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A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, August 7, 2014

“You [God] are near in their mouth but far from their mind.” – Jeremiah 12:2b

These were the words of the prophet Jeremiah, whom God sent to rebuke the people of Israel. I must say that I felt a slight sting of conviction when reading this, as I thought “How many times have I given God lip service?” I thank the Holy Father for His gift of conviction and correction, which serves to perfect us by drawing us more closely and intimately to Him.

The Hebrew word for “near” as used in this verse is quarob (pr. kaw-robe), which means “near (in place, kindred, or time), allied, more ready” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines a “place” as “a distinct condition, position, or state of mind.” Our mouth gives away our position and condition in the Lord based on the place our words come from—either from a Holy place, or a hollow habitation.

To be “kindred” is to be “of a similar character, ancestry,” and when we are allied, we are joined in relationship (Webster). Do you share the character of Christ, my bother? Who is your allegiance to, my sister? The Holiness or hollowness of your words will gage your response.

Our “mouth” is “a means of blowing (literal or figurative), speech, portion, side.” When you are speaking of God, are you just blowing hot air, or are you really saying something? The position you take will determine where your portion comes from. Are you positioned in Christ, or somewhere else?

The word for “mind,” as used here, is kilyah (pr. kilyaw) and means “a kidney (as an essential organ), figuratively the mind (as the interior self), reigns.” According to WebMD, the purpose of the kidneys is to filter the blood and remove waste. “All of the blood passes through the kidneys several times a day” (webmd.com). Do you pass through God several times a day? The Blood of Jesus is our cleansing agent. When we stray too far from our Father, we get bogged down with spiritual garbage because we let a lot of the world’s waste get trapped within us. The world will rein you in if you let it; and without being close to God, our breakthrough is far from us.

Do you need the limits to come off you, my brother? Do you need to feel clean and refreshed, my sister? Then let’s make sure our mind matches our mouth, by drawing near to the Father; and in doing so, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

Father, we repent for every time we gave You lip service. Help us, by Your Holy Spirit, to be filled with Your Words—Holy words and not hollow language. And when we open our mouths, help us to open them wide and to speak what You want us to speak (Psalm 81:10). Help us to draw near to You always, and always draw near to us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we always speak from a place in You. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake superficial speech and bloated banter. Choose to say what you mean and mean what you say—always in a Godly way and from His heart. And continue to fight the good fight of matching your mouth with your mind; for God, your Perfect Word Choice, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.