Numbers 23:12 Speak Only What God Says

He answered, “Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12

Speaking is something that nearly everybody does every day. Most often people are allowed to speak their own words in their own way. Outside of general rules of speaking, one can say whatever he desires of his own free will.

Some people speak for others, rather than for themselves. When one is speaking for others, he must be willing to only say what that other person wants him to say. He is not allowed to stray off of what is expected to be said.

Balaam was sent by Balak to curse the Israelites. Instead of cursing he blessed them and Balak was angry. Balaam asked him if he must only speak what God puts in his mouth.

Believers are God’s ambassadors on this earth. They are the hands and mouth of God to those in the world. As an ambassador one is to speak only as God would have him speak.

Anytime a person speaks completely on his own, he is speaking from a finite point of view. He does not always have the bigger, eternal picture in mind, but just the temporary here and now. What he says may sound good, but it is not what God is desiring.

God is willing to give every believer the words to speak that will honor Him and build up His kingdom in the best way possible. Through the Bible and His Holy Spirit, God will give every believer the words to speak. Those words may be to cut down or it may be to bless, but they are the words that need to be said.

Self must be removed and put to the side to allow God to speak through the believer words of life.

Each and every day you will go out and be among other people and have opportunities to talk with them. Allow God to use you to speak into their lives what needs to be said.

Surrender yourself and your words to God so that all you speak will be the words of God, words that will bring Him glory and honor. Do not allow selfish sin to get in the way and say things that do not need to be said or should not be said.

As you speak the words of God you will see God change lives and do great things. His words are alive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to say; that God will give you the courage and boldness to speak His words; and that God will show Himself in His words through you.

Philemon 1:4-5 What Are People Saying About You?

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:4-5

One of the most common things to occur in every nation around the world is people like to talk about other people. No matter where a person goes, there are other people watching what that person says and does and some will talk about it. The more others know who the person is, the more likely it will be that they will talk about him.

Sometimes this is done as gossip, but other times it is just talking about what one had seen or heard.

Paul opens his letter to Philemon thanking God for him, because of what he is hearing about his love for other believers and his faith in Jesus.

Most people feel as if they are alone and no one is really watching or listening to them. They do not feel important enough to be seen or recognized, yet, people are watching and see them all the time.

Believers are watched by other believers and by the world, and both are talking. Someone always sees when something is said or done that is wrong, and someone always sees when something is said or done that is right.

Although the world does not believe in Jesus, they often know what to expect from a believer and how he should speak and act. Believers in the church know how a person should speak and act.

Those who chose to love everyone unconditionally and have true faith and trust in Jesus, will stand out as different. People will be very quick to talk about that type of person, both in the negative and in the positive. Some will be jealous and angry, while others will be encouraged.

You may or may not feel alone and unrecognized, but people are watching you and some are talking about you. They will talk about what they are hearing and seeing in you.

What will people have to say about you? Are you the person who loves everyone in the church unconditionally and with God’s true love? Or are you the person who is extremely judgmental towards others?

Are you the person who has faith in Jesus? Or are you walking around in fear and doubt?

Again, what are people saying about you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love others as God loves you and them; that you will have true faith in Jesus; that others will see God at work in and through your life; and that you will be used by God to reach the lost.

Acts 18:9 Don’t Be Silent

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

There are times when someone has something to say that is contrary to the common popular belief. Often the person does not say anything because it goes against what others are saying. They fear the rejection and whiplash of speaking out something different.

Some people are willing to speak no matter what others think or feel. In their minds there is no fear of what others are saying or doing.

Paul gets a vision from God one night, telling him to not be afraid and to keep on speaking. He is not to be silent in spreading the gospel message to the Gentiles.

Every believer has the greatest message that has ever been told. It is a message that every person on the earth needs to hear about. It is one of joy, peace, love, eternal life, healing, and much more.

Yet, most believers do not share that great message. They cower in fear and silence, not wanting to offend anyone or make anyone mad at them.

As they keep silent, millions of people are dying daily around the world never having known the saving message of Jesus Christ, who can change their lives and give them eternal life.

At the same time, as they are silent about the gospel message, they will talk all day about sports or politics or something else.

People need to hear about Jesus. They need to hear that there is forgiveness and eternal life available. They need to hear that there is One who will be with them through everything, giving them strength and hope to make it.

Instead of being silent and not offending, believers need to spread the gospel message to anyone that they can, every chance they can.

You have been given a message that every person in the world needs to hear. Even though you cannot reach every person, you can reach some.

Do not be afraid to talk about Jesus every where you go, to every one you meet. Do not be silent, when you have a chance to speak.

God will use you to reach people for Jesus. He will change hearts and lives and bring salvation into their lives and homes.

This can only happen if you do not stop talking and spreading the gospel message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove all fear in your heart to speak; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that God will change hearts and lives through the message you bring; and that you will not stop talking about Jesus.

Acts 5:42 Never Stop

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

In order to get something big accomplished a person must start and keep going. As he is going, there will often be some difficulties or troubles that attempt to stop him. Instead of allowing those troubles to stop him, he must push forward and keep doing what he wants, or else he will never accomplish his goal.

Most will give up, when they hit a mountain of troubles.

Peter and some other apostles had been preaching the gospel message, when they were caught and put in prison. Upon a warning and a release, they went back out and continued openly to proclaim the good news of Jesus everywhere.

When Jesus left the earth the last thing He told the disciples to do was preach the gospel in all of the world. At that time the world had a large population, spread across the entire world. Today that population has grown extremely exponentially to over seven billion people.

Along with the growth of the population, the need to spread the gospel message has also grown.

Every believer has an opportunity, every day to tell someone something about Jesus and the good news of salvation. Sadly, many will want to talk about the weather, sports, work or something else. They have chosen to stop telling people about Jesus, because they may be ridiculed or persecuted and hated.

Jesus and the disciples kept moving forward with the message, despite any troubles. In reality, the more trouble there was, the more they spread the gospel message.

Believers have the need and the mandate to spread the gospel message. The world needs this message and they cannot stop, until everyone has heard it.

Throughout your life you may have attempted some big projects. Some you may have accomplished, while others you stopped because of problems.

The largest and greatest project you have to work on is getting the gospel message out to everyone you can. As you accomplish this task, people will be saved and be given true, eternal life.

If you chose to stop spreading the gospel message, people will die in their sins, never having true, eternal life.

Despite the problems and troubles, don’t stop spreading the gospel message. Make it your highest priority to keep it going to all the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you the boldness to preach His gospel message; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that God will give you strength to keep going; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution.

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
Date: 2019
Pages: 250

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

One of the most common struggles that men have, both in the church and outside the church is with sexual sins. The author begins the book describing his life experiences on how he was muzzled by Satan with sexual sins. He reveals how it started out with just some thoughts and later led to actions.

Shelton calls it a muzzling, because when a Christian man falls into sexual sin, he does not want to talk about it or even admit it to anyone. Satan holds him captive to the sin.

Once this sin is admitted, he shows what the Bible says on how to get away from it. He points out how God always makes a way to get away from sexual temptations, but that a person must be willing to accept and choose that path. In the process of choosing God’s path, it takes the muzzle off of the man and allows him to talk about it and change, rejecting the temptations.

The acronym that he uses to help one remember the steps is: S.A.F.E. Stay away. Flee. Escape.

One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is the amount he uses scriptures for all of his points and calls to action. Not only does he use scripture, but he applies it to every day life of most people.

Shelton is a husband and father who has struggled with sexual sin to an extreme degree, but has been set free by the power of God’s word and Holy Spirit guiding him. His desire is to set other men free from being muzzled by Satan with this sin.

This book is a simple read, without any high level, college speaking. He asks many questions and calls for action in each chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages, so it makes for short time to read a chapter and give you time to think and act on what you read.

Whether you struggle with this sin or not, I highly suggest reading it. It can help you overcome it, if you struggle, or it can help you help someone else that is struggling with this sin.