IN THE TIME OF THE PANDEMIC – Guarding your Heart (Mouth)
Hope you are staying strong and guarding your gates with all wisdom. We must protect our lives by protecting our hearts. As we conclude on the series of Guarding our hearts, let us, with all diligence, be careful of what we look at, listen to and speak about.
Our foundational text is from Proverbs 4:23 The Passion Translation (TPT)
23 So above all, guard the affections of your heart,[a]
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.
- Proverbs 4:23 The Hebrew word levav is the most common word for “heart.” It includes our thoughts, our will, our discernment, and our affections.
In concluding our series, we look at the mouth gates. We speak from our thoughts. Our thoughts are formed from what we hear and what we see. Also, our thoughts can be formed from what we tell ourselves. King David knew as a King, his words were law and carried power.
“Set a guard, O Lord over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips”. Psalm 141:3 (NKJV)
James, one of the twelve disciples of Christ, in his book laid great emphasis on the tongue and its destructive capabilities;
James 3:6 The Passion Translation (TPT)
6 And the tongue is a fire! It can be compared to the sum total of wickedness and is the most dangerous part of our human body. It corrupts the entire body and is a hellish flame! It releases a fire that can burn throughout the course of human existence.
You can self-sabotage your life or another’s by saying the wrong words. Words are so powerful that God said every idle word would be judged;
Matthew 12:36 The Passion Translation (TPT)
36 You can be sure of this: when the day of judgment comes, everyone will be held accountable for every careless word he has spoken.
Words remain a very powerful tool for change; destructive or creative.
What words are you speaking in these times? Words of hope or words of fear? What are you saying to yourself given the very grave circumstances we find the world in?
We must be deliberate about our words to ourselves, to others or to situations. Let’s not only ask God to set a guard over our mouths but to also season our words with salt.
Before you speak:
- Is it true?
- Is it kind?
- Would your words build, give life and restore?
Some key habits for speaking;
- Affirm God’s word over you, your family and your household.
- Affirm yourself; write up a self-affirmation note (stick it to your bathroom mirror), speak these words anytime you go in there and look at that mirror
- Affirm others
Let us speak healing, let us speak victory, let us speak peace. Start speaking now. Release your words into the atmosphere and claim what is yours by the very words you speak.
Prayer: Heavenly father, Today I ask that you set a guard over my mouth and the door of my lips. My Father please purify my words in Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen
Charge of the week: Speak Psalm 91 over yourself and your family.
Enjoy the Song of the week, My Help by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Peace and Love
Oge Funlola Modie