by Zach Terry

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Proverbial Words (5 of 11)
Series: Proverbs
Zach Terry
Proverbs 18:21

OPENING ILLUSTRATION: This week the words of a couple of high profile people were the centerpiece of our national conversation.

Oprah interviewed Lance Armstrong. The topic wasn't so much about drug use in the sport of cycling or even Performance enhancing it was WORDS he used in the sport of cycling.

Mante Tao has experienced his own type of shame and disgrace as it seems a 22 year old man disguised himself as a woman and started an emotional relationship with Tao... a deception that lasted 3 years.

No matter how religious or irreligious a person or culture might be, no matter how moral or immoral a culture might be - we tend to function as if people were generally being honest with us, and we are shocked when we discover they are not.

INTRODUCTION: Proverbs makes over 200 references to what we say. The topic of words is only 2nd to the topic of wisdom in proverbs.

Words will make you or break you.
The success or failure of your marriage will be determined by words.
The advancement of your career will be determined by words.
The advancement of the Gospel will be determined by words.

Words are incredibly powerful:

Pastor Jim Thomas said, "In the last half of the first nano second of this
Universe there was the faint echo of words... "Let there be light!""

• God's choice vehicle of creation was words.
• You have no more powerful tool, no more deadly weapon, no more precise instrument, than the WORDS you use.

TEXT: Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

• As he glimpsed God's glory and holiness, Isaiah, convicted of his own sinfulness, related it to his mouth, exclaiming, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts" (Isa. 6:5). Probably not because ...

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