Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Ephesians 4:29-30 “29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”
Cussing. Slander. Complaining. Swearing. Cursing. These are all verbal actions God perceives as sinful. God’s Word says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,” this means any word we know that is a poor reflection on our Savior and Lord Jesus is unwholesome. Unwholesome means dirty, unsavory, disreputable, think of the kindest and sweetest person you ever met and replace their mouth with that of a sailor and there is your
image of unwholesome. Using language to tear someone down, to invite criticism, negativity, and dishonorable content into a conversation. Although cussing and complaining may have separate or distinct words. All unwholesome language defiles the listener and never portrays the speaker in the positive light. Needless to say, Jesus spoke only when He needed to speak. Jesus never wasted words like we do. I know I speak because sometimes, I have something I want to say, or to answer someone’s questions, or if the Holy Spirit places something on my heart. Others say, I like the sound of my own voice and my opinion and I agree to.
But Jesus talked only what God wanted Him to say and He did not withhold the Word of God when people’s needs needed to be met. Learn from Christ’s example, keep a tight rein on your tongue, it is not about self image but using the power of words for God’s glory and the expansion of His kingdom.
What are your thoughts about the image and God’s Word?
May 15, 2017
Hello! Time for our post of the day. I want to post something new everyday, whether it is an inspiring bible study I had. Crucial insights that will increase your knowledge about God or if its a question I want to pose to the community.
Finding Delight in the Law
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Bible Study Questions
- Why is the person above “blessed” or happy to “not be in step with the wicked” or to have the company of sinners and mockers? The righteous man is happy to not be apart of their company because the wicked, the sinners, and the mockers do not worship the Lord God. The righteous man has been redeemed, sanctified, set apart from the world and from the citizens of the world. He finds his delight in the company of those who are like Christ, and especially in the law of the Lord.
- Where does the Christian find his or her delight? What does he or she do with it? The law of the Lord, and they meditate on it day and night.
- How does the law of the Lord reveal truths about God’s love for us? God’s precious law reveals our fallacies as Christians, where we fall short. At the same time the law of the Lord creates a protective barrier or boundary around us. It’s like a fence, the law of the Lord stretches for miles and miles and it gives us limits about where we can go, who we can talk to, what we can do, and what we can say. God has put these constraints or this fence around us to limit us from indulging our freedom in the wrong things. Children of God, cannot live like the rest of the world; we cannot “…walk in step with the wicked…” we cannot partake in the drunken merriment or defile our bodies. Children of God, cannot “stand in the way of sinners,” we cannot purpose in our lives to be known by the sinners; we cannot live pursuing the attention of those who want to lead us astray. Children of God, cannot “sit in the company of mockers,” we were not chosen to be friends with the world but hate the world. We cannot do these things, not because God wants to make us hermits, or make our lives miserable, but because select actions separates us from God. We find delight in the law of the Lord because, the Lord’s law reveals His love for us. His love to keep us away from things that will destroy us, His love protecting us from the evil and perverse actions of the wicked, and His love desiring for us to not suffer from the consequences of our sins.
- Why do we find delight in the law of the Lord and not in keeping the law of the Lord? Finding delight in the law of the Lord means to see and recognize God’s love for us as the Holy Spirit helps us to be obedient to it each day. When we find delight in us “keeping the law of the Lord” we become like Pharisees, enjoying our own self produced, self imposed righteousness. We become legal Christians and not Christians who were saved under the law of grace. We remove the joy out of being completely the Father’s.
- Explain the metaphor used to personify the righteous man or woman choosing to commit to live their life God’s way. The psalm personifies him or her as a tree planted by a stream of waters, their leaves never withering, and bringing forth fruit in due season, and is prosperous in whatever he or she does. This person is planted by God, as I reflect upon my life, God has always placed me in many different environments located near streams of living water where my spirit can always be renewed and my soul restored. I am a tree, as long as I commit my life to obeying God and observing His law, God will make my way prosperous. He will not lead me into destruction but the Lord watches closely, my day to day adventures, protecting me and guiding me.
- What did you learn about God from this chapter? God loves His children. He really does love us. It might not always feel like it when we obey His commands, and look at all the laws He has listed, but God is protective for our safety. He doesn’t want us to experience the pain and the misfortunes from living in the world.
- Write a prayer for tomorrow:
- Dear gracious Lord and Heavenly, thank you Lord for your wonderful law. Thank you for being a great Father, who loves his children, by giving us your law and instructions to protect us. Lord thank you for looking out for my well being and for not leading me in the path of sinners and wicked doers. Lord, I ask you help me to continue to obey your law and to honor it all the days of my life. In Jesus Christ name, we pray Amen.