IS YOUR MOUTH UNDER LOCK AND KEY?

The Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary defines the mouth as the opening in the face used for speaking, eating etc. The Bible on the other hand, describes it as a small organ which boasts of great things; is like fire, it is a world of wrong occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being.

Theologians believe that Abraham did not tell his wife, Sarah, about the plan to sacrifice Isaac as commanded by God.  According to Genesis 22:3 he woke up early in the morning and took Isaac and embarked on the supposed journey of no return.  If he had told Sarah God's plan, she would have told Isaac not to sleep in the house that night because he was going to be sacrificed.

The poor, highly indebted widow who was commanded by Elisha to borrow empty jars from her neighbours, was emphatically told to close the door on herself and her sons.  This door, even though, was a physical one, Bible scholars believe the door was symbolic of the widow's mouth.  If she had told her neighbours the purpose for which she was borrowing the jars, that miracle might not have taken place. (2Kings 4:2-5).  There are times when God requires us to keep silent till our miracle takes place before we voice it out.

Is your mouth under lock and key?  This may have been the question Jesus asked Peter, James and John when he led them up a high mountain.  When Jesus realised they had seen him transfigured, he ordered them "Don't tell anyone what you have seen..." Eventhough they discussed the matter among themselves, they did not disclose it to anyone.

                   

After carefully reading through this piece of writing, you will bear me witness that a lot of people especially, ladies have had their marriage plans nullified, business proposals/plans never came to pass, never got their visas just because they disclosed their intention to a friend, relative or some stranger.  The wishes of men and soulish desires are human philosophy that even though cannot stand the power of God, should not be taken for granted.

The tongue has been described by the Bible as a small organ that can set our life on fire.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits (proverbs 18:21).
The downfall of Samson was as a result
of the disclosure of the secret of his prowess to Delilah.  If he had put his mouth under lock and key, he would have
remained the strongest in the sight of the Philistines.


Ecclesiastes 3:7 says "...a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak".  This actually tell us not to say everything anytime.  It is my hope that whosoever reads this piece would share a testimony.  If you are touched, pray this prayer:  "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips in my going out and in mycoming in".

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