Day 200! Woohoo!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 200 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Kings 17, Israel enters a new era of captivity by Assyria.
“They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. 41 Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.”
2 Chronicles 28:22, “In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord. 23 He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.”
But they were his downfall
and the downfall of all Israel.”
(I’m done blogging about Israel’s downfall… lol.)
Psalm 46:10, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'”
James 3, insert the whole chapter of James 3 here! Incredible scripture!
1 “2 We all stumble in many ways…”
9 “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
How true is that? “We all stumble in many ways.”
THEN James launches into this rant about the tongue and how it is a fire, set on fire from Hell… yadda, yadda, yadda…
I don’t know about you, but I am acutely aware when I say something I shouldn’t have. I may joke about my “filter” needing replaced, but honestly, it’s my self-rebuke. It’s how I remind myself that my mouth is for one thing, praise.
Not cursing others that God has made…
I am not responsible for what anyone else does or says, only for what I say and do.
What just popped into my head? “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Whatever I do? Word or deed?
Matthew 12:36, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
Ephesians 4:29, “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.”
Not that I “let it fly…” I don’t. I’ve never had much difficulty keeping a rein on my tongue… I rarely swear (out loud. ; )
My offenses would be much, much more subtle. Not so obvious…
Although when I am tired, I am much more apt to say something “unwholesome.” Otherwise, my filter works pretty good… most of the time.
Proverbs 18:8 states, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.” I compare gossip to M&Ms… “Choice morsels.” Little tasty bits of information about someone or a situation that we may know something about… or that others may know… usually prefaced with, “I probably shouldn’t say anything…”
You’re right… you probably shouldn’t.
What would life be like if we didn’t listen to, or spread gossip. (Even in the form of a prayer request? Doh!)
What if we all just stopped the person before they started and simply said, “Hey, you know, I probably don’t need to know whatever it is, and you probably just shouldn’t say anything anyway…”
That’s the way it should work.
Lord, help me to keep a tight rein on my tongue, at all times! That I would only speak words that encourage and build others up!