Friday, June 20th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 27)
Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches...
Jeremiah 9:23 (NIV)
He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me... for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NASB)
Big talk is a bragging bully. Big talk is a loud-mouthed giant. Big talk is a seductive song. Big talk is a roaring lion. Big talk is a phony commercial. Big talk is a puffed-up politician. Big talk is a pumped-up publicist. Big talk is a disconnected preacher, because God speaks in a still, small Voice.
Big talk opposes humility. But when we're down and looking for a way up, big talk can fool us with intimidation, flattery or false promises. Repeatedly, God warns against it. Consider Moses: 'Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3).
Moses hated big talk: 'Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue' (Exodus 4:10). Moses didn't speak it, and he didn't like to hear it--which is exactly why he was chosen. Because when we're full of ourselves, we can't be filled with God.
Our God is not a nook and cranny God. He is an all-consuming Fire.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: avoid big talk. 'A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul' (Proverbs 18:7). 'Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth' (Proverbs 27:2).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: avoid big talkers, 'For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh' (2 Peter 2:18). 'A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet' (Proverbs 29:5).
'But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!' (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Big talk is a two-way trap. You fall into by: 1. Speaking it, or 2. Believing it. Instead, 'Humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time' (1 Peter 5:6).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.