July 31 – A Tongue of Blessing

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God….”  Deuteronomy 11:26-28a

The word “bless” or “blessing” occurs 430 times in the Bible, while the word “curse” appears only 160 times.

“Blessing” means “the impartation of the supernatural power of God into a human life by the spoken word of God’s delegated authority.”

“Curse” means “a negative supernatural power instituted by speech; a word spoken by God or someone in spiritual authority that sets in motion a destructive force that continues from generation to generation until supernaturally broken.”

The tongue is a creative force. It can be used to BLESS or to CURSE. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21a)

James 3:9-10 says the same mouth can bless God and curse men. When you “bless them that curse you,” (Luke 6:28a) you neutralize the curse.

Let blessings come forth from your tongue today. Speak uplifting words of faith! “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)

PRAY: “Father, keep my mouth from saying destructive words.  As with Balaam, put Your message of blessing in my mouth as I speak with others today.  Amen.”

July 30 – The Apple of His Eye

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.” Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

God referred to Jewish Israel as “the apple of his eye” in Deuteronomy 32:10 and Zechariah 2:8. The “apple of the eye” refers to the eyeball, or the pupil in its center, that is protected by the eyelids. It is a symbol of that which is precious and protected.

Beginning with Abraham, God promised to multiply his seed and birth a great nation that would carry His blessing (Genesis 12:2). Then, with Moses, God led Israel out of slavery in Egypt and to the land of promise. God used Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Every step of the way was marked with the miracle-working hand of God.

It was through Jesus, the Son of God, that the way was made for every man, Jew and Gentile, to receive this special favor and protection of God. Through Jesus, you choose to serve God from a decision of the heart and thus become a “spiritual” Jew. “But he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter…“ (Romans 2:29a)

PRAY: “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I pledge my devotion to You and thank You for Your promise of blessing and protection. Amen.”

June 29 – Restoring Your Covering

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4

A proper covering through God in your life brings about five graces:

1) COMPANIONSHIP – This comes through agreement. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” God promises sweet fellowship with Him and others when you come into agreement.

2) COMPLETENESS – God’s covering brings completeness in your life.

Colossians 2:10a, “. . . ye are complete in him. . . . “He will be your husband, your wife, your father, your mother, or friend that sticks “closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24b)

3) FRUITFULNESS – Jesus said, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much FRUIT. . . . “(John 15:5a) (Emphasis supplied.) God wants you to “Be fruitful and multiply.. . .“ (Genesis 1:28)

4) PROTECTION – God’s protection comes through His love. He has protected you from sin’s power through His love on the cross. In the same way, “Husbands, love [protect] your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”(Ephesians 5:25)

5) FORGIVENESS – Your relationships are covered through forgiveness. “. . . if a man [or woman] be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness . . . “(Galatians 6:la)

PRAY: “Dear Father, I need Your covering today. Guide my steps, my conversations, my thoughts and my actions. Let my life be pleasing in Your sight. Amen”