Improving Silence – A Devotion

Improving SilencePhilippians 4:6-8 (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

 

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru and spiritual figure who once said, “Before you speak, think – Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve upon the silence?” Many people have heard the measure of our words – is it true, necessary and kind, but few have taken the time to think about the ramifications of our words on silence. Mary Ann Pietzker, was the Victorian poet who penned the original poem of the same name – “Is It True? Is It Necessary? Is It Kind?” as a published work and this is where the famous quote originated. But I really like the way that Sri Sathya Sai Baba expounded on it, “Will it improve upon the silence?” Imagine the impact on the world beginning in the heart of each human being if individuals would simply take the time to think before ever saying a single word. If we contemplated and savored each one like fine wine, making a conscious decision to swallow it quickly or spit it out. The difference in communication with each other would be positively changed for sure. Words are not as careless as one may think as they are a mirror of the intentions of the human heart. To carefully and thoroughly inspect each one tells us a lot about who we are, what we believe and what our true intentions are. It would only seem fitting that peace and silence go hand in hand with contentment and satisfaction. The portrait of sleeping infant completely satiated with its mother’s milk needing nothing at all, he gives way to the peaceful interlude of rest in full splendor. Imagine a world where people would just think before uttering a single word and rejecting those that would disrupt the peaceful silence of satisfaction and now you begin to see the reality of Heaven in our midst.

 

Don’t worry about anything. Pray about everything. Taking captive our words until they line up with Biblical Truth and line up with godly thoughts has the power to change the atmosphere in which we live. The world is cluttered with words. The enemy uses communication on every level to destroy relationships between people and with their God. Worry produces anxious words that remind the heart, mind and soul that we are failing, things are falling apart and we are not going to make. The anxious heart produces doubt that wages war against our faith famously taking our mind captive with rebellious and traitorous thinking that separates us from the Kingdom of God and its power. In order to guard our peace, we must fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. This makes negativity impossible in the midst of faith-driven hope that discovers the Promise of God and finds the Way into His Presence – Jesus Christ. God’s Peace has the power to exceed everything that we understand, if we take the time to think about what we believe and carefully choose the words that we release into the atmosphere based on our faith and trust in the Lord.

 

Matthew 12:35-37 (NLT)

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”  

 

Everyone must give an account for every word spoken in one’s lifetime. Selah as the Bible says or pause and think about this. You must stand before the Lord and explain your intentions for every idle word ever spoken. An “idle” word is of no real worth, importance or significance. It is ineffective and powerless. The Lord is not going to ask us about the times that we used our words to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or offered encouragement to another or shared our testimony. No, but every time we allowed words to escape us that did not have any real relevance or worth was duly noted for the day that we meet Him face-to-face. I have a lot of those words to account for. As a self-professed communicator with an overabundance of words to use every day, it is important that I get to the heart of the matter rather quickly. Jesus said that a good person will produce good things out of the treasure of a good heart. So it would seem that in order to be a true, necessary and kind Christian, then I must begin by examining my heart. If I spend more time improving the contents of my heart, then there is a really good chance that my communication will improve. I must ask the Lord each day to “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit” (Psalm 51:10) in order to be sure that the fruit of my heart is worthy of praise. The things that are produced from a spirit-filled heart will not be questioned by the Lord for it will all be from seeds of faith and righteousness cultivated by His Spirit in our heart. But when we do not continually sow seeds of faith and righteousness carefully picking out doubt, jealously and deceit, our words may surprise even us breaking the silence like shattering glass and destroying the things we believe God for in our life.

 

Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

 

In order to change our words, we must change our mind. One’s perception generally accounts for our choices as the brain perceives a situation using its limited scope of understanding to form a judgment. We must expand our mind’s eye to look at things from God’s Kingdom looking down rather than the earth looking up. Jesus Christ is the Way, Truth and Life. We have immediate access to God the Father through Him. However, a door is only as useful as one’s ability to walk through it. If we choose to remain where we are what use is it? We have been raised to a new life in Jesus Christ so we must set our sights on the reality of Heaven where He is and His Power is manifested. From our refuge in Him, we can then properly evaluate our life from a faith perspective rather than a humanistic approach. God’s Spirit living inside of every believer enables us to do this. (Romans 8:5-6) This is absolutely vital in changing our mind about God, His Love and Power for our life. Our real life is hidden in Jesus Christ but cannot be found until we reach Him. You cannot encounter God or Jesus until your mind knows, understands and recognizes that the Kingdom of God and Heaven are real and relevant by faith and believe enough to move your existence into the Shelter of Love that is given by grace and afforded by the Blood of Jesus Christ otherwise He died for nothing where you are concerned because you have chosen to remain dead in sin, faithless, bound to broken promises and an unproductive life. The Words you speak that are true, necessary and kind produced from a mind anchored in the confident hope of Jesus Christ by faith will change your life completely. Such communication is born of a heart and mind that are rooted and grounded in the reality of Heaven and unaffected by what they see on the earth. This is how we walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

 

Proverbs 18:20-21 (NLT)

Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

 

Our words should satisfy us each day. God has empowered them to do so. Jesus Christ became our example of effective communication. The tongue can bring life or death to us and those we encounter each day. Those of us who love to talk must pay close attention to the variety of words we use each day because the worthless, unimportant and insignificant ones may actually cause us harm. Before allowing our breath to break the silence with a single utterance, it is important to compare it to our list of godly qualities. Is it “true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely, and admirable? Are they excellent and worthy of praise?” As we begin to consider only using words that are valuable, important and significant, our life begins to yield a harvest and peace surrounds it because we have chosen wise words that yield satisfaction. Like most things, as we begin to evaluate and examine our heart, there is a blessing for us hidden in our obedience and commitment to serve the Lord because as we evaluate our heart and mind concerning godly communication, we prosper without having to destroy or discredit another so it carries no burden with it. When we allow God to bless us rather than trying to steal another’s blessing, it is without the harsh consequence of “idle” words. Think about it – your breakthrough may be barricaded by the barrage of words you have been spilling filled with doubt and fear. By asking the Lord to examine each word only allowing the power-filled ones to be released, now we begin to prosper by keeping our mouth shut, heart open and mind alert to the Way, Will and Word of the Lord.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLT)

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

 

Thank you Lord for reminding me today of the power in our words, they are life and death to soul even the ones we do not think too much about. Using communication as God’s Mighty Weapon to knock down the stronghold of negativity, backbiting, and doubt that is keeping us from prosperity by training our mind to capture the rebellious thoughts before they become implanted in our heart yielding a dead harvest. Teach my mind the way of Christ so I will become obedient. Of course, we want your Kingdom to come and will to be done on the earth so teach us to be silent until our words go from impoverished to prosperous. Before saying a single consonant or vowel, ask is this true? Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH and life. He can answer that question for you with the Word. Is it necessary? The empowerment of a word is its necessity. Is it kind? We are called to love one another not best each other so if your words are not kind they will never measure up! (I Corinthians 13:4-7) It may take awhile to be certain that each word is relevant and with the wildness of our tongue it will take some time to tame, but it will always be worth the effort!  

 

Proverbs 17:27-28 (NLT)

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Purpose in your heart today to remain silent until what you have to say has the power to improve it. Otherwise do not risk revealing the contents of an unkempt heart or wayward spirit but focus on allowing the Spirit of God to change you from the inside out until every word you speak is true, necessary and kind! Jesus has the power to infuse His Glory in each noun and verb we use until each one is valuable, important and significant bringing Heaven to earth. You will prosper in the quiet as you pray about those things you are not sure of allowing confident hope to anchor your faith in the solid foundation who is Jesus Christ. You will become immovable and unshakeable in this place. No one will be able to stop you by using your words against you. Wisdom is more evident in silence than any explanation. To know something is one thing, but confidence is worth so much more! Know the God of Israel. Develop knowledge and understanding according to the Truth that is His Word. Be led by His Spirit even if it means allowing Him to bridle your mouth. In your silence comes refreshing and renewal as you move from death to life!

 

John 6:63 (NLT)

The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

 

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