Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 16 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day sixteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which uphold your promises.
Choose Promised Words
“I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you — vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. ”
Psalm 66:13-14 (NIV)
How important is it to you that you keep your promises? How do you feel when people make promises to you that they do not keep? How faithful has God been to you in keeping His promises that are found in His Word? What kind of promises do you make to God? How consistent are you in keeping them? Do you view your immersion into Christ as a promise you made to Him? As a promise He made to you?
When in trouble, people are often quick to promise anything that they think will rescue them from the troublesome circumstance. When out of trouble, the remembrance of the former promise is sometimes rather vague. When we become a Christian, we promise God that we belong to Him forever and He promises to be our God completely. As you pray, ask God to help you recall any promises you have made that you have not yet kept. Pray that you would speak words of promise that are backed by a firm commitment of doing. Pray that you would represent God’s faithfulness by the way you share His promises with others.