The Door Of My Mouth

 

LipsI have been known to talk. Over the years, I’ve listened to myself talk and I feel like that I’ve sometimes wasted words. I am in sales, but I can cut to the chase. When I was in student ministry, I was in a “sales position” of sorts. I was introducing and “selling” how a relationship with the Lord could be a life changer. Today, I sell myself as a trusted, real estate professional. I also sell houses, land and commercial. In all these roles, I do find that I need to talk. I am learning that there is great weight and value in words. I try hard for my spoken word to have the same weight as my written word. I did learn many years ago in the business world that if it’s not written down, it’s not enforceable. I want the words of my mouth to be enforceable by my character. I talk to the Lord a lot about my words. King David welcomed accountability and I should too. Check this out…

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
    so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
    do not let me eat their delicacies.

Let a righteous man strike me – that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me – that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. (Psalm 141:3-5 NIV)

I remember back in my college days I was part of a musical group and we did a musical a musical based on the study of James. One of the songs, I remember was: “The Little Red Devil Behind the White Pearly Gates”. I’m sure I was 20 years old when I first heard that. My tongue can get me in trouble. My life group is studying the book of James and this past week’s lesson was in James 3. James points out how I can sing, pray & praise the Lord with my tongue and crush someone the next minute with the same tongue. I’m learning to speak slowly and be discerning with my words – unfortunately it feels like I’m on lesson #1 of this class!

I think the most important point when I think about my tongue, is that the words of my mouth represent the things going on inside my heart. When I speak in frustration and anger – my heart is frustrated & angry. I believe my biggest daily challenge is to surrender my heart to the Lord. With that surrender comes my thoughts, my words, my rights. I want my heart to be daily surrendered to the Lord so that He helps control my tongue and my thoughts and certainly all my actions. My surrender to Him is the most important choice I can make today and every day.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

My Mouth

perfect mouthWhat comes out of my mouth in the way of words speaks volumes about what is going on inside my heart.  Jesus said, “…for out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”.  My words are important. The context of my words is crucial.  King Solomon has much to say about this. Check this out….

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,

    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,

    but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge,

    but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,

    but the prudent hold their tongues.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,

    but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,

    but fools die for lack of sense.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,

    but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,

    but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
(Proverbs 10:11,13,14,19-21,31,32 NIV)

 

My words matter.

My words carry weight.

My words can carry life or death.

My words can bring peace or cause a fight.

My words reveal things about me that may not be obvious at first.

My words can be meaningless if my actions don’t line up with my words.

I want to be careful what I say today and every day. I want honor, honesty & love  to be the hallmark of my words.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Guard My Mouth

perfect mouthMy mouth has been responsible for a lot of harsh and hurtful things. I have said things that I wish I hadn’t said. I’ve said things that reveal that there is more going on inside my heart and my head than is expected or noticed. My mouth reveals my heart. My mouth can’t say anything on it’s own. My mind instructs my mouth what to say.  I need a mouth guard, but to guard my mouth, I need to guard my heart first. Check this out…

3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;

    keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil

    so that I take part in wicked deeds

along with those who are evildoers;

    do not let me eat their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
 
   let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.

My head will not refuse it,

    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;

    in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,

    from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

    while I pass by in safety. (Psalm 141:3-5;8-10 NIV)

 

I want my words to be seasoned with the very Spirit of God. I want my words to be encouraging and inspiring.  I want my heart to be wide open in pursuit of God’s heart. I need to keep directing my eyes away from the distractions of this world and fix my eyes on Him. He will guide my steps. He will give me insight and wisdom. He also provides discernment in large doses.

I am also willing to submit to the direction or guidance – even rebuke from a brother or sister who is pursuing righteousness. He or she can call me out if and when it’s needed. I would be wise to allow other Christ followers to speak into my life.

Pressing On!
Dwayne