Guarding Your Gates

As we approach the end of 2021, the year 2022 beckons. Remember not to lose hope, but to rejoice in your God, who has sustained you during the year. Do not lose hope. Have faith in God! He has the ability to do far more than we can ever think or imagine. He is a good father. He never fails.

As we approach the new year, there are key things we should be mindful of to ensure we don’t self-sabotage our year. One such example is being deliberate in our words. Another is being sensitive about what we see and take in, and another is being particular about what we listen to.

I have called this series “Guarding your gates”. A gate is a passage. A gate allows things in and things out.

Let us start now, as we prepare for 2022 and the next decade, to be deliberate in guarding our gates so we can experience a richer and more enduring lifestyle.

The first of the gates to place a particular emphasis on is the mouth.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips

Psalm 141:3 (NKJV)

In his book, James, one of the twelve disciples, puts great emphasis on the tongue and its destructive capabilities (James 3:6). You can self-sabotage your destiny by saying the wrong words. Words are so powerful that God said every idle word would be judged (Matthew 12:36). He also created the world by His words (John 1). Words remain a very powerful tool for change, whether destructive or creative.

In the scripture text above, the psalmist is asking for God’s help in guarding the door of his mouthgate, knowing that words spoken cannot be retrieved and can also start a chain of events that one sometimes has no control over. We, as humans, have the capacity to say things without minding the harm our words can cause to ourselves, other people, or things.

In this new year, let us be mindful of what we say to ourselves, others, or situations. Let’s not only ask God to set a guard over our mouths but to also season our words with salt. Let us be deliberate in the things we say. Let us speak life. Let us declare over our lives what God has planned for us in the years 2021 and 2022. Let us make decrees on certain things that have become a hindrance to us and institute a new order.

Let us speak healing, let us speak victory, let us speak peace. Start speaking now. Release your words into the air and claim what is rightfully yours with the words you speak.

Prayer

Prayer for this week

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

Charge for this week

Be slow to become angry, slow to speak, and quick to listen.
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