What comes out of your mouth?

October 31, 2019


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
(Ephesians 4:29 (NIV))

What comes out of your mouth?

Perhaps, a different translation says it clearer.

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 (NLT))

We are clearly told that we are to not speak using foul or abusive language. If we can control the tongue, then we are one step closer to controlling the heart. When we control the heart, we are able to follow the teachings of Jesus. We are able to do everything more closely to what Paul told us in Colossians.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
(Colossians 3:23 (NIV))

If we speak in foul and abusive language, do we truly have Jesus as our Lord and Savior? Do we have the Holy Spirit within us and guiding us? Is this the type of language that God desires for us to use? The foul and abusive words only reflect what is in our hearts.

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man `unclean.’
(Matthew 15:18 (NIV))

Think about the things that you say. Do they uplift or do they come out as unwholesome talk?

Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Listen to Godly advice

September 21, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
(Proverbs 19:20-21 (NIV))

Satan tries to deceive us. He feeds us lies often enough until we start to believe them. One of these lies is that we are all capable of being in charge of our own destinies. He knows that God has a unique plan for each one of us. He thinks that if he can get us to believe that we can follow our own sinful plans, we will be happier.

Think about that concept for a moment.

How often have you seen a group of people all follow their own plans? Does anything ever get done? Do God’s plans come to fruition? Chaos results. That is exactly what the father of all lies wants to have happen. When he can create chaos in the church, he keeps the church from fulfilling the great commission.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
(Mark 16:15-16 (NIV))

In Satan’s mind, he has stolen that many more souls from God’s salvation. The bad thing about this is that we unwittingly may have helped him because we were not unified as a body.

When we are not unified as the Body of Christ, then we slowly find ourselves sinking into chaos. We may not realize it at first. We may not even realize it until something bad has happened. Still, we end up in chaos. We lose sight of our Father and we lose sight of His Son, Jesus. And, we find it more and more difficult to acknowledge the Holy Spirit, let alone hear Him. Sadly, we still think that we are doing God’s will, but we are straying from His will in an attempt to follow ours.

Think back upon your life. Have you ever been truly happy chasing after your plans and schemes? Personally, the happiest that I have ever been was when I fully trusted in God and fully relied upon His plans and purposes.

I know that the world thinks that this takes away personal choice and freedom, and in their perspective, I can see how the world can say that. However, and it is a big “however,” we are the Body of Christ. We are not here to follow our plans. We should know that we are here to bring others into God’s Kingdom. That is God’s purpose. That is God’s plan. I believe that the parable of the talents is appropriate at this point.

“His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with the two talents also came. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’
“His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,’ he said, `I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
” `Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
(Matthew 25:21-30 (NIV))

We are all given talents that we rare to use to fulfill what God has called us to do. God gave us those talents for a reason. If we hide our talents, or even worse, if we try to usurp the talents of others, we are not being good and faithful servants. We will find that our talents will be taken away from us because we have misused them.

We, as humans, have a tendency to lash out when we lose something. It is a cover-up for our own inadequacies. We blame others. When we start to do this, it is an attack from Satan. He uses this to further strain the bonds of unity that we, as the church, should have.

Listen to advice. Listen to Godly advice. Wisdom is not in worldly knowledge. Wisdom comes from knowing God and following His commands.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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Helpless, hopeless and lost?

September 8, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
(Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV))

Are you lost?

Helpless, hopeless and lost?

Satan longs to have us feel this way.

God longs for us to feel helpful, hopeful and loved.

God also longs for us to mature spiritually and become the person whom He created us to be. Sometimes this requires tough love. Just as a parent must sometimes withhold things from a child, God must withhold things from us. Just as a parent must allow the child to enter into things that will teach them a lesson, so too with God and us.

We are creatures of habit. Each of us exists within certain boundaries that we have established or that have been established for us. These boundaries become our comfort zone. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows that our comfort zones foster stagnation. We soon grow complacent. We soon grow so rigid and confined within our comfort zones that we fail to recognize the need for spiritual growth and maturity. We become creatures of habit, and all too often our habits leave something to be desired. It takes something drastic to get our attention. It takes something that will make us look beyond our circumstances and look at our core beliefs and priorities.

God wants to get our attention. He wants to get us out of our comfort zones and focused on Him. Sometimes, that requires something bigger than we care to have happen. He wants us to take the time to fulfill Psalm 46:10a so that we may know Him and His will for our lives.

Be still, and know that I am God
(Psalm 4610a (NIV))

Just how does God get your attention so that He can bring you back into the flock?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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