WORDS, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 6/27/ (Across my desk today.)
“Let no foul or polluting language…come out of your mouth.” (Ephesians 4:29, AMPC)
God Is On Your Side
Your words have the power to pollute or purify. If you constantly complain, you release poison into your life. Complaining is not based on your circumstances, it’s based on the attitude of your heart. If you will keep the right attitude during your time of adversity, God will honor you. When you truly trust God, there are times you will have unanswered questions—don’t let that keep you from fulfilling your destiny. When you have a heart full of gratitude, it leaves no room for complaining. You can always find something to thank God for no matter what kind of adversity you may face in life. So decide today to live a life of thanksgiving! Don’t allow the poison of complaining prevent you from receiving all God has for you!
A Prayer for Today
“God, I believe in the power of the spoken word. When I am tempted to complain or speak negative words today, I will listen to that quiet voice inside me that tells me to hold them back. I will spend a quiet minute meditating on what I have to be thankful for and adjust my attitude so my words today reflect my joy. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”
When first considering the 10 Commandments of God, I thought that to not use the name of the LORD in vain meant profanity? Later I found out it meant to not say what HE did not say. To not use HIS authority to manipulate others to have your point of view received as HIS TRUTH. Well meaning folks do that to me all the time… When it is their flesh saying GOD said this and GOD said that when HE is not even in the room. Or to tell me, “I prayed about it” as if GOD always agrees with them.
Of course profanity is sin, Jesus said so. When I was in the Army, fully half of my vocabulary was profanity. It was difficult to sit down with my mother on leave for dinner without turning the air blue. So I put a nail in my tongue when I became a Christian concerning profanity. But it was still buzzing around in my mind. But in 1968 I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and that deeply changed a lot of things. One day I was running by my T-340 bulldozer and hit the tread squire in the center of my right knee cap, what a shot of pain that was as I exclamated “Praise The Lord” followed with “Thank You Jesus” and the pain suddenly left and I stopped in total amazement about what had just happened. It has been great to walk without that junk in my heart any more, Praise The Lord.
But the use of the LORD’s name or position to manipulate takes some real concentration. Often I have to check my thoughts in counseling as to whether it is me or the LORD that is speaking through me. As I am really careful to only say, “GOD said it” when HE really did. The Big Ten are still on the wall in the N.T. One of the verses in scripture that I refer to a lot:
ALSO WORTH THE TIME TO CONSIDER:
A MIGHTY REMNANT by David Wilkerson There is wonderful news for every Christian who is discouraged by the apathy and godlessness in this nation. Regardless of how wicked and corrupt this society becomes and how many Christians compromise and fall into sin, God still has a mighty remnant of holy, separated followers. Christians may be deceived into thinking that Satan is winning the battle for the saints, and that the predicted "falling away" has touched all of God´s people. The Bible does predict that in the last days many will be turned aside; men will love pleasure more than God; the love of many shall grow cold; evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse; and Satan will declare war on the saints of the Most High. It is also true that Satan is now going about as a roaring lion, with great wrath, seeking victims to devour. The enemies of God are going all-out in an attempt to deceive and seduce every true follower of Christ. But the truth is that not all of God´s people are falling away! Not at all - and the Holy Spirit has a glorious and encouraging word for his Church. God is right now raising up a multitude of sanctified saints who are standing against the idolatry of this age. They are so filled with love for Christ that they are ready and willing to be persecuted for their faith and devotion. The call of Jesus is to be thoughtful and clear-headed. Paul told Titus, "Exhort the young men to be sober-minded" (Titus 2:6). And Peter admonished the Christians, "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit" (1 Peter 1:13, NASB). As materialism eats away at our spiritual life and compromise erodes our standards, Christians are called to get deadly serious about the things of Jesus. Peter further said, "Be serious and watchful in your prayers" (1 Peter 4:7). Jesus does not want you to go around with a long face or a lack of humor. But he wants you to live like people who are soon to leave this earth - to be with him!