Ecclesiastes 5:2 Slow To Speak To God

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

While very few people pray to God on a regular basis, there are many who will cry out to Him in times of trouble. It is common for people to cry out to God when they are in danger, and as they cry out they often make promises to God.

These promises are usually along the lines of promising that they will live for Him, or give a certain amount of money, or do some ministry for Him if He gets them out of the situation. Although the promise itself may not be a bad thing, one has to be careful about the promise.

As many make the promise, most do not fulfill the promise. They forget about the promise within moments of God providing the help. It is often said that it was made in a rash moment without thought. People think that God understands why the promise was made, and yet not get fulfilled, that God will forgive them.

God looks at the promise as it is–a promise. As a believer you are told to live your life like Jesus, to imitate God. God has made many different promises over the history of mankind, and never has He was broken a promise or go back on His Word. He is always true and faithful to His Word.

You also need to be true and faithful to your word. If you make a promise to God, be sure to fulfill it. Better yet, be slow with your words and not so quick to make a promise.

You do not have to promise God anything in order for Him to love you or take care of you in any situation you are going through. His love for you is perfect all the time. Just bring your requests before God and trust Him to take care of you. Do not be quick to promise anything.

If you do promise God anything, then be very quick to fulfill that promise. Trust God to help you fulfill that promise, because God will hold you accountable to it.

I pray today that your words will be true to God; that you will trust God in all situations; that God will strengthen you to fulfill all promises made; and that you will slow down and think on how you speak to God.

Proverbs 15:1 How To Answer Wrath

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

When a person is faced with an angry person, the first thing most people do is respond in anger. This becomes especially true if the person that is angry is doing it with wrath–extreme anger and violence.

Extreme anger and violence usually brings out anger and violence in other people. When a news reporter reports on a situation in which someone stated something in wrath or showed extreme violence, the people start talking about the situation with heated words of anger. They want to see justice done. Speaking like this brings out more anger, rather than a change of heart.

Parents are often seen speaking very harshly to a child who made a mistake and did something wrong. Doing this often brings out more anger in the child, rather than a change of heart.

People who are displaying wrath often feel that they are right and the world is wrong. Anyone who speaks harshly against them is wrong. As they are spoken to in that way, they put up a wall and strike even harder with their anger and wrath.

Solomon points out that speaking with a gentle answer gets the person to calm down from the extreme anger. Looking at the words of Jesus, He rarely ever spoke harshly with people. The only ones He spoke harshly with were the ones who claimed to be serving God, yet went against Him.

God shows love to every person. He speaks with a kind and gentle voice that is loving and forgiving.

Think about your own life. How do you react when someone speaks harshly with you? As with most people, you probably put up a wall and fight harder for your case.

When a person speaks gently to you, the fight in you will lessen and you will hear what is being said.

Is it right to be upset and angry with people who are doing wrong? Yes, but in the right way. Do not speak as the world does and just condemn the person. Show God’s love, grace and  mercy. Slow down and speak gentle words that will touch the heart and show them back to God.

How are your words being said today?

I pray today that you will have God’s love for all people; that God’s Spirit will keep you calm in every situation; that you will answer with the love and words of God; and that you will use gentle words to speak God’s truth to those speaking or acting in wrath and anger.

Celebrating Homeschool Moms Live Video

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it mayappear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be tonight, Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.

Celebrating Homeschool Moms

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it may appear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be on Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.

Psalm 120:7 Seeking Peace, Finding War

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7

All over the world most people desire to have peace instead of war. Battles are being fought daily in many different nations. People fight others for many different reasons, even though there are many who would love to have peace.

Believers should be seeking peace also, even though they are in the midst of a battle for their lives. The peace that should be sought out, is not the peace that the world thinks of. This peace is the peace that comes between them and God. It is an inner peace that overcomes everything.

As the believer seeks to present that peace to those in the world, the devil rises up in opposition and seeks to make war with him. The peace that the believer is trying to make is peace between God and man. The world does not accept God and does not want that type of peace. This is where the war is brought about.

In order for a believer to present God’s type of peace, he must show love, compassion, and mercy to those in the world. Not every believer shows these attributes of God to the world.

It is common to hear Christians bashing non-believers, condemning them to hell, and showing hatred. The words that many speak are not the true words of God. Yes, God hates the sin, but He does love the sinner.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He spoke of the peace of God and showed love, mercy and compassion. Yet, the world made war with Him and crucified Him. You will have it no differently.

As you go through your days, you need to be showing the world the peace that God can and will offer. Show the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. While there will be some who will accept the message you bring, there will be some who will make war with you.

Do not give up when there is war against you. Put on the armor of God and stand your ground, not seeking to fight and condemn, but fight to show God’s true love to this fallen world. You are in a battle for your soul and the souls of other people.

Are you seeking peace?

Or just seeking to fight in a war?

I pray today that you will know the peace of God; that you will present God’s peace to the world; that God will strengthen you in the battles that will come; and that you will be an example of God’s love to the world.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Knowledge

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

God had just finished showing Job how He is in absolute control of everything. Job then realized that when he was complaining about the suffering God was putting him through, he was speaking without really understanding. Job knew that he had been wrong about God in what he had said.

People often speak about things that they really do not understand or know everything about. During football season, there are many “armchair coaches” or “quarterbacks” that could do it better. They see a play and get angry because it should have been done a different way. There are also many people who are the “backseat drivers” in a vehicle. Again, they know how to best drive the vehicle in every situation.

When people make comments about things other people have done, often it is through their own experience or viewpoint. The consideration that the other person may be doing the best possible way of getting something done, does not usually enter the mind.

This type of speaking is often done with God. God allows something in a person’s life, and the person gets upset. How could God allow that? What was He thinking? God is absolutely in the wrong.

People, including believers, often question what God is doing. Or question why God will not allow something to happen. When this happens, they are basically saying that God is not really in control and does not have all knowledge.

God really does see the bigger picture. Would you have sent your son to die to forgive a person who hates and hurts you? Would you allow pain and suffering in order to draw a person closer to you?

God’s ways are higher than your ways. You cannot always understand why God does what He does, or allows what He allows. Take a look at how this world and the universe works. Can you run all of that yourself? God can.

Trust that God knows what He is doing. Job did not see the bigger picture in what God was doing in his life. He did not see the testimony that God was giving him.

You will not see everything either, but you can trust that it is all for your good. Do not speak against God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not fear what God has brought into your life; that you will not speak against God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Him.

Job 16:5 Be An Encourager

But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring relief. Job 16:5

Job’s friends were continually pointing out how wrong he must be to be going through the harsh suffering he was dealing with. They had no words of encouragement for him. Job states that he could speak in the same way if the roles were reversed, but that he would not. He would speak words of encouragement and comfort striving to ease their suffering.

The world loves to kick a person when he is down. When a person has fallen a little in some area of his life, the world will point out more wrongs and keep him down. Others will just love to point out where he went wrong to bring him in to the suffering that is happening.

People of the world will treat others this way, because that is what the devil wants to do. He sets out to kill and destroy anyone he can. He wants to destroy any hope or belief that a person has. Destruction of progress in a person’s life is important to the devil.

It is easy to do things as the world does. It is easy to point out faults and wrongs in a person, and cut them down while they are down. However, that is not what you as a believer should be doing.

Jesus said that He was sent to proclaim good news. That good news is that God loves the people and wants to save them. Jesus did not come to condemn the people or sit and just point out all of their faults. He built them up with love and compassion.

Every believer should be seeking to build up another person. Building another person is done by encouraging the person, rather than pointing out his faults.

As a believer, you are supposed to be doing things just like Jesus would do them. You are to be His disciple, one who is learning to live just like He lived.

What kind of words are you speaking today?

Are they words like the friends of Job, cutting down, condemning, and destroying?

Or are they words like Jesus, loving, caring, full of compassion and building up?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will show compassion for others; that God will strengthen you to encourage others; and that you will show God’s comfort to others.