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There are 12 words in Psalm 141 that can revolutionize our lives if we’ll apply them.

The fact is that many of our headaches in every aspect of our lives can be traced to our not doing what the words say.

“Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

Oh my.

We can’t rewrite history and expunge the pain and loss caused by our loose lips.

We CAN write a better future, though, if we’ll invite the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and words.

We CAN make greater progress toward our potential in Christ if we’ll commit to saying only words that build up rather than tear down, words that reflect the compass of faith and not the corruption of the flesh.

Let’s allow God’s Word and Christ’s example to lead our lips.

Life will be better for everybody in our world as we do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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For those of you who didn’t know why the Morning Devotions have been absent in recent days, I’ve been out of town to be with my Dad George during his last days and for the funeral that followed.

It has been a difficult time but it has also been a blessed time.

So much family time.

So much making-arrangements time.

So much faith-testing.

And in the midst of it all, so much peace.

Peace when I watched Dad take his final breath.

Peace during the hard-to-watch moments as he worked so hard just to breathe.

Peace while tending to his earthly vessel on the hospital bed in the minutes after his soul had ascended to glory.

Peace in the times preceding his death because I knew Dad’s soul was at peace no matter how unpeaceful his body was.

I love the line that Dad spoke in the days before his departure. When told he had days to live, he responded, “Well, it’s not what I would have planned but it’ll be allright.”

Dad knew where he was headed.

Yes, there would be a very bumpy road before he crossed the finish line.

But there was also absolute certainty in his heart, mind and soul about what — and who — would be awaiting him on the other side.

He knew he’d be with the Lord.

He knew he’d be with his saved loved ones, particularly his best friend/bride Phyllis with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

And he knew he’d be with all sorts of friends and would have an eternity to make new friends.

All of these things gave me peace before his passing.

And they still give me peace today.

Our funeral service yesterday morning was a time of peace.

We all felt it.

It was good.

It was what I’m sure the Lord would want us to feel for a father whose sense of peace bracketed both sides of the pearly gates.

In my Bible reading this morning, I found these words from Zephaniah 3:16-17 –

On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, ‘Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.’”

This passage was given as a prophecy to encourage Old Testament believers to remain true to the Lord, no matter how difficult the obstacles.

Better days were coming. That was the promise.

God still wants to delight us with gladness and calm our fears.

Just like He did this week for so many of the Drummond family.

Cheer up, my friend. God is in the business of bringing peace to your heart.

Please bring your heart to Him so that He can fill your cup to overflowing with the peace that passes all understanding.

As always, I love you

Martin

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Morning Devotion: First

God does so many things first.

Most importantly, He loves us first.

As in loving us before our action shows that we love Him.

Huh?

Even as Christians, we sin.

We put ourselves first.

Yet the convicting, loving voice of the Holy Spirit talls us to repent and return to the narrow path of walking with God.

He knows that we probably won’t step back toward that lane of love if we aren’t given the divine carrot of forgiveness.

Because He does promise to forgive us when we confess our sins (I John 1:9), we can be made right with Him after we’ve done wrong to Him.

Thank God for Jesus, that’s what I’m sayin’…..

Here is a verse that can deepen your faith as it has done for me:

“Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.” Psalm 130:3-4

We can’t survive spiritually without God’s grace.

Let’s seek it.

Let’s share it.

Let’s learn to live as people who respect the One who shows it.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: More

Here’s a thought that can help you and me to do the godly thing more often:

“All glory to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding His blood for us.” (Revelation 1:5)

Jesus loves us and freed us from the sentence of eternal, spiritual death when He went to the cross for us.

We can never thank Him enough but we can show our appreciation by giving Him all the worship and service we can.

Even if we praised and served Him with every waking breath and action, we still couldn’t match what He’s done for us by rescuing us from an unimaginably horrible forever.

Give Him glory in every part of your life, my friend.

Speak as He spoke.

Serve as He served.

Resist temptation as He resisted temptation.

Love all sorts of people as He loved all sorts of people.

Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all for the glory of God, we’re told in Colossians 3:17.

He did SO much for us.

Let’s do more for Him at work, at home, at church, in the neighborhood or wherever.

As always, I love you
Martin

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As a kid on the playground, I couldn’t stand it when a bully was picking on another kid.

Sometimes, I even got into trouble because I invited the bully to leave the kid alone and pick on me instead.

It didn’t turn out well for either of us at such moments.

Even as an adult in ministry, I’ve had occasions when I interceded in situations where one person was being treated unfairly and the attacker’s guns were then directed at me.

That’s OK. I just didn’t want the weaker person to be suffering unjustly and I knew that the Lord would sustain me during the attacks.

Part of being a Christian involves helping the weaker, whether emotional or physical or financial.

If we see someone hurting — particularly if from unfair treatment — our hearts should be moved to intercede in some way.

It’s not just about helping them, but also about confronting those who trample the rights of others.

Not everybody is able or willing to stand up for the weak person’s rights.

Those of us who can should do just that.

“The godly care about the rights of the poor;
 the wicked don’t care at all.” (Proverbs 29:7)

It’s like dealing with the bully on the playground.

If there are no boundaries drawn against attacks on the weaker, other wannabe bullies surface and chaos ensues whether in the workplace, the school, the church or the extended family.

If you have a friend or relative needing help in dealing with a corrupt mortgage lender or a neglectful landlord or an exploitative employer or a vindictive, manipulative relative, please pray for wisdom on how to pray with that person and perhaps even coach that person into better strategies for response.

It’s the godly thing to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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