Daily Devotional for Friday April 3, 2020
Take inventory of your conversation!
(James Chapter 3)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is being warned of Your coming judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for You in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of Your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses You, help me to stand for Your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to You in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Two numbers. 6% of Americans hold a Biblical worldview. 44% think God is sending a serious message. One is disappointing but not shocking, the other is hopeful. A Biblical worldview means you look at life and the events in the world, in your own life, through a Scriptural lens. Everything that happens is happening as seen thru God’s Word. THAT my friend is how ALL Biblical Christians should be looking at life around them and their very own life. A Biblical worldview is what Liveprayer has done every day for nearly 21 years in the Daily Devotional and for over 17 years on the TV program. I have taken the very real world events we witness each day, the very real life events in our own life every day, and put them in the context of God’s Word! The fact there are 44% of the people who think God is sending a serious message through the Wuhan Flu is a good number. That DOES NOT mean 44% think we need to repent of our sins and turn back to God and His Word, but before you can even go there, people have to be convinced that there is a God and that God is actually trying to communicate to us through this worldwide pandemic. So from that standpoint, it is a good start and gives me some hope we actually might...I SAID MIGHT...be able to get people to respond as the people of Nineveh did. Let us pray they do!!!
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Here is one that I could probably do a month's worth of Devotionals around. You can read the entire 3rd Chapter of the Book of James in less than 5 minutes. Please, take that 5 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. 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 in our 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 also a firm believer of being up front and honest. Even if it is uncomfortable and painful, it is better to get it out in the open and deal with a problem before it becomes even a larger problem. Of course, our conversation is also the gift the Lord has given us to tell others about Him.
We witness by communicating the hope we have in Christ. We also witness through how we live our life! 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, to encourage them along the way. It can make all the difference in their day. Be aware of the power of what you say. 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.
What you say is not an 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,