Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 … Powerful Words

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 293

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see/hear a video of Graham Kendrick leading in worship and singing his song, Meekness and Majesty, reminding all of the wonder of Jesus as the personification of meekness, yet worthy of all worship … And THEN TO THIS LINK to hear Phillips, Craig, and Dean, singing Let My Words Be Few,  reminding us that when our words are few, but filled with God’s love, they have great power.

Highlight Passage: Proverbs 15: 1-2 [NKJV} …
  1 A soft answer turns away wrath; … But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly; … But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Proverbs 15: 1-23 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK Words from the wise or foolish have great power …

Reference Passage #1: Isaiah 53: 7 [NKJV]
  7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, … So He opened not His mouth. 

Reference Passage #2 … John, Chapter 18-19 — GO TO THIS LINK   … The account of Jesus fulfilling the prophesy of Isaiah (see Is. 53: 7) of the Messiah being led quietly to his slaughter

Reference Passage #3 … James 3: 1-12 — GO TO THIS LINK   … James writes the wisdom of God concerning the use of the “tongue”

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, reminded the OBD readers that World War 1 was begun with a verbal declaration of war by Austria in response to the assassination of the Archduke of Serbia. Just a few words in the declaration of war; yet, millions of lives were lost in response to the few harsh words spoken in the simple declaration. 

Today, the truth declaration of just a few words from God’s Spirit through Solomon from Psalm 15 [see copy/link above] speak to the wisdom of using our words wisely. As Author McCasland writes:  A small comment can start a large fight. When we, by God’s grace, choose not to retaliate with our words, we honor Jesus our Savior. When He was abused and insulted, He fulfilled the prophetic words of Isaiah, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth.” (see Isaiah 53:7).) And we also read in John, Chapters 18-19 (linked above for study) how Jesus so meekly endured those unjust trials and was led to His ignominious death, speaking so few words in His own defense, as He glorious defeated death on Calvary.

 And Jesus’ brother James (see the James 3 passage linked above) wrote about how what we say or write has so much power … power to incite - even wars - or to bring peace. The “tongue” (or the keyboard today in social media) has great power; and today’s highlight passage from Psalm 15: 1-2 applies powerfully to how we use our words … for self or for the Savior.

 We choose our words; and the result my be peril or pacification. So how will we choose to speak [or write] today? My choice is here for you to read; and magnified by the songs to which I link any reader above.

 Now, anyone here must choose their words today. … Choose wisely!!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … May my words reflect Your glory. … Amen

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