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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Revealing Words"

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,” 1 Peter 2:1




The old storyteller, Aesop, told this fable:  Once upon a time, a donkey found a lion's skin.  He tried it on, strutted around, and frightened many animals.  Soon a fox came along, and the donkey tried to scare him, too.  But the fox, hearing the donkey's voice, said, "If you want to terrify me, you'll have to disguise your bray."  Aesop's moral: Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.

Your words really do reveal who you are.  When the Apostles were threatened to speak no more in the name of Jesus, their response was simply, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19). They knew that what they had filled their hearts and minds with was inevitably what would come out of their mouths.  The same is true today.  What flows out of our mouths is what has been filling up our hearts and minds.

Our words are extremely powerful.  In fact, they hold the power of death and life (Proverbs 18:21).  Words have potential to poison others or bless others (James 3:8, 9). Therefore, it is extremely important for us to let God control our speech.  So, how do we let Him have control?

1.   Fill your heart and mind with His Words.

      “My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth” Isaiah 59:21.

2.   Speak words the way you want God to hear them.

      “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.

3.   Speak what is truth.

      “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue” Psalm 120:2.

4.   Speak to build others.

      “Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ:  but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying” II Corinthians 12:19

Remember, no matter how you dress up, you are always going to be known by how you talk!

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Previous devotions

"Dark Days" - January 14, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax" - January 7, 2015

"Priceless Gifts" - December 17, 2014
"Authority" - December 10, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving" - November 19, 2014
"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014
"Go Ahead and Laugh" - May 21, 2014
"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013

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Words of Truth - January 21, 2015