An unknown poet wrote: 'A careless word may kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life. A bitter word may hate instil; a brutal word may smite and kill. A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word may light the day. A timely word may lessen stress; a loving word may heal and bless." The Bible says, "But the tongue can no man tame . . " (James 3:8). "Well, if it can't be done," you ask, "How am I supposed to do it?" By pausing before you speak, cultivating a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit within you and drawing on His power. By reminding yourself that once a word has left your lips it can never be taken back, and all the "I'm sorrys" in the world won't alter that. The Psalmist, who'd evidently made the mistake of talking when he should've been listening, wrote: "`I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue.- In the Bible, abstaining from food for a period of time is called "fasting." It has a spiritually cleansing effect. It draws us closer to God. It strengthens and sharpens us. So here's an idea for you: How about going on a verbal fast for the next thirty days? At least a partial one. Isaiah said, "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: . . ." (Isaiah 50:4). Instead of your tongue doing the leading and you doing the following, let your mouth become Spirit-guided.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:6)
What is faith? It is trusting in the work of another. Therefore, we cannot please Him until we place all our trust and faith in Christ; for He is the author and finisher of our faith who will reward those who will seek His face.
Week #38 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 16-18
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 1-5
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 111-113
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 25
Thursday: (Prophecy) Amos 5-9
Friday: (Gospels) John 19-21
Saturday: (Letters) Philemon