This morning I woke up as I normally do (I'm a creature who loves routine). I grabbed my phone and checked the time (I don't like alarms), I acknowledged my precious Holy Spirit and my desire and need for Him to lead and guide me today, I walked to the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee, turned on some worship music, and sat down with my Bible.
I enjoy spending a few minutes in worship and even declaration before I open up the Bible, just to ensure my mind that I'm not just reading to be reading, but rather we're diving into the very Word of God with expectation to receive from the One I love.
Yesterday there was one line from "Waste It All" by Kim Walker that was just gripping my heart, so I played it agin this morning. She says,
"I'm too in love to not be ALL FOR YOU!"
I just kept singing and singing that yesterday as I'm declaring the words of the song to the Love of my Soul, God I'll waste it ALL on you. She is referencing Matthew 26 and Mary pouring out all of her perfume on Jesus. She's saying the world may think I'm a fool, but i'm going to pour out my heart's perfume. I'll waste it all on you!
It's quite normal for one line of a song to just grip me that it plunges me into change. I kept saying God I'm too in love not to be all for you. You can have it all, every piece of my worship, my dignity, my bank account, my assets, my time, you can have it all.
Oh what a glorious bliss right? Then I open my Bible this morning. I was in a Galatians or Ephesians mood when the Holy Spirit said to turn to James. I began reading all is well all is good oh I love James 1, God will give me wisdom, every good and perfect gift is from above, by Jesus own free will we get the Word and get to be first fruits, oh I'm loving it, until the Holy Spirit drops a sack of rocks in my stomach.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and does not bridle his tongue, he deceives himself, and his religion is in vain (James 1:26)
Ever had the temptation to act like you didn't read something, so you don't have to be accountable to it? How about just wanting to mark it out and act like it's not there? Oh come on, in moments of love and bliss the last thing we want to hear is that we may actually need to change!!!
I've been convicted about my mouth over and over and over AND OVER again in the last few years and each time it's like a fresh new spanking. I knew exactly what the Holy Spirit was saying, you can tell me over and over and over that you're willing to pour it out, you can feel so madly in love with me, but until you work on your tongue, you're just deceiving yourself.... OUCH.
The church is in desperate need of a mouth revolution. If you won't accept it then I'll say it this way, Jessika is in need of a mouth revolution. The days of speaking things that negate the very Word of God need to be a thing of the past. There's an old saying, "If you can't say anything good, then don't say anything at all".
Oh how willing I am to lay my dreams and plans at the alter because He's proven to be El Rohi my shepherd, oh how I'm willing to give Him freedom in my bank account because He's proven Himself Jehovah Jireh my Provider, sure He can have my time because He has proven to be Jehovah Shammah the God who is there, but my tongue? Lord do you know how much I talk? You want me to really tame my tongue? Monitor everything I say? Well, that would mean that the Holy Spirit has to be in control every minute of every day (and I'm a sleep-talker, so He doesn't even get a break at night).... Ah, now this is making sense.
When I tell God I'll give it all, He takes me seriously, and He wants it all. For months I've been shouting from every possible sphere of influence, it's time the church be fully submitted, yielded, and led by the Holy Spirit. It means our mouths too. Let's say what God says, it worked pretty well for Jesus in every situation.