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Devotion:  John 16:7-8,13

Before you go to heaven, what do you want your last words to be?  If you were to die, right after your last words, would those words edify the hearers and would they bring glory to the God you serve?  Make your words count.  Scripture says there is a “great cloud of witnesses,”  listening and watching what is going on down here on earth.  There is so much more to our existence than what we can see.  What we do and say reverberates through the heavens and into eternity.

What if we earnestly endeavored to consciously speak truth in love, on a daily basis?  What if we zipped our mouths; versus letting every single angry thought, pour out onto the people with whom we are upset? Quite honestly, there are times when it feels good, to beat someone up with our tongues. It releases the pressure building inside your head and your heart.  Even if we choose to hold our tongues, we sometimes have this imaginary conversation in our minds; that brings anything but release to the building pressure. Words can build a person up and words can tear them down.

These last words of Jesus were meant to console His disciples.  Of course they wanted Him to stay beside them.  They did not yet fully understand the concept of God’s Holy Spirit, coming to live inside of them. The only way that could happen, was for Jesus to go back to heaven.

Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be filled with the Spirit.”  This is not a once and for all thing.  It is something we do always and repeatedly.  We are sealed with the Holy Spirit when we are saved, but His filling is a daily choice.  What will you be speaking when Christ returns for you?  Do your words evidence the power and strength of God’s Spirit?

In Motion:

Focus today on heaven and the “great cloud of witnesses” each time you speak.

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