Turn your Radio On.
Proverbs 16:13 “Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and
they love him that speaketh right.”
In yesterday’s devotion I made the comment that you cannot think good and speak evil at the same time. It's impossible. Whatever you speak at any given time reflects the condition of your heart. You cannot think good and speak evil at the same time anymore than it can be light and
dark at the same time and, you cannot worship and worry at the same time. But that is not to say that they don't both co-exist.
In the gospel of Mathew, Jesus said that there were all kinds of fish caught when the net was drawn in. Those considered good were kept, the others were thrown back. They were all there in the net. Out in the world there exists apparatus that can convert radiation into cells of medicine, beam little pixels into pictures and vibrations into sound and images. You can tell from that statement how technical I am. All I know is when I pick up the phone it works, when I turn on the television it works. I know they ravel usually unimpeded through the atmosphere from a place of origin to a point of contact. They will go wherever a signal is detected.
Just like the fish, the wheat and the tares co-existing, out in the spirit world light and darkness, good and evil co-exist also. Both the Holy Spirit, the Prince of Light and Satan the ruler of the principalities and the powers of darkness, exist. Both parties are highly skilled in receiving the signals the soul emits. One to prove Himself strong on your behalf while the other to bring confusion, death and destruction.
That's why it's very important what you think and what you say when trouble comes. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 1 Peter 3:12-13 He loves to hear you say "l will say of the Lord, He is my strong tower, He is my Rock, He is my help in times of trouble.” Your words become the antennae as to which of the two forces you are going to respond. Tune your heart to receive the right signal. Read the instructions contained in His word, resist the static of deception. Turn your radio on to God.
Think before you speak is always a good policy. Alan Redpath subscribed to a simple formula applied before speaking of any person or subject.
T-- is it True?
H -- is it Helpful?
I -- is it Inspiring?
N -- is it Necessary?
K -- is it Kind?
If what I am about to say does not pass those tests, I will keep my mouth shut! And it worked!
God loves His people to gossip But only when it's the gospel!
He loves those that speak right.
I found this in another devotional book I read regularly. I was thrilled to be on the right wave length but I have added it just to reinforce what I had written.
Hebrews 5:13-14 “For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
You're spiritually "grown up" or mature when, through practice, you have trained your senses to discern between good and evil. You've practiced walking in the Spirit and renewing your mind by the Word of God until even your flesh habitually goes God's way instead of the world's way.
Stop and think for a moment. Aren't there some things your old flesh used to pressure you to do before you made Jesus Lord of your life that you don't even want to do anymore?
There are for me. For example, I used to smoke tobacco, and l felt sorry for all those Christians who couldn't. But you know what? Now that I'm a believer, I have no desire for tobacco anymore. It is not even part of my thoughts much less my lifestyle.
That’s the kind of thing that happens as you feed and renew your mind on the word of God. It doesn't necessarily happen quickly or easily. Your flesh may fight and buck for a while because it's been trained to go the way of the world so long. But if you stick with the Word and keep growing, your flesh can develop the habit of righteousness just like it developed a habit of unrighteousness. Don't starve your spirit by trying to get by on just a little spiritual milk now and then. Develop the habit of feeding on the solid food of the Word every day and find out what real maturity is all about.
Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs ©2009