Daily Devotional – 9/25/17 “What are you speaking?”

Another Monday and somebody opened their eyes in a messy mood. The covers weren’t even thrown back and you were already cursing the day. Feet barely touched the floor and you were already complaining. You didn’t even make it to the bathroom before you started dreading what the day would bring. Well, can I tell you something? You may not be able to change the outcome of your day but you sure can change how you approach it. See, I woke up still dealing with sinus issues yet my coworker called me “spirit-ty” not because I feel great but I choose to act like I do. Yes, I can complain and act like I physically feel but what good will that do? I still have to work, I still have a family to take care of, I still have grocery shopping to do, a son to pick up and dinner to cook and somewhere along the way I’ve got to encourage somebody. So while I could allow the ‘Monday blues’ to attack me, I will not. Instead, today I am speaking greater things. Today, I am seeking bigger things. And today I am expecting an extraordinary display of God’s power, in my life. What about you?

The bible says we are clay jars who hold the light of God within us and although, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).” Yes, we live in a world that sees more evil every day. Yes, our bodies are being attacked by sickness and diseases. Yes, we are losing our sons and daughters. Yes, marriages are being taken for granted. Yes, the bible is not being taken seriously. Yes, there are worship places that have no glory of the Lord. Yes, there are false prophets. Yes, some people of God are silent. Yes, we are being tormented. The bible even says in 2 Corinthians 4:11-12, “Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.” Even after all that BUT, “But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke (2 Corinthians 4:13).” What are you speaking today?

Daily Devotional – 8/3/16, “How’s your lip service?”

As long as you have your mouth (voice), you have the ability to cast out demons, destroy the enemy’s plans and deliver and set God’s people (and yourself) free from bondage. As long as your voice can be heard, you have the ability to send the enemy on his way. As long as you open up your mouth, you have the capability of sending praises up to God. As long as you use praise with your mouth, the Holy Spirit will inhabit your praise. See, praise isn’t clapping your hands but it’s opening your mouth. Yes, shouting is good but a praise offering to God by way of your mouth is even better. The bible says in Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Beloved, every chance we get we ought to offer up lip service to God, thanking Him for all the things He’s done, what He’s doing and then thanking Him in advance for what He’s about to do. We ought to say like Psalm 119:108, “Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

We have to get to a point in our natural lives that praise shall continually be on our lips. Because when praise is on our lips, nothing bad shall be able to get in. See, when our mouth is filled with praise, we don’t have room to eat gossip. When our mouth is filled with the goodness of God, we don’t have the time to speak ill over anybody else. This is why you have to be careful what you put in your mouth because then it can taint what comes out. It’s like eating garlic or onions. If you don’t clean your mouth before you speak, the next words that come out will be overshadowed with the smell of garlic/onion. It’s the same with speaking bad. If you don’t clean your mouth, the bad can overshadow the good and then your lip service won’t be any good to God nor your body. This is why it says in Proverbs 10:31, “The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off,” or Psalm 37:30, “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.” As children of God, we’ve got to be mindful of the lip service we give to God and to His people because it can either destroy or deliver. This is why we have to get to a place where we say like Psalm 49:3, “My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.” So I’ll ask you the question, “How’s your lip service?

Lip service