Words have the ability to
build up and tear down.
A significant key to glorifying God is controlling our tongue.
23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.
In another translation it says It is the praising life that honors God.
Imagine what a day would be like if you gave your mouth to God so that only godly words came from your lips. Imagine making a daily decision to live this way. Imagine how it would impact beyond your quiet time or self-encouraging times with positive talk. Imagine how it would impact the relationships around you – how you speak into, over, and about others.
Are you willing to give a try?
Are you willing to see the transforming power
that would come from such dedication and acts
for God towards others?
God’s Word speaks to us today about keeping our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking lies. so as part of our effort here, we need to not and stop telling lies to others. We need to make sure we aren’t insulting them or speaking ill of them. Rather, let’s start our week off by speaking encouraging, life-giving words that bring joy to everyone we meet.
Have you ever heard that if you are going to say something to someone we should be the T.H.I.N.K.? Or put another way, T.H.I.N.K. before you speak. Where the acronym shows that we should only be giving feedback and speaking to people things that are:
T – True
H – Helpful
I – Inspiring
N – Necessary
K – Kind
So let’s get this week started in a way that will bring praise, honor, and glory to God. Let’s dedicate our mouths to God and use it only for what pleases Him:
- praise and worship
- edification and exhortation
- giving thanks
Let’s place our lips on the altar each morning and give our mouth to God through praying His Word:
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
Controlling Your Tongue
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
Prayer Starter: (from today’s devotional)
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will praise and thank You. Help me use my words to bring joy and life to those around me and to praise and glorify You.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thank You Lord that You have kept the door open for the new home as You had done similarly with our existing home many years ago. As it looked like the door was beginning to close due to circumstance, You provided a door jam that kept it from closing. I know Lord that You have someone coming who will buy the farm and I thank You that You make ways when there doesn’t seem to be one and You guide and protect us from doubt and fear by continuing to build up our faith. I thank You Lord for a great day with the family – not all wins, but time spent together allowing me to encourage them and support them. Lord, help me I pray to be the man of God You desire me to be and to keep me health, strong, bold, and courageous so that I may walk in the wisdom You provide me. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, just as You blaze the trail before me and light unto my path. Lord, I come to Your Word as the start of my day for I know the power of Your truth and the incredible benefit that comes from starting my day with You and Your Word on the rest of my day. As I turn to Your Word, may You be glorified and may it speak wisdom and direction for me today so that in all I think, say, and do, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
Psalm 115:13 (KJV)
All who honor and worship God receive his blessing, regardless of how young or mature they are in the Lord.
Today – Day 250
- Ezekiel 34
- There is sorrow for those who are more interested in themselves than in the followers
- You should be taking care of them rather than ruling them with harshness and cruelty. This causes them to scatter and makes them easy pray.
- Being selfish and letting the flock starve will bring judgment. It would be better than You care for them and shine the love and light of God towards them than to have to suffer the judgment associated with focusing on yourself.
10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.
- God is the good shepherd and He will go out to find and rescue the lost, the abandoned, the downcast, the weak, the injured, the sick
- Are you focusing on yourself and not concerned about others?
- Are you thinking as long as you have what you need, it doesn’t matter what happens to the others?
16 I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!
17 “And as for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to his people: I will judge between one animal of the flock and another, separating the sheep from the goats.18 Isn’t it enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
19 Why must my flock eat what you have trampled down and drink water you have fouled?
20 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will surely judge between the fat sheep and the scrawny sheep.21 For you fat sheep pushed and butted and crowded my sick and hungry flock until you scattered them to distant lands.22 So I will rescue my flock, and they will no longer be abused. I will judge between one animal of the flock and another.23 And I will set over them one shepherd, my servant David. He will feed them and be a shepherd to them.
24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David will be a prince among my people. I, the LORD, have spoken!
- God will protect and bring peace to His people – it’s a promise…
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear.26 I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.27 The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the LORD.
28 They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.
29 “And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations.30 In this way, they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign LORD.
31 You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”
26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.