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Maybe It's Your Mouth

Updated: Apr 11

Many times we blame outside sources for the issues we face in life without realizing that our character and our mouths are the underlying cause of some of our downfalls.


From Series: Life Lessons Learned from the Bible - Psalm 34:11-14.


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"Give God a try and you’ll see how profitable and beneficial he is. His goodness is not only how he’ll make you feel but it’s also what you’ll experience (Psalm 34:8-14)." 


If you want to see yourself having good days then follow these instructions from the Bible: reverence God, keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from lying. Then turn from evil, do good, seek peace, and pursue it (Psalm 34:13-14).

  

First, what does God consider evil? Evil is something that causes extreme pain and suffering. It also means being bad, wrong, sinful, or dishonorable. Essentially, it's everything that is the opposite of good (Galatians 5:22-23).  

 

Then it says to “keep your lips from speaking lies.”  If you are tempted to lie or struggle with lying this may be the underlying cause for why you go through turmoil, unnecessary drama, ruin relationships, and more.


An example of our mouths causing us to sin is when we complain, talk about someone in a negative way, fault-find, and gossip. This is considered sin and can prevent you from living a life where you have many good days.  


Let’s use gossip as another example. Gossip biases the mind of the listener against the person you’re talking about. This is why we are warned to keep our tongue from sinning (Psalm 39:1; Ecclesiastes 5:6). We must be careful with what we say around people and with the conversations we engage in. If not, we can fall into evil and calamity (Proverbs 21:23).


You need God to help you with this because you can be gossiping and not be aware you're doing it.


You may hear information about someone, and God will encourage you to keep it to yourself and not spread it around and damage the persons reputation. But instead, you give into the temptation and justify it by convincing yourself it's ok to tell the story because they may be someone you're close to. However, that urge to even tell them especially after God said not too is giving in to the spirit of gossip. 

 

Gossip is like a slithery stealthy snake that slides into your conversation unnoticed. It’s not always obvious that you’re being tricked but if you ask God to reveal behaviors you have that Satan can use against you, God is faithful to do it. And when God gives them to you pray about them so you can be delivered. Also, study them so you can see examples and similarities that will help you change.


There’s a promise that God made. He says, “A righteous man [person] may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” (Psalm 34:19-20). 

 

You may never know the danger of gossip until you become the victim of it. It is only when you are on the receiving end do you realize how damaging gossiping is. Then you'll understand how you are a part of the other person's pain. 


Next the Scripture tells us to do good and pursue peace. God wants you to have peace and happiness more than you want it for yourself; this is why God left it to us (John 14:27; John 20:19; 2 Thessalonians 3:16).


God says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [or daughters] of God" (Matthew 5:9). And Romans 12:18 says, "if possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."


We should be living peacefully with everyone and not taking part in any conversation that causes strife, division, or damage. Even if what you are hearing is true, privately advocate for the person before God instead of publicly defaming their character.


Whether you are aware of this or not you have control over your life mouth, and if you’re not aware of this, some of the problems you have will remain.  

  

Here is where the Word of God becomes beneficial. It will “open your eyes” or enlighten you about a situation you never knew existed. This is important because it can make you aware of what’s been holding you back in life, causing pain, ruining relationships, damaging your reputation, making you ineffective, making you untrustworthy, disrespected, and much more. 


If you stay consistent, persistent, and discipline in praying and studying God’s Word then elevation both in your spiritual and natural life will happen. Also, it will shed light on any area in your life that is hindering you from having good days and enjoying life.  


As simple and maybe insignificant as this may seem to some, God is showing us that these and other behaviors are the reason our life is not as enjoyable as we would want.


Remember what Jesus said, although we exist in the world we are not of the world. We should be living examples of what a person who has a relationship with God or is part of the family of Christ looks like. How else will people believe in the love and unity of Jesus Christ?


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A call for salvation 


When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, His spirit will come to live inside you. This is one of the greatest blessings of salvation. You don't have to go through someone else to get to God, and He will live in your heart where you and Him become one and have a relationship.


All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9).


Here's a prayer you can repeat:


"Jesus, I confess that you are Lord, and I believe you died and was risen for my sins. I repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins, and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and remove my sins. Thank you for forgiving me and making me into a new person in Jesus' name, Amen."


Once you have done this, please pray and ask God to guide you to a ministry where you can grow and start living the abundant life Jesus promised and died for.


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