Do you want to know how to stay on God’s good side? I have learned through the years that God has certain things He doesn’t tolerate in my life. He hates when I judge people and has told me on more than one occasion to get my act straight. Let me show you how He has taught and corrected me over the years to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Mt 7:1-5 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of you eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’
Recently, God gave me a scripture found in Ps 19:14 which says, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. At the time it wasn’t a great revelation as I knew this verse from past studies but I knew that God wanted to take me deeper into this verse of scripture. I have found that when I get a verse like this that I need to meditate on it. This means to say it over and over until it God reveals what it means.
I do morning devotions to start the day off. I haven’t always done this but as of late I have become more consistent and been Blessed by God as He has shown me as I pray and commune with Him that I can hear that still, small voice that can get me through a rough day that would have been unbearable without Him. God impressed me to start saying this verse out of my mouth when I start my devotions and so I did.
I found that whenever I was having an iffy conversation or letting my mind drift into areas it shouldn’t be I would hear this verse come into my mind and it would lead me back to where I needed to be. If I got angry at work and stay with me too long it could hurt my relationship with God as it could lead into unforgiveness, a dangerous place to be with God. I began to see how this could keep me out of falling into one of the devil’s traps.
One evening I got into a disagreement with Joni and it got pretty heated. While I felt I was the one in the right I didn’t reconcile myself with her and went to bed without dealing with it. The next morning I got up and was doing my devotions and as I went to quote Ps 19:14 out loud I heard these words coming out of my mouth. “Let the words of my mouth and the bitterness of my heart…. I stopped talking about this point and said, “That’s not right” and tried to say it again with the same result. I literally could not remember what the correct words to the verse that I said every morning when it dawned on me that God was using this verse to correct me. I immediately repented and went back to doing my devotions.
The correction of God is never pleasant but the Word says in Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just a father the son in whom he delights. Sometimes we need our hand slapped to keep us out of trouble and while it was no fun I was grateful that God did it.
Some of you might be saying to yourselves; “Do I really want to let God show me my faults?” The answer should be ‘Yes’ for while no one likes to be told what they are doing wrong God’s perfect will for your life may start with pruning some of those dry, dead, limbs off of your life. So how do I know when God is trying prune some of those dead limbs. The first step is to set aside a time to spend with God every day.
I begin every morning with reading at least 5 Psalms and a proverb and I read them out loud. Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This is one of the best ways to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) and build up your spirit man.
I recite the Lord’s Prayer something like this: My Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Give me this day my daily bread and forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me and lead me not into temptation but deliver me from any evil.
The bottom line is this: If you will spend time with God you will learn to hear that still, soft voice and walk in the victory He has ordained for your life.