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September 1, 2017

Swayed By the Truth

People are swayed by what they hear. We can’t help it. It is the way we are wired. One verse in a children’s Sunday School song says, “Be careful little ears what you hear…for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little ears what you hear.” The Bible says that we are to keep ourselves from hearing of bloodshed and strife. You know why? It’s because what we hear affects our emotions. We form opinions from how the words strike our soul. If not filtered through the Word of God, words can surely hurt us, and we will hurt others with our words. God would not have His people acting like those who don’t know Him. He wants our ears willed with Truth. We must be sure to fill our ears with Truth – from His Word and filtered through it. What is swaying you – truth or every other thing you hear?

“He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights.” (Isaiah 33:15-16a; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Repent if you fill your ears with news that makes you emotional on a daily basis.

  2. Spend time in the Word today. Read Ephesians 1 out loud, so you hear it!

  3. Look for the truth and the good news in the media today. Shut your ears today to any negative or emotionally-charged news and see how different you feel. You are honoring God as you do.

  4. Tell the Lord you want to be swayed by the truth. Ask Him to show you where truth can be found.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive me for feeding my ears a diet of negative news. I can see the truth of how it affects me. I want to listen to You, Holy Spirit. I want Your words alone to sway me. I want to fill my mind and my heart with Your words. I will open Your Word and read it daily. I will read it out loud, so my ears hear it and my spirit is fed and my soul is comforted. Let me fast negative news today and see what a difference it makes in my life. Teach me to pray Your life-giving ways into the news that I hear reported in the future, so that I spiritually act, instead of fleshly react. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I decree that I will be careful what my ears hear, so that I am swayed by God’s Truth and not man’s emotional reports in the future.