2From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Prov. 12:14 The Key to Success: Harness the Dragon
3Words to Delete Remember the PO-PO Principle: (Put Off, Put On) You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:22-24
4Rom. 11:20 Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. Delete Arrogant WordsArrogant words…Exalt us over othersLook down on othersMake us look impressiveThe Cost of Arrogance: Rebuke and Cursing by GodPs. 119:21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed and who stray from your commands.The Cure: Fear of the Judgment of GodRom. 11:20 Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
5Delete Arrogant Words Examples Boasting (speaking with excessive pride)Judging (finding fault with openly)Mocking (making fun of)Cursing (calling on the supernatural to bring others harm)Reviling (abusive language)Instead, speak of/to others with humility/respect
6Boasting Things we shouldn’t boast about: Ourselves (Prov. 27:2) Tomorrow (Prov. 27:1)How valuable we were to GodRom. 3: Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
7BoastingThe Cure: Boast in the Lord Jer. 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
8Boasting Things we should boast about: The cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14) The perseverance and faith of othersII Th. 1:3-4 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
9Boasting Things we should boast about: The cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14) The perseverance and faith of othersThings that show our weaknessII Cor. 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
10Judging What we tend to judge and shouldn’t: The spirituality of others relative to our ownLuke 18: The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
11Judging What we tend to judge and shouldn’t: The spirituality of others relative to our ownAnother person’s views on disputable mattersThe relative worth of peopleThe Problem: We take God’s place when we judge the wrong thingsJames 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you— who are you to judge your neighbor?
12Matt. 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. JudgingThe Cost: God’s will judge us like we judge othersMatt. 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.The Cure:Solve your own life not everyone else’sJudge the right thingsThe spiritual truth of what is taughtI Cor. 10:15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.The measure of faith God has given you (Rom. 12:3)
13Delete Angry Words Examples Angry outbursts (esp. with blocked goals) Bitter words (expressing deep resentment)Quarreling over offenses or dominanceInstead, speak gently and patiently (which basically means we put up with a lot)
14Dealing with Angry Words It is honorable to avoid a quarrel (Prov. 20:3)Therefore overlook hurtful words (Prov. 12:16)Return a gentle answer (Prov. 15:1)Work on developing self-control (Prov. 16:32)Realize human anger does not accomplish the righteous life God wants (James 1:19-20)Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to angerAnger and angry words are to be stopped and replaced (Eph. 4:31-32)
15Delete Deceptive Words Give an intentional wrong impression of realityAre wrong and hurt othersExamplesLyingFlatterySlanderFalse witness (lying testimony)Instead, speak the truth in love
16Lying Deceiving is characteristic of Satan, the deceiver We can lie by Adding things to God’s wordFailure to keep our word or speaking falselyCharm (Prov. 31:30)Since God does not lie, those who belong to him should not.People intend to profit from lies, but what they get turns foul or is a trap (Prov. 20:17, 21:6)
17Delete Indiscreet Words ExamplesDivulging information we should notSituationally tasteless speech (Prov. 11:22)Hasty or reckless wordsRude wordsInstead, maintain discretionThink before we speakKeep confidencesSpeak tastefully
18Delete Divisive Words Examples Gossip Grumbling Arguing over issues Instead, speak “unity”Eph. 4:2,3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
19Gossip A gossip is a person who habitually reveals: Personal or sensational facts about othersRumors or scandalsReports of an intimate natureThe Cost: Terminating friendships and unending quarrels (Prov. 26:20)The Cure: Replace your focus and your friendsFocus: Stay busy with your own lifeFriends: Avoid people who talk too much
20Grumbling Especially seen in two situations: When we have to deal with one anotherWhen we have to serveThe Cost: Death to grumblers (I Cor. 10:6-11)The Cure: Drop it!Phil. 2: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
21Delete Shameful Words Examples Obscenity (Filthy Language) Coarse Jesting (Witty/vulgar)Swearing (invoking the name of God in an oath)Blasphemy (insulting or lack of reverence for God)Profanity (treating something sacred with abuse)Resist the desire to be impressiveInstead, speak what is gracious/attractive