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!

A Waiter Is An Excellent Career Choice!

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Psalm 27:14

2015 Frieda P. Smith

We hear it all the time. Parents bragging about their children’s career choices. “My daughter is going to Yale to become a doctor.”

“Oh really? Well, my son is on his way to Harvard to become a lawyer.”

Imagine stepping into the conversation and declaring, “Both of my children are waiters.”

Waiters? What kind of a career choice is that?

In our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, King David wrote this familiar verse in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Although aspiring to become a doctor, a lawyer, a dentist, or president of the USA is wonderful, in order to get there, you are going to need to be a “waiter”.

You see, everything you want or need at any given moment will not always be available, so you will need to learn how to wait.

First, waiting requires training.  It looks easier than it is.  My daughter Rachelle did it for about one month, and she reported it was hard work.  Also, it was literally a balancing act, with many demanding customers vying for your attention.

Waiting also requires patience. Truthfully, it is a lot easier now because all of us have games and gadgets to keep us occupied in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on line in the supermarket, but twenty games of Candy Crush or Words with Friends will not alleviate the impatience you experience waiting for a phone call for a job interview.

But Glory to God, when you are a waiter on the Lord, the Bible says in Psalm 27:14, “He will strengthen your heart”.

It is your heart that pumps oxygen to the rest of your body’s organs; your body’s organs would shut down without the oxygen your heart pumps to it.  What I hear the Lord saying is that when you are a waiter–when you wait on Him–He will strengthen your heart and keep you going, even when you feel like giving up!

Sounds to me like a waiter is an excellent career choice (what do you think?)!

Therefore, regardless of how long it takes, you will endure, because you are a waiter!

You are waiting on the Lord to deliver you!
You are waiting on the Lord to heal you!
You are waiting on the Lord to lead you!
You are waiting on the Lord to guide you!
You are waiting on the Lord to provide for you!

The next time someone asks you what you do for a living, tell him or her, “I’m a waiter!”

A waiter is an excellent career choice!

It Is Not In The Packaging; It Is In The Heart.

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1st Samuel 16:7

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Most of our decisions are filtered through our senses, primarily our eyes. It is for this reason that manufacturers make sure their goods are attractively packaged.

In like manner, when we are trying to impress someone, we do not solely rely upon our superior intellect or our supernatural anointing; we make it our business to present ourselves in an attractive-looking fashion.

My friends, there is nothing wrong with looking your best. During my recent season of affliction, doctor after doctor have commented how in spite of my medical condition, I look wonderful. I replied to each of them, “My mother always said: ‘Just because you feel bad doesn’t mean you have to look bad’!”

However, our problem is we invest too much in the outer appearance.

In our text in 1st Samuel 16 that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to select one of his sons as the new king over Israel. Jesse’s sons apparently bore the appearance of men who could be king, so Samuel became excited.  However, in verse 7, the Lord told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

We like things that look good.  When we go to the grocery store, we do not buy rotten fruit or veggies.  We do not purchase spoiled meat, sour milk, or molded bread.

When was the last time you saw a bride walking down the aisle with a dirty, wrinkled dress on with wilted flowers in her hands?

To us, packaging is important!

Yet, people of God, satan is the chief deceiver. The Apostle Paul wrote these words in 2nd Corinthians 11:14, “For no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

What is my point? Here it is…it is not in the packaging…it is in the heart!

Can we keep it real? How many times have we met someone who looked good but turned out to be the exact opposite? Can we count the times we celebrated being hired for a new position, only to discover weeks later that our new supervisor who was smiling during the interview lost the smile the moment we started working?

My friends, there are people around us every day—some right under our nose—who do not possess attractive “packaging”, yet are the kindest, most wonderful people you will ever meet. They may not ever be chosen for a “best dressed” or “best looking” contest, but if you are in need of a best friend or best companion, look no further.

There are so many people–maybe even you–who are being overlooked because of “packaging” that the world deems unattractive.  However, it is my prayer on this day that the people of God will be delivered from a spirit of deception, and hear the Lord speak to us as He spoke to Samuel as recorded in 1 Samuel 16:7, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

It is not in the packaging…it is in the heart.