The Daily Word: Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.” – Ps. 39:1
David had wicked men all around him. We know from Psalm 38 that David’s enemies were “vigorous” and “strong” (Ps. 38:19). People both in and outside Israel were constantly trying to take David down! David said, “Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long” (Ps. 38:12).
So how did David respond? What was the most urgent tool he employed in the face of a hostile enemy? He watched his mouth! The key to avoiding destruction at the hands of his enemies wasn’t some new military strategy or defensive maneuver; it was simply to guard his ways, and avoid “sinning with [his] tongue” (v 1, above).
What you say is incredibly important. What you refuse to say is endlessly important too! The enemy’s #1 goal is to sabotage God’s promises in your life by convincing you to cancel them with your own mouth. Selah. Satan can’t cancel your destiny! But you can:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Prov. 18:21
Your survival depends in large part on what you say. Will you speak doubt and unbelief? Or will you boldly declare God’s word and wait in faith for every word to come to pass? Will you open the door to the enemy by saying silly things like “FML?” Or will you slam the door to destruction shut by canceling Satan’s plans in the name of Jesus, and activating God’s destiny over your life with joyful praise?!
Use your tongue for good! Your very life depends on it.
Father, I am going to speak life over myself! I am going to speak life over my family. I will not be tricked into canceling my destiny by saying silly things that should not be said. I will not allow the enemy to convince me that what I say – whether joking or serious – does not matter! I will speak life and not death, in Jesus’ name.
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