Monday, May 29, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. James 1 : 19
LISTEN: You are privileged to be one of the people who can perfectly make use of their mouth for what it is designed to do without hindrance. There are many out there that since birth had not talked with their mouth for the first time what anyone can hear except to eat. Worst of all, most of them have hearing disabilities too. But here you are strong and perfect. You can eat, hear, talk, sing, shout and do many other things your mouth and ears are designed to do. What a privilege! You should praise God for it. Your mouth should serve His good purpose. You should learn to make right use of your mouth. Our mouths are given to us to eat and talk with. However, we must guard our mouths on how we eat or speak. For the purpose of today’s devotional, we will limit our message to what we speak. What we speak can ‘make or mar’ us, it can facilitate our progress or hinder it. Because what we say often comes from the heart. The Bible says’ The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.(Luke 6: 45). Your heart is important to your success. When the heart is allowed to wander away from God, and the mouth speaks carelessly, destruction is inevitable.
Beloved, are you a person who talks carelessly and say everything he sees or hears? Are you a person who have no control over his or her tongue? Please watch it. You should be able to exercise control over your tongue (mouth), because God has given us the capacity to bridle our tongues. The Bible says, “My dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” (James 1 : 19). My dear, God wants you to be a listener. He wants you to open your ears to useful information, warnings and counsels. When you listen you will learn. Besides, you will keep yourself from troubles that are associated with careless words. Wise people listens to others, but fools love their voices to be heard when it is not necessary. So learn to speak less even when you are full of words or anger. Wise people restrains their words when necessary. They judge their words before saying them. They do not speak like fools who have no restraint on their words. Beloved, guard your mouth, because death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18 : 21).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always make right use of your mouth and avoid wrong use of it.
2. Watch your words by consciously watching your thoughts.
3. Do not be quick to speak or get angry, instead be quick to listen.
4. Always be grateful to God for the ability to speak, because there are many who are not as Lucky as you are.
Daily Task: Learn to speak less even when you are full of words or anger. Wise people restrains their words when necessary. They judge their words before saying them.
Daily Reflection: Learning to bridle your tongue will cost you nothing but self-control; but having a loosed tongue will cost you your peace of mind or life.
Daily Prayer: Most High God, I surrender my thoughts to you, help me to guard my words and actions henceforth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy to you, may God give you the ability to control your tongue, and in turn save yourself from the disasters associated with wrong use of your tongue, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Unguarded utterances are the devil’s traps for destruction.
Today In History: May 29, 1922. Ecuador becomes independent.