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March 7, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | March 7

Scripture defeats the Mole

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
 2 Timothy 3:16

I remember a time Chrissy and I stumbled into one of those “grease fire” arguments — and suddenly I was spewing flames from my mouth.  Whoa — timeout! I decided to take out the trash to give myself a pause.  Once outside, I whispered the scripture, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” from James 1:19, repeating the instruction to myself three or four times before I went back inside. I apologized for my anger and Chrissy and I were able to discuss our issue in more productive tones. We have all been there right?

When I’m in the shower, I’ve found that it helps to call out scriptures such as “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).  When the lure to linger over a woman’s low-cut blouse hits me, I remind myself of the deal I have to cut with God; “I made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). When Chrissy asks me whether I’m going to do anything about the odorous and unwanted mounds of dog poop in the backyard, I quote to myself Jesus from Matthew 20:28, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”

Countless times, I have found that calling out scriptures catapults me past the temptation and prevents me from making the ever-famous slip that the mole is seeking to induce. Psalm 37:30-31 says (with my added emphasis) “The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.  The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip”. God’s man speaks the scriptures into his daily challenges specifically to guard against taking a tumble. Staying silent leaves the struggle in the back alleys of our minds.

Father, thank you for your word, it is the sword of our armor.

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