Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Have you ever felt pressured into saying something that was not exactly the truth? Have you ever been agitated to the point of wanting to express words which were not edifying to someone else? From where do you think that pressure came? We have a real enemy who will attempt to catch us off guard, pressuring us to say something that should not be said. The instant those words slip from our lips into the atmosphere, we realize the mistake that has occurred.
Proverbs tells us that the words we speak have power. With words we can edify or we can tear down. With our words we can promote peace or stir up strife. With words we can speak the truth or we can spread deceit. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.
Yielding to joy allows you to remain in truth…
How you might ask? Because the Bible says in Nehemiah that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Yielding to joy allows you to remain strong when you are tempted to cave into the enemy’s plan. Did you know that the Bible instructs not to give place or a foothold to the enemy? In James you can see how to follow those instructions. First you must submit to God, which is yielding to the Holy Spirit within. As you yield to joy you will have the supernatural strength to resist the enemy. And then guess what? He has to flee.
I heard it once said that if you give the enemy a ride in the back seat, it will not be long before he is wanting to drive. Do not open yourself up to the influence of the enemy by speaking words that are not truth. No matter how insignificant you consider it to be, untruth is deceit and deceit is the playground for the enemy.
Are there any areas of your life in which you need to place a guard over your mouth to ensure that you only speak truth?