Thursday, January 9, 2014

#73 Watch YOUR MOUTH!

I have been meditating on these scriptures:

Matthew chapter 15:10-11 -- He then called the crowd together and said, "Listen, and take this to heart.  It's not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up." 15:16-20  Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated?  But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart.  It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, lies, and cussing.  That's what pollutes.  Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands -- that's neither here nor there."   (the Message version). 

I was meditating on these scriptures for two reasons. 

  1. There's plenty of talk (especially now that we are in the month of January) about what we should be eating and what we should not be eating.
  2. What we say with our mouth is coming from our heart.  This is what we should be concerned about more then the talk about what we put in our mouths
Jesus' words struck me in these verses.  My response was "Wow -- I've read this before I'm sure -- but this time these verses stood out and hit me like a ton of bricks."  I don't believe that he is saying we should overdose on food and it doesn't matter what we put in our mouths -- but I do believe He is saying we are focusing on what we put in more then what is coming out.  Food is not our problem -- it's whats in our heart that is the problem and we allow that to come out by the way we speak, according to these verses. 

What do you allow to come out of your mouth?  Is your daily dose of words polluted by faithless talk?  Do you do more complaining then praising?  When was the last time you said something good to someone or about someone? 

I'm not trying to be all up in your business -- but I have and I know we ALL have struggled with faithless talk every now and again.  Sometimes it's so easy to look at the situation instead of looking to Jesus.  Trust can be HIGH one day and low the next.  I don't want to sabotage my blessing by speaking words that are faithless or cruel coming from the heart.

How are we to do that?  I know for sure -- spending MORE time in the word always helps.  The bible tells us to do something and that is to renew our minds.  He did not say He would do it -- but that we had to.  (Romans 12:2) 

Another thing, if your heart is telling you that you can't do something like:
  • Loose weight
  • Eat right
  • Be positive
  • Save money or follow a budget
  • Form healthy habits
Then it's time to renew your mind!  Stop allowing your emotions to rule your life.  Today is the day to speak the word - what does the word have to say about your situation?  Learn for yourself and speak those words instead of negative self talk.  Here are some words to get you started:

Check your heart

Yes out of our heart comes lots of things, as Jesus mentioned in the scripture above, but we can check our hearts to see what's coming out of it and pray and ask God to help us to make the change.  Forget new years resolutions -- pray and ask God to help you.  We can't do anything good on our own -- we need Him to help us in every area of our lives.  Talking about change for the better.  Heart surgery.  Lord let my heart be pleasing in your sight, in Jesus name!

Until next time...

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Unknown said...

You are what you think, what you it is good to think wise and do good. Remain blessed.

Rosilind Jukic said...

This is so true!! Sometimes what comes OUT can reveal the reason why so much goes IN! I have heard myself speaking negativity about myself lately...this was a great reminder for me to renew my mind - exactly what we're studying for Good Morning Girls right now. Thank you!

Renee barry said...

Thanks for commenting.

Renee barry said...

I'm glad that you found something in what was said to perhaps make a change. We need to be reminded that it's us that need to make the change take place. God bless you Rosilind! Thanks for responding.

Anita said...

The heart of the matter is always a matter of the heart! Amen sis. Would you like to guest blog at Please let me know!

Renee barry said...

Win Coach,
Thanks for checking out the blog. Let's discuss guest blogging. God bless.