Nov 10, 2015

I have a problem.....

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Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Proverbs 21:23

Not too long ago, [I refuse to say just how recently it was] I had a little tongue problem. As in, I let it get away from me in a big way.

The victim was my husband. God bless him. Really, God bless him. Will y'all pray for him? Thank you.

He has his own issues, but his mouth is not usually one of them. Shoot. Just me.

After my little tirade, mouth spew, whatever you want to call it.... instead of feeling better due to venting my feelings, I felt like a big ol' pile of YUCK.

Around 2:00 am the next morning, I woke up feeling that terrible ping of conviction. I looked over at Lem, and he was peacefully sleeping. Of course he was. He wasn't the one with the tongue problem. No conviction piercing his little beating heart, only mine. Lucky me.

I tried to go back to sleep and I just couldn't. Conviction is REAL, y'all. Whew.

[Conviction is different than condemnation. Conviction is from The Holy Spirit. Condemnation is from Satan, the accuser.  Condemnation tells you that you are a failure and a loser. It is meant to tear you down, and offer you no solution to the sin problem. However, conviction is godly sorrow that will lead to repentance. Please be aware of the differences.  "There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus Romans 8:1]

So, since I could not sleep a wink due to heaping conviction, I got up, turned on a lamp in the living room and grabbed my Bible. It felt so wrong touching my Bible with my sinful little self.

I turned to every scripture in the whole Bible that had to do with the tongue. There's a lot just in case you were wondering. A whole lot.

Sitting there by myself in the wee hours of the early morning, I cried to the Lord. I begged Him to help me to have more control over my emotions--especially my mouth.

The Lord led me in that moment to write down the scriptures that I was looking up. Not just write them down but to spend the next day saying them over and over and over.

I did.

It's amazing how quickly a heart can change when it focuses on Truth and God's Transforming Word.

By filling my heart and mind with scripture, I was emptying out the ugly going on in my heart, and mind---and mouth.

Those two things cannot exist at the same time. I have to choose one or the other.

Maybe you don't struggle with your mouth, but maybe you have another struggle.

Are you lacking peace?

Are you lacking joy?

Are you lacking love?

Are you lacking forgiveness?

Are you lacking self-control in some areas?

I beg you, on my knees, heart-felt-beg you to go to God's Word today. Find every scripture you can find on whatever your struggle may be.

Write them down on pretty pink notecards--or green, or blue, or whatever you fancy-- and read them daily.

Healing awaits.

He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 2:16

My tongue has to be tamed every day. It's not a one time fix. It is a daily, hourly, minute-by- minute dependence on God to be able to put a clamp on this mouth of mine.

The good news is that the more we depend on Him, the stronger we become. His Power is made Perfect in our weakness.

"but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14



buying stock in pink notecards,


jill


1 comment:

  1. My devotion verse this morning was Prov 13:3 "Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."

    So hard to do when emotional. I guess we are to try -- and not condemn ourselves when we fail. Like you said, the more at peace we are with life and what swirls around us, the easier it is to control bitter words. Emotion isn't fueling our tongue. xo

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