Watch Your Mouth: Choose God’s Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose God’s 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?  Today concludes the 32 days of sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helped you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day thirty-two with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which come from God.

Choose God’s Words

“He answered, ‘Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?’
Numbers 23:12 (NIV)

How often do you pause before you speak?  Do you give much thought to choosing words that God would want you to speak?  Do you ever find yourself saying words because you believe they are the words your listener wants to hear?  How much does peer pressure influence the words you choose?  What would be some hindrances to always choosing God’s words?  Are there times or situations when you really don’t want to choose God’s words?  Why?

I tend to pause a lot before I speak and even while I’m speaking.  In doing so, I find that people who don’t know me often assume I have nothing to say or that I’m finished, so they rush in with a multitude of words which spill from their mouth.  The initial reason for my speech pattern is simply about the way my mind is wired but I’ve discovered that it is a good pattern to cultivate if I really want to choose God’s words.  As you pray, ask God to help you grow in your desire to speak only words that honor Him and have Him as their source.  Pray that you would be familiar enough with scripture that you would recognize God’s words in everyday life.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Worthy Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Worthy 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?  For 1 more day 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 thirty-one with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are worthy.

Choose Worthy Words

“Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.’
Jeremiah 15:19 (NIV)

What are words worth to you?  Do different words have different value?  Does the person speaking them change the value of any given words?  Does the way in which you say the exact same words change their value?  Why?  Who determines the worth of words and decides the value they have or don’t have?  Which would your friends say comes more naturally from you, speaking worthy words or unworthy words?  Why?

When I first added this topic to the book, my mind kept thinking of how important it is to use words that are worth something.  As a preacher, teacher, and writer, words are one of the major tools of my trade.  Normally I weigh my words very carefully and consider their worth in the setting I plan to use them.  Most importantly, I spend time in prayer asking God to edit my words so that the ones I end up using are the ones that have worth in His view.  As you pray, ask God to help you seek Him as the ultimate source for words that are worthy.  Pray that you would also see Him as the primary audience for the worthy words you use.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Wise Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Wise 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 2 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 thirty with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are filled with wisdom.

Choose Wise Words

“My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
Psalm 49:3 (NIV)

What is the wisest advice you have ever been given?  Who shared it with you?  What was their source?  For you, what makes certain words seem foolish?  Do you ever struggle to have just the right words to share with someone?  Where do you turn when you need help choosing wise words to use?  Does choosing wise words mean that everyone will finally pay attention to what you are saying?  Why not?

In the book of James, we read that if anyone lacks wisdom they should ask of God who gives generously and without finding fault.  At times it is amazing just how much foolish talk exists when God has promised a never-failing resource to help us choose wise words.  If you want to speak words of wisdom on a more consistent basis, spend time with God and His Word on a more consistent basis.  As you pray, ask God to not only give you the wisdom He has promised, but to give you the courage to share the wisdom He has put within you.  Pray that He would fill you with a humility that allows you to share wise words in a manner that makes people want to hear them.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Well-Spoken Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Well-Spoken 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 3 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-nine with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are well-spoken.

Choose Well-Spoken Words

“Let a righteous man strike me — it is a kindness; let him rebuke me — it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
Psalm 141:5-6 (NIV)

What would make a word be well-spoken?  Have you ever been in a situation when words from the past come to mind and you realize because of their value now, just how well-spoken they were?  How do you feel when someone says something that doesn’t seem to fit with the current conversation?  Are you more likely to recognize a well-spoken word when it is spoken or when it is needed?  What is the value of a well-spoken word if no one seems to heed it at the time it is said?

My mind has a wiring pattern that requires great contemplation before determining the value of things that are said.  Rarely do I hear something and immediately think, “That was some well-spoken advice.”  The true value of well-spoken words isn’t in how quickly they are accepted, rather in the long-lasting truth they contain.  As you pray, ask God to give you the courage to choose well-spoken words even when they don’t seem to be heeded immediately.  Pray that God’s Spirit would continue to work in the minds of the people listening so that at just the right time, they would see the value of your words.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Words of Warning

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Words of Warning

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 4 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-eight with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words of warning.

Choose Words of Warning

“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acts 2:40-41 (NIV)

Have you ever ignored a warning that you later wished you had heeded?  Have you ever been in a situation where someone could have warned you of potential trouble but chose not to and you wished that they would have?  When you anticipate trouble, how do you decide when to warn someone?  Does the refusal of people to heed your warnings influence your decision to choose warning words?  Does your response to warning words change the willingness of others to warn you in the future?

Throughout scripture, God warns that there are consequences for our actions yet many live as if this isn’t true.  Sometimes we fail to heed warnings because we don’t think they apply to us or we don’t want to submit to the person issuing the warning.  As you pray, ask God to help you understand that the warnings He gives are for your good and for the good of mankind.  Pray that you would have the courage to warn others of the consequences, according to God’s word, of a life apart from Jesus.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Truthful Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Truthful 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 5 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-seven with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words of truth.

Choose Truthful Words

“Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.  I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.  I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:43-45 (NIV)

How do you feel when you discover someone has deliberately lied to you?  Can a person be deceptive even when the words used are technically true?  When you consider the truthfulness of something, what is the basis for your conclusion?  What is the most necessary companion to truthful words?  Where would you go to find examples of truthful words spoken in love?  How confident are you that you are speaking truthful words when you share the Word of God?

Truth spoken with the wrong attitude and motives can do great damage yet the same truth spoken with compassion and in love can bring healing and restoration.  It is important when you choose truthful words that you use them in line with the instructions God give us in His Word.  As a Christian, your words ought to build up and encourage without shaming and tearing down the listener.  As you pray, ask God to fill you with His love for people so that your truthful words would always be spoken with an attitude of concern for the listener.  Pray that the truthful words you choose would have their foundation in God’s Word.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Timely Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Timely 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 6 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-six with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words which are timely.

Choose Timely Words

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)

No pointing fingers, but have you ever known someone that seems to always say the right thing (or maybe the wrong thing) at the worst moment possible?  Have you ever been in a situation where you needed a word of encouragement or comfort that just never came?  Have you ever felt you needed to say something to a person but wrestled with the “when” so long that nothing was ever said?  When was the most memorable time that a person spoke a timely word into your life?

Some say that in communication, timing is everything and that just may be true.  We’ve probably all suffered through the ill-timed words of others and have enjoyed the receiving end of well-timed words.  And we’ve probably all been on the giving end of each of those as well.  As you pray, ask God to help you speak timely words that are good into the lives of the people around you.  Pray that you would allow His timely words to you give you the courage to listen for the promptings of His Spirit in knowing when to speak the right words to others.

In prayer,

Tom  

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Tested Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Tested 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 7 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-five with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words which have been tested and will stand up to being tested.

Choose Tested Words

“Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!
Genesis 42:16 (NIV)

What do you do when you hear something that you are not sure is true?  Do you believe every promise that people make to you?  What things make you more likely to believe what someone says?  How do you feel when someone wants to test the accuracy of your words?  Are there people in your life of whom you would trust anything they said because their words have always stood the test of time?  What would it take for you to become one of those people?

Most of us have people we trust to do what they say and people we don’t.  A lot of factors may go into that, but one of the most common reasons for not believing what a person says is that their words have been tested in the past and found wanting.  If you find that you are often not believed, you may want to spend time with God examining if you speak trusted words.  As you pray, ask God to help you speak only words which can be trusted.  Pray that the words you speak about God would not simply be theory and Bible stories, but would be tested words that you have discovered through your relationship with Jesus.

In prayer,

Tom