Watch What You Say

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)

Our conversation as Christian’s is important and as such we should be aware of everything thing that we say. In the book of Proverbs, the writer consistently talks about wise speech. Proverbs 18:4 (KJV) says “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” In essence, this scripture simply means that wise speech is like a never-ending flow of God’s blessings. Wise speech should be supportive, promoting, and encouraging.

Have you ever felt warm and fuzzy when someone has said beautiful words to you? Those words made you feel on top of the world and they made you feel like you really mattered to someone. On the contrary, have ever you felt like slithering away into a hole when someone has spoken harsh words to you, words that made you feel that there was nothing you could do right? Words play an important part in how people perceive us. Words can help and words can harm. They have a lasting effect on the person they were spoken to.

As believers, no foul or corrupt language should come from our mouths. As new creatures in Christ, the old man should no longer rule our attitudes, actions, behaviors and speech. We should be aware of taking off the clothes of the old self and putting on or dressing ourselves in the new man daily. How do we dress our speech in the new man’s speech? Words of inspiration, words that elevate, words that edify, and gracious words are all words the new man in Christ uses with his fellow brothers and sisters. We should never seek to tear down or destroy with our words, but to build up. My grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Solomon says it so eloquently in Proverbs 18:21 (The Message), “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

Arrested

Tuesday Food For Thought

“If you were arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Are you an undercover Christian? Would you be able to explain your faith to others? Do you demonstrate Christian characteristics in your everyday life? What would your defense be? Who would you look to as your attorney?  Would you be able to withstand the fiery darts of the enemy?

Don’t get arrested without the proper Christian credentials.

Ephesians 6:13-18

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Psalm 37: 23 & 24 (AMP) – The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].  Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.

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Simply Quotes

Today I just wanted to post a few quotes written by Saint Augustine. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Augustine of Hippo was a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa and was generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. Here are just a few of his awesome quotes.

  • “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”
  •  “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
  • “Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.”
  • “It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.”
  • “Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.”
  • “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
  •  “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.”
  •  “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.”

 

 

30 Days Of…Day 22 – “Change”

 

Have you ever heard someone say “the only thing constant is change”? Change is taking place all the time be it in us, through us, or around us, it never stops. I haven’t always embraced change, but as I move into a new season of maturity, change seems to be the catalyst that keeps me going. Change has pushed me to move outside of my comfort zone. When I started changing, I decided to take a kick boxing class, to jog/walk in a 5K, an 8K, and a 10K. Change propelled me into going to a Christian writer’s conference by myself (driving to San Diego, California). Change gave me an idea to write a book (it’s not published yet, but I wrote it). Change makes me see opportunities I would never have seen before. Change is what pushes me to press towards the mark of the high calling that God has for me. I don’t always know what that mark is, but as long as my faith remains strong in God I can keep pressing so I can move up higher on the ladder of change.

 

When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible) 

30 Days Of…Day 17 – “Rejoice”

Today I was listening to a tv pastor talk about rejoicing in the Lord, so I chose to write about rejoicing.  Many times when we experience difficulties and hard situations, we wonder how are we supposed to rejoice in that situation. We may say things like this doesn’t feel good, or I’m in too much pain to rejoice. But in the bible, the writer Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!,” (Amplified). Rejoice means to be full of joy, to be delighted, and to be glad.

 

The question is how do you rejoice when troubles are knocking on your door, flying in through the windows, and chasing you down. Most of are not saying, “ok Lord, thank you for these troubles I’m having, or I’m so happy this is happening to me.” Most of the time if we are honest with ourselves, we are saying, “why me Lord” or “what did I do to deserve this.” We might even say something like, “I don’t think I can make it through this.” But God desires that we remember when we are “in” Him, we can always rejoice because He is there to carry our burdens. When we are “in” Him, His presence shines through even in our difficult times.

 

When we are in Him we can rejoice because:

  1. He is our shepherd. “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.” Psalm 23:1 (Amplified)
  2. God gives us what we need. “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (Amplified)
  3. His grace is enough for us. “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully];…” 2 Corinthians 12:9a (Amplified)
  4. We can be of good courage because we know He’s got out back. “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (Amplified)

I can rejoice because I know that He has been there with me through the death of several of my loved ones. I can rejoice because I know that he has seen me through many nights in the ER room with my mom. I can rejoice because He saw me through 2 years of unemployment. I won’t say that any of these things were easy, but I chose to continue to rejoice in Him. The choice to rejoice made my time of going through difficulty easier to handle.

So I say to you rejoice, but don’t just rejoice, rejoice in Him!