Spiritual Non-Fiction posted January 18, 2012


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Day 6 - Evening Devotion

Mouth Control

by Janie King


Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3 AMP)


 None of us has a desire to entertain thoughts or to utter words that cause pain to those around us. Our heart feels grieved when we do things that hurt the heart of God. We've all experienced blurting out hurtful words and felt great sorrow the minute it happened. As we have learned, the Bible declares that our tongue has the power of life and death in it.

In order to gain control over the unruliest part of our body we must spend time in God's presence. He sent His Holy Spirit to lead us, but there are so many times we resist His nudging and His effort to warn us we're treading into a danger zone.

Our human nature causes us to utter harsh words, to complain rather than praise, and just simply talk too much. It should be no surprise that controlling the words that come from our mouth has proven to be one of our biggest challenges.

Our negative words and thoughts offend the Holy Spirit. They must be eliminated from our vocabulary. The prayer in Psalm 19:14 requests, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." (KJV)


When we sincerely let the Holy Spirit take the lead, He will help us change the behavior that is offending. If we are persistent and want to change, we will begin to notice the changes being birthed in our thoughts and spoken words. Even though Satan will attack us from all kinds of angles, we can put him to flight by declaring the truths found in God's Word.

It touches God's heart and gets His attention quickly when He hears His children praying His words of promise. It is the Holy Spirit that quickens His Word to our heart and allows us to experience victory over the thoughts we think and the words we speak on an everyday basis.

We have shared devotions that deal with the importance of our thoughts and the words we speak. God's Word takes us from the dark into the light regarding the power of our words and what He expects from us. Mouth control can only be accomplished by allowing the Holy Spirit to be our bit and bridle. We must follow His lead.

Food for Thought/Questions

1.  When was the last time you blurted out words that you instantly regretted?

2. How did it make you feel when you mouthed off?

3.  When was the last time you prayed and asked God to help you control your tongue? Will you
     pray about it right now?

Memorize:

Psalm 119:4: You have____________________us to_______________Your________________
                         deligently. (NKJV)


 Prayer

Lord, Help us to take seriously the need to take control of our tongue and the words that come out of our mouth. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to live within us when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. Help us to be sensitive to His leading and listen to His warning. Give us the maturity to take responsibility for guarding even the tone of our voice when we speak. We thank You for the example Jesus left for us. Help us to not hurt other people and leave scars because we didn't take control of the most unruly part of our body, our tongue. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

We have completed our six-day devotional journey. I trust you have a much deeper understanding regarding the importance of guarding the words we speak into existence. It is my sincere prayer that the truth shared will allow your days to be much happier and richer, because you yield the most unruly part of your body, the tongue, over to God.


Recognized


Well our journey is complete. We now have a decision to make. What are we going to do with the knowledge we have gained? Just remember your words have the power to make your day better or turn it into a nightmare. There's enough trauma in life we can't change. It will make our days brighter to do what we can. God bless.
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