Issue #635 ~ October 26, 2020

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A Wicked Heart
"You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah"
Psalm 52:3
"You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!"
Psalm 52:4

Verse 3: "You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah"

Isaiah 5:20, 21: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter of sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight" (NIV).

Oswald Chambers said: "The greatest test of a man's character is his tongue."

Verse 4: "You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!"

Putting verses 3 and 4 together we see the Psalmist accuse Doeg by telling him he loves 3 things: (1) "evil rather than good"; (2) "falsehood rather than speaking the truth"; and (3) "every harmful word."

Warren Wiersbe says: "We need to keep our tongues under control. They are capable of causing great damage. Beware of having a boastful or sharp tongue. Be careful that your tongue does not spread lies. And when others slander you, don't reciprocate with your own tongue. Instead, use your tongue to glorify God and to speak of His goodness."

Someone said: "When you find a pair of boots on the floor with a big ten-gallon hat on top of them, what have you got?...a Texan with all the hot air let out of him."

On a windswept hill in an English country churchyard stands a drab, gray slate tombstone. On it are recorded these words:
Beneath this stone, a lump of clay,
lies Arabella Young,
Who on the twenty-fourth of May,
began to hold her tongue.
(source Unknown)

There are 3 spiritual illustrations of the power of the tongue: (1) Ahab and Jezebel - in working to get Naboth's vineyard, cost Naboth his life; (2) the lies and false accusations in the death of Jesus; and (3) the Apostle Paul says "Alexander the Coppersmith did me a great deal of harm."

Don Wyrtzen prays this prayer: "O Lord, purify and purge me of deceit. Cleanse me on the inside so that my tongue sings only truth."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Therefore, laying aside falsehood, Speak Truth, Each One of you, With His Neighbor, for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:25 (NASB)
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2.  Pray: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Proverbs 30:8 (NLT)

3.  Pray: The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2 (NIV)
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4.  Praise: My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long. Psalm 35:28 (NIV)
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5.  Praise: But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 32:11, 12 (NLT)
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I find myself singing that great old hymn: "We Have an Anchor"
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Tho' the tempest rage and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o'erflow.

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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