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Taming your tongue will improve your relationships and your life.
Taming your tongue will improve your relationships and your life. - By Pastor George Lehman
If we don’t do whatever it takes to build great relationships our whole ministry and testimony becomes useless and ineffective.
John 13:35(NIV) – “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
“Watch lest your negativity begins to destroy your positivity.”
One moment your so positive and the next you can’t actually believe it’s you!
The positive tongue.
We need to train our tongues – forming good habits so that what comes out of our mouths will be:
Positive – Honestly what comes out of your mouth predominately?
Up-lifting – Do you more easily breakdown?
Up-building – Do you motivate others to grow spiritually?
Encouraging – Do your words cause people to carry on?
Exhorting – Strongly urging people to push forward.
Inspiring – Do you always have a scripture to inspire people?
A blessing – Do you most easily bless people?
Proverbs 22:11 (Amp) - He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech - because of the grace of his lips will he have the King for his friend.
We really need to tame our tongues in the area of our confession.
Matthew 12:34b (NIV) - … for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
Psalm 12:3-4 (NIV) – 3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue 4that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips – who is our master?”
The word of God conceived in the human spirit, formed by the tongue, and spoken out of the mouth will become a creative power that will work for you. (The opposite will work against you.)
Our tongues should always rise to the level of the Word of God.
As Christians we should be known as people who speak positively – speaking the Word of God into every situation.
How easily we fall into this negative tongue!
The power of our words.
A careless word may kindle strife.
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instil.
A brutal word may smite & kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way.
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress.
A loving word may heal and bless.
Proverbs 22:11 (Amp) - He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech - because of the grace of his lips will he have the King for his friend.
Contrary to what we’ve heard: “Talk is not cheap”. Talk is very expensive.
Our words are powerful.
What we say affects what we get from others and what others get from us. What we hand out either comes to bite us or bless us.
How much more loving, kind, and peaceful our relationships will be if we just tamed our tongue.
A list of POSITIVE ways to train your tongue each day - if you make these a habit in your life, you & others will see an awesome life change!
Share your faith
Tell the truth
Admit a mistake
Confess your faults or weaknesses
Comfort someone who is hurting
Give a sincere compliment
Pledge your support and carry it through
Defend someone against negative criticism
Express hope or enthusiasm
Encourage someone to persevere
Express concern for another
Speak of God’s goodness
A positive tongue is a sure sign of true spiritual growth and maturity.
James 3:2 (Amp) – For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.
Notice how the tongue controls character / our whole body.
It's achievable if we will just be teachable.
Our ultimate aim is:
1 Peter 2:21-22 (Amp) – 21For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footstep
Let us run with the Giants.
LET US RUN WITH THE GIANTS
There must be real substance of God’s DNA in our lives, as Christians
Pastor George Lehman
Never mind about: - Should you, or shouldn’t you?
The question really is: - Will you or won’t you.
There is no other option.
It is a choice we make .
I always say be careful what you pray.
Because you might just get what you pray for.
When you ask God to give you wisdom or patience or growth; be prepared.
HAVING SAID THAT: -
We need to really become very bold and begin to praying bold prayers and trust God to inspire us to greater heights, and deeper depths.
Question: When last did you pray a bold prayer?
Reaching farther than where you are right now!!
A prayer like this, you must clearly understand will begin to cost you.
But it will ultimately be worth it.
In the race of life – don’t think you are alone –we’re not hopeless we’re hopeful. Romans 15:4 (NIV) – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Others have run it before us, Key scripture
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
This verse precedes the history book of all the Giants of the faith who ran before us in chapter 11.
If you do what other people don’t do you will have what other people don’t have.
Your reason for living will show.
Hebrews 10:35 - So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
This verse is encouraging us to run and win.
It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strongman stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Far too many Christians are failing in their spiritual lives!
They think its spiritual to sidestep difficulties, trials, etc.
Do you for one-minute think these Giants of the faith who ran before us would have made any difference if they stayed in the safe zone.
They would never have made the Hebrews 11 hall of Giants’ fame.
Some of these giants who ran before us, ran the race in the most difficult of conditions -
Hebrews 11:37-39 (NIV) – 37They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground. 39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
We sit here tonight with all our comforts, all our critic, judging and murmuring or offences.
If the wind blows, or it rains, or we have a slight headache we just stay away – “my my” are we going to be accountable – Why? Read Hebrews 11:40 (NIV) – Since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (We were called to Run with the Giants)
I want us to look at one of the Giants -
Hebrews 11:7 (NIV) – By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
One person can make a difference -
Genesis 8:21-22 (NIV) – 21The Lord smelled the
The Persevering Christian
The Persevering Christian - By Pastor George Lehman
“To me, it has been a source of great comfort and strength in the day of battle, just to remember that the secret of perseverance, steadfastness, and indeed of Victory is the recognition that “the Lord is at Hand”
- Duncan Campbell
Hebrews 10:35-36 (Amp) – 35Do not, therefore, *fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
*Fling away – It’s an active action you take, only you can do it.
Note Verse 36 gives us the how to do it.
Metaphors* (Beeldspraak) involving warfare is written all over the Bible.
New Testament writers, frequently draw on some form of them to illustrate Christian life.
These metaphors remove any doubt that living a Christian life will not be like a Sunday picnic. (We have a real enemy)
The focus of these metaphors is on the stresses, struggles and sacrifices we will face as Christians.
Just like any soldier at war for his country and loved ones, he must possess some measure of devotion, determination, and dedication for the cause, without it He will have no impact on his mission.
The more these qualities in his Character the greater the likelihood that he will endure, persevere, and stay steadfast in the trails of warfare in a hopeful spirit.
Get out the feelings zone and get into the Faith zone.
Faith dominates the picture of a Christian’s fight with the Spiritual forces that are against him.
Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) – In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (The missing ingredient in many people’s lives.)
Hebrews 11 is the classic faith chapter in the Bible.
It may not be as popular as Psalm 23 (Encouragement) or 1 Corinthians 13 (Love)
Hebrews 12:1 (Amp) – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of [a]witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,
This verse shifts our attention to practical applications of the lessons that come from Chapter 11.
Hebrews 11 then is to faith – what 1 Corinthians 13 is to love and what Psalm 23 is to encouragement.
Hebrews 11:1 (Amp) – Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Before Paul wrote Hebrews 11 he introduces faith to the church.
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV) – 35So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay, 38But my righteous one will live by faith and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) – 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trails. 7These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even through refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (A strong unshakable faith is important to God)
Notice the strong earlier statements the Hebrew writer makes regarding unbelief:
Hebrews 3:12 & 19 (NIV) – 12See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 19So w
God will work it out
God will work it out – by Pastor Kobus Massyn
Do you trust God to work it out? Most will worship God, but not trust Him.
In all the troubles that we face, He will work it out because we place our trust in Him.
James 4:1-10 (NLT) - “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong - you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?
I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit He has placed within us should be faithful to Him. And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”
Many people leave the Church over petty things. Some say that it is because they do not feel at home. Why? What I have learned is that hurt people, hurt people. We need to be the ones to encourage and to make the Church our home.
The Church is about getting hurt people together and teaching them that God will work it out. Come as you are.
Time is running out and people who are not in line with the word, needs to step up and let God work it out.
If God called you by name, He has a plan for you and He will work it out.
Here are some Biblical heroes
Noah: God told him to build a boat in a time where there they have never heard of rain. God gave him a plan that was not easy to understand.
Abraham: God did not give him a careless promise, but humanly impossible. God knew their age, but God had a plan.
Gideon: God did not give him a purpose that was safe. He was scared and in hiding. But God told him that he was going to be used on the frontlines.
Joseph: God did not give him a dream that was short sited. It took him 12 years to get out of jail. Would you still trust God after 12 years for the dreams or prophecy’s spoken over your live? Do not grow weary.
Moses: God did not give him a position that was trouble free. He had to learn how to deal with all the people. But he trusted that God will work it out.
Daniel: God did not give him favour that was undisciplined.
Job: God did not give him trials that were unnecessary. He lost everything, but the victory was amazing.
We are all siting with our own challenges, but how are we negotiating this life?
Here are some scriptures to explain that God is the solution to all we face.
Psalm 46:10a (NIV) - He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;...
Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) - “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
He knows what is in my future. My troubles must seem petty and the solution so easy if God is in control.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) - For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
You are not heading for a disaster if you can be still and know that God is in control. He knows His plans for you.
Galatians 2:20a (NIV) - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, bu
The Holy Spirit #7
The Holy Spirit #7
By Pastor George Lehman
Our enemy does not fear us, he fears what we can become. In fact, he fears what we take for granted – the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
If there’s one person who really believes in your potential and what you are capable of. It’s the devil, He is fighting to keep you from achieving it.
This is such an important aspect in our walk with God - living accurately.
2 Peter 1:3 (Amp) – For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
God equipped us to: Triumph over the enemy.
We must know the truth about deception.
God’s word tells us that Satan is both a deceiver and a liar and the truth is not in him.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (Amp) – The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders— And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
John 8:44 (Amp) – You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
He would like for us to believe that he is all powerful, but the TRUTH is his power is limited to his deception.
Satan takes scripture out of context in his effort to deceive people into believing …
…it is not God’s will for them to be saved, healed, blessed or prosperous here on earth
He presents truth as error and error as truth – either will hold you in bondage.
Paul encourages us…
2 Timothy 2:15 (Amp) – Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
2 Timothy 2:23-26 (Amp) – But refuse (shut your mind against, have nothing to do with) trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels. And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending). Instead, he must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered [preserving the bond of peace]; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. He must correct his opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth [that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it], And that they may come to their senses [and] escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, [henceforth] to do His [God’s] will.
There are so many people today who are unaware that they are opposing themselves by what they believe. You are your greatest enemy many times.
Being willing to accept truth and believe the gospel is the cure for deception.
Beware of false truths.
Many people have ideas and some beliefs who tend to read things between the lines.
Things are not in the context of scripture. The thought or the idea may have originated by reading certain scriptures or by something they heard about the scripture.
Doing bible bingo - open up the bible on any page and hopefully you get a scripture from God, the enemy can use this to deceive you.
I call this “a false truth”.
A false truth is a statement i
The Holy Spirit #6
The Holy Spirit #6 - By Pastor George Lehman
John 16:7(Amp) – However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in
our own intelligence. (John Calvin)
Reasoning spiritual things with a natural mind, Will only bring confusion.
Spiritual blindness births deception. You can have a lot of Bible knowledge and yet be spiritually blind.
Nearly every passage in the New Testament that has to do with ‘end of the age’ includes some kind of warning about being deceived.
Matthew 24:4-6 (NIV) – Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Matthew 24:24 (NIV) – For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
The ‘elect’ or God’s chosen ones are not immune to deception.
To avoid being deceived, you must be able to identify the truth.
Pontius Pilate interrogated Jesus before His crucifixion.
Jesus told him…
John 18:37 (Amp) – Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, you say it! [you speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly, I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice.
Not the deceivers voice – God’s voice.
Pilate and philosophers have asked this question for 2500 years…
John 18:38a (NIV) – “What is truth?”
The co-ordinates of truth, like a GPS, you put in the co-ordinates, and you’ll get to your destination.
John 14:6 (Amp) – Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
Jesus is the TRUTH.
God’s word, the Bible is also TRUTH.
John 17:17 (Amp) – Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.
The Spirit is also TRUTH.
1 John 5:6 (Amp) – It is the Spirit who bears witness [to Jesus Christ], because the Spirit is truth.
The truth is Jesus.
The truth is the Bible.
The truth is the Spirit.
To be sure you’re dealing with the truth therefore, you must ask three questions…
Is it true to Jesus?
Is it true to the Bible?
Does it have the witness of the Holy Spirit.
If these questions are answered in the affirmative[bevestigend], you may be confident that you have the truth.
How deception displaces the truth.
Paul’s warning about deception…
2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (NIV) – But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
How quickly we can lose our grasp on the truth – letting go to “put up with” false doctrine, lies, our own suitable interpretations.
Paul’s warning to the church in Colossae…
Colossians 2:8 (NIV) – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Never forget this… To win worshippers to himself, Satan uses deception.