So Thankful God Brought Me Out of Chaos

I hope you had a blessed Palm Sunday. I am thankful to God that He brought me out of chaos. I attended Word of Life's 6pm service via Facebook live.

One of Pastor Art's openers referenced Psalm 40:1-3; my blog post here is using the Amplified Holy Bible translation that captures the full meaning behind the original Greek and Hebrew:
"I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the LORD;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He brought me up out of a horrible pit [of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock, steadying my footsteps and establishing my path.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear [with great reverence]
And will trust confidently in the LORD."

I am thankful to God that He is of order. 
I am grateful to God that He is not of chaos.
I am humbled that God is in control.

The Holy Spirit brought out of the miry clay. He's counseled me how to guard my...
1. Ear gates
2. Mouth gate.
3. Eye gates (window to the soul).
To guard my heart.

We are...
1. Spirit
2. Soul
3. Body

Our soul is the...
1. Mind
2. Will
3. Emotion

Pastor Art's sermon confirmed my devotional on James 1:19 as how God helped me by His mercy and grace to...
1. Be quick to listen (to guard my ear gates)...
2. Slow to speak (guard my mouth gate)...
3. Slow to anger (guard my emotion.. soul.. eye gates).

Meditating on and applying James 1:19 renews my mind and transformed my character.


God pruned me. I was the reverse order of James 1:19 and the inverse of it. In my younger years I was....
1. Quick to anger (did not guard my emotion.. soul.. eye gates)...
2. Quick to speak (did not guard my mouth gate)...
3. Slow to listen (did not guard my ear gates).

That was the old me. Sown unto to me. Thankfully that old me is dead.

In the natural, I was modeled to be quick to anger, quick to speak, and slow to listen.


In the supernatural, Jesus modeled for me how to be quick to listen to the Holy Spirit, slow to speak, and slow to anger. How to guard my ear gates, mouth gate, and ear gates. How to forgive. Be merciful. He's forgiven me, forgiven us. Jesus models for the body of Christ how to forgive. I am so thankful that God delivered and healed me from years of destruction, torment and trauma.

I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. The new me is alive.

Psalm 141:3 is what I pray to God to help me be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, by putting a guard over my mouth...
"Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly]."

Proverbs 13:3 reinforces guarding our mouth
"The one who guards his mouth
[thinking before he speaks] protects his life;
The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin."

and Proverbs 21:23 further reinforces guarding our mouth
"He who guards his mouth and his tongue
Guards himself from troubles."

When I lettered two-years in varsity soccer and judo, I had a literal mouth guard. But this guarding of our mouth is a spiritual guard.

What words are we speaking?
Are we speaking hate?
Are speaking anger?
Or are we speaking forgiveness?
Mercy?
Are we speaking love and the Word of God?

I am thankful each day how God has done a work in me.

Faith with God's finished works is alive.

5 comments

  • Gale
    Gale Oahu
    "Think before you speak" is a phrase we all are familiar with. Another one is "take your foot out of your mouth". We chuckle at that but when we read what the Bible says about that, it speaks to the very core of our hearts. "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). We all have said a thing or two that wasn't kind, or had an "oops, I shouldn't have said that" moment. We are quick to speak and slow to listen. Since God gave us just one mouth and two ears, it means that He wants us to listen more than speak. How many times have I spoken out of turn and not listen to a friend? We've all been there. What does it really mean to listen? When we read God's word, it is Him speaking to us. That means to remain still. It means to pay close attention. We don't only listen with our ears though. We use our eyes and our hearts. Thank you Jason for sharing your thoughts. "The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give". Proverbs 15:7

    "Think before you speak" is a phrase we all are familiar with. Another one is "take your foot out of your mouth". We chuckle at that but when we read what the Bible says about that, it speaks to the very core of our hearts. "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). We all have said a thing or two that wasn't kind, or had an "oops, I shouldn't have said that" moment. We are quick to speak and slow to listen. Since God gave us just one mouth and two ears, it means that He wants us to listen more than speak. How many times have I spoken out of turn and not listen to a friend? We've all been there. What does it really mean to listen? When we read God's word, it is Him speaking to us. That means to remain still. It means to pay close attention. We don't only listen with our ears though. We use our eyes and our hearts.
    Thank you Jason for sharing your thoughts. "The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give". Proverbs 15:7

  • Marilena
    Marilena România
    I liked when you wrote "the old me is dead " and "the new me is alive" . God is good.

    I liked when you wrote "the old me is dead " and "the new me is alive" . God is good.

  • Tiha
    Tiha Germany
    thank you for this uplifting article! God bless you!

    thank you for this uplifting article! God bless you!

  • Luna
    Luna Hawaii
    Even though we practice our mouth and ears and eyes, we must remind others as well, I’ve learned this two days ago, others will think it’s okay to emotionally attack you, you must prepare yourself with the patience of the lord, not everyone will accept you for who you are but you must tolerate others evil to get through the day. The teaching of not to be quick to anger is very important thank you for reminding others, this is the will of G! 🙏

    Even though we practice our mouth and ears and eyes, we must remind others as well, I’ve learned this two days ago, others will think it’s okay to emotionally attack you, you must prepare yourself with the patience of the lord, not everyone will accept you for who you are but you must tolerate others evil to get through the day. The teaching of not to be quick to anger is very important thank you for reminding others, this is the will of G! 🙏

  • Nate
    Nate Oahu
    I'm learning and growing in the love of God. I've come a long way and I choose to have faith and trust in God's word and love and to activate it in everything I say and do including when others don't agree or come against me. Thank you Jason for sharing!

    I'm learning and growing in the love of God. I've come a long way and I choose to have faith and trust in God's word and love and to activate it in everything I say and do including when others don't agree or come against me. Thank you Jason for sharing!

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