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2019.7.21 As the World Turns (3) Introduction Part 1

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We’re just a little past half of the year having passed. How will your year end?
I tried to figure out how I could paint an accurate enough picture of how powerful words are.
James 3:3–6 NKJV
3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
james 3:
“small part of the body” tongues weigh 2-3 ounces 6 foot man 200 lbs
sets forests on fire w a spark.
vs. 6 - creates a world of iniquity;
2-3 ounces will defile (make black) a 200 lb man.
2-3 ounces
direction, damage,
It boast great things.
James sums it up:
James 3:5 NKJV
5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
james 3:


James records potential - not a lot of good is recorded.
not a lot of good is recorded.
lasting effects vs. 7 “every beast, bird, reptiles, creature is tamed.
to be tamed v. — to be or become docile and tractable; used of things naturally wild and uncontrollable.
innately restless and deadly
to be tamed v. — to be or become docile and tractable; used of things naturally wild and uncontrollable.
Garden of Eden. Satan used words to create Adam and Eve’s world.
It wasn’t just the words. It was the combination of words.
it was the fruit from the harvest that led to their decision
duplicitous - we bless God with it vs. curse (invoke harm)
the 200 lb man uses his 2.5 ounce tongue to exert dominion over the entire animal kingdom. But who’s exerting dominion over the 2.5 ounces “No one can tame the tongue.” “tame” to make docile; overcome something wild

Take Aways:

What you say with your mouth can do amazing things.
likely to do more damage…you’re more likely to tear down vs. build up
Proverbs 15:1 NKJV
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The right combination of words can stop a fury (wild or violent anger)
The right combination of words can stop a fury (wild or violent anger) usually associated w nature. Likewise say the wrong thing.
This series is about your decision.

Words and Your World

Determines Life or Death
James 3:10 NKJV
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
2. Opens things Up
Mark 7:33–35 NKJV
33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
3. Stops storms
it takes faith to use your words.
circumstances/issues will change how you talk.
Matthew 8:23–26 NKJV
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
4. Establishes a thing
2 Corinthians 13:1 NKJV
1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
Establishes a thing
5. Speak to what isn’t present
Genesis 1:2–10 NKJV
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Speak to what isn’t present
6. Close and Open1 Kgs 17:1; ,
James 5:17–18 NKJV
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Close and Open; ,
7. Releases miracles -8
Numbers 10:7–8 NKJV
7 And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. 8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.
Numbers 20:7 NKJV
7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
7. Releases miracles
8. Digs Up and Tears Down ,
Jeremiah 1:9–10 NKJV
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”
. Digs Up and Tears Down ,
9. Shifts Situations
Peter ,
Acts 3:6–7 NKJV
6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
John 5:8 NKJV
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
10. Brings Things Into Submission
Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



We’ve talked about going to Fiji/Bora Bora for a minute…it’s bucket list.
Vision Board: someone brought her a pic of a hotel in bora bora
Had a preacher friend go.
One day, the words of our reality created a world. And it kept creating when Ms. Woody sent $200
This series isn’t about your words only. It’s about what you say and what you do to create the world.
Heads up, the deck is naturally stacked against according to James.
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