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Matthew 12:36-37
Words carry tremendous weight.
We must pursue a faith-focused life.
"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak..." (Matthew 12:36 ESV)
"...for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:37 ESV)
Your words matter.
1. The Words You Speak To Yourself.
  • "What's this guy talking about? I don't do that."
  • These words are either self-empowering or self-defeating.
  • We need to make sure we're talking to ourselves the right way.
  • ... but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV)
  • He's talking to himself.
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits... (Psalm 103:1-2 ESV)
  • You speak the Word of God.
  • "You can do this"
  • •  You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. [Philippians 4:13]
  • • Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4]
  • • The joy of the Lord is your strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]
  • • Through the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you are more than a conqueror. [Romans 8:37]
2. The Words You Speak to Your Situation.
  • You cannot get any bigger ... and I can.
  • I have been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
  • You say what God has already said.
3. Your words have the power to ignite your faith.
  • Think With Your Mouth.
  • If it tastes good, eat it.
  • So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
  • You can take it on yourself to proclaim God's Word at every opportunity.
  • Speak the word of faith, and your faith will come alive.
  • The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)
  • God's people need to take a stand and boldly speak faith-inspired words in every situation.
  • Remind yourself of what God has said about you.
  • Engage your faith.