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The Godly listen

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”  Ecclesiastes 5:2.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ecclesiastes 4-6, Psalm 18, and Ephesians 3.

I need to be on the listening end with God.

What can I verbalize that He doesn’t already know?

“Lord, take care of so-and-so.”  He already knows about so-and-so.  Better: “Lord, thank You for being there with so-and-so.  Guide my response to so-and-so’s situation.  Thank You, Lord.”

How easy to forget the magnitude of our God.  He created the earth.  He maintains the earth.  He knows each of us personally.  All at the same time!

And yet we want to engage Him in our “world” as if He is unaware of it!  What are we thinking?

How often does our impression of God leave us overwhelmed in our inadequacies?  We just don’t “get” Him as we should.  If we did, it would leave us speechless, as today’s verse recommends.

“Lord, You are awesome.  Forgive me for minimizing You.  For seeing You as long-range and unaware.  You are nearby, in fact, Your Spirit is within me.  Hallelujah!  What a Savior.  I love You, Lord.”

Do you tell God things that He already knows?

 

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Anger management

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”  Ecclesiastes 7:9.

“In your anger do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 7-9, and Ephesians 4.

I flew off this morning…..and I’m not talking about a plane ride!

And right on cue, the Scriptures I read in my scheduled reading provide counsel.

I must not read the Bible simply to acquire information.  I must find things to obey.

I am not by nature an angry person but I can get angry.  My anger comes in a bunch and usually is quickly ended.

I look at today’s verses, in a state of subsiding anger, and consider the implications for my life.

Solomon tosses around the word, “fools,” rather regularly.  Solomon was given discernment plus the ability to get right and wrong right by God so his words are to be taken seriously.

I think Solomon is talking about people who are easily upset and are “regularly” angry about things.  I need to have Godly control in my life so that my reactions are Godly.

Paul seems to be allowing anger but not sinful anger.  Anger is found in the Bible.  Jesus was angry.  It is the “sinful” part that needs addressing.  How would it get to the sinful level?  I think that something minor is not anger worthy.  I think that anger that appears to have no end is godless.

The bottom line is that I must live in a close relationship to God.  I must be willing to apologize.  I must be certain that something is anger-worthy.  I must be willing to let minor aggravations go.  I need God!

“Lord, You know me.  I am glad for that.  I want all of my life to please You.  I want to get it right.  Take me over.  Produce in me a lifestyle that honors You.  Prick my conscience when I get it wrong so that corrections and adjustments can be made.  You are my God.  I surrender to You.”

Is God in charge of your anger management?  Good luck if He isn’t.

+10 losing the battle

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Resizing God

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”  Ecclesiastes 5:2.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 4-6, Psalm 18, and Ephesians 3.

If I can imagine God size-wise, I would be imagining Him as huge.  Every other quality of His would be beyond my comprehension.

We are not equal with Him.  He’s not just another person in the rooms we’re in.  He is God.  He is in control of everything.

We can gain advantage in this world by “knowing somebody.”  They are able to get into places we couldn’t enter on our own.

How are we in the presence of Almighty God?  I often find myself in praying telling Him what to do.  Dispatching Him to the “fires” in my life.  But should I be doing that?

God knows everything about me.  He knows that a family member is having cancer surgery this week.  If I “dispatch” Him to the family member, I am acting as if He is not omnipresent.

This verse suggests that my words with God should be few.  The more words I use in conversing with Him the greater likelihood that I will sound like Peter as the Transfiguration.

I believe that God puts thoughts into my head.  If I want to know what He wants me doing I must be listening to what He has to say.  Otherwise, I will continue along my ways without Him.

“As Samuel said, ‘Speak, your servant is listening.’  Enable me, Father, to hear You.  Forgive me for dominating our conversations with my selfishness.  I want to please You.  I want to know Your will.  I want to be Spirit-directed in everything I do this day.  I commit to You, Father.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Do you dispatch God places when You pray?  If you believed that He is omnipresent you would know that He’s already there.  If you believed that He was already there, how then would you pray?

+9 same old

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May the words of my mouth…..

“Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.”  Ecclesiastes 5:6

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 4-6 & Psalm 18 & Ephesians 3)

I could use this verse’s warning every day over and over again!

“For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45

My words come from my heart.  This makes it so easy to check on the condition of my heart……….listen to me.

It is embarrassing to reflect on recent conversations in this light.  O to have an inner alarm system that goes off when I go off! But I don’t, and instead I verbalize on, revealing more and more of my spiritual shallowness.

I cannot do anything of spiritual good on my own.  That is certainly true with words.  If my words are all mine then they will do harm one way or another.

My desire is that His Words will be my words.  That is why I read Scripture daily hoping to get to know Him better so that the words flowing from me are Godly.

“O Lord, I am a sinner and my words so often reveal it.  I beg to know You well enough that Your Words become my words.  Forgive me for misrepresenting You among those in my midst.  I love You, Father.”

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