February 21, 2021 CAC Living Water Devotional : Topic – BY YOUR WORDS
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, February 21, 2021. – International Mother Language Day
BY YOUR WORDS
Read: Matthew 12:31-37
Matthew 12:31-37 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
“for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37).
On a day that we are globally commemorating the Mother Language, let us talk about the impact of words in man’s life. Adversities are such that can cause one to speak wrongly. A woman in labour is a vivid example (Jn.16:2). Several other besetting evils and temptations, can cause and aggravate lock-ins and shutdowns, unexpected; of which Christians aren’t sometimes exempted. We are, by our calling as saints or holy people, expected to exercise restraint in our responses to such unpleasant issues, most especially, by what we say.
Since the time of God’s dealing with man, He has NEVER for once tolerated unguarded, and especially intentional spurious speeches against His person. Not even did the Apostles tolerate this, as manifest in their epistles. For example: Peter ( 1 Pet.2:1-3;3:9,10;2Pet.2:10-13); John (1 Jn.5:16,17; 3 Jn.9:,10; Rev.13:3-7;19:19,20); Paul (cf.1 Tim.1:19,20); James (Jas.3:1-12).
The level and degree of insolence plus blasphemy by which our generation profanes the things of God is unexplainable. Theses things are more perpetrated by so-called educated and bonafide untouchable Church elites, and through the Social Media which is more or less at the fingertip of all and sundry.
Hiding under misinterpreted grace of God through Christ Jesus to insult and humiliate one’s Maker is suicidal. This indulgence was sternly punished even in the Old Testament (Lev.24:10-16,23). Even negative confessions against oneself is culpable (Num.14:28).
Beware of what you say in this time of worldwide trials and individual cross-carrying as you pass through the wilderness of life to the glorious land of promise. Repent today of all your past excesses in words against your Maker, His holy works, servants and institutions. He is ever willing and ready to forgive you. Read Apostle Paul’s confession (1 Tim.1:12-17)
1. Thank God for saving you.
2. Confess your verbal transgression against God and His people/things, and plead for His forgiveness, cleansing, and justification through the blood of Jesus.
3. Pray that every rebellious tendencies among church members and leaders would die by the fire of the Lord, in Jesus name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Leviticus 18:13-20:9; Mark 2:7-2:28