Proverbs 12: King James Bible
The Truth and The Lies – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 18-19
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. 19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Truth and The Lies
You can use words that wound, or you can use words that heal. One is wise, the other isn’t. The first verse above tell us which that would be.
I’d like to add a little to that if I may. As Christians, whether we know it or not, we’re given an added oomph to the things that we say. When we move in the Spirit of the Lord, and say something, it will be blessed in some way.
But should we step aside from that, and say things that are destructive, particularly toward ourselves or others, there is no shortage of demonic forces that are more than willing to take you up on certain kinds of things that you may say. Christians have spiritual enemies, whether we want to acknowledge that fact or not, it’s still true.
Want proof? Search the scriptures, and see whether or not people who were demonically possessed came running to Christ or the Apostles, or away from them. Look it up, you may be surprised. Our enemy is cunning and bold, and is given spiritually legal ground over people or situations, due to what might come from the mouth (among other things).
The Lord said (going to paraphrase), “I put before you life and death; blessing or cursing. Therefore choose life.” He gives us a choice, but wants us to choose things to come out of our mouths that promote what is right, good, and life. Bless and not curse, speak things pertaining to life, and not to death or destruction.
Jesus is the Life, he is the Way, he is the Truth! Death couldn’t hold him, and he’s given us the power through his Spirit, to conquer the flesh’s control over the sword that rests between our jaws (which is the tongue), so that we may use it in righteousness, speaking things pertaining to life instead of death.
Lying is death. That sounds a bit extreme, doesn’t it? Well, there’s more to death than giving up the ghost. How about death to your finances? Or death to your good name, family’s reputation, well being, marriages, friendships, opportunities, or most importantly, your spiritual life?
A lying tongue is but for a moment, not the lie itself. Everything that we say, just as every decision we make, is being taken into account by the Lord. What he blesses, what he’ll allow, and what he’ll have to take a step back from and let the chips fall where they may, all hinge on what we say or do.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like having a clear conscience. That isn’t within reach for those who are liars, assuming that they have a conscience that hasn’t been seared. The wicked couldn’t care less about these things, though they’re the ones who need to care the most. The tragedy of the wicked.
Speak the truth. Speak thoughtfully. Give no place for the evil one to take part in anything going on around you, due to a breach that you’ve created in the spirit via your tongue.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 3: King James Bible
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
James 1: King James Bible
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
James 3: King James Bible
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3: King James Bible
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
1 Peter 3: King James Bible
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Thank you for all of the attention that you have given us, and continue to give. We don’t deserve it, and we appreciate your grace. There is truly none like you, and nobody else knows our hearts like you do. Should there be any place in our hearts that cause for us to misuse our mouths, lease route it out of us Father, so that we are set free from whatever iniquity is causing these things to happen. Stir us always to speak the truth justly, and shun speaking anything that is wicked in your sight. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you know, that you’ll never rightly discern between the truth and the lies, without the Spirit of the Living God?
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