Daily Devotional – 6/29/18 “Tame your tongue!”

On my ride to work, I pass this church whose sign I usually look at to see their weekly message. This morning, it says, “Only speak if you make the silence better,” or something close. Anyway, this statement is the absolute truth. I have said it before and I will said it again, if the words you speak are not spoken to help, encourage or push someone in the right direction, HUSH. See, your mouth has the ability to speak criticism, counsel, calmness, cheer, comfort and compassion. But that same mouth can also callously communicate complaints, commotion, calamity, captivity, carnality and condemnation. What are you speaking? If your words do not make the silence better, swallow them. Do you understand the power of your tongue? Bible shares in James 3:6, “And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” I find it quite strange yet peculiar that there is one muscle in our entire body that can ruin our lives, if it’s not properly controlled. Can we really tame it though? When the bible continues in James 3:7-8 saying, “People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.”

However, to answer my own question, YES! Yes, we can tame our tongue for tame is defined as willing to cooperate. So, we definitely can. We can tame it the same way we tame the parts of our body we don’t like with spanx, compression garments, girdles, extra shirts and waist trainers. Yep, we can tame it the same way we tame our hair, on bad hair days. Certainly, we can tame it the same way we tame our actions when we’re on other folk’s job. Sure can, we can tame it the same way you tame your speed when you see a police car. It can be tamed, if we want it to be. How do I know? Go in the same room with your grandma and see if you don’t. You have the ability to tame your tongue, if you wanted to so stop being quick to spout off advice, if nobody asked for it. Stop inserting yourself into conversations you were not invited. Stop being the one to always tell people how they should control their house, even if yours is in good standing, if they didn’t inquire on how you did it. Stop telling people how to control their children, if they didn’t seek your advice. In other words, tame your tongue. Why? Because bible says in Proverbs 21:23, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”

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Daily Devotional – 2/22/16 “It’s real y’all!”

Depression, suicidal thoughts, wanting to give up, giving in … it’s a reality for a lot of people. Just because you can’t see their pain in the physical, it doesn’t mean there is no pain. This is why you have to watch how you talk to folk, all because you’re having a bad day. This is why you have to be careful how you treat folk, all because someone once hurt you. Stop before you react. Whether you want to believe it or not, there are some ministers/pastors who leave worship service depressed every Sunday. This is after they’ve preached you happy yet they are dying inside. Why? Well because they have to deal with the attitude and criticism of folk who claim to be saved yet no one is stopping to ask how he or she is doing. There are parents who contemplate walking off from their children every day simply because they can’t deal with the pressure of being parents. And some of these people sit on the same pew as you. There is a woman being abused at this very moment and she’s probably the CEO of a company. There is a man who is being belittled, right now, via text from some bitter woman who was taught to be this way by another bitter woman. There is a child being molested by someone who is supposed to love them. A teenage boy is being initiated into a gang because he wants to feel loved and he thinks this is how it’s supposed to be. A child is being bullied and their momma or daddy is too busy to notice. A woman is dealing with unbearable pain and she thinks suicide is her way out. A dad is being kept away from his child because the momma wants more child support.

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What in the hell is going on? Baby, some of you saved folks who tore the altar up on yesterday with your dancing is living in pure hell and you’re too ashamed to tell somebody. You’re staying at that church, where you’re spiritually dying because you don’t want to hurt anybody. You’re staying in that relationship because you’ve become complacent yet you complain all day long. Stop living within the chains of bondage that has been clasped around your ankle. If you need help, get it. If you need to tell somebody, do it. If it’s too much, admit it. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t allow your folks to suffer after your suicide. Don’t do it! Cover your mouth and tame your tongue because words spoken can’t be taken back. Don’t hurt folk because you’ve been hurt, deal with your hurt. Don’t continue the cycle of abuse, it needs to end. It needs to end today!

Dear God, I pray that you release every stronghold that is holding us down. Destroy every binding yoke, generational curses, sickness and disease. I pray right now for those suffering in silence. Have your way God that we shall not perish.