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 10 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 twenty-two with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words filled with the power of God’s Spirit.
Choose Spirit-Filled Words
“The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.”
2 Samuel 23:2 (NIV)
Are there people that you listen to who seem to have words that are filled with wisdom beyond their training? How often do you think about the presence of God’s Spirit living in you? In your religious practice, how open are people to consider the working of God’s Spirit in an individual’s life? What would Spirit-filled words sound like? How would you recognize them? Where did what we have as the written Word of God come from? What might that say about a starting point for choosing Spirit-filled words?
One of my mentors use to say in teaching about listening to God, “If God did all of the work to put His Spirit within you, don’t you think His Spirit might have a few things to say to you?”. God says that all scripture is God-breathed and written by men, not of their own will but carried along by the Spirit. As you pray, ask God to help you use His Word as a starting point for Spirit-filled words in your life. Pray that you would grow in your recognition of, and listening to, His Spirit God has put within you. Pray that the words you choose would always be Spirit-filled words.