Good morning, and welcome back to ‘Arise with Ayo Oliyide’, a devotional aimed at helping you study your Bible even in the face of your busy schedule. Let me use this medium to apologise for my sudden disappearance for weeks, it was due to circumstances beyond my control. Praise God we are back, and this time, back for good.
This week, I’d like to draw our attention to some thoughts that will help us through life and in life to become better than we were and help us serve God more. The Psalmist prayed a prayer that seemed very simple but the import of it is very deep. He said, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Ps. 19:14.
There must be a strong connection between the words of our mouth and the thoughts inherent in our heart. Often times, because of the volatile and inconsistent nature of man, the words of our mouth are usually different from the thoughts going on in our heart and that’s why our actions do not really make impact as they ought. When the mouth and the heart work in isolation, the actions we perform will be so weak that it may not achieve the intended result. Our words become MERE words. Don’t speak or act out of mere excitement, let your actions be propelled by your heart.
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16. AMP.
Although prayers are made with the mouth, but it must come from the heart, and not just from the peripherals of our mind, it must come from the depth of our heart. The reason why many pray and don’t seem to get results from their prayers is perhaps because, they just were compelled to mutter something out of their mouth, not necessarily because their heart really wanted to say those words or that they really needed them.
Likewise, any endeavour we engage in without our heart deeply involved may not produce the best required result. The internal procedure of thinking (the heart) and the outward display of action (the mouth) must be in constant with each other to produce the best of result. I’d like to paint you this scripture to explain further. “For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” Romans 10:10. AMP. Without the heart being deeply connected to our words, we cannot declare them freely and openly without fear.
The mouth can only be effective if the words it utters comes directly from a deep thought from the heart. You can only succeed at your daily endeavours if your heart is fully involved. The joy and fulfilment you always wanted in life would come if only you set your heart aright to achieve the best. Don’t separate your heart from your mouth. Don’t separate your outward appearance from your inward configuration, it will leave you confused and underachieved.
Finally, doubt is a product of a mouth disconnected from the heart. You would always doubt your ability to produce the best results if your heart is not fully involved. Just like when driving, you need not only your eyes to concentrate on the road, but the full attention of your mind, your hearts and all your thinking faculty to avoid accidents. Also, if your full concentration is not involved in anything you do, you may end up as an accident victim.
In conclusion, let your mouth speak what’s in your heart and let them speak one language. Let the Lord refine what’s in your heart so your mouth can speak good things for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Have a Blessed day. See you next week.