Daily Devotional for Thursday October 10, 2019
"Create in me a clean heart!"
(James Chapter 3)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, YOU are my provider. You know my daily needs. You promised to care what I need each day for life....food, shelter, clothing. I put my trust in You. You own the cattle on a thousand hills, and I come to You today to Thank You for providing for my needs in the past, and knowing my needs today. Today, I come to You, asking You to meet those needs as I glorify You for Your provision! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: The Church at Planned Parenthood. Now THIS is my kind of church! In Washington state, right next to a major Planned Parenthood clinic....THERE IS A CHURCH!! I love it! In this day of gutless pastors, fake churches, we still have some bold servants of the Lord not afraid to stand up to satan and his minions. This many not seem like a big deal to some people, but this is the kind of backbone we need in the true church today. Pray for this church, the pastor and staff, the members, and that the Spirit of the living God will pour out of this body into the very cracks and crevices of the building next door where evil exists each day. May women not be able to walk into that clinic to kill their baby, may staff become ill the moment they touch the door to enter, and may God temporarily blind the “doctors” so they cannot take the life of an innocent baby. God still has a remnant, God still has a people. May His people stand up and be counted at this moment in history that HE may be glorified!!!
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The tongue. Here is one that I could probably do a month's worth of Devotion's around. You can read the entire 3rd chapter of the Book of James in less than 10 minutes. Please, take that 10 minutes today and do it. It is amazing how living a successful Christian life really boils down to a few things.
The foundation of course is our daily relationship with Christ. It ALL starts there. Sin is a manifestation of what is in our hearts. You don't commit the act of adultery until it starts in your heart, moves to your head, and finally is performed by your body. Hatred is a condition of the heart.
Having your heart right is the key to how you live your life, and the actions you perform day in and day out!!!
Even though we are talking today about our tongue, that organ that we use to speak with, the things we say start in our heart, move to our head, and are manifested in our conversation. We can never talk about taming our tongue until we talk about taming our heart. We can never talk about the things we say until we talk about the genesis of those words. As long as I have breath and you read these Devotionals, I will implore you to realize that the key to having a pure heart is having a daily relationship with Christ. An intimate, vibrant, real relationship, from which our heart and life are guided by.
Understanding that what we say is born in our heart, then thoughts, let me encourage you today to understand the power of the things you say to other people. We can accomplish so much with our conversation, while we can also destroy so much. I believe it is critical to use our conversation to build people up. There is so much negativity in the world today. We should always take the opportunity when speaking to people to lift them up, to be an encouragement to them.
I also believe that we have to use conversation to be honest with people. Most counseling situations I am in are as a result of lack of communication. For whatever reason, we don't say what we should, we aren't clear about our feelings, we don't express our thoughts enough, and the lack of communication over a period of time festers into major conflicts.
I am a firm believer of being upfront and honest. Even if it is uncomfortable and painful, it is better to get it out and deal with it, before it becomes even a larger problem. Of course, our conversation is also the gift the Lord has given us to tell others He is our hope and reason for life. I have talked the last few days about witnessing.
While we witness through how we live our life, we also witness by communicating the hope we have in Christ. The easiest and most effective way is to simply tell others what Jesus has done in our life. You don't need to be a bible scholar to tell people how He has impacted your life.
I love you, I care for you, I pray for you daily. My encouragement for you today is to take inventory of your conversation. Be aware of the things you say, how you say it, and the impact it has on others. Sometimes you have situations where you just have to sit down and have a serious conversation. You can always use God's gift of communication to build someone up, to encourage them.
NEVER miss that opportunity. People need someone to lift them up, encourage them along the way. It can make all the difference in their day. Be aware of the power what you say is. Be aware of what you say before you say it. Be aware that if you are not happy with the things that come out of your mouth, then you need to pray for the Lord to show you what is really in your heart. You don't speak by accident, it starts in your heart!
Pray that prayer today..."create in me a clean heart Lord.” God will always honor the prayer of His child to be like Him!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,