Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DAILY BIBLE READING GUIDE (November 1st – 6th)

Monday – Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: Words are powerful things and we are commanded to guard what we say. Words are dangerous. Because the wrong words can cause great damage, we must remember that there is no “free speech” for God’s people. You and I are commanded to stay away from talk that corrupts and instead only talk in ways that will build up. We must guard our mouths, because sins of the tongue are sins that can do great damage to both ourselves and others. Pray that God would give you the grace to guard your tongue.
Tuesday Proverbs 6.12-19;
Meditation: Sometimes we think that what we say isn’t really that big of a deal compared to all the other sins there are we could be doing, but that is the farthest thing from what the Bible says. God uses some of the harshest language in Scripture to describe how he feels about the sins of our mouths. When our view of sin differs from God’s view, we are setting ourselves up for trouble. Pray that God would help you to recognize just how much he hates this type of sin in our lives.
Wednesday – James 3.5-8
Meditation: The Bible warns us that God hates it when we talk certain ways, because what we say is so dangerous. Words work like a fire and can burn up ourselves, our friends, our churches. We don’t think of our words like that, which is part of the danger. We say what we want to say when we want to say it. God says we must be careful because words can kill. Ask God to help you understand just how careful you need to be with what you say and why.
Thursday – Proverbs 12.17-22; Proverbs 26.24
Meditation: Liars. Nobody likes one, everybody is one. Lying, deceiving are sins that God specifically says are an abomination to him. Lying unites us not with God but with the Father of Lies, Satan. Satan doesn’t care what you lie about. He just wants you to resemble him with your speech. And when we lie, we show which father we believe in, which father we trust in. Pray that God would tie your tongue to him by tying your tongue to the truth.
Friday – Proverbs 11.9; Proverbs 30.32; Proverbs 27.2; James 4.10-11
Meditation: “You won’t believe what I heard about so-and-so.” Well, you won’t believe what the Bible says about people who gossip. Gossip and boasting are nothing more than trying to tear others down or lift ourselves up. God says we don’t have to do that. Trust him, speak the way he tells you to and let him be the one who exalts you. That’s the only exaltation that really matters anyway.
Saturday – Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: What type of talk comes out of your mouth? Do you think about what you say? What should we do with our tongue? 1) Give attention to it. 2) Submit our tongue to God’s word. Pray for God to give you the grace to speak as you should.

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