“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
Proverbs 13:3 NKJV
Before I Speak:
Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessasy? 🤔
Let all we speak, be done in love❤
Let us be quiet and not be filled with idle talk🔇
Only speaking when God has led us to speak🙏💭
Put a door over my mouth Lord🔐
Let the meditation of my heart and mind be pleasing to you! 👆❤
Questions To Ask God Before I Speak:
Is this something you want me to speak or just my opinion?
Does this build up or tear down?
Do I want to eat the fruit of this?
Does this please God? Is it praiseworthy?
If what you are speaking is not good, check your thoughts! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship. Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose. Acts 16:25-26 TPT
There are three things I briefly want to touch on in these 2 verses.
One being, there were people surrounding Paul & Silas who were listening to their prayers and praises to God.
The second thing is that even in the midst of being “chained down” and imprisoned, they still praised God for how good he is.
The third being, because of the power of their praise and prayer, it set other people who were bound down free. Their praise shook the very foundation where they were held captive and bound down.
In conclusion, the very words we speak to the father and the praises that come put of our mouth are powerful and yes, people are listening. They may not say they are, but people’s true desire in their heart is the love of Jesus. No matter the circumstance, even if we feel bound, we should be inclined to have communion with Abba and praise him. He never changes and his love endures. Therefore, our praise should be endless too. Our praise can be the very thing that not only sets us free but shakes the foundations of hell (prison one is entrapped in) and sets other people free around us too.
At first glance, you see that Paul and Silas prayer & praise set them free. Yet, in reality, it shook the foundation that kept them and others captive. Their prayer and praise broke the chains that bound them down and set them free into what God had called them to do.
My encouragment to you this morning is, in every circumstance pray and praise. God hears every word you speak and your praise to the father loosens things that have tried to keep you bound! Not only that, but people are watching. Do not be a people pleaser, but a God pleaser. My prayer is that our prayer and praise is so contagious is free’s others just as Paul and Silas.
The words you speak, the prayers you give unto the father, and the praise you bring are all contagious and have the power to shake the foundations of hell. God has given you to the power to praise and pray in every circumstance. Even when you are not sure what to say, the spirit will speak for you. When you feel weary, he will give you strength. When you feel bound, he sets you free. When you feel like you are just surviving, he brings you to a place of living abundantly!
There is nothing he won’t do for us.
In every circumstance pray and praise. You never know what new freedom is awaiting you or the freedom it may bring to who you are surrounded by. There is nothing God won’t do. Hell cannot stand a chance. The victory is already won. For the power, the glory, are yours Lord forever and ever. Amen!
Scripture for Meditation & Application
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1 NKJV
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! Psalms 47:1 NKJV
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 NKJV
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
“But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable. It’s more important for me to fulfill my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 TPT
Paul did not have his eyes on the here and now. He says a couple verses above this that Holy Spirit told him that imprisonment and trials and tribulation awaited him. Can you imagine being in Paul’s spot? Knowing a very hard road was ahead of you? Would you still press forward to what God has called you to do?
He kept faith. Trusting in the inheritance he has as a Child of God. Trusting that God is who he says he is & despite what was going on the earth, his eternal prize awaited him. What I admire about Paul is how focused he is. In this passage alone I see he us focused on two things.
1. Paul is focused on heavenly realities
2.He is focused on finishing his race in faith no matter what comes against him.
Paul had endurance & strength he got from God. He did not rely on himself to make it through. He kept his eyes focused on Jesus the perfector of our faith. He knew that trials awaited ahead. But, he didn’t stop there. He knew that God’s will was so much more important than anything this earth could challenge him with.
Reflect on where your focus is? Is your focus on Jesus the perfector of our faith and heavenly realities?
When trials come, stand in faith. Know that it is temporary and that the suffering you may be enduring now do not compare to the glory that is coming later.
If you need strength, call out unto God and he will give it to you. You were never meant to stay strong on your own.
The other question to reflect on is when you are going through times of trials and tribulations, what do you do?
As Children of God, we should be wearing our armor and fighting with the sword of the spirit. It does not matter what is thrown at us when the promises of God are yes and amen! The power of the Holy Spirit is inside you. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is in you. When you speak the promises of God outloud you declaring what he already said as true into fruition. Don’t back down! Stand up in faith!!!
Reading and meditating on the Word of God is essential to our relationship with Christ. It is apart of our armor to fight off the enemy. Not only that, but when we really think about what we are thinking about (yes, I just said that), are our thoughts coming from God and lining up with biblical truth or are they from the enemy? In this bible study there was a lot of discussion! 🙂
When I first started walking with God I was SHOCKED at how many lies I believed about God and how many lies I believed about my own identity.
I thought God was always disappointed in me..LIES
I though that God’s love was based on my performance…LIES
I also thought I was a terrible human being and didn’t have anything worth living for…LIES
I constantly worried about EVERYTHING…(NOT FROM GOD)
When I started studying, meditating, and spending time with God and reading his word. I began to change from the inside out. I realized a lot of the thoughts I did have weren’t what God thought about me at all. I also realized that there was some changes I need to make in my life to become who God intended me to be.
With that being said, I really hope you enjoy the notes from this bible study. Taking my thoughts captive and lining them up with God’s word has truly changed me from the inside out!
After hearing the news of 2 very young people from back home taking their own life, God laid it on my heart to speak up and speak life into those who are struggling. You are not alone & you are so loved.