Good and helpful words

Ephesians 4:29 NLT – Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

One thing that should distinguish a follower of Jesus, from someone who doesn’t follow Him, is their language. Someone who is a follower of Jesus should speak words of life, wisdom and encouragement. They should aim to build everyone up that they speak to. Jesus tells us that our words are a reflection of our hearts. So, it is important to let our words be full of Jesus and His Kingdom. Words that build up and not tear down.

Prayer

Dear God, please help me with the words I speak each day. I pray they will be good and helpful. Help me not to use foul and abusive words. I pray that I will be the type of person whose words will be an encouragement to all those who hear them. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

We need His wisdom

Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. [9] For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

God ways and thoughts are above our thoughts. He sees everything in relation to His plans and from an eternal perspective. This is why we need to pray and ask His will and His direction. We need to pray and seek His wisdom. The good news is that God wants us to know His will and plans. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Dear God, I seek Your will for my life today. Your Word says that Your ways and thoughts are above my ways and thoughts. Today I ask for Your wisdom and guidance. Let me know what You would have me do. Show me which path to take. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen

A love for His Word

Psalm 119:36-40 NLT – Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! [37] Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. [38] Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. [39] Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. [40] I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.

For my devotions this morning I read the above passage. It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend years ago. My friend loved God’s Word, the Bible. He would always talk about the passages he read and how it spoke to him in his devotions. He could quote passages and God’s Word was never far from his lips.

One day I asked how he had such a love for God’s Word? Where did it come from? His simple answer amazed me. He said, “I asked God for it!” He went on to say that in the Psalms David often told God how much he loved His Word. He then simply asked God for a love of the Word like David had.

He then asked me if I sincerely wanted it. When I said, “Yes”, he prayed for me. That prayer changed my life. Today I want to pray a prayer for you. I will write it out below. If you want a real and lasting love for God’s Word, you can pray it too and say amen at the end. I believe it will be life changing for you!

Prayer

Dear God, I pray that I will truly love and desire Your Word like David did. I pray that I will read it and meditate on it day and night. I pray my life will be built on Your Word and Your commandments. I ask that the Holy Spirit will speak to my heart every time I open my Bible. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let us not forget

I have been reading through the Old Testament book of Exodus the last few weeks. One thing that struck me was how often the people seemed to forget about what God had done for them. They were not little things either. Things like taking them out of Egypt, parting the Red Sea, guiding by pillar of fire and cloud and speaking to them through Moses. But still they seemed to forget His great works.

As I reflected I found myself being reminded of the amazing things God has done for me. Times when He provided when I really needed it, times when he healed me of sickness, times when He clearly spoke to me. I soon realised I was not that different from the people of Israel wandering through the desert!

It really prompted me to not forget the great things God has done for me. I need to write them on my heart, speak of them to others and keep them in the front of my mind. I just can’t forget them.

How about you? What great things has God done for you that you sometimes forget? Let us purpose in our hearts to have a long memory when it comes to the things God does for us.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for all the wonderful things You have done for me. Help me to always remember how faithful and generous You are to me. I prayer I will never forget. Amen.