Happy Wednesday. I apologize for the delay. I was traveling and entered a busy season; however, I wanted to provide you with the remaining days of the word fast. The busy season is over.
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- Day 16: Speech 101 – Read Proverbs 10:19 (NIV). Sometimes it’s best to remain silent. A common misconception is that you have to respond to everything or that you have to respond with a lot of words. The more you talk, the greater the risk of offense. Speak less and pray for times to remain silent.
- Day 17: Keep It Covered – Read James 4:11. Do not slander one another. When you speak against someone in judgment, condemn them, curse them, gossip about them, etc. you are operating like the world. As Christians, we should encourage, pray for one other, correct in private with love and keep the confidence of others. If you see someone sinning or know of an indiscretion it’s not for you to blab it to others. Keep your mouth covered and don’t judge or gossip. Go to God for guidance. Pray don’t run your mouth.
- Day 18: The Words of the World – Read Ephesians 5:3-4. As Christians we have to be careful not to joke like the world or talk like the world. We live in a verbally toxic culture where even leadership speaks recklessly. Social media allows people to share obscene and blatantly filthy comments with no remorse. We hide behind a negative post. We should choose not to participate in foolish talk because we will give an account for EVERY idle word. (Matthew 12:36)
- Day 19: Post a Watch – Read Proverbs 13:3 (NIV). Posting a watch also means to set a guard over your mouth. People who enjoy speaking their mind with no consideration for other people’s feelings are destructive. When you take time to keep watch over the words that you say, fewer people are hurt and God will be pleased. Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean you have to always share it.
- Day 20: Find the Secret Place– Read Hebrews 11:3. The Word of God controls the spirit world and the natural world is controlled by the spoken word. In order to speak the words of God, we have to spend time with Him in the Secret place. When we find the secret place of abiding in Christ, we SUBMIT our souls and spirits to Him. When we are led by the Spirit our words won’t wound, but heal.
Have a blessed day!
~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA