Friday, April 28th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 38)
Mouth: Your Informant
Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Luke 12:3 (NASB)
Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 (NIV)
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
Luke 8:17 (NIV)
If your body is a holy temple, if you're running a business for the Lord, then consider your mouth an informant: that one irrepressible employee who just can't wait to reveal your secrets.*
What's said in the quietest of places, what's confided to your intimate kin, even mean complaints or petty comments, even lewd wisecracks or juicy gossip... your mouth will inevitably disclose. It is an honest-to-God publicist.
And if you try to keep it from its job, through the secreting of information, the dissemination of phony news or speaking words no believer should say, your mouth will assume the role of a snitch: a tattletale of darker intentions. You might think you're in control, but you're not.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The best way to stop an informant is to employ him in God's work force. Only God's Spirit can tame the tongue and turn a snitch to a publicist: sharing your overcoming stories; testifying on life's witness stand; revealing the Father Who helped you.
Media is a huge microphone. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) constructed it for his purposes. Yet what Satan intended for harm, the Lord now uses for greater good. But in this magnificent process, don't let the enemy twist your tongue into becoming his informant.
Your no-fail antidote? Speak the truth. And when you say wrong things (which you will), be the first to confess and repent.
To Be Continued...
* 'A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart' (Luke 6:45, NLT).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.