Encouragement and Prayer (9/24/20)

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This is the audio from the September 24, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Powerful Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Powerful Words

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 19 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 thirteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are powered by God’s Spirit.

Choose Powerful Words

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)

Have you ever been sold a product or idea by someone using slick, persuasive words?  How do you feel when you realize that is what happened?  How do you think that is different from someone using powerful words?  What makes a word powerful?  How often are you tempted to substitute gimmicks for real power?  How does having a greater authority behind your words affect the power that they carry?  How can you know that the words you use are powerful?

One of the greatest joys of ministry is seeing the power of God’s Word transform a life.  If you want to use powerful words instead of settling for words that are wise and persuasive by the world’s standards, you must become familiar with God’s Word.  As you pray, ask God to help you grow in your determination not to settle.  Pray that you would consume God’s Word in a way that it is natural for you to use it in your daily speech.  Pray that you would be bold enough to speak the most powerful word in the world — the name of Jesus!  Pray that the people around you would come to know Jesus through the words you choose.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/23/20)

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This is the audio from the September 23, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Pleasant Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Pleasant Words

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 20 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 twelve with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are pleasant.

Choose Pleasant Words

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:21-24 (NIV)

When you think of the word pleasant, what first comes to mind?  How much does what you hear influence the pleasantness of a particular place or situation?  Have you ever been spoken to harshly?  How did it make you feel in general?  How did it make you feel toward the person speaking?  How does a person’s tone of voice affect your willingness to take instruction?  Would the people around you say that the words you most often use are pleasant?

It is amazing how often people are willing to help if you ask nicely.  I’ve been in a variety of situations when a pleasant word to a waitress or other service industry person brings about a remarkable change in their desire to serve.  Few of us like to have things demanded of us, so why is the power of pleasant words such a surprise?  As you pray, ask God to help you hear your speech, both in tone and content, from His perspective.  Pray that you would stop and think about what pleasant words would sound like in every situation you face.  Pray that you would represent Christ well by your choice of pleasant words.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/22/20)

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This is the audio from the September 22, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Overflowing Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Overflowing Words

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 21 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 eleven with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which overflow from a life of God’s goodness.

Choose Overflowing Words

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45 (NIV)

What is your heart, mind, and soul filled with?  How do you know?  What types of words tend to flow the easiest from your mouth?  Would your friends and family say you often use harsh words?  Critical words?  Angry words?  Peaceful words?  Loving words?  Thoughtful words?  Are you more likely to use words described in the chapters of this book or words that are opposite in nature?  What would it take to change the words you use?  How much effort will you put into doing so?

When something overflows, the thing that comes spilling out the top is representative of whatever is inside.  The same is true of the things that overflow from our heart and spill out through our mouth.  When I find that the words which flow from my mouth effortlessly are hurtful, angry words, then I know I need a heart check-up.  As you pray, ask God to help you hear what kind of words overflow out of your heart and through your mouth.  Pray that He would fill your heart with such good things that it is only good and beneficial words which overflow from your life.  Pray that the people around you would be blessed by your godly words.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/21/20)

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This is the audio from the September 21, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Living Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Living Words

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 22 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 ten with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are living.

Choose Living Words

“He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.
Acts 7:38 (NIV)

Are there words that make you feel more alive when you hear them?  Do you think the words you use often make others feel more alive?  When you think of Moses receiving words from God, what first comes to mind?  Do you often think about the laws of God being given as words which bring life?  How does God’s commentary that the words given to Moses on Mount Sinai were meant to be living words passed on to us change your view of them?

I’ve worked in a variety of places where I have allowed the discouraging words of my bosses to bring a sense of death to my mind.  Their words definitely brought death to those specific jobs.  I’ve also had coworkers and friends who have spoken encouraging words to me in the same situations.  Sometimes the major difference between deadly words and living words is the attitude behind them and the attitude with which they are received.  As you pray, ask God to help you accept His laws as living words in your life.  Pray that you would be filled with His love as you speak to others about the Word of God — the only words which can bring life eternal.

In prayer,

Tom