THEME: BE STILL
“The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
-Another word for still in Hebrew is damam which means to be silent or to stay dumb. Being still has a lot to do with our tongue and words. This is seen during the birth of John the Baptist, God made the father Zachariah dumb until the birth happened. He was able to speak again after he wrote down the name John according to word of God. This is because if Zachariah was to speak before, he would have interfered with the move of God. We also find another instance in Numbers 14, where the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, they murmured and complained a lot, until a whole generation was wiped out in the wilderness. God has called us to give thanks always and desist from murmuring and complaining as it does not glorify His name and hinders our progress. According to James 3:5-6; a tongue is a small organ but can be very destructive and spark a fire that can light up an entire forest. Proverbs 17:27-28 reminds us that a fool may be considered wise when he keeps silent and a person with understanding deemed as foolish when they speak. Therefore God calls us to be still in all situations and seek His wisdom in all things. We should not be quick to speak or mummer because this may not please God, but interfere with His move in our affairs. Our mouth should be used to Glorify God through thanksgiving and praise, as well as edify each other in the truth of God. We are called to desire more eager to hear from God, and speak His word in all situations as we wait on Him to move and act according to His divine will.
Dear Lord God we humbly come before You this day with thanksgiving in our hearts. We exalt You and glorify Your Holy Name. We declare that there is none like You. You are enthroned with power, great is Your faithfulness. We desire to walk in Your wisdom and grace, great and mighty God. May Your teach us Your ways and put coals of fire on our tongues so that we may not utter that which is not pleasant before You. Father, fill us with Your Holy Spirit that You may guide us and direct our tongues with wisdom. May You fill our hearts with the gift of discernment that we may know when to speak and when to keep silent. Abba Father, we humbly ask You calm our hearts and spirits in Your peace and teach us to wait on You always. We come against the spirit of anxiety, confusion and impatience and ask You to shield us with Your blood. We repent for every vain word we have spoken to condemn ourselves and others, humbly ask for Your forgiveness. May You remove any accusation against us, our families, businesses, society and nation in the courts of heaven by Your precious blood our great Advocate. We wait on You with thanksgiving, praise and supplication in our hearts. May You grant us the peace that surpasses human understanding now and forever. Amen
Further reading: James 1:19
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