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Daily Devotional - November 19th

Nov 19, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read – Ezekiel 39:1-40:27; James 2:18-3:18; Psalm 118:1-18; Proverbs 28:2
James 3:8-12
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men,
who have been made in the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 
Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?
Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
The tongue is a powerful weapon for good or evil depending to whom it is submitted. When fully submitted to Me, I use this member of your body to change the course of your day and to transform the atmosphere. However, this same tongue is a dangerous and destructive force if left to unbridled flesh. I have given you the ability to use your tongue to release My Word and bring My Kingdom come. However, by an act of your will, you can also give the enemy legal access to your tongue in ways that hinder and obstruct My Kingdom.
I cannot interfere with your will, but I honor the boundaries that surround it; however, I write My Word upon your heart and when your tongue is used for unrighteousness, Holy Spirit brings conviction. You know when your tongue is sinning and when it is not.
Do you want your tongue to bless Me and then to curse those I created in My image and likeness?  Do you want to give the enemy access to your tongue to bring destruction to yourself and others? Do you want the enemy to use your tongue as a weapon against My body?
You have the power to stop living a double life. Submit your tongue to Me, resist the temptation to speak contrary to My Word, and the enemy flees!
When you do this, your life flows as a sweet, fresh stream bringing life and wholeness to others. You begin to experience an increase in miracles because your tongue releases blessing and life rather than cursing and death.
Father God, forgive me for allowing the enemy access to my tongue. Forgive me for making judgments against others, especially when I have no understanding what they have experienced in their lives. Forgive me for yielding my tongue to criticism and gossip under the guise of concern. I present and subject my tongue before You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is my reasonable service and worship. I choose to walk and talk as a single-minded Kingdom child of God and not as a double minded, forked tongue weapon in the enemy's arsenal. In Jesus Name, Amen!