What are you saying? In His Word 8-7-17

 In His Word 8-7-17

Have you ever said too much? Or said the wrong thing and caused an issue?
Do you ever run on at the mouth? You know, like when you are upset about something or excited about something and you just can’t stop talking?

Sometimes talking a lot is okay, but other times we can say too much; then we walk away thinking how we should not have said this or that. What we do then is important; do we belittle ourselves for foolish talking or do we take it to God.  Sometimes it is not easy to take this sort of thing to God because, much like Adam and Eve were in the garden, we are embarrassed and ashamed of our actions. Will He curse us or forgive us? We can talk ourselves out of talking to Him and continue in fear, or we can open up to Him and trust that He gets us!

God is an amazing person! He is so thoughtful and so insightful that He planned ahead to allow us to come into His kingdom and how to keep us focused on His direction in our lives. When we were saved He gave us His Holy Spirit to guide us; but what happens to make us weak? Why do we sometimes feel so distant from God?
I think it has a lot to do with how much time we are willing to put into our time alone with Him. It seems that at the beginning of the year we all get excited about making plans. We plan our lives out with vision boards and resolutions and yet most of them go to the way side before we ever accomplish the things in them. We talk like we are going to do what He wants, because a good majority of people seek God in January but forget about His directions by March.
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

I say by March because that is when a lot of us get busy either at work or play. Schools start working kids, and college students to complete the task of the school around then as well. Then comes Easter and Resurrection Sunday services that remind us of what God did for us. We find ourselves once again drawn nearer and make all kinds of plans; but do we stick to them?
Even our words in our mouth can become relaxed as the Summer months draw us to beaches and camping trips in the wild; you would think these things would draw us nearer to God but it seems often to do the opposite. We become ‘fun focused’.
Think for a moment and ask yourselves; “Do the words of my mouth present themselves to those around me as if I were speaking to God Himself?”

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

David spoke this knowing the words of his mouth often did not stand, but that He desired for us to be so. God desires for our mouths and our hearts and our sight to be acceptable to Him not to the world we live in.
It seems too many people who call themselves Christians fall to the worlds advice on how to be happy, how to live and what to do with their bodies.
The world is on a get fit , we Christians must follow suit. Not that that is a bad thing because we all should be fit, but as an example we need to be sure we are fit in Christ, as in our walk with Him before we worry about getting fit in our bodies.

It is so easy to say the wrong thing, or use slang words without the intent to harm, yet what we should be doing is keeping our mouths clean and speaking the truth in love. We should be encouraging to those around us not speaking of things we should not be speaking; even if its about ourselves we can often say the wrong thing and cause a problem between us and someone else. After all do we know that the person we are talking with will not share what we said in jest with someone who will not get it? We must be cautious of what we say, definitely.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29

If we keep our mouths, as with our hearts, focused on God then we will be full of encouragement instead of sharing our discouragement because we will have been encouraged by Him each day personally. It only happens if we stay close enough to get that Holy Spirit strength by reading His Word and praying daily. The more you pray the more you stay in the right mind; the more you stay in the right mind the more you are in a healthy place to start with.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:3-5
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to say just enough without airing our dirty laundry with anyone but You. Help us to give you our brokenness and trust that You alone can heal us and make us whole again. Some trust in man, but we trust in You. Guide our steps today and curb our mouths as we try to speak as You would have us speak. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested readings: Philippians 2:1-30, Philippians 3:1-21, Ephesians 4:1-32 and Psalm 19:1-14.