Power to Curb

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Today's reading: James 3:1-12

Our tongues are powerful, and we can turn them into weapons of destruction--in an instant. James 3:8 says, "no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." Ouch! Every time I read that verse and those surrounding it (James 3:1-12), I cringe because James is dead on correct. It pains me to admit it, but I can give plenty of examples of words that I have spoken that weren't God honoring--insensitive words, gossip, harshly delivered words, corrective words not spoken with love, reactive and retaliatory words of anger (you get the picture).

But our inability to completely tame our tongues doesn't mean we can't curb what comes out of our mouths in a pretty significant way. In fact, we absolutely can! It definitely takes effort, but if we commit to spending time with God by taking in His Word and talking with Him through prayer, getting better control over what comes out of our mouths will naturally follow. God wants and expects us to represent Him well with our words, and we can when our eyes, hearts and minds are focused on Him.

Do you think of your tongue as "a restless evil, full of deadly poison"? When are you more likely to allow negative or hurtful words to come out of your mouth? How does regularly spending time with God (reading the Bible and praying) influence your heart and ultimately your words? Tami

Heart to Mouth

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Today's reading: Psalm 59:1-17

In the middle of David's seeking God for deliverance and comfort as Saul and others are intent on his destruction, David specifically points out to God how his adversaries are sinning with their mouths.

"For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter..." (vs. 12)

What a good reminder of how so much of our sin is tied to the words we let come out of our mouths, and how what we say reveals the spiritual condition of our heart.

Think back over some of the words you've spoken this week. What did they reveal about your heart? How can and will you use the words you speak, today and in the coming week, to reflect a loving and God-focused heart? Tami

When Wrong Happens

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Today's reading: Psalm 58:1-11

Before David took the throne as king of Israel, he was on the run for his life from an irrational and unbalanced king Saul. I can't fully imagine how awful David's situation must have been. Yet he was able to stand strong and remain focused, in large part because of his constant and candid communication with God. Here in Psalm 58, David is holding nothing back. He pours out his frustrations to God about the sin taking place against him and around him, and then concludes his conversation by expectantly asking God to right the situation.

Is it your practice to talk candidly with God about the wrong and unjust things taking place around you and/or to you? How does putting these wrongs into words help you stay focused on God and His Word and responding rightly? Tami

Faith-filled Work

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Today's reading: James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10

Once we make the decision to follow God by placing our faith in Christ as our Savior, doing good works for God should naturally follow. In other words, once we have a personal relationship with God, God then expects us to do good works going forward as we serve Him--and, He already has in place a plan of good things for us to do.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Do you think of yourself as being a worker for God? How does knowing that you were created "in Christ Jesus for good works" encourage or motivate you today? What's one example of how you have demonstrated your faith in God by doing a "good work" in the past month? Tami

Level Field

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Today's reading: James 2:1-13

There is no partiality with God. The phrase "level playing field" immediately came to my mind as I read and considered James 2:1-13. What a comfort to know that our wealth, social standing, race, gender, age, location, occupation--doesn't influence how God views, values or loves us. Thank you, James for this candid reminder of God's level standard, and how when we chose to deviate from it and exercise partiality, it is sin.

How does the way someone is dressed, the job or position they hold, the car they drive, the people they know or the home they live in, influence how you act around and toward them? What helps you model God's standard toward people (loving, valuing and treating them equally) rather than the following the standard of the world? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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