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Check Your Chatter

Jennifer Cole

“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Timothy 1:19, NLT

Would you like to win the battles you face? Do you want to know how to avoid a shipwreck in your faith life? 

All we need to do is what the Apostle Paul advised: “Cling to your faith in Christ. Keep your conscience clear.” Pretty simple, right? 

Yet, sadly we all know people who were at one point on-fire for the Lord, studying for ministry, leading worship, teaching the Bible, living on the mission field, praying night and day, feeding the homeless, caring for the elderly, sharing the gospel everywhere they went, serving on a church staff, pioneering churches…and on it goes -- yet today their fire is dim. Their faith appears to be totally shipwrecked. What happened??

Several things could be the cause but today I want to look at one possible culprit -- words! 2 Timothy 2:16 NIV gives us this heads-up: “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” That verse is flashing lights and sounding an alarm...telling us “Warning-Warning! Trouble ahead!” Sometimes we think just some “little” ungodly chatter here and there is no big deal. But we gotta be super careful with our words -- as we all know, just a little rudder turns a whole ship -- and you don’t want to aim the ship of your life towards a shipwreck!

So how can each of us check our chatter? Think about how you talk in your relationships, on your Facebook or Twitter posts or just in your day-to-day living -- do you spend a lot of time talking about, listening to or reading godless nothings? Do you allow unethical and immoral things to be part of what you watch or listen to? Or, do your conversations regularly include talking about the Lord -- His love for you and others, His goodness, His faithfulness? 

Here’s the truth of the matter -- people talk about the things that fill their hearts. So, if the Lord, His Word or His workings are not regularly coming out of your mouth -- that’s a shipwreck warning signal that your heart may be filling with other things besides the Lord. If that feels like it could be you in this season, just make a conscious decision to fill your life with things you read, watch and listen to that speak of the Lord’s goodness, His Word and His love for you. This will fill your heart with the Lord and then you can’t even help but start chattering to everyone about Him!! You can do this and I’m cheering you on!

Say This: “Father, I don’t ever want to shipwreck my faith. Please help me to clearly see if there is any ungodly chatter in my life that is pointing my ship in the wrong direction. Help me to instead fill my heart more and more with You and Your Word, so that my chatter can’t help but to bring glory and honor to You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”