Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18th – Proverbs 18: What Does Your Mouth Invite?

“A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.” – Proverbs 18:6

Everything foolish people do end in a mess. When they open their mouth, they provoke controversy and foment strife. If they keep talking, they invite a beating! It’s like their lips are talking, but all anyone can hear is, “Hey! I need to bleed from the face! Hit me!” The devil needs to hardly get involved in their lives as they constantly sabotage themselves. I have noticed people that would be biblically classified as fools go into great detail about how the enemy wants to take them out and how involved he supposedly is in their lives. But then you watch and realize that the enemy has been on vacation for years. They are in auto pilot self-destruct mode. The key to their total undoing is their idiot mouth! As they keep talking the problems get bigger and bigger, the strife gets more and more pronounced until all that is left is a crumpled bleeding person on the ground, fresh from a good old fashioned butt whoopin’!

“A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” – proverbs 18:7

It’s funny, it doesn’t say that the fools’ actions undoes him, it says his mouth and his lips. Why is this? The actions are preceded by speech!

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” – James 3:5,6

As James teaches us, the tongue is a small part of our body, but like a rudder on a ship, it has the ability to set the course of our lives. With our tongue we can set the course to blessing, prosperity and success, or we can turn the ship towards the brink and steer her over the falls.


Maybe instead of complaining about the course our life is headed on, we should go ahead and check the rudder?

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