Mouth Speaks

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Speech - Luke 6:43-45 - Mouth Speaks - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Speech – Luke 6:43-45 – Mouth Speaks – Growing As Disciples

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)

Show Time

Do you know what is in your heart? That’s a different question. I can’t say that I know what’s in my heart. How can I possibly know what’s in my heart? That sounds like an impossible task to me. No, it’s not. Actually, it’s quite easy to know what is in your heart. It’s equally easy to know what is in another person’s heart as well. You have definitely made me curious. What must I do if I want to know what is in my heart? How can I possibly know what is in the heart of another person? You must listen carefully if you want to know what is in your or another’s person heart. Listen? Listen, to what? Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Listen to the words that will come out of another person’s mouth. Your words will reveal what is in your heart. Another person’s words will reveal what is in their heart.

How will my words reveal what is in my heart? How will another’s person’s words reveal what is in their heart? This is not a hard concept to understand. When you say something, when another person says something it is “show time”. Words that come out of a mouth reveal what is in the heart. Have you ever said something and then thought, “Where did that come from?” Yes, that thought has crossed my mind. What is the answer to your thought? Whatever comes out of my mouth is in my heart. That’s exactly right. Give me some examples. If I say angry words I have an angry heart. If I say fear filled words I have a fearful heart. If I say doubt filled words I have a doubtful heart. You got it.

I got it but I’m not happy about it. What do you mean by that? I’m not happy about the words that have been coming out of my mouth. I’m not happy about what is obviously in my heart. Good. Good, what’s good? You want to have a different heart. You want to speak different words. Yes, I want a new heart. I want to speak words that reveal a good and fruitful heart. I want my heart and words and life to bring glory to your name. I want your goodness to overflow my life with words that give life and bear fruit for your kingdom. You want me to change your heart and words and life? Is that your prayer? Yes Lord, that is my prayer. I will hear and answer that prayer of yours.

Lord, I know that the words that come out of my mouth are a good gauge of what is in my heart. Change my heart. Overflow my life with your goodness. Help me to speak good and fruitful words that bring glory to your name. Amen

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Not Running Aimlessly

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Therefore - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - Not Running Aimlessly - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Not Running Aimlessly – Growing As Disciples

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)

Olympic Effort

Your life of faith is like a race. Do you want to run well as you follow me? Are you running your race of faith with a desire to win? Yes, I want to run well as I follow you. Yes, I am running to win. I don’t want anything to distract me. I won’t look left or right or behind me. My eyes will look straight forward as I follow you. I know that you will help me to run the race of faith. I know that you will make me able to win the race of faith. Yes, I will.

What might distract you on your race of faith? What might hinder you from running well? Things that are of this world might hinder me from running well. Like what? The lust of the flesh might hinder me from running well. I will need to make sure that lustful and fleshly desires don’t pull me off course and prevent me from running well. I will need to separate myself from any situations and circumstance that might powerfully tempt me. That’s true. What else? The lust of the eyes might hinder me from running well. I will need to be very careful about what I allow my eyes to see. Many times I have wanted what I couldn’t have or certainly didn’t need. I will need to stop looking at whatever might allure and entice to want what I don’t have and don’t need. That’s right. What else? The pride of life might hinder me from running well. I will need to be very careful that I am not attracted and drawn to prideful things in life. Like what? I have been tempted by power and prestige. I have wanted to be someone that does great things. These desires can lead me down the wrong path and take me off of the course you have laid out for me. Yes, they can. You will do well to be on guard against any of these evils. You are right. They do have the potential to hinder you from running and finishing well in the race of faith.

How are you in training as you follow me? Are you giving an Olympic effort in your training as you follow and serve me? I’m not sure. I do know that I am fully available to whatever training you have in mind for me. I will go anywhere you guide me. I will do anything you ask of me. I am meeting with you daily in your word. I know that you are teaching and training me. If you have more in mind I will welcome it with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am at your service. I am running hard in my life of faith as I follow you. Yes, you are running hard and well. I do have more in mind for you. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have entered the race. I love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. You are my Savior and Lord. I am in training as I follow and serve you. Let nothing distract me from running well. Let nothing disqualify me from receiving the prize. Amen

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