Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, June 20th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 27)
Big Talk
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.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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