Speaking Up And Speaking Out For Christ
INTRODUCTION: Jesus taught that the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart (Matthew 12:34). There is an important spiritual principle in this truth: Speech will reflect the kind of person one is. Because the tongue can speak so easily and is difficult to control, a person's speech becomes the truest indicator of his spiritual state.
''For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.''
In an ancient story, it is said that Bios, a wise man of ancient Greece, was sent an animal to sacrifice. He was instructed to send back to the donor the best and worst parts of the animal. He sent the donor the tongue. The tongue is the best and worst of man. James agreed with that evaluation in James 3:2-12. The tongue is compared to a bridle and a rudder, a fire and a poisonous animal, and a fruitful tree and a fountain. These three pair of pictures teach us that the tongue has the power to direct, the power to destroy, and the power to delight. The tongue is but a little member in our bodies, but it can accomplish great things for good or for evil.
In this passage, Paul concerns himself with the privileges of speech. You and I have some awesome privileges.
I. SPEAKING TO THE LORD 2-3a
Prayer is the most important speech a believer can utter. Prayer is the strength of the believer's fellowship with the Lord and the source of his power against Satan and his demons.
Many believe that Paul considered ''prayer'' as one of those pieces of a Christian soldier's armor.
Ephesians 6:18 ''praying always''
''Satan trembles when he sees,
The weakest saint upon his knees.''
A. Devoted Prayer 2a
''continue in prayer'' - be devoted; be steadfast; be faithful in prayer; denotes perseverance; to be courageously persistent; to hold fast and not let go.
Luke 18:1, ''Man ought always to pray and not to faint.'' (lose heart)
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