Taming The Tongue
You start to listen around, boy, you'll just be amazed how much of this religious talk goes on, and it's just words which
are not sincere, words which the person's heart isn't engaged in. That's all it is, and Jesus said we're called to
account for empty words. Don't speak empty words. They don't bring about life. They bring about death - empty,
religious words. Whoa! We're getting all quiet now. Here's another one, empty words: lame excuses. Ever heard the
old lame excuse? Someone gives you an excuse, and you think oh God, that one's so lame it can't even stand up on
its feet. [Laughter] Kids give all these excuses, why they didn 't get their homework done, and why they didn't get their
room done, didn't do the dishes, didn't do this, didn't do that. You think oh God, give me a break. Basically, you're just
not being responsible for your behaviour, and you're covering it with these empty words. They don't mean a thing.
Saul did that, had empty words, you know, empty words. He failed to do what God said, and then he said oh, I'm so
sorry. Yeah, right! How do we know yeah, right? Because a few minutes later, he was saying look, I'm re ally sorry,
but could you come and honour me in front of all the people, because that's what I'm really concerned about? He
wasn't concerned about God. It was empty words. It sounded religious and good - oh, I'm sorry, I ha ve sinned against
the Lord. But listen, just so that it looks good in front of all the people, could you make sure you come over here and
pray with me? Come on, this is the kind of nonsense. This is the sort of stuff that people get offended with, and God
gets offended with it. He took away the guy's role because of that.
Here's the last one, insincere commitments. This is the classic one. This is the one most commonly, where we speak
empty words, and you are really truly only as good as your word. I've been guilty of this myself. I've wor ked all my life,
I try hard at it, and every now and then slip up, but let me just give it to you. I've written down a few, you'll think of
your own ones, but a commitment's an undertaking to fulfil a responsibility, so when you make a commitment, you've
got to be careful that you actually are going to fulfil it. If you're going to fulfil it, that's fine. If you're not going to, don't
give a commitment. This is what happens, see, these are the kinds of things that happen. I'll give them to you quickly
then we'll just finish up. Well meaning - I meant to do it, but I forgot. That's an empty word. Yeah, you meant well. Oh,
I really meant it when I said yes, I don't know what happened, I just forgot. I talked to someone else, and just forgot -
so don't say things you don't mean to go - and some personalities are a bit more like that than others, so some
personalities have a tendency. They really meant well while they were with you, but then five minutes later they were
distracted and they just forgot. Really meant to do it, I really meant - but it was an empty word, because it never got
fulfilled. It was an empty word that requires acknowledgement and repentance of, or its power stands.
Okay, here's another one: vague. Yeah, yeah, I'll do it. When are you going to do it? Oh, I'll do it - its okay, just leave
it to me, I'll get it done. And you hear those words, and in your heart you're thinking oh no, it's not going to get done.
It's sort of vague. It's got no specifics on it, got no time and day and completion point. You know it's not going to
happen, and you get on edge. Did you get life given to you? No, you did not get life. Empty words do not impart life,
they impart death, they definitely do. They leave you nervous. I wonder if that's really going to get done . You start to
lay awake at night thinking, I wonder if it will get done - and sure enough, it didn't get done. I knew it! You see, how
did you know it, when the words were, I'll get it done? You knew it, because you felt it was empty. They weren't in it.
They weren't in it. Their heart wasn't in it. You heard the words, the heart wasn't in it.
Here's another one: punctuality. Yes, I'll be there at three o'clock. Jesus help me! Three o'clock comes and goes.
That's the most common one of an empty word. I'll be there to do the job tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and goes, and
the job isn't done. Oh! Tell the person next to you, boy, this is for you! This is all for you. [Laughter] I just feel it in my
spirit this is from God for you. I really feel this is for you. I hope you're listening. You really need this one! [Laughs]
Okay, I better quickly finish this one then. Here we go. Here's another one, it's where a person makes a reluctant
commitment. They've made the commitment, but it's under pressure, and you feel the reluctance. You should know
either it won't get done, it'll get done late, or it'll be done bad. Either way, it's an empty word and boy, you can feel it.
Teenager - got your room done? Yeah, okay. [Laughter] I can see we're in for a fight over this one. Th ere's no
mention of a fight. All you heard was yeah, I'll get it done - but you knew! How did you know? You felt their heart
wasn't in it. Their heart was definitely not in it. It was an empty word. The other one, insincere words. Insincere words
are words said just to please someone, and get them off your back. Now many people, especially if you're a mother
and you're trying to get your kids to do something or you're talking to your husband about something, say yeah, yeah,
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get it done. Yeah, yeah, okay, I'll get to it - and what they're really doing is, they're not at
all saying, I'll get to it. What the real meaning is, get off my back! [Laughter] Just don't remind me I haven't done it.
Don't tell me that - I don't want you to tell me that - so they say words like yeah, I'll get it done. Okay, just in a minute.
But they're empty words, because they aren't what they mean.
They don't mean anything. It's just smokescreen - so empty words are a smokescreen. They always leave people
disappointed, hurt, frustrated. Here's what they do, the thing is your words - let me just finish with this scripture here,
Numbers, Chapter 23:19. God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent. Has He