Your Words Reveal Your Heart
- Date: September 1, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Look over to Proverbs, Chapter 23 for just a moment. You want to know why many of us get ourselves in trouble by speaking so many corrupt words? It is because we don't have enough Bible in us to fill a conversation. The kingdom is not that important that it would be the source of our conversation. Tragically, the body of Christ and its edification and the glory of God is not our heart's treasure. We need to come to grips with some of those realities, and then change. Repent! Do something about it!
He tells us here in Proverbs 23, verse 7, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." Now, what we know and understand very clearly is that out of the abundance of the heart, or what is in our heart, what occupies our heart, what is the treasure of our heart. "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." We are what we talk about, what our treasure is. That is where we live. That is what has our heart.
We know that there is going to be secular conversation. We know that we are still in this world, but we are not of it. We have to relate to people on our jobs, and we have to communicate over secular, temporal things. Those are necessities. We ought to think about words kind of like we think about money, discretionary words, and what we use them on. Psalm 145:11 says, "They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power." Don't you like that verse?
The disciples spoke and said, "You know, we just can't help but speak the things we've seen and heard." They were told not to talk about these things anymore! "We can't help it. It's down there in abundance. There is no way you can keep this from coming out!" What is there in abundance is what will come out.
Tragically, for many of us, a lot of what comes out is a whole lot of self, the promoting of self. We talked about it being our opinions, and how we see our opinions as truth. Everybody wants to give their opinion. I'll give you a good example. I can stand here right now and say, "I want you to know this. This is my opinion and I absolutely believe it: without question, the 49ers are the best team that ever played!" Some of you might have a different opinion. You know what? You can speak your opinion. The problem is not our opinions. The problem is when two people speak an opinion that is different, and contention comes. It becomes more than an opinion. It's when we see our opinion as truth. That is why we want to impose our convictions off on other people. And that is where we get in trouble, so often.