Monday, April 29, 2019

Catch Yourself in the Act

By Andrea Merrell

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Matthew 12:34 NKJV

“I can’t change. It’s too hard,” the woman said. Her words were bathed in both defeat and defiance. “It’s just the way I am.”

Her problem was a negative mindset and a critical spirit—and she couldn’t figure out where it came from.

The Bible clearly tells us that what we say is a result of the abundance of what’s in our heart. The Message puts it this way: It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. 

The following verses go on to say: Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.

Just like the woman said, change doesn’t come easily for most people. It takes hard work and determination, but it begins with a decision—a decision to allow Holy Spirit to be in control. The psalmist cried out, Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3 NIV).

Someone once said the best way to change a bad habit is to catch yourself in the act. Whenever that first negative, ungodly thought pops into your head, recognize it for what it is—and get rid of it.  

Words are powerful, so take yours seriously. God does.

Don’t let them come back to haunt you.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)



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