Google+ 03/17/14 You Are What You Think About Most of the Time!

Psalm 39:1-3

 

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
But as I stood there in silence—not even speaking of good things—
    The turmoil within me grew worse.
The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:

 

Have we ever experienced a personal "fire of words?"  Have we ever been so angry that words just came shooting our of our mouths?  I must confess that I have done it and seen it on numerous occasions.  It is one of the things that God has really worked on in my life over the past several years.  David suffered from the same problem and there are clues for us on how to avoid his results.  David first declared war on Satan by saying that he would watch what he did and not sin by what he said.  Those are fighting words!  As the Bible tells us, the tongue is one of the most dangerous weapons Satan possesses in us.  It can cut to a person's heart faster than any weapon made of steel.  David vowed to "hold his tongue," particularly around the ungodly.  One thing we must understand is that ungodly people will provoke all of us to wrath.  They don't play by the same rules as we do and they answer to a different master.  God's rules are clear.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Satan's rules are also clear.  Take what you want and it is all about me!   Look around, our world operates that way every day.  I came up with a saying many years ago that is so accurate today.  It apparently could have applied to David, also.  The statement is, "You are what you think about most of the time!"  Read our Scripture carefully and you will discover that this is David's very problem.  He is not using his tongue for evil, yet he is dwelling on the negative situation in front of him.  The more he thought about it, the worse his anger and turmoil got.  Finally, there was no recourse but to explode with a "fire of words."  David just taught us how to avoid his mistake.  Don't dwell on the negative or ungodly people.  Pray for them, YES!  Hang around them or dwell on them, NO!!!  We must fill our minds and hearts with God's love, and fellowship with Godly people.  We can't let Satan drag us into the darkness.  If we do, our tongue will betray us.  As we walk with God today, let's listen carefully to David.  Remember, "You Are What You Think About Most of the Time!"