Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it (Colossians 1:15-23 New Living Translation).
This is an excellent reminder of who Christ is and who we are in Christ. These verses are also encouraging for our walk, and faith-building. We can stop trying to earn our places in heaven; we can stop trying to control and manipulate things in the hopes that it propels us towards our Kingdom purposes. Christ has already paved the way, as believers, we only need to walk it out!
When we want to see the Father, we need only to look upon the Son. All this earth was created by the Father through the Son, including the things in the spiritual realm. There is nothing we can add to what Jesus Christ has already done, and there is nothing we can subtract from it. By His sacrifice on the cross, we have been reconciled to God. We can now stand before the Father because the blood of Christ washed us clean, our filthy rags turned to robes of righteousness. Our belief in Christ and His work ensures our place with the Father for eternity.
Just as Paul admonishes the Colossians to continue to believe this truth, we must also never let go of it, standing firm on the Rock that is Christ. The more we stand and believe this truth, the more we will be willing to share it with others. For, if we can’t believe it ourselves, how effective will our evangelism be? Preaching the Good News should not be seen as “getting people saved” and adding another notch to our belts, it should be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit prompting others to recognize their need for Christ as we simply share what Christ has done. People don’t save people, Jesus Christ does.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us with a new day! Each day You grant us gives us new opportunities to share Your Son and His sacrifice with someone else; may we share with humility, stepping aside and allowing the Holy Spirit to convict the heart. May we be reminded of who we are in Christ and who He is at all times. Father, help us to live for You and not try to manipulate others to our ways of thinking. Encourage us in our faith, today. Help us to see our churches as hospitals, where not everyone who enters has eternal life, even those who have been there for years. Change their hearts, God, and may their professed belief in You become actual belief! Father, we love You and offer ourselves as living sacrifices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Meditate on Scripture today, see just who Christ says you are and see Him for who He is.
Additional Scriptures: Colossians 1
DISENGAGE THE ENEMY
“Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One sent from God!”
Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further (Luke 4:34-35 NLT).
Demons, or unclean spirits, were something that the Israelites recognized among themselves and lived with. They even were in the synagogues. Scripture tells us Jesus healed many of unclean spirits, so this indicates there were more than a few. We can glean, from Jesus’ interactions with demons, that He did not engage them in conversation. He did not question their motives, nor did He chat them up. With one exception (Luke 8:30), Jesus simply rebuked them and cast them out.
Church, we have become desensitized to evil today, failing to recognize when the enemy has infiltrated. This world has made it seem as though there is nothing to be worried about, depicting evil is normal, or even hell is not a real place. In movies, demons are often portrayed as the good guys. As followers of Christ, we have all authority given by Him to disengage the enemy. We have the power of His name to cast out demons and unclean spirits, but it requires discernment to recognize when they are there. When we see them, we must not engage them in conversation; we must command them to leave. There is a YouTube video of a woman who had a gun in her face, and what she did was speak to the demon behind the person and rebuked him, causing him to flee. We all have this power in us because we have Christ.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the give of Your Son, Your Spirit and Your Presence. May we treasure these gifts, growing more in our knowledge of You and our understanding of Your heart. May we have discernment to know when unclean spirits are around and may we act in accordance to the authority Jesus Christ has given us. Father, may we not engage our enemy, but may we have strength and discernment to disengage him. We thank You and give You all praise, glory and honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7b). Stay connected to Christ through prayer, praise and worship. Feed your spirit and not your flesh by reading God’s word, listening to praise and worship music, fellowship with other believers and through prayer.
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 10:1; Luke 6:17-19; Acts 8:6-8; Luke 9:1-3
GO AHEAD; I DARE YOU TO PRAISE HIM!
God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him (Psalm 67 New King James Version).
I cannot say enough how praising God opens doors we are not able to open; how praising our Creator gives Him the go ahead to move on our behalf. Sometimes, in the midst of our darkest moments, in the middle of our most adverse circumstances, when we have prayed all we can pray, cried all we can cry, pleaded all we can plead…we just need to tip our heads back and open our mouths in praise. This is especially helpful in those times when we do not understand what it is we are going through, and cannot see the outcome. In 2 Chronicles 20, we see how God delivered Jehoshaphat’s enemies into his hands by having the people singing praises go out before the army. Today’s scripture says the earth will yield her increase and God shall bless us as we praise Him. God’s battle strategy is not our strategy.
When we praise the Lord, we put our trust in Him. When He has our trust, then we can truly worship Him. Praise is loud, joyous, filled with song, melody, instruments, giving God the glory. It is cheerful when we are not; it is putting aside ourselves and focusing on God. Worship is how we live our lives in relation to God; when we obey the Lord, we worship; when we use the gifts He’s given us for His kingdom, we worship; when we bow before Him crying or laughing, in gratitude or repentance, we worship; when we offer Him our whole self for His use, we worship. As we come before the Lord in worship, we will find it is easier to praise Him; and when we praise Him unreservedly, we will find it is easier to offer all we do as worship. A lot of times, our circumstances appear stacked against us and we try very hard to manipulate those circumstances to minimize our pain, and we try to fix them ourselves, when all God requires of us is to open our mouths and give Him praise so He can bring us through.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this wonderful morning! We are blessed to have such a Gracious Father who grants us tender mercies by opening our eyes for another day! Thank You! Father, it is our prayer that we utilize and seize every opportunity to bring You glory and praise today. Grant us boldness and courage to speak of You when we otherwise would be afraid. Grant us eyes to see You in everything, and ears to hear Your Holy Spirit speaking to us. May we have hearts that praise You continuously, may we have hands that are quick to rise up to You, may our feet move swiftly for You. May we fully understand that all we do is an act of worship, and we seek forgiveness for those times when our worship was not pleasing to you. Lord, help us to recognize when the world is seeking to steal Your glory, help us to learn to not succumb to the lure of this world and to keep our eyes focused on heavenly treasure. We thank You for our circumstances because we know that You are in complete control, and what You allow to happen are ways to draw us closer to You. May we recognize these moments and come running back to Your feet, staying longer each time! We love You, we want to please You only. Father, You are love, You are truth, You are faithful. We give You all glory, all honor and all praise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Philippians 4:8-9 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” I encourage you today to look for things that include truth, nobility, justice, purity, loveliness, good reports, virtuous or are praiseworthy in the circumstances in which you find yourself. God is in every situation, praise Him and watch what He will do!
Additional Scripture: Psalm 136, 2 Chronicles 20:20-22; Job 1:20-21
IT’S ALL IN YOUR PERSPECTIVE
For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15 New Living Translation).
Before I acknowledged my need for Jesus, and recognized who I was in Him, I wasted many years of my life focusing on the negative things in people and in my surroundings. There were times when I would spend all day talking the positive down and wallowing in my sorrows, making mountains out of molehills and bringing down everyone around me. I was never happier unless I was cutting someone up. It’s true; when we feel very badly about ourselves, we talk about other people to make ourselves feel better. My heart was despondent and as the proverb says, every day brought trouble.
Since then, my perspective has changed. The more I study the word of God, the more I realize how much negative and positive words impact our surroundings. Being positive does not mean simply being grateful for all things, but in addition to a grateful heart, it means really looking for the brighter side of every negative. On a cloudy day, we see the bottom of the clouds and perhaps the precipitation they bring, but above the clouds, the sun still shines! Rain or snow may fall, and it may be inconvenient, yet the fruit of rain or snow is moisture to bring forth life from the earth, or fill watering holes. It really is our perspective of things.
Being around despondent people who see the cup half empty all the time can be a huge downer. Negativity weighs us down, literally, and speaking negative things will often manifest them. It’s important to shake off the negative and not receive what has been spoken, and to counter it with the joy of Christ! How, we ask? Speak the word of God! Proclaim and profess it and pray for those who are enveloped within a veil of pessimism. Not only will it bring the light of Christ into their world, but also strengthens and increases our capacity to love them, along with changing us to better minister to them.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, may You grant us greater capacity to love as You love, to minister as You minister, to give grace as You give grace! Help us to be the light in the dark to those who have a dark perspective, grant us courage and boldness to bring joy and laughter to them. Father, we thank You for the joy of Your presence; may we carry it with us throughout the day. May the fragrance of Christ surround us, and may Your Holy Spirit go before and behind us. You are awesome in all Your ways, we stand before You this day as an offering. Here we are, send us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Look for opportunities to see the positive side of all things, no matter what it is, or who it is. Write lists if you need to, and ask the Lord to bring to remembrance Scriptures that will bring joy to your heart.
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 4:7; Psalm 9:2; Psalm 16:11; Proverbs 15:13; Psalm 30:11; Proverbs 2:10; Proverbs 3:13
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 New King James Version).
There are many people, believers and non-believers, who cannot let go of yesterday. They are in such a perpetual state of looking backwards they are in danger of tripping and falling on their face. All the opportunities and beauty of today are missed because their heads will not turn from what has already passed. I have yet to meet one person stuck in yesterday who is truly happy today. People so focused on what has already gone behind deal with bitterness, pain, sorrow, guilt, and anger on a daily basis, and often do not recognize the source. They aren’t able to find anything positive today because there is too much comparison to yesterday. For the believer, this is dangerous.
As a Christian, spending too much time looking back and reliving our past can cause us to stumble and fall, missing where God wants to take us right now. It is good to remember from where God has brought us, however, dwelling on it and trying to recapture moments of our past before Christ, creates open doors the enemy will use to sneak in. This is fertile ground for roots of bitterness, anger, jealousy, and strife to grow; and the devil takes any opportunity we give him. It is important to shut those doors with God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. When we shut the door God’s way, we do not give footholds to those things which hinder our growth, and we won’t miss our “todays”.
Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us with this beautiful day! Thank You for showing us mercy this morning and waking us up, we thank You for our health, our physical abilities, our gifts, our talents. We praise You and offer ourselves to You today! Let Your will be done, not ours. Forgive us, Lord, for we have somehow turned ourselves around and begun to walk backward. We know that this is not what You want for us, and we ask for Your assistance in turning ourselves to face front. Show us those areas that are keeping You from fully using us. Help us to reposition our eyes and shut the doors to the unhealthy aspects of our pasts, and focus on where You are taking us. We love You, Father, and we give You all honor and glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Do you find yourself looking back and longing for yesterday more than enjoying today? Do you relive long gone moments and give rise to unhealthy emotions? More often than not, do you begin conversations with “remember when?” Spend some time at the feet of your heavenly Father and ask Him to help you evaluate your vision. Are your memories hindrances to your spiritual growth, or do they spur you forward? If you spend too much time looking back, it’s time to turn your head and face front! Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not promised to us, we have only today!
Additional Scriptures: James 4:13-15
The best way out is always through. ~Robert Frost
Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here’ (Luke 10:33-35 New Living Translation).
In this parable, a despised Samaritan stops to help the man who was beaten and left on the roadside. He soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine, and even bandaged them to keep them from becoming dirty and infected. He gave up his comfortable ride and put the wounded man on his donkey, taking him to an inn for further care. He needed to move on, yet he entrusted the wounded man to the innkeeper to nurse the man back to health, and promised to pay for any extra care the next time he was there.
In this parable, Jesus depicts Himself as the Samaritan – despised by the Jews, yet full of compassion for man. Jesus meets us where we are, no matter how dirty, how beaten, how sick or sore or sweaty or bloody we are, He soothes and bandages our wounds. He won’t leave us in our despondent state, He puts us on His ride and takes us to a place where we can be nursed back to health, and He trusts us to the care of the innkeeper, the Holy Spirit, promising to pay for extra care when He comes back.
We don’t have to clean and bandage ourselves up to meet with Jesus, He comes to us and takes us to where He wants us to heal and recover. He places us in the care of the Holy Spirit to attend to us, knowing we are in the perfect place. There is no where we can go where the healing and compassionate hand of Christ cannot take us from. Life and religion will leave us beaten by the roadside, but Jesus will always stop to care for us.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of Your Word, for the ministry of Your Word and for the compassion of Your Word. May we be like Christ and meet the downtrodden and despondent on the roadside, getting into the trenches with them and care for the wounded. May we allow the ministry of Your Holy Spirit to nurture and care for them, while directing us to them. May we see this world through Your eyes, and act accordingly. Father, we thank You for caring for us and for loving us. We give You all glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Meditate on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life today, and allow Him to direct your path to someone who is lying in the ditch. Be Jesus to someone.
Additional Scriptures: John 16:7-8; John 14:15-17
RELIGION WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side (Luke 10:30-32 New King James Version).
We all know the story of the Good Samaritan and we tell it often when we talk about being a neighbor to those around us, but do we ever really stop to think about who the two, who passed by the beaten man, really were? One was a certain priest, and the other a Levite, both from the tribe of Levi, yet with two different religious roles in the temple. Levite means a descendent of Levi, the son of Jacob and Leah. Levi, himself, had three family clans within: Gershon, Kohath and Meraribut, yet it was the clan of Kohath who supplied the priests. The entire tribe of Levi was set apart as caretakers of the tabernacle and as aides to the priests. Both had specific jobs within the tabernacle of the Lord, and both followed the traditions and rituals customary of their office.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus specifically says a priest and a Levite both looked upon the wounded man, yet they crossed the road and passed him by. I believe they represent religion. Religion wants nothing to do with us; it seeks only to get something from us – money, power, and status. Religion does not seek to heal, or help, or even to get in the bloody, sweaty, dirty trenches and offer assistance.
Jesus used the Samaritan, not only to say who our neighbor is, but to reveal our neighbor is not who we think he is. Jesus did not come to earth the way the Pharisees thought a king should – with fanfare, robed and full of wealth and power. He came to earth as a humble babe; he walked among the sick, the sinner, and the ordinary people. He met us where we were, getting down and dirty in the trenches, He picked us up when we were beaten, smelly and left for dead. He cleaned us up and left us in the care of the Holy Spirit, which I believe the inn keeper represents in the parable.
When we turn towards religion to fill our needs, we are always left with feelings of unworthiness, guilt and emptiness, for religion cannot fill the hole in our spirits. Religion turns from us when we have nothing to offer it. When we turn to Christ, we are never left needing more, we are left wanting more because He meets us where we are, hugs us, loves us, heals us and never asks anything of us we don’t have to give.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Word. Thank You for Your gift of Jesus Christ and the love You have shown us. Father, may we not seek after religion and may we not be religious to others. Give us hearts like the Samaritan, give us the heart of Christ. May we have courageous and bold hearts to climb into the trenches with others, may we have the audacity to point others to Christ, and to trust them to the care of the Holy Spirit. Father, we seek only to glorify You and not ourselves. We thank You for truth, the way and for life! We thank You for being a Father who loves us so much and desires nothing but the best for us. May all those who trust in religion, yet find nothing to cling to there, may they find Jesus instead and take hold of His outstretched hand. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Every day we are offered Samaritan opportunities, we only have to open our eyes to see them. Seize the opportunity to be one!
Additional Scriptures: Exodus 32:26-29; Luke 10:30-37
I RECEIVE IT
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked (Psalm 141:5 New King James Version).
None of us are so holy and righteous we are exempt from correction. Here the Psalmist is not only asking the Lord for rebuke and correction, he is also asking to be able to receive it. Christian growth includes being able to ask for and accept correction from God. For whom the Lord loves, He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:12). In order for us to grow spiritually we are going to need correction at times. Recognizing and accepting correction is also a sign of spiritual maturity.
We have to be careful we don’t fall into the “I’m always right” or “I’m perfectly fine where I am” mindsets which sometimes is very easy to do. We get to a comfortable spiritual place, and become complacent and content there. The dangerous thing about this place is we shut our eyes and ears to hear insight from the Lord, spoken through His word, through the Holy Spirit, or even through someone else. We tend to think we’ve got Christianity all figured out, not needing more than what we’ve already got, and frankly, it might be uncomfortable to go after any more.
I’ve got news for you, God is not a God of keeping one comfortable. He challenges us to trust Him more. He questions us to see our motives for doing what we do. He will bring discipline, correction and chastisement when necessary; and often this means we will have to step out of our comfort zones whether we want to or not.
Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for this day. We wouldn’t be here this morning if it wasn’t for Your grace and love. We worship You and praise Your holy name! We ask for Your forgiveness today because we have been as stubborn mules. We know that in order to grow, we must be corrected and yet we tend to not want to hear or accept that correction. Lord, remove from us our prideful spirits. Grant us grace and teach us humility to accept Your rebuke, and let Your light shine on our paths. We give to You this day and ask that You remain in control. All honor and glory are Yours! In your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen!
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you’ve become stuck in a spiritual rut; routine; comfortable; belligerent in your Scripture application and interpretation and you feel as though you are being challenged and others are against you, get into the presence of God, and seek His face. It may be He has begun to bring correction into your life. Perhaps for a chain of thought, an attitude, a belief; whatever it is, humble yourself to accept it and follow His path to correction.
Additional Scriptures: Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:11; Proverbs 10:17; Proverbs 12:1; Hebrews 12:9
USE IT OR LOSE IT
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away (Matthew 25: 29 New King James Version).
Use it or lose it. This is a phrase those of us who are familiar with HR benefits repeat often regarding certain types of healthcare reimbursement accounts at year end. It refers to making sure employees submit all receipts for covered medical reimbursement for the year by a specific date, or all the funds in their accounts will be forfeit. This can seem unfair, especially if we contributed to the account over the duration of the year, but depending on the company, it’s the way they do business.
Today’s particular Scripture has been resonating in my spirit for a couple of weeks now, but on a much different level than when I first read it years ago. Up until recently, I always interpreted this Scripture to mean things of a monetary or profitable nature, at the very least. But when the Lord spoke this to me, it was as the result of my questioning where I fit in. I know I have been given a myriad of different talents and gifts, some I use every day, some I used to use every day and some have not yet been revealed or developed in me yet. The Lord was speaking to me about the gifts I used to use every day and haven’t been.
Certain areas of ministry where I have served in the past are the areas where I am not serving now-yet. The passion I had for writing and ministering online had waned and my service in worship and prayer had stopped. At first, the Lord had asked me to sit at His feet instead of bustling around serving everywhere, while not taking time with Him, but when He released me to go back into service, I did not. I had gotten comfortable where I was, and the gifts and talents I had been given were not being used the way He designed them to be. So, I didn’t write very much, I stopped singing and sharing my gift, I drew back on intercession and bible study. Up until recently, I had felt stuck and not good enough to do what I had done before. I felt as though I had lost what the Lord had so brazenly blessed me with. So, one day, this Scripture jumped out at me and I’ve been pondering it ever since. Little by little, with Jesus holding my hand, I am regaining the confidence and ground I had given up. I have once again taken up my pen (or keyboard, depending on how you look at it!) I have begun to open my mouth and let Him speak and sing through me, and I have started to silence the lies of doubt and condemnation trying to gain footholds. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much (Luke 16:10a).
Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day, filled with new mercies and new wine! Oh, may we fill our cups with the wine of heaven, drinking deeply and satisfying ourselves from Your vine! Father, thank You for stirring up the gifts within, for keeping our feet on Your path, for gently correcting our courses so that we remain faithful. Father, we seek to know You more, may we sit awhile at Your feet, listening to Your plans for us. May we not become comfortable in our complacency and apathy, and may we use what You have given us so we don’t lose it. Oh, how we love You and Your Word, how we love to give You all honor and glory! We come before You today, praising Your Holy name! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Here I am, Lord, send me! I have discovered that some of my waning passions were the result of offense, impatience and complacency, not just comfort. Look for areas in your walk with Christ where perhaps your giftings are in jeopardy of being lost if not used and pray for an exposure of the root cause.
BE AN ENCOURAGER
The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words (Proverbs 10:31-32 New Living Translation).
It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet (Proverbs 11:12).
The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives. Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray (Proverbs 12: 6, 18, 26).
There are times when we all pop off at the mouth and say some rather discouraging and ungodly things. In the heat of the moment, we often will answer without fully thinking our answer through. Depending on the subject, we have the ability to tear someone or something down just by our tone of voice. We must daily ask ourselves if we are going to be an encourager or a discourager. If we don’t have anything nice to say, then we shouldn’t say anything at all. When we speak to others, we should be quick to build them up. We should look for the positive in every situation and reveal it to them.
Too many times throughout my life I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth because I’ve been too quick to judge and respond, saying things I shouldn’t have said; not only to people but also behind their back. It’s easy to tear people down when they aren’t there to defend themselves, isn’t it? It’s also a runaway train once we allow it to get going. Well did James write when he said the tongue is a tiny spark that can set a great forest on fire! What’s the cure for our waggling tongues? By bringing them under the control of the Holy Spirit. Psalms 141:3 is a beautiful prayer to help us be encouraging and not pop off at the mouth, it says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips (NKJV).”
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of this new day! Despite what happens, or what we face, we will trust and praise You! Father, we ask for you to set a guard over our mouths, to keep watch over the door of our lips; let no ungodly, discouraging or contentious word come from our mouths. Create in us clean hearts and renew steadfast spirits within us, so we may speak life to others. Reveal to us the positive and help us to avoid giving power to the negative. Father, we praise You and give You all our worship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: You never know who you will meet today. Greet everyone with a smile and when someone comes to you seeking advice, or to share something with you, pray and think before you answer. Ask for an answer that will bring life and uplift the hearer of your word.