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A Matter of Time

Father, as I sit with You this morning, the world is just flying by! Everyone is in so much of a hurry to get to who knows where. May my mind settle on You, Father. Quiet my spirit. At this moment there is nothing more important than You. Amen.

Revelation 4:1 (<<click the green)

Lord, once again I appreciate the tools You have placed within my hands. My study Bible* gives me an excellent overview as Your word transitions from the “churches” to the future of The Church as a whole.

Verse 1 is the beginning of what John witnessed in the “throne room of heaven.” My study Bible* goes on to say, “God is on the throne and orchestrating all the events that John will record. The world is not spinning out of control; the God of creation will carry out his plans as Christ initiates the final battle with the forces of evil. John shows us heaven before showing us earth so that we will not be frightened by future events.”

Lord, one of the biggest struggles we have, as we see the evil that is so prominent in our world, is the feeling that evil is winning. I have not watched a full news program on TV in years! For me, for the most part, it is a synopsis of evil. It is composed mainly of pain and loss and violence and hatred…I don’t need that filling my heart and mind. I realize that, to some degree, I need to be aware of what’s going on in the world (and to pray for those caught up in it all) but there is no reason to immerse myself in it, soaking up every tidbit that is thrown my way.

Evil is not winning! As the old Christian cliché goes, the war has already been won! You, Lord, are the victor! Battles may still be raging, skirmishes still abound but You are the King and everything will be brought under Your control, in Your time.

May I be faithful, Lord. May I keep everything in its proper perspective. You are on the throne and, again, there will come a day, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 It’s just a matter of time.

Aug 7th, Mon, 6:41 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

A Single Spark

Father, You are the anchor in my life. You are what keeps me grounded. Thank You for Your presence. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your love that is in constant pursuit of me.

James 3:2-12 (<<click here)

Every day is stock full of choices. Some are insignificant “what kind of cereal do I want today?” “Do I pick up that unsolicited phone call or let it go to voicemail?” In the grand scheme of things they don’t have a whole lot of impact.

But, Lord, some of the choices I make today can have far-reaching effects. Today’s passage addresses the tongue and throughout this day and every day I have to decide whether I will use it for good…or for evil.

One of many things that James compares the tongue to is fire. A single spark can set a forest ablaze causing much loss and destruction. But fire in and of itself is not Inherently evil. It just needs to be controlled. It needs to be contained.

A song from my youth comes to mind. “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser was written in 1969 and has been sung by many young people around glowing campfires at church camps and retreats.

The first verse is…

It only takes a spark
To get a fire going
And soon all those around
Can warm up to its glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it
You spread His love to everyone
You want to pass it on

Fire can be a very good thing – we just have to be in control. Lord, may Your fire fill me. May my tongue be used by You to kindle a fire that will welcome those about me to gather round to feel Your warmth and love. Help me to use my tongue for the good.

Sept 9th, Fri, 6:47 am

Control Your Tongue

Who needs an alarm clock when I have a Father who loves me so much that he gently wakes me at just the right time so we can spend time together every day? And just about every day is different as to when I have to get up! Thank You, Father, for loving me so much! Thank You for Your patience and for never giving up on me. I am so grateful and blessed to be Your child!

James 1:26 (<<click here)

Lord, I know James will address this topic in more detail later but he mentions it here. “If you…don’t control your tongue…your religion is worthless.”

There is absolutely no way to count the number of times my tongue has gotten me into trouble. From childhood until now, it continues to be unwieldy. It moves before my brain has engaged. Now I must say, Lord, that You have helped me so much in this area. Because of You I stop… and think. I am by no means perfect but You have helped me over and over again to not jump into a gossipy conversation. You have stilled my mouth when I have been tempted to share an unconfirmed “truth” just because I wanted to be “in” or to impress someone. Some things…many things…are better left unsaid.

As Your child, Lord, how can I, on one hand, build people up as You would have me do and then in the very next breath tear them down? If I don’t control my tongue…my religion is worthless.

Holy Spirit, work through me this day. May the words of my mouth clearly communicate to whom I belong and serve with joy!

Aug 20th, Sat, 5:44 am