILETH THE WHOLE BODY, AND SETTETH ON FIRE THE COURSE OF NATURE; and it is set on fire of hell.
Your nature is boiling and on fire. Your heart raced, blood pressure went up, voice elevated, etc. If you live in an environment where words constantly disturb, you are living in a constant state of agitation. We refer to this lifestyle as “walking on eggshells,” or “living on pins and needles,” or “being on edge.” We have all experienced it. What I must now ask though, is to whom have you done this? To how many people were you the cause of this chemical distress by YOUR words? Perhaps it was your beautiful wife. Or, possibly it was your husband who works so hard to take care of you. Maybe it was a wonderful child the Lord gave you. It could have been and employee, or maybe a dear friend. Was it the fabulous pastor who prays for you? Or, maybe the faithful, supportive church member. Perhaps you yelled words at someone who cut you off in traffic, or someone driving too slowly, in the left lane, for your convenience. Who was it? Your words did far more than create sounds making you feel better because you “got it off your chest.” Your negative/angry words literally caused something bad to happen inside of those people you would never wish upon yourself. You literally, like a serpent, put venom into them.
The Greek word translated defileth in James 3:6 is spiloo (Strong’s #4695) and means to stain or soil. The tongue literally does stain and soil. Several years ago, someone literally cussed me out. I’ve been cussed before, but this one was special. They did it not once, not twice, but three times. He used every word of profanity he could dredge up out of his treasure to describe his feelings toward me. The person defiled me. He stained something inside me. He soiled something inside me. I felt dirty and I could not wash it off. Have you ever heard someone say he or she was “boiling” mad? This is a very good description of what the chemicals released into my system, by words, did to me. I was boiling angry and I could not shake it. Every time I got still, or shut my eyes, or took a breath, I rehearsed those words and I would boil again and again. My wife told me my hand would tremor when I would close my eyes to nap. I mentioned earlier it takes a few hours for the body to calm down and filter out the chemicals after the brain releases them. I would have been happy to experience this boiling for only a few hours. Instead, it went on for months. Those words/chemicals literally caused me physical sickness. I lost motivation. I came close to giving up the ministry. Words affect us. They defile us. They soil and stain us and with some people, it is for a lifetime. Who have you defiled – soiled and stained?
It was very interesting to me in many of the Psalms when David would tell of being sick, he would mention how people spoke damaging words to him.
Psalm 22:13-15 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels… thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
David said he was weak as water. His bones ached. His had heart problems. He had diarrhea. He felt like he was going to die. All this began because of what came from the mouths of ravening people.
Psalm 38: 7-12 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken… and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me… and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things
David had awful sores on his body. He groaned. His heart raced. He was losing his eyesight. Again, David linked it to people who spoke mischievous words.
Words either caused David’s sickness, or contributed to it. Words will cause or contribute to your sickness too. Avoid people with unclean lips. Also, your words will make others sick. This is not only people you dislike. It could be people you love, people you care about -- people you are to love and protect.
Matthew 12:34-35 O generation of VIPERS, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKETH.
I told you last time the thought here is a viper injecting poison venom into people. How accurate this is. You literally inject poison into people with words. The problem is the heart. You reach into your heart with your tongue, pull out poison from your treasure, and inject it into people with words. To change your words, you must change your heart – remove the poison. How do you do this? Everyone knows they should change their heart. Every preacher tells you to change your heart, but no one tells us how to do it.
Psalms 51:10 CREATE IN ME a PURE heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Even David, the man after God’s own heart, needed to purify his heart. He needed to remove poisons from his treasure. A heart does not simply change. God must be involved to CREATE it. Let me show you this word translated CREATE. It is the Hebrew word bara’ (Strong’s #1254) and means to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes). My point is it is not an instant creation. It is formative processes (plural). Years ago, I wanted to create for my wife a king size bed. I went into the woods behind our house. I selected a tree, cut it down, shaved the bark, dried the log, cut the log into lengths, put the lengths on a lathe, turned the wood into beautiful bedposts, sanded, stained, and constructed the bed. It was a FORMATIVE PROCESS. It took about a year, but it was beautiful when finished. How much more important is your heart? It takes some cutting, shaving, measuring, lathe work, sanding, application of the blood, constructing -- PROCESSES. The problem is we do not want to go through the FORMATIVE PROCESS.
Allow me to ask you a few questions. Why does God command you to read his word? The reason is to change your heart.
Psalms 119:11 Thy WORD HAVE I HID IN MINE HEART, that I might not sin against thee.
The word of God goes straight to the heart and begins flushing out all the poisons.
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word
Just as clean water flushes your physical system, the water of God’s word flushes your heart.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.
The word is the saw, tape measure, bark remover, lathe, sand paper, etc. Your heart will never change and your poison will never come out, until you read the word of God.
Why do we praise God? One reason is to change the heart.
Psalms 119:7 I WILL PRAISE THEE WITH UPRIGHTNESS OF HEART, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
If you will enter into praise, you will literally feel your heart change. Your appearance will change when you praise. It is like applying the stain to the lumber. As you praise him, the blood washes you and applies a beautiful stain to your heart. You cannot think or speak evil, mean words when praising God.
Why do you pray? Prayer enlightens and changes the way we see life.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that THE EYES OF YOUR HEART may be enlightened…
Prayer puts life into perspective. It puts things together.
Why do we carefully select friends? Being around the correct people will change your heart.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
As you would put on cologne or perfume to go out into public, your friends add the sheen to your life. Good friends help keep your heart shining and sweet. Good friends are great varnish in life. They make us look good.
Why do you go to church? It is to change your heart with the word of God, praise, pray, and to be around good people. I think there are some of the best people in the world right here.
Your heart will never change unless you do these things. Therefore, your words will never change unless you do these things. Therefore, your life will never change unless you do these things.
Your Heart and Your Mouth – video audio notes
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