Faye Bryant

Pleasing Words and Thoughts

David was called a man after God’s own heart, yet he had this concern that his words and his heart needed to be right and pleasing to God.

I guess that even when we’re doing the right things we should be concerned that we’re doing the right things.

We cannot be accepting of complacency in ourselves. There is no room for mediocrity. We must be all-in all the time.

Fortunately, God provides for us by moving in when we accept salvation’s gift. His Holy Spirit dwells in us to guide and correct.

Even so, we must be careful to examine ourselves to determine if we need to make changes.

Are there words coming from your mouth that wouldn’t be pleasing to Almighty God?

Did you just call that driver an idiot? Did you say your kid’s teacher is a moron? Did you shake your fist at the television declaring this politician or that to be less than a person created in God’s image?

Did you look in the mirror and condemn the person you saw there? When you made a mistake, did you call yourself a dummy?

Before we get too pious about not saying the words, let’s remember that God hears our hearts and minds. We don’t have to say the words for them to hurt His heart.

What are the meditations of your heart? Are they on the diagnosis and all that entails or are they repeating the fact of Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, being your God who loves you?

Are you meditating on the what-ifs of tomorrow, missing out on the here and now because your meditation has taken you captive to fear?

See, worry is meditation on that which we don’t want. We can say we all do it, but those are thoughts and God says we can take those things captive and make them slaves to us. We do NOT have to worry.

We simply have to learn a new way.

Let’s grab up all that stinkin’ thinkin’ and wrap it up in truth. Let’s remind ourselves and the universe by declaring out loud the amazing things God has done and the all-powerful, all-knowing King of the universe that He is and that He is for us.

Let’s write a list of all the ways He has helped us, how He has rescued us, how He has loved us. Then, when the thoughts of what-if pop up, let’s force feed these thoughts to them.

Our God is greater. Our God is stronger.
His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts far above ours.

Still, may the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts please Him. Today and every day.

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