2 Timothy 2:16 What Are You Talking About?

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:16

The majority of people all over the world love to talk. They love to talk about all types of topics that are of great interest to them.

Most often people like to talk about themselves and what they are doing or what they think about a situation. It is common to hear someone talk about the local, national or world events that are occurring.

Some of these topics directly involve the individual, while many do not have any direct effect. Some are uplifting, while most are not.

Paul tells Timothy to avoid any godless chatter. The reason to avoid it, is that anyone who does it will become more ungodly.

When a person is talking, he is always talking about what is on his heart and mind. It is the process of revealing what is in the heart to others who are willing to listen.

God has given every believer a commission to be His witness. In order to be a witness, one must talk about what he has witnessed. For the believer, this means he must talk about what he has witnessed that God has done. His topic of discussion will be on God and the things of God.

Many in the church have chosen to talk about the topics that the world is discussing–the latest movie out, the latest sports team, wars, politics, local events, and more. Most of these things have absolutely nothing to do with God. While not inherently bad in and of themselves, these topics can lead a person away from what God wants them to talk about.

The believer needs to have God in his heart so much, that when he speaks he is talking about God and the things of God.

Take note of what is your primary topics of discussion from day to day. Realize that what you are primarily talking about is what is in your heart and is your desire.

Allow God and His purpose for your life to become your main focus. Saturate your heart and mind with God’s word and God’s mission. As you do this, it will keep you close to God and from all sinful ways and thinking. It will allow you to be His witness as He has called you and all believers to be.

What are you talking about? What is on your heart?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the things of God in your heart and mind; that you will be willing to talk about what God is doing and wanting; that you will be a witness of Jesus in your talking; and that you will stay close to God in all you say and do.

Acts 18:9 Do Not Be Silent

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9

Talking is one thing that some people like to do, others do not like to talk very much. In order to get most people to talk, one must get them to talk about themselves or what interests them.

People are often quickly shut down or ignored by others, when they speak, because they do not want to hear what is being said. This is often done because they are either not interested or they do not like what is being said.

While speaking daily in Corinth, Paul was being persecuted for what he was saying. God came to him in a vision and told him to not be afraid or silent and to keep speaking the truth.

At times when a person receives opposition to what he is saying, most people will stop talking. They do not want to take on or cause trouble with what they have to say. Fear arises, preventing them from speaking boldly what they know to be truth.

In America it is common for people to be shut down if they do not speak things that are politically correct. It does not matter if what being said is truth or not if it is not politically correct.

Jesus told all believers to preach the gospel message to all the world. This is a message that many in the world will take offense to and will rise up in opposition to it.

The believer must not fear the opposition, but continue to speak in love and confidence. If believers are silent, people will go to hell without the opportunity for salvation. Among believers, there should not be silence but a bold proclamation of God’s word.

You may be a person who likes to talk, or you may be one who does not like to talk. Regardless of which you are, as a believer you need to be willing to talk to people about Jesus. It is simple as just telling others what God has done for you.

Do not allow the intimidation and pressure to keep you from telling about Jesus. The world can only destroy your body, not your soul.

By speaking you are giving them an opportunity to know the salvation God offers. Do not deprive them of that opportunity by being silent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will fill you with boldness to speak His word; that you will speak God’s truth each day; and that you will not fear the opposition against God’s word.

Luke 10:41-42 What Are You Choosing?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Choices are made hundreds, even thousands of times every day by every person. Every choice will have either a negative or positive choice in the life of the person.

Most often the choice made by most people has to do with the here and now. They are usually about immediate gratification and pleasure, not about the long term future.

As Jesus was over for a visit to Mary and Martha’s place, Mary sat at Jesus feet, while Martha worked. Martha was upset that Mary was doing nothing. Jesus told her that Mary had chosen what was best.

In life, for every person, there are many things that need to be done each and every day. Thousands of choices have to be made as to what needs to be done. This has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

However, the believer must now add in to the list of things to be done–spending time with God. In the busyness of this world and all of its cares and concerns, spending time with God is often put on the back burner. It is only done at the end of the day, if there is still time.

As Jesus said in another spot, that the cares of this world overcome a believer and choke out his belief in God.

The number one priority of every believer must be to be closer to God and to learn from Him. Once this is done, all the rest will fall into place at the right time and the right way.

You are most likely most people, with many cares and concerns in your day-to-day living. There is a list of things that you must do just to survive and make it. Do not allow all of these things, that are temporary, distract you from what is the most important.

Take time every day and throughout every day to spend time with God. This is spending time reading and studying His word, and spending time talking and listening to Him in prayer.

As you put God and His word first in your life, everything else that is needed will be provided at the right time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your first priority in life will be to know God more and more; that you will patter your life after that of Jesus; and that you will grow more like Jesus every day.

Luke 2:17 Spread The News

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child, Luke 2:17

Interesting or unusual news is something that can spread very rapidly and most people like to hear about. People like to know what is going on, especially things behind the scenes, the unknown quiet stuff.

One of the things people like to hear about is when someone does something unusual or is just unusual and different. Once they hear something unusual, most people will talk about it to everyone else, spreading the information rapidly. With social media on the internet, it will spread around the world within seconds.

Some shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus by some angels. After going and confirming the news, they went out and told everyone about Jesus.

When a person has great news he wants everyone to know about it. He does not hide it in his heart, keeping it to himself and hidden from everyone. The greater the news, the faster one will desire to spread the news.

In today’s society, negative news is common. It is actually very difficult to find positive, good news about anything. The world thrives on bad news, though most people love to hear about something good.

Every believer has some information or news about Jesus. They have been given a revelation of who He is. They have some experience as to who Jesus is and what He can do. The greatest of this information is that Jesus can save a person.

This news is the greatest news in the history of the world. Every believer needs to be like the shepherds and go out and tell what they know about Jesus.

As the shepherds went out, they did not know much, but told what they did know. Believers need to do the same. The world needs to hear the good news.

You, as a believer, have learned some news about Jesus. It may be a lot, if you have been a believer for a long time, or it may be just a little. Either way, you have some news to tell others.

Do not hold the good news to yourself, but go out and share it as much as possible. Use every method possible to spread what you know and have experienced about Jesus. The world needs to hear about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will be bold in talking about Jesus; and that many will believe the good news about Jesus.