You can take this message to the bank!
Thanks to Rick for “setting the stage”
• Last Sunday, Rick shared a message about the parable of the talents. That sparked the framework for today’s sermon, because the Lord has given all of us various talents and resources.
We’ve all been given a VOICE. A voice is: • A sound produced by the vocal organs; • A medium or agency of expression; • An opportunity to express an opinion or choice.
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Audibly through our speech and/or singing. In print, through our published words. Digitally, through our online communication. Non-verbally, through our body language.
With the voice that you’ve been given: • • • •
What have you done and are you doing with it? Have you buried it through fear and silence? Have you misused and abused it? Or have you leveraged and multiplied it for God’s Kingdom? • Today’s sermon, in turn, sets the stage for Pastor Brent’s new series, My Story. We have three men, seeking to hear and obey the Holy Spirit, whose sermons are linked in sequence. Praise God!
Your voice can be: • • • • • • • • • • •
Vicious Vindictive Visceral Vulgar Venomous Virulent Vain Variable Vague Verbose Vacant
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Vibrant Venerate Virtuous Valiant Valuable Vigilant Veracious Veritable Victorious
Where does your voice come from? • Your thoughts
• Your feelings
Where do your thoughts and feelings come from? • The evil one. • Your self. • The Lord through His Word and His Spirit.
You have direct control of your voice.
• Especially here in the USA. We enjoy enormous freedom to use our VOICES. Freedom that many people around the world do NOT have.
However, it’s really FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY. That’s why we need to know the Word, listen to the Spirit, and have wisdom and discernment.
I can’t cover all of them, but here are some verses that pertain to our voice: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” --Galatians 5:14-15
“For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” --2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.” –Titus 1:10-11
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” –Titus 2:1-8
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” –James 1:19-20
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Said another way, here’s the NIV translation: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”
Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” --James 3:1-12
“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” –Matthew 12:33-37
Revelation without application is spiritual abortion.
Here’s one simple and profound application for all of us today:
To fuss means: • To show unnecessary or excessive concern about something, which serves no useful function. • To be needlessly nervous and cause commotion.
• To display unnecessary and excessive excitement or bustle. • To show anger, worry or excitement that is unnecessary and greater than the situation.
• Fussbucket = someone who is so fussy that he or she could fill a bucket with fussiness.
• The first performance of Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing, was in 1598. This play punctuates the concept of fussing about things that don’t even exist. Churn, churn, churn!
• The stage is set: a gala full of pretending, posturing, deception and manipulation. Alas, the drama!
• Talk about much ado about nothing…doesn’t it sound like society and social media today?
• Just because you have freedom of speech and tools to speak, doesn’t make your voice right. • Does your voice glorify God? • Does your voice point souls to Christ? • Does your voice encourage and edify?
How is the Voice of the Lord speaking to you today about your voice?