A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, November 26, 2014
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20
How are your listening skills these days, my brother? Has your mouth been working overtime lately, my sister? What are you producing, family? Our ears, mouths, and anger can create a huge open door for the devil if we are not careful to keep these areas in check. Satan captures us in a stronghold with our ears, mouths, and our emotions if we allow him.
The psalmist King David battled in these arenas, or He wouldn’t have cried out to “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3). We need to come into agreement with this king concerning our listening, speaking, and wrath.
Let James 1:19-20 be a rhema (living) word for you. Let this promise of God become your antidote for your afflictions. Eat this seed and allow it to grow on the inside of you, consuming the darkness which has created this imbalance. Let us do what the prophet Ezekiel did: “Then He [The Lord] said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth” (Ezekiel 3:3).
We should be continually feasting on the Father’s Word, and savoring every bite! Too many of us woof down God’s Word without even tasting its succulent savor. This shouldn’t be, my brothers and sisters. Maybe if we spend more time chewing on God’s Word, we would end up spending less time taking our foot out of our mouth after we misspeak careless, reckless, hurtful, and unimportant words!
I speak as one who needed to take a dose of this good medicine, as I am walking this out while allowing the truth of James 1:19-20 to take root and grow strong and resoundingly from within. My wife is one of the most gracious, quiet, and wise women I have ever known. Many have remarked that God must love me a whole lot to give her to me in marriage. I agree! I thought I had a handle on our study verse until I met and married my sweet honey bee. God, through her, has shown me how far apart I am from where I need to be with respect to this issue; and I thank God for His mercy and grace, which more than makes up the difference!
I have a point here; albeit sometimes it takes me a while to get to it. Must be the college professor in me, as my students love to lament :-). I was in the kitchen some weeks ago and was irritated, but I didn’t verbalize anything. Later on, my wife gently inquired about my “blowing up.” Admittedly, I was taken aback and reminded her that I didn’t say anything. Her response: “But you blew up inside.” Wow! And you know what? She was right. How many of us blow up inside and think because we do, we didn’t really lose our cool? Luke 6:45 reveals “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
Guess what, family? Just because we don’t release it doesn’t make it good. This verse tells us that it’s our heart which produces the good or the bad. Many times, we wrongly think that because we don’t say what is really in us that it somehow changes the substance of what we contain.
Watching our words is a good start. Believing God to set a watch over our mouth is indeed Divine. However, we must not stop there. We must go deeper. In order for us to produce the righteousness of God, we must allow His Holy Spirit to do that deep cleansing work in us and prepare the soil of our hearts, doing the necessary pruning, and burning away the chaff. So that when we do open our mouths, those within reach can taste and see how good God is!
Father, we repent for every time we rose up in wrath- both externally and internally. Forgives us for operating in careless speech and haste. We repent for functioning in pride. Remove the stone heart within us, and give us a new heart and spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). Create in us a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within (Psalm 51:10). And while You are helping us to watch our words, do that deeper work, that heart work, in us which needs to be done, so what comes out of our mouths is sweet to Your lips. In Jesus Name, we thank You that Your Word concerning this matter has taken root within us, and is growing strong, tall, and steadfast for Your Glory. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to watch your words; and more importantly, guard your heart from the enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Purpose in your heart to produce God’s righteousness with seed-bearing and life-giving words. Allow God’s precious Holy Spirit to purge you from all impurities from the inside out. And continue to fight the good fight of being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for God, your Holy Harvest, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.