Psalm 45:2 What Do Your Words Say About You?

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You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2 

A person is often known by how he speaks. Every person speaks a little differently. This is not talking about the language being spoken, but what words are they saying and how they talk to and about other people.

Some are known for gruff talk. They will speak harshly about many different things and people. Often they appear as a grumpy person.

Others will be known for speaking in pride. All that they say is things about themselves.

Some are always cutting others down, making jokes. No one can tell if they are ever serious.

Still others speak with compassion and building others up.

The writer speaks of  a person who is an excellent person. He is excellent because he speaks with grace. His words are kind and merciful to those he is speaking to or about.

It is not common to find a person who is always gracious in what he says. Too often the words spoken are cutting others down or being prideful about self. It is easy for a person to find fault in others.

Believers are often known for constantly finding fault in those who do not follow Jesus or their way of worshipping God. They often do not show the grace that God has shown them.

The person who has his heart set after God’s will speak like Jesus spoke–with grace, love and mercy.

Every person has faults of one type or another. No one is exactly the same. Since this is the case, believers must remember that and speak accordingly with grace, allowing the other person some room to grow in the Lord.

Take a moment to think about how you speak to or about other people. What are your words saying? Are they words that build up or tear down?

People are always listening to what you say. They want to know if what you are saying is matching what you say you are living. You say that you are a follow of Jesus, then that means you must be like Jesus. One of the fastest ways to know if you are following Jesus is by how you speak.

People will know you by what you say. Do they see you as a person of grace? Or do they see you as a person of judgement?

Fill your mouth with words of grace as you speak.

I pray today that you will know God’s grace towards you; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will speak with God’s grace and love.

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Psalm 23:8 Among The Enemy

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:8 

Very few people really want to be near an enemy. A person attempts to go the other direction when he sees the enemy. Seeing the enemy usually means there is trouble about to happen, or it could happen.

It can also mean that there is danger nearby. No one wants to be in a dangerous situation.

The few that want to be near the enemy are usually there with the plan to destroy the enemy. Those few are doing it out of zeal for whatever they are against.

David talks about how God makes a table for him in the presence of his enemies and in that same process he is anointed and overflowing with life.

There are a couple of things about this table and where it is located. Most people will not eat, unless there is peace and calmness. They will not sit down to eat around the enemy, because there is danger. However, with God making the table and food, there is peace. God is in control. The enemy can do nothing without God’s permission.

Along with this, believers need to be among the ‘enemy’, the world, in order to be a witness of who Jesus is. Sitting down in peace while in a battle, shows that they know something the enemy does not know–God will win the battle. Believers are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit to win.

The believer also needs to be among the enemy in order to be a witness. Many believers run from the enemy or refuse to be among them. How can they be an influence? How can the world hear about Jesus, unless someone goes to them?

You most likely have some people in your life who are the enemy. They make life difficult for you. As like most people, you probably try to avoid being around them.

Instead of avoiding them, allow God to prepare a table among them. Use those times to be His witness, to show His love to them. God has anointed you by His Holy Spirit to be His witness to the world.

Do not fear the enemy and run away, but stand in God’s strength and power. He placed you there for a reason.

You are on the winning side. The enemy cannot win. Are you His witness in the enemy’s territory today?

I pray today that God will anoint you with His Holy Spirit; that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that the world will see Jesus in you. 

Psalm 20:6 God Gives Victory

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Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Psalm 20:6 

Everyone wants to have victory in everything that they do or tackle. They want to win in the end. Although everyone wants to win, the majority do not feel as if they are winning. Watching other people causes them to often think that they are losing the battle.

As things go wrong and do not go the way a person thinks they should go, most people think they have lost the victory and are a failure. At this point many will give up and not try any more. This is losing the battle and is failure.

David learned that God gives victory to those who are anointed. God always answers and gives the needed victorious power to overcome.

It is common for believers to struggle with the thought that they have been given victory. They see things happening in their life that does not appear to be victory but defeat. God does not appear to answer their cries for help.

Some will say that this is only about Jesus and not about them. They forget that as a believer they are anointed by God. They are anointed with His Holy Spirit, so they can have victory.

Yet, if they stay focused on trusting God and His direction in their lives, they will begin to see that there is victory all the time. Walking through a difficult situation with joy and head held high is victory. Walking through a difficult situation knowing that God is in control of it is victory. Turning away from any sinful temptation is a victory. Being a witness is a victory.

Faith in God will ultimately result in the perfect victory of eternal life in heaven with God.

God has given you victory. He has won the war for you. All you need to do is trust Him and follow Him daily. Know that God is in control and wants you to win every time.

Ask God to open your eyes to the daily victories in your life, the little steps that move you forward in your journey with God. Do not be discouraged when things don’t go your way or the way you think they should go, God is in control and is doing the best for you. You have victory in Jesus!

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will have faith in God; that God will reveal to you His victory in your life; that you will know the strength God has for you; and that you will walk in the victory of Jesus.

1 Samuel 24:6 Respecting All Leaders

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He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6 

Showing disrespect for someone else is a common sight to be seen or heard among most people. This will occur even more, when the person is not liked really well.

In the name of freedom of speech, people will say things that will disrespect a leader, regardless of who the leader is or what his position is. Although it happens in all areas of life, one of the more common areas that people show disrespect to is the government leaders. People are very quick to cut down and condemn a leader because of some stand he has. They will show no respect for the position.

David was being chased by King Saul, who had been anointed by God to be the leader of Israel. He was hated by Saul. At one point Saul was in a cave and David snuck in and cut a corner of his robe off. Immediately David felt remorse for what he had done. He realized that he had disrespected God’s anointed leader and was wrong.

Every leader on this earth is appointed by God. No one can become a leader without His hand in it. This includes those ‘bad’ leaders. Believers are to love every person just as God loves them. This also includes those ‘bad’ leaders. In showing love, they will not disrespect the person or his position.

A believer may not agree with the person, but still needs to love the person with God’s true love. God will not disrespect anyone, but shows a caring, loving heart towards all.

Talking bad about a person is showing disrespect, just as David cut off a portion of Saul’s robe showed disrespect.

Take a moment to think about how you treat others and those in leadership. What words are you speaking? Do those words build up or tear down a person? Are they condemning or building up?

Work to show God’s love to every person, regardless of their position or ideologies. You may not agree with a person, but you can still love and respect the person.

God put them in that position for a reason. Allow God to show His love and light into their lives, rather than just condemnation and disrespect.

I pray today that you will know God’s true love for all people; that God will show you where love is needed; that your love for God will strengthen you to not disrespect others; and that your love will be a witness of who God is. 

Isaiah 61:1 God’s Spirit Is Upon You

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, Isaiah 61:1

At the time Isaiah made this statement, He was prophesying about Jesus. Several hundred years later, Jesus would again speak these words and then tell the people that they were talking about Himself. Jesus came to the earth to bring good news to the people. That good news was that God was going to redeem them and bring them the much desired salvation, release from captivity in darkness.

Many people think that only a pastor, evangelist or a missionary can be anointed to proclaim the good news. It is often thought of the proclamation being a form of preaching, and only those certified to preach can do that. Others feel as if they need a bible college degree in order to proclaim the good news.

When Jesus spoke, while on this earth, He did not have a college degree. There is no record of Him getting any formal training as a preacher. Yet, He spoke with authority and correctly. This occurred because He was anointed by God to do that.

As Jesus left the earth, He said that everyone would be filled with the Holy Spirit, who He would send once He left. This includes every believer who believes in Jesus, which also includes you.

Every believer is anointed by God to proclaim the good news. It is to release people from captivity of sin and darkness.

Telling the good news is not something you need a college degree for, or even need to know New Testament Greek. It is telling others what you know. It is telling others why you chose to believe in and follow Jesus. It is telling others what Jesus has done for you, in  you and through you. It is giving them a chance to see the light and be released from the darkness of this world.

God’s Spirit is on you at all times, because He has anointed you to proclaim the good news.

What are you saying today?

Who are you telling today?

Who can you tell this news to today?

I pray today that you will know God’s anointing in your life; that God will give you the words to speak; that you will proclaim the salvation Jesus provides; and that through you God will release many from captivity and darkness.