Devotional: Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (Proverbs 15:1, 2)

It’s so amazing how strong our words can be. Think about a word. Air comes from our lungs and flows past our vocal cords to create sounds out of our mouth. Fingers type in a particular order and post on our social media sites. It doesn’t take too much to express a word, and yet at the same time our words can effect so many things. These verses in Proverbs give us practical instructions about how we use our words. A couple of things I need to remember:

Respond to angry reactions with gentle responses.
I have to admit I struggle with this. I want to react to jerks in kind. I want to react to people who yell at me with yelling. When I do react this way though I notice something- it doesn’t work. Whenever I respond with anger to anger the anger escelates. It can become a vicious cyle until someone decides to stop.

If you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut your mouth.
Have you ever heard someone make assertions in a confident way and you know that they are exactly wrong? Those who are confidently wrong are foolish. The person who is wise speaks up when they know something to be true and uses the knowledge they have in an effective way.

Lord, please thank you for Your Word that gives life and wisdom. Help me not to respond is anger with words that destroy. Help me to be wise in the things I say and do. I love you. Amen.

Devotion: What’s next?

For January 11, 2014

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (Psalms 5:8)

Have you ever wondered, “What’s next? Where do I go? What do I do?” Just to be really transparent, that’s where I am right now. So today I came across this verse- and it lead to two very simple but very important ideas that I need to remember.

1. When you don’t know where to go or what do to do, do what you know.
God’s righteousness is revealed to us through the Word of God and David here asks for God to lead Him in His righteousness. There is a ton that God has told us to do. We’ve got to make sure we are obeying Him in what we know.

2. When you don’t know where to go or what to do, ask God to guide you.
Here is a great question- Have we asked God what we wants? Have we asked him to make the way plain? Maybe He hasn’t answered because we haven’t asked.

So- What’s next?

Devotion: What’s Next?

For January 11, 2014

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (Psalms 5:8)

Have you ever wondered, “What’s next? Where do I go? What do I do?” Just to be really transparent, that’s where I am right now. So today I can across this verse- and it lead to two very simple but very important ideas that I need to remember.

1. When you don’t know where to go or what do to do, do what you know.
God’s righteousness is revealed to us through the Word of God and David here asks for God to lead Him in His righteousness. There is a ton that God has told us to do. We’ve got to make sure we are obeying Him in what we know.

2. When you don’t know where to go or what to do, ask God to guide you.
Here is a great question- Have we asked God what we wants? Have We asked him to make the way plain? Maybe He hasn’t answered because we haven’t asked.

So- What’s next?

Devotional: It’s just hard work…

For January 10, 2014

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. (Proverbs 12:11, 12)

There is no get rich quick scheme.
There is no magic pill you can take to become successful.
Work is not a four letter word.
God made the world with work as a blessing, not a curse. Just see Genesis where God gives work to Adam before the curse of sin.

Our God is a God who provides. One of the way He provides for us is by giving us the ability and opportunity to work.

So if you’re getting weary know this- Your job is a blessing, not a curse. Go out tomorrow and put yourself entirely into what you are doing no matter what it is. Work hard and worship God by doing it as unto Him.

Heavenly Father, Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity and the ability to work. Help me to remember that I don’t work for me…I work for You. I love you. Amen.