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Ladies Bible Study Friday, May 13th

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James 3:10

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

I know I have talked a lot over the last year about our words but it seems as though God keeps laying this message on my heart.  Ladies we have the power in our words to bring life and encouragement or death and despair to others and to ourselves!  I truly believe that we as women are much harder on ourselves with our words than men ever are and that is wrong.  I finally realized personally that maybe the reason I don’t seem to be seeing the results in my life that I would like to see while I am waiting on God is because He is the one waiting on me to get out of agreement with Satan and in agreement with Him about my life!

Now, here is the difficult part; what if your thoughts of your self worth are coming from what someone else tells you or has told you and you just can’t seem to get that out of your mind?  I have been there and the only answer I can give you is for you to take those words and that person to God and leave them there.  Ask God to give you His opinion of who you are and to wash away the ill words spoken against you.  Don’t give Satan a foothold by allowing those negative words to take root in your heart, take them immediately to God.

What about your words?  Do you have control over your tongue?  James 1:26 says, “If anyone among youthinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”    Hmmm, that seems pretty clear that if we can’t control our tongue and we think we are some sort of spiritual pillar we are wrong, wow!  God quite obviously takes our words very seriously whether they are negative words about ourselves or others so it is time for us to pray, pray, pray for God to give us the control that He alone can give to control our tongues and what comes out of our mouths.

Probably the toughest time to control our words is when we are stressed out or under extreme pressure so in those instances I would recommend we do as Jesus did just before he went to the cross.  In John 14:20 Jesus told His disciples, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  Jesus wasn’t going to allow Satan to use this time of His life to say words that He didn’t want to say so He spent His time in prayer and spoke very little.  Better to have said nothing at all in a given situation than to say words you can never take back.  That even goes for words spoken to your self about yourself.  Be careful today and ask God to show you anytime you say something that is not pleasing to Him, ask Him to give you words that will lift up not tear down, it will change your life and the lives of those around you!

Quote:

“Men (or women) are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.”  James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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Janet Scott is an author, speaker and certified life coach. Janet loves to encourage women in their daily walk with the Lord.

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