DIG for Sunday the 23rd of August…..if it cannot be tamed then keep it caged…..James 3 v 8

“If you’ve not got anything good to say don’t say anything at all”, seemed to be one of my Mum’s favourite expressions as I was growing up.

Reading the Epistle of James this morning I was reminded that this is still a good policy to follow.

We all know that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18 v 21), so if we cannot speak life over a situation we should say nothing, as anything else would be speaking death.

The words we speak are very important, not only to ourselves but to those around us.

James talks of the tongue, or the words we speak, as ruling our lives.

As a bridle can control a horse, and as a rudder can control a ship, our tongue (or what we say) can control us.

We can bless our life or curse our life just by what we say; we can also bless or curse others around us.

Next time you start to say something about a person think very carefully with regards to what is about to come out of your mouth.

Will it be a blessing or a curse?

Our tongue is powerful, like an untamed animal James says.

If I was anywhere near an untamed animal, say a lion or tiger for example, I would rather it stay in its cage.

Next time you are about to speak over the life of a person, maybe you should keep your tongue in its “cage”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have the power to bless through our spoken words, help me be a blessing today”.

James 3 v 8…..But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

DIG for Saturday the 22nd of August……walk, stand, sit; just be careful where…..Psalm 1 v 3

Thanks to Nunsy for the DIG today……

The first Psalm gives a great overview of the choice every human will make.

There are so many voices out there in the world, all vying for our attention, all desiring to influence us; some good, some not so good.

Of course, the Lord’s is one of those voices. He is very desirous that we hear His voice, because His is the only voice that will bring forth fruit, blessing and prosperity. Psalm 1:3

But Kingdom fruit does not happen automatically. No fruit does. Fruit comes when something has been planted in one place long enough to become established, having drawn good nutrient necessary for growth, and reached the maturity required.

The Psalmist reveals four things important to successful fruitful life. He says ‘be careful where you walk, be careful where you stand, be careful where you sit, be careful what you delight in.’

Be careful where you walk…

Blessed is the man who walketh not in the council of the ungodly (Psalm 1 v 1)

How about…

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 25)

Be careful where you stand…

Nor standeth in the way of sinners (Psalm 1 v 1)

How about…

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5 v 1)

Be careful where you sit…

Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Psalm 1 v 1)

How about…

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2 v 6)

Be careful what you delight in…

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night (Psalm 1 v 2)

There is nothing that will be of greater good to us than to delight in the Word of God day and night.

It keeps us planted in a good place.

It produces fruit, life and prosperity.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can delight in, and meditate on Your Word day and night, and that You promise that it will bring forth fruit in my life”.

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper