Daily Devotional – 8/3/16, “How’s your lip service?”

As long as you have your mouth (voice), you have the ability to cast out demons, destroy the enemy’s plans and deliver and set God’s people (and yourself) free from bondage. As long as your voice can be heard, you have the ability to send the enemy on his way. As long as you open up your mouth, you have the capability of sending praises up to God. As long as you use praise with your mouth, the Holy Spirit will inhabit your praise. See, praise isn’t clapping your hands but it’s opening your mouth. Yes, shouting is good but a praise offering to God by way of your mouth is even better. The bible says in Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Beloved, every chance we get we ought to offer up lip service to God, thanking Him for all the things He’s done, what He’s doing and then thanking Him in advance for what He’s about to do. We ought to say like Psalm 119:108, “Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

We have to get to a point in our natural lives that praise shall continually be on our lips. Because when praise is on our lips, nothing bad shall be able to get in. See, when our mouth is filled with praise, we don’t have room to eat gossip. When our mouth is filled with the goodness of God, we don’t have the time to speak ill over anybody else. This is why you have to be careful what you put in your mouth because then it can taint what comes out. It’s like eating garlic or onions. If you don’t clean your mouth before you speak, the next words that come out will be overshadowed with the smell of garlic/onion. It’s the same with speaking bad. If you don’t clean your mouth, the bad can overshadow the good and then your lip service won’t be any good to God nor your body. This is why it says in Proverbs 10:31, “The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off,” or Psalm 37:30, “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.” As children of God, we’ve got to be mindful of the lip service we give to God and to His people because it can either destroy or deliver. This is why we have to get to a place where we say like Psalm 49:3, “My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.” So I’ll ask you the question, “How’s your lip service?

Lip service

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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