Keep Your Mouth Shut!

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1st Samuel 10:27

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Every thought that enters your mind does not need to exit your mouth!

People of God, one of main devices the adversary uses on a daily basis to snatch our God given blessings is the little device that is in our mouths. The writer James wrote about it in James 3:7-8, “For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

In other words, as much as we like sing songs that declare, “I’m reaping the harvest God promised me, take back what the devil stole from me,” in most cases, the devil did not steal anything from us. He did not have to, because in the heat of the moment—when our flesh rose up—our tongues were out of control and we blew our blessings ourselves! We said things we knew we should not have said. We should have held our peace. In plain and simple terms, we should have kept our mouths shut.  Unfortunately, because we did not, we ended up blowing our blessings.  We were fired, arrested, incarcerated, separated and/or divorced (and the list goes on…).

In our text for this inspirational message, Saul was faced with a situation. He had just been anointed king over Israel, and the Word of God tells us in 1 Samuel 10:27 verse 27 reads, “But some rebels said, ‘How can this man save us?’ So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But Saul held his peace.”

Watch this…Saul—who had just been promoted to the position of a leader—had to encounter some rebels on his first day on the job. As the new king, he was entitled to a certain degree of respect.  However, a group of people in his camp decided in the beginning of his reign that he did not meet their approval and they were not going to support him. Not only were they not going to support him; the Bible said they despised him.

To despise someone is to look down upon them as worthless or negligible; to treat them as if they do not exist.

In response, Saul—being king—had several options. Because of his authority, Saul could have confronted the rebels and verbally demanded that they line up or step off. Saul could have cussed them out (I am sure folks were cussing back then), but instead the Bible says Saul, “held his peace.”

Saul probably said to himself, “They aren’t worth my time or my energy. I’m on my way somewhere! I’ve just been promoted, and if they can’t get with it, that’s on them!”   Even though I am sure Saul was feeling some type of way, Saul kept his mouth shut.

There is someone reading this message right now who is dealing with some people who despise you for reasons unknown. Perhaps you have been promoted; perhaps you have been singled out for special favor. Who knows. What I do know is that instead of arguing and explaining and debating, you need to stop wasting all of your time and energy on the rebels in your life—people who believe you are worthless.

If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, you are somebody and you can do all things through Him!

There are people who do not believe you can pull it off. They do not think you have what it takes, but they do not realize Who is backing you up!

They do not realize Who is equipping you. Who is instructing you. Who is guiding you. Who is helping you! Keep your mouth shut!

You do not have time to argue with your rebels. Hold your peace! Every action does not deserve a reaction. Every negative statement is not worthy of a reply.  Be who the Lord called you to be.

Keep your mouth shut!

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