THE TONGUE

MAY 24

He who guards his lips guards his life. (Proverbs 13:3 NIV)

“The boneless tongue, so small and weak, can crush and kill,” declares the Greek.

“The tongue destroys a greater hoard,” the Turk asserts, “Than does the sword.”

A Persian proverb wisely saith, “A lengthy tongue-an early death”; or sometimes takes this form instead, “Don’t let your tongue cut off your head.”

“The tongue can speak a word whose speed,” the Chinese say, “outstrips the steed”, while Arab sages this impart, “The tongue’s great storehouse is the heart.”

From Hebrew wit this maxim sprung, “Though feet should slip, ne’er let the tongue.”

The sacred writer crowns the whole, “Who keeps his tongue doth keep his soul. ”

James says, “If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way” (James 3:2 TLB).

If this is the standard by which we are measured, how well are you doing? It s so hard to keep quiet, especially when you have strong opinions, or when you’re constantly provoked.

Listen: “They called him [Jesus] everything in the book, and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right” (1 Peter 2:23 TM), As I read these words, my heart cries, Lord, help me! I fall so far short of this standard.

MAYBE THAT’S A PRAYER YOU ALSO SHOULD PRAY TODAY.

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What don’t homeless people get Knock knock jokes.

 

A company offered tours through the historic district, led by guides dressed in Colonial clothing.

While leading a group, one of the guides, tripped and fell, breaking his wrist. He went to the hospital, and as he sat waiting in the emergency room, a policeman walked by.

Doing a double take at him in his 18th-century garb he asked, “Just how long have you been waiting?



DON’T STOP PRAYING

MAY 23
 
God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you. (1 Samuel 12:23)

Prayer is one of the highest expressions of love. It’s “standing in the gap” (see Ezekiel 22:30) on behalf of another. It’s both a privilege and a great responsibility. James says, “Pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). When times are discouraging and things seem to be getting worse, keep praying: Paul says, “I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9).

A dear Christian friend of mine who died in his nineties could recall the names of scores of people others seemed to have difficulty remembering. When asked how he could do this, he said, “Because I pray for them by name every day. “You can’t forget somebody you’re praying for.

God works through your prayers. Listen: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3). Your prayers become the bridge over which the answers pass, and the wire through which God’s power flows into the situation. When you stop praying, a door closes. God comes by invitation. Even though Israel was in rebellion, Samuel

knew that it would be a sin to stop praying for them. God says, “You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest” (Isaiah 62:6-7 NIV).

KEEP PRAYING, CHILD OF GOD, FOR PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.

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On the last day of kindergarten, all the children brought presents for their teacher.

The florist’s son handed the teacher a gift. She shook it, held it up, and said, “I bet it’s some flowers!”

“That’s right!” shouted the little boy.

Then the candy store owner’s daughter handed the teacher a gift. She held it up, shook it, and said, “I bet I know what it is! It’s a box of candy!”

“That’s right!” shouted the little girl.

The next gift was from the liquor store owner’s son. The teacher held it up and saw that it was leaking. She touched a drop with her finger and tasted it.

“Is it wine?” she asked.

“No,” the boy answered. The teacher touched another drop to her tongue.

“Is it champagne?” she asked.

“No,” the boy answered.

“What is it?” she said.

“A puppy!”



ARE YOU A SECRET DISCIPLE?

MAY 22

Joseph of Aritnathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jew 

(John 19:38)

Years ago a famous atheist gave a talk to 2,000 students in a North American university. For an hour she ridiculed religion, defied God, and attacked the Bible. When she finished, a Christian girl at the back of the auditorium stood up and began to sing, “Stand up. Stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the Cross, lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.”

For a moment there was stunned silence. Then in another section of the auditorium, a young man stood to his feet and joined in, singing, “From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead.” Others jumped to their feet and joined in, until all over the auditorium hundreds of students were singing, “From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead, ’til every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.”

Enraged, the atheist stormed from the podium, swearing she would never be back. What she had tried to build for the devil in an hour- long speech was torn down in a few moments by the commitment

and the courage of a young Christian who refused to be a secret disciple. Are you a “closet Christian,” like Joseph of Arimathea?

TODAY, GOD IS GOING TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK UP FOR JESUS. DON’T MISS IT!

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​A traveling salesman for a large sporting goods company stopped for lunch in a small town. He noticed that it had a college on the other end of the street. As he passed a student on the campus, he stopped the lad and asked the name of the college. “Sorry Sir, I really don’t know the name of the college,” he muttered. “You see, Sir, I am just a football player here.” …



AMBASSADOR

MAY 21

We are ambassadors for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

An ambassador holds a position of great honor and responsibility. They have to know the mind of your king and represent his interests only. Someone who gives his own opinions would never qualify,

Often kings would recall ambassadors after only two or three years. They were afraid that if they stayed in another country too long, they would become more concerned with that country’s interests than those of their own king.

We, too, must guard our hearts from becoming more attuned to the interests of this present age than to those of Christ. Paul writes, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10). It can happen easily; Demas was seduced by things and lured away by the appeal of the world.

The Lord doesn’t change His ambassadors every few, years; you have a lifetime commission. Therefore, you must be careful, to keep your mind and heart set on God’s interests alone. Paul said, If I were, stIll

trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10 NIV). As long as you fear men and seek their praises, you can never properly represent your King and HIS Kingdom.

TODAY, ASK GOD TO TRULY MAKE YOU HIS AMSASSADOR. WHAT A CALLING!

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An unemployed guy got a new job at the zoo. They offered him to dress up in a gorilla’s skin and pretend to be a gorilla so people will keep coming to the zoo.

On his first day on the job, the guy puts on the skin and goes into the cage. The people all cheer to see him. He starts really putting on a show, jumping around, beating his chest and roaring. During one acrobatic attempt, though, he loses his balance and crashes through some safety netting, landing square in the middle of the lion cage!

​As he lies there stunned, the lion roars. He’s terrified and starts screaming “Help, Help!” The lion races over to him, places his paws on his chest and hisses, “Shut up or we’ll both lose our jobs!”



TO BE LIKE JESUS

MAY 20

And we … are being transformed into his likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Teaching is very important, but people are not changed by doctrine. Some of the most critical, self-righteous, self-serving people I’ve ever met, held positions in the Church. Some were even Bible school graduates, and taught the Word. But try to do business with them, and you’ll always end up with the short end of the stick! Don’t cross them, for they have tempers like tornados! When some of them are far away from home, it’s amazing where you’ll find them.

Don’t get me wrong, sound teaching is critically important and we must have it. But a few minutes in the manifest presence of the Lord, can accomplish more than weeks or years cf theology. Remember Saul

on the Damascus Road? (See Acts 9.)

Teaching that’s anointed by His Spirit will lead those who hear it into God’s presence, where truth is transmitted from the head to the heart. The Living Bible says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works

within us, we become more and more like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18TLB).

MAKE THE GOAL OF YOUR LIFE TODAY TO SE LIKE JESUS.

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What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Nothing, they just waved.

 

​A mother was starting out of the house to attend a party. One of her seven children said, “Mother, please let us go with you. “”No, children, this is a surprise party,” she told them. The child thought for a moment and said, “Wouldn’t the lady be more surprised if you brought the seven of us along with you?”​ …



TRUST

MAY 17
 
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own, Listen for God’s voice ill everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.(Proverbs 3:5 -6 TM)
 
Faith has many facets, but I think the most brilliant is trust! Trust is something you already have; you just have to decide where to place it. You’re going to trust somebody; the question is-who will it be?
 
For you to put your trust in the right place, you must be able to look back and see who delivered you in the past, and who takes care of you daily.
 
Trust has two major characteristics. (1) It’s not easily upset, because it has, found a place of rest and confidence in Christ (Matthew 11:28). (2) It’s not easily confused, because it doesn’t need to figure everything out. In other words, it doesn’t indulge in human reasoning. Instead it allows God to be in charge!
 
Where are you placing your trust today? Your job? Your bank account? Your natural talents? Your track record? Your friends? Yourself?
 
All these things are temporal and subject to change. (See 2 Corinthians 4: 18.) The only One ‘Who doesn’t change is God! He alone is the Rock that cannot be moved.
 
PLACING YOUR TRUST IN HIM MAY REQUIRE GREATER FAITH-BUT IT PAYS GREATER DIVIDENDS!
 
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​A police officer found a perfect hiding place for watching for speeding motorists.
 
One day, the officer was amazed when everyone was under the speed limit, so he investigated and found the problem.
 
A 10- year-old boy was standing on the side of the road with a huge hand painted sign which said “Radar Trap Ahead.”
 
A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy’s accomplice: another boy about 100 yards beyond the radar trap with a sign reading “TIPS” and a bucket at his feet full of change.
 


CONTENTMENT ISN’T GETTING WHAT YOU WANT; IT’S ENJOYING WHAT YOU’VE GOT.

MAY 16
 
I have learned to be content. (Philippians 4:11 NIV)
 
A farmer had spent his life on the same farm. It was a good one with fertile soil; but with the passing of years he began to think, Maybe there’s something better for me. So he went out to fInd a better plot of land to farm.
 
Every day he found a new reason to disparage his old farm, until finally he decided to sell. He listed it with a real estate broker, who promptly prepared an advertisement emphasizing all its advantages:
 
ideal location, modern equipment, healthy stock, acres of fertile ground, high yields on crops, well-kept barns and pens, nice two- story house on a hill above the pasture.
 
When the agent called to read her ad to the farmer for his approval prior to placing it in the local paper, the fanner heard her out. And when she had finished, he said, “Hold everything! I’ve changed my mind. I’m not going to sell. I’ve been looking for a place just like that all my life!”
 
When you start seeing the good in your situation, you’re likely to find it far outweighs the bad. Paul says, “Dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about” (Philippians 4:8 TLB).
 
TODAY, WHEN YOU LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU’LL FIND IT!
 
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A pastor parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.
 
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.
 

“When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.” …



FALSELY ACCUSED

 

MAY 14
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you ….
 
(Matthew 5:11 NIV)
 
Have you been judged unfairly? Are you struggling with resentment? Do you feel like striking back? Read this prayer, and make it yours today:
 
Lord, I’m tired of being misrepresented; of dodging verbal bullets and ducking insults. You know I’m not guilty of the things they say I’ve done. Clearly they’re out to get me, to make me the brunt of their jokes. How could they be so cruel?
 
And then I think of what You endured ·while You ‘walked on this Earth. They made jokes about You, too. You were despised, and rejected, and crucified. They even dared You to prove yourself  while You were hanging on a cross taking Your dying breath-for them, and for me! That’s when You said, “Father forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.
 

Lord, forgive me for my pity party; help me to deal with this – Your way. Give me compassion in the face of criticism and grace in the face of contempt. Above all, help me to turn it over to You, knowing that You are my Defender and my Provider.

SeNd the Spirit of Truth into every aspect of this situation.  Make me strong in You. Keep me focused on the
path You’ve set before me. Make my heart big enough to forgive, as You’ve forgiven me.
 
“THANK YOU, FATHER, THAT WHAT OTHERS MEANT FOR EVIL, YOU WILL USE FOR MY GOOD. AMEN.
 
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NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go and couldn’t return to Earth.
 
The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going. “A million dollars,” he answered, “because I want to donate it to M.I.T.”
 
The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question. He asked for $2 million. “I want to give a million to my family,” he explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”
 
The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.”
 
“Why so much more than the others?” asked the interviewer.
 
The lawyer replied, “If you give me $3 million, I’ll give you $1 million, I’ll keep $1 million, and we’ll send the engineer to Mars.”
 


WHEN YOU’RE FOLLOWING HIM, YOU CAN FACE ANYTHING

MAY 13
 
He goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4 NIV)
 
When you face something bigger and stronger than you, remember that it’s not bigger than your God! He shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel, and He quenched the fire for the three Hebrew children. He opened the prison door for Peter, who was about to be executed the next day. Why? Because Peter’s assignment wasn’t yet completed, and nothing could happen to him until it was.

 

Don’t be afraid today. David said, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5). You can either commit it, or sweat it.
 
You can look at the mountain, or look at the Mountain Mover. If you’ve tried running away, or manipulating the situation, or giving in to doubt and despair, stop and give it to Him. Peter said, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He may not do it in your time frame, and He may not do it the way you think it should be done, but He’ll do it right. Give it to Him! Surrender is simply turning it over one more time than you take it back.
 
DO IT, AND YOU’LL DISCOVER THAT WHEN YOU’RE FOLLOWING HIM, YOU CAN FACE ANYTHING.
 
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​Our pastor, an avid golfer, was once taking part in a local tournament. As he was preparing to tee off, the organizer of the tournament approached him and pointed to the dark, threatening storm clouds which were gathering. “Preacher,” the organizer said, “I trust you’ll see to it that the weather won’t turn bad on us.” Our pastor shook his head. “Sorry,” he replied. “I’m sales, not management!” .
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  Fred: “How’s your father’s dairy farm doing? “Rick: “Great! He’s teaching his cows to sleep on their backs. “Fred: “What for?” Rick: “So in the morning the cream will be up on top.” .



SPREAD THE “I LOVE YOU” VIRUS

MAY 10
 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.  (John 13:34 NAS)
 
A deadly virus. rocked the computer world a while ago. Millions logged on one morning to read their email, only to find their computers infected by a virus masquerading as the message, “I Love you.” Whomever sent it was clever; they understood the tug of those words. After all, who could resist opening an e-mail with that title?
 
Jesus told His disciples “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love [not doctrinal agreement] for one another” (John 13:35 NAS). We never lose our need to feel loved and appreciated. Never! Even when we act tough and put on a front. So, don’t act like the crusty old lrishman who said to his wife .. “I told you I loved you when I married you fifty years ago-and if it ever changes, I’ll let you know.”
 
Lower your guard. Open your heart. Take the time today to tell at least one person that you love them-and really mean it, You’ll be amazed at how good it’ll make you both feel.
 
The famed psychiatrist Carl Menninger said, “Love cures people; both the ones who give it, and the ones who receive it.”
 
TODAY, ASK GOD TO HELP YOU DEMONSTRATE LOVE.
 
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WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
 
My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.”
 
My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, “Because I said so, that’s why.”
 
My mother taught me FORESIGHT: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
 
My mother taught me IRONY: “Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

 

My mother taught me about STAMINA: “You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished.”
 
My mother taught me about WEATHER: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
 
My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
 
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: “Stop acting like your father!”
 
My mother taught me about ENVY: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have a wonderful Mom like you do!”
 

THANKS, MOM!




 

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