THE DOOR OF MY LIPS
Psalm 139:16 (NIV) Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
FOUR STAGES OF GOD’S INDIVIDUAL WILL
- Stage 1: The prompting of the Holy Spirit
- Stage 2: Certain uncertainty
- Stage 3: Predictable resistance
- Stage 4: Focused determination
Psalm 141:3 (NIV) Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
“The door of my lips” conveys the idea that our mouth has the power to open us up or close our hearts off to God’s doors.
James 1:26 (AMP) If anyone thinks himself to be religious [observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes [to give distorted impressions to] his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren).
If you’re telling yourself a lie, you’re not going to live out the truth.
Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
“Confession” means to voice the same conclusion, to agree, or to align with. Simply put, “to say the same thing God is saying.” In order to live out the plan God has for you, you must learn to align your mouth with what God says.
HOW DO I DO IT?
James 1:25 (Phillips) The man who looks into the perfect mirror of God’s law, the law of liberty (or freedom), and makes a habit of so doing, is not the man who sees and forgets. He puts that law into practice and he wins true happiness.
To guard the door of your lips you must make a habit of looking into God’s law of liberty—the Bible!
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIRV) God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.
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John 15:7 (CEV) Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered.
If you don’t know where to start, start with Jesus’s teachings (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – the Gospels). Why? Because the Old Testament points to Jesus and the New Testament reveals what He accomplished for us. The more we are acquainted with Jesus the more we will understand the rest of Scripture.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV) My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (Message) Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her.
Everything we do and say should bring the best out in us and others.