Verse of the Week
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)
What thoughts run through your head? When something happens that does not please you, do you go for the anger route? The sarcastic route? The “oh poor me” pouty route?
I know I am guilty of all of the above and more. I am not proud of that. Just confessing a fault – sin.
When tempted to fall into this trap, we need to pause and think WWJD or WDJD when these kinds of situations arose. Sometimes he just turned the other cheek.
When I choose one of the routes above I usually feel “justified” because someone “just made me so mad.” Not a good look on a professing believer is it?
We are told in scripture that he will provide a way of escape when we are tempted. We have to be cognizant of the fact that our Almighty Father and King of the Universe is quietly offering an escape ladder. We need to take a breath when the wrong thoughts want to be thunk and the wrong words want to be said and look for the escape route.
Maybe it is simply to keep your mouth shut. Or a strong “get thee behind me Satan.”
The bottom line is that we want to be pleasing and acceptable in the sight of our Father in Heaven. We know he wants us to be successful in that. He is for us. His Son Yeshua literally gave his life for us. It is not too much to ask that we behave acceptably.
Live it out this week
When wrong, bad, mean, sarcastic, whatever thoughts come up, don’t give any place to the devil. Don’t entertain them. Don’t say them. Mom was probably right – if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything. Read Ephesians 4:26-27 and Psalms 4:4. Also consider the acceptable meditation of your heart.
Heavenly Father, I love you and want to be acceptable in your eyes. Please prick my heart when I start to think or say something that is not pleasing, acceptable, or a good reflection on you. You are worthy to be praised, and your praises should continually be on my lips. Forgive me for the times I have not been pleasing to you. In Yeshua’s name Amen.
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