Monday, July 04, 2011

Can We Talk – Homework Week #1, Day #2

I think I am cured – (at least in one area)! In my quiet time with God this morning, I only got through the first set of scriptures. And HE IS SPEAKING VOLUMES! I pray that I will no longer be held captive to “finishing my homework” over hearing God speak.

The “5 Ps” were a bit easier to work through today. James 1:19, 26 (words reveal the truth about your character) were a couple of rich verses to apply this study technique. I was impacted to not only listen more and speak less, but to put forth much more effort to avoid being offended or angered. Who snuck that part into the verse? I’ve never read that before.

“Plan and Pin” led to another immediate conversation with God about my words. In general, I am a good listener and slow to speak. Sometimes to the detriment of a situation. I am reminded of Edmund Burke’s quote: “All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” I don’t want to be the reason for evil to triumph, so I asked that the Lord would help me to find a balance in this area. I prayed that He would put His words into my mouth and teach me when to speak. I also asked for a filter for my ears so that I wouldn’t hear anything that would cause me to become offended or angry. I prayed that I wouldn’t be offended or angered by others’ behavior, either.

Since I only got through one set of scriptures this morning, I now have a list of other scriptures to study in the future. I am also choosing to memorize James 1:19.

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