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Jeremiah 17-20; James 1

When I speak, the words burst out. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the Lord have made me a household joke. But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.” But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me.” Jeremiah 20:8-11 NLT

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans ans widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:26&27 NLT

Both Jeremiah and James are speaking about their words. Though, Jeremiah’s words are being used against him. He is misunderstood. His enemies are waiting for him to mess up. James warns me against the same thing. To keep my speech in check, because the world is watching, The ones closest to me are watching too…

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what is says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:22-24 NLT

I am so forgetful and need to be in his word everyday. It’s so easy to let the lies of this world creep in, instead of his promises.  I want his words to spill out so naturally, especially to my children… “As my children see me in the deep waters of life, being tested to my core and still holding on to my Lord and choosing to believe the best, this observation will prepare them for their own trials, which will surely come. They will know that he will guide and forgive them as they lead an imperfect but devoted life before a loving Father who has always met their mother’s needs!” (The Mission of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson)

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”Jeremiah 17:7&8NLT

Dear Father, I desire to run to your truth first. I am so richly blessed by it. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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2 Samuel 17-18; Luke 21:1-19

2 Samuel 17:14 “’For the advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.’ For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.”

Luke 21:14, 15 “Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”

Sometimes I wish I would just stop talking.  My attempts to be witty make me the butt of the joke since I can never remember the punch line, or I use the wrong word or phrase in an attempt at sarcasm, or I state the obvious when trying to sound profound.

Other times my head hurts with all my deep thinking and introspection, as if I could solve the world’s problems with rational formulas. I end up with more questions than answers.

What would it be like to speak only what the Lord intended? What if you knew as you spoke that what you said came from God?

Is there a way to know when this will happen?  We read that we don’t have to stew over what to say, and even that others cannot resist the words we speak if that is what God intends.  Is this only for war time?  Does this only occur in the end of days?

There have been times when I have not prepared what to say and found that the questions asked prompted me to speak truth, wisdom, and peace that brought about change.  The experiences left me feeling humbled by a Presence larger than my intellect.

I am convinced that God speaks His will into our lives and through our obedience.  And if I could find a way to speak only what His Holy Spirit moves me to say, how much more effective and healing my words would bring.  If I could see with spiritual eyes what to pick up, what to put away, and what to hold in holy gaze, how many more people might acknowledge Christ.  But there I go again, trying to prepare my mouth and mind,  as if I had any control in the matter.

What I do have is a direct line to God; we all do who call Him Lord.  We can rest in His Promise, the Helper, to speak into us what God intends.  That is our calling, to wait for His move and prepare to open our mouth once God, Himself, fills it with His purpose.

May it be always.

Janet

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