Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Is My Religion Worthless? (James 1:26)

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”

How many times has my unchecked, unrestrained tongue flew? 
Especially in the home? 

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14

Out of the mouth, the heart speaks!

Is my heart still so lazy—selfish—easily bothered—easily offended—holding to rights . . . sinful???

When I don’t lead my tongue, I cheat my heart.
When I don’t clean my heart, I unbridle my tongue.

My diligence in outward acts of service to God—as well as any inward spiritual disciplinesare absolutely worthless if the words that cross my tongue, spew from my heart . . . self and not Savior!

All my encouragement, sermon-ettes, training up and discipling in the ways of Jesus are lost on the ears of my children when my tongue goes unchecked at other times.

Worthless . . .
Leading to no object or end, especially that end being God. 

It is building houses on sand . . .
                        . . . chasing the wind
                                    . . . shooting at stars
                                                . . . pursuing ones own shadow

Oh Abba . . . I am a woman of unclean lips speaking from an unclean heart.  Cleanse me from all my sin that misrepresents you!  Create in me a clean heart—wholly and acceptable to you, O God!  May your testimony no longer be defiled because of me.  Thank you for pricking my heart this morning!  Thank you for forgiveness!  Thank you for the cross!  Thank you for loving greatly and desiring holiness in the place your Spirit resides within me.  Continue to work on this flesh—pressing the image of your Son more firmly in this clay with my name.  I yield to you.  I love you!  Amen.

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