Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mouth!!#12


Well let's wind up this look at the mouth today by looking at the book of James. One thing about James is he don't beat around the bush with his words. He is a straight shooter.

James 1:26
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

We may think we are right with God but James tells us here if we don't have control over our tongue we are fooling ourselves!!! Just stop and chew on that for a while. What is coming out of your mouth pretty much proves where your faith is!

Look what else James has to say about the tongue:

James 3:1-12
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by heck. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

The mouth(tongue) is a powerful thing. We can not tame it on our own. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can tame our mouths! Verse 9 is such an important reminder for us...how can we praise God one second and then curse people who are made in God's image!!!!

So we have looked at the mouth! God has much to say to us about he mouth. He tells us to keep it under control and we can only do that with the power of the Holy Spirt. So where would you say you are with your mouth? Obedient to God or obedient to the worlds ways? Do what ya got to do to get it in line with God's desires for each one of us. It is very important as others hear our mouths that as followers of Jesus that out mouths are glorifying Him not the devil! May we glorify the King with our mouths!
Tom

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mouth!!#11



We live in a day where crude or filthy talk are common place. Not only in our daily lives do we have to put up with the mess but even the TV and movie screens are full of the garbage. Some folks could not talk if they did not use this kind of talk! So what does God have to say about it?

Colossians 3:8
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 5:4
4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Well that makes it pretty easy to figure out for us hardheads don't it? No obscene talk, no filth, no foolish talk, or crude joking!!! Can God make it anymore plain to us than that? The verse goes on to say thanksgiving should flow out of our mouths!!

If we had praise and thanksgiving flowing from our mouths we would not have time or even think about ungodly talk!

So let us take a look at our mouths this morning, is the praise flowing or is the filth flowing? We see what God desires from us so may we all be obedient to our Holy God!

Tom

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mouth!!#10



So when we get right down to the nitty gritty of things why does what comes out of our mouths defile us before God? Well I am glad you asked!!!! Read this:

Matthew 15:11-18
11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

It is simple isn't it? You see what comes out of our mouths is what is in our hearts! So when sinful things come from our mouths it means there is sin in our hearts that needs to be removed! Heart surgery! The great Physician is ready to remove that sin. All we have to do is ask Him to do so, and He will! Then we follow Him in obedience for the rest of our days! 

So let us think about this today....those hateful words, gossip, the Lord's name used in vain, lying, crude jokes, sexual talk, and what ever else you want to throw in there that you know is sin. Is any of this coming from your mouth? If it is it means it is in your heart and needs to be removed immediately! God will remove it if you bring it before Him, but you must be willing to surrender the sin to Him!

I pray your mouth is not defiling you but if it is our merciful Lord can heal your mouth by fixing your heart! Ask Him today! If you need help I would be glad to just ask! 

I love all of you in the Lord, God bless!

Tom

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mouth!!#9



When looking at the different parts of the body I always like to point this out:

Exodus 4:11
11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 

So when we know this, we should understand this:

Psalm 34:1
34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Since God made our mouths, praise for Him should be coming from our mouths to Him often!!! Who else in reality deserves our praise anyway? We get so caught up in what man does, which is nothing compared to God! We praise a man for his athletic ability, or we praise man for his intelligence, or we praise man for his good looks while it is our Creator who has given all of these things to man! God deserves the praise not man!!!

God is the smart ONE not us:

Proverbs 2:6
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

I am so thankful we have THE GOD to worship, who loves us, and gives us knowledge and understanding if we will surrender our lives to Him! 

Are you praising God at all times? That is the ultimate purpose of your mouth!!!! He is worthy!

Tom

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mouth!!#8


What should we desire to come from our mouth? Here it is short and simple:

Psalm 19:14
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Just think on this today. Very powerful! If all followers of Jesus would live by this verse, the world would change very quickly! Pray, say, and think about this verse over the weekend. Apply it to you walk with God, and it will glorify His Name!

Tom

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mouth!!#7



Today I want us again to thunk about what comes from God's mouth and the importance of His Word. How many of you like food very much? I sure know I do. I wish I didn't like it as much as I do! So as a consequence of liking food so much we have to control ourselves or weight gain will happen. Depending on what we eat we can also have other health problems if we are eaten things that are not healthy for us! Check out the importance of what comes from God's mouth here:

Job 23:12
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Now here is a question for us to ponder to ourselves...Do I treasure God's Word more than food? Ouch! I sure don't miss a meal but I have missed reading God's Word some days. So what does that tell me I treasure more? God has blessed me with enough food and if something needs to be skipped for me I could skip a meal but never should I cut out God's Word!

I pray my walk with God will be as strong as Job's so I can say I have not departed for God's Words or commandments! How about you?

So take some time today and think about the value of God's Word. Where is His Word in your life as in of importance? May we never neglect what God has told us is to be of utmost importance as it is our guide for the abundant life!

Tom

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mouth!!#6



This is a verse to remember from Hannah's prayer after giving birth to her son Samuel and dedicating him to the service of the Lord:

1 Samuel 2:3

3 Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.

Nothing we say or do is hidden from God. Again here we are warned to control what comes from our mouths! For we are accountable for what comes out of them and then what we do afterward! Do we ever stop to think about that? God hears and sees every thing! EVERYTHING! He desires us to be humble before Him:

James 4:10 
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

and before others:

Philippians 2:3 
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Are you humble? Does pride flow from your mouth? Better get a grip on it, God is not pleased if we have these issues! Look up pride or humble verses in the bible! God has much to say about these! We had better take heed!

Once again this morning we better evaluate ourselves and let the Holy Spirit direct us for changes if needed! God is watching!

Tom