How did you feel inside when you read Titus 3:2? If you have recently gossiped it might have made you cringe. If you had been acting in pride, then the Holy Spirit would use that verse to finger that. By the way, speaking evil is the same as keeping a record of wrongs buried in your heart. Truth is like a stop signal. It makes us stop, look into our heart, before we proceed with our reading.
The next time you sit down to read your Bible, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to help you mine truth that will set you free from your fleshly reactions that spring up when you least expect them. Reactions are the catalyst that reveal hidden strongholds.
A chemical catalyst is any substance that increases the rate of a reaction without itself being consumed. How does a spiritual catalyst work? By the same principle: truth exposes the lie which has been causing our flesh to react. We heed what the Holy Spirit has revealed. We confess and renounce it ~ its hidden consuming work is stopped in its tracks.
We are coming to the end of another year. Here is a suggestion. On January 1, you begin reading the book of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters. One chapter for each day of the month.
Talk about a book that makes our flesh squeal. Proverbs 18:21 says that life and death is in the power of our tongue. All words are first thoughts. Hmm, that means that we need to be diligent to be mind ~ keeping (back to the devotional on the 23rd).