“The right words agree with God; the wrong with the devil.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 21, 2021
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8
Lately, I have been thinking about agreements. We make agreements with Satan—or God—certainly by what we believe. And, these agreements can shape our lives in profound ways because they contain power.
Not only are we always making agreements through who—and what—we believe, but also through our words, because our speech aligns us with God’s or Satan’s plan. There isn’t an in-between. Through speech, we are all carriers to bring more of heaven—or hell—to earth.
Words contain power, so much power in fact, that they can direct your life in the way that a rudder directs a ship. James 3:4 says, “Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined. In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things.”
God is inviting you to agree with Him and all He says today. All the resources you would ever need to accomplish anything are held in His possession, which is why you can agree with Him in confidence and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
You are never alone, and your life is not your own. When you speak words contrary to His will for you, when you speak words that align with the devil and his agenda, you step out from under the full protection of God and invite the Adversary to influence you for his dark kingdom.
The words the Lord speaks are true, pure, and filled with grace. They never come from a place of fear, hate, jealousy, or hopelessness. All the words He speaks align with His identity.
He is the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, and all the riches of His kingdom are at your disposal. So too, should your words align with your identity and the favor He has given you.
Never should you fear not having enough because He has enough. Never should you fear being alone because He is always with you (1 John 5:4). Never should you fear what is to come. He holds the future in His hands (Psalm 31:15) and He has created you (Psalm 139:13-16). You are His. Let the words that you speak show who you are in Him and that you are highly favored.
If you speak ill of others to get revenge or to gossip, you will not be in alignment with Him. His words are always full of grace. If you wish ill for others, you are not in alignment with Him. You’re not agreeing with Him because He is filled with love and grace for all. He is slow to anger and rich in love.
Let your speech reflect His grace. The words you use spill over onto others, and bring either light or darkness into their lives, too. It’s easy to speak more freely with those close to you because they know you best and so not to filter what you say, but to protect them and bless them, you need to watch your words.
Speak only those words that lift them up, speak only words that are not filled with bitterness or resentment. Speak words that benefit and bless the hearer. Your words have power, and through them you agree with God or with the devil. Commit to agree with Him by what you say each day.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
Lord, please keep a guard over my mouth and help me monitor what I say. Also, please change and transform my heart so that the words I speak come from a heart filled with your love, Amen.
How is your speech? Does it bless those who listen? Does it bless those closest to you? What does your speech reveal about your heart? Confess any sin of speech to the Lord and ask Him to help you stay in alignment with Him.
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