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How to Master Your Mouth
This morning we are in a series of messages from the book of Proverbs. Written by Solomon, the wisest man in the Old Testament, a man who asked for wisdom. As we look at the book of Proverbs we are considering that under the title "How To Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise." Those principles of success found in the book of Solomon. If you will look in your Bible at Proverbs 13:3 we are going to be talking about, "How To Master Your Mouth." Mastering my mouth! There are over 120 verses in Proverbs that refer to speech. It deals with all kinds of problems we have with speech, with lying, with deceit, with bearing false witness, with criticism, with gossip, 120 verses. We will look at several of them today.
The Living Bible says, self control means controlling the tongue. As you well know, we are a generation and a nation of talkers. We love to talk. We speak enough words in one year to fill 66 books 800 pages long. The average man says 20,000 words per day. The average woman 30,000 words per day, I am just reporting the facts, I don't make them! Television programs are filled with talk shows. Radio programs are filled with talk shows. It is a phenomenon. The talk show has made a come back even on radio. 55 million Americans today will listen to 400,000 pastors deliver over 1 billion words. When it is all said and done, there will be more said than done, I am sure! But the Bible has a great deal to say about mastering our mouth. In fact, if you turn to the book of James, you will find that a mark of Christian maturity, a mark of being grown in Christ, a mark of a mature disciple who really has his life together is one who can control his tongue and master his mouth. Because there is an awesome power in words. God made the world with words. The Bible says, and God saith, let there be light and God saith, let there be affirmament. And the Bible ...
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