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Seeds

My life may not make sense to someone on the outside looking in. I pray, I go to church, but I also actively recognize my need for Jesus. I am broken. I need mending. I need grace and mercy. In order for me to have grace and mercy, I have to give that to others. That is where the problem lies!

My human flesh doesn’t always want to turn the other cheek. My first instinct is often to lash out and give that person a piece of my mind. Afterwards, something in my head says, “You did good. You told them the truth.” That might be true, but I didn’t do it love. I did it out of anger and frustration. I projected my feelings on to the other person. In other words, I vomited hate and anger all over the place!

I am continually needing God’s grace to let go. I can’t control other people, BUT I can control my reactions to situations. I am responsible for the words I say whether I like it or not. Have I been sowing seeds of love lately? Not always.

I was listening to Charles Capps the other day and he said something that struck me: “When you sow seeds of faith it produces faith, but if you sow seeds of strife it produces strife.” It sounds simple, right? It hit me that the negative words I had spoken produced strife. I had never thought about that! I don’t want to produce strife in my life OR someone else’s.

My mom’s actions early in life hurt her witness. She said whatever she felt like saying. When Mama wanted to talk to old friends about Jesus, they didn’t want to listen because of her attitude towards them before she found Jesus.  When you do things God’s way, your light grows brighter.

A soft answer turns away wrath. That’s what the Bible says we are to do, even when we know a person is doing wrong AND they know.

As Christians, we are held to a higher standard. Jesus expects us NOT to respond to situations the way the world would. This week a friend said that God gives us grace to walk in patience and love with people that we don’t have patience for. With Him, all things are possible…even the hard things.

~ Madison Sanders

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Mistaken Identity

Old things have passed away. When you become born again you have a new nature on the inside of you. As you confess, meditate, and renew your mind with the Word of God, it transforms you.

I was thinking back to the time before I was born again and how broken I was. Words had been released about me, and I did not know how bad those words affected me.

I was told over and over how sorry I was. Someone said that I could not do this or that. Guess what? Over time I could not do it. Those words that someone spoke attached to my mind and became a reality in my life.

After I was born again and filled with Holy Spirit, I became a new creature in Christ. I was no longer what someone else said I was. Year after year change occurred in my thinking and emotions. I began believing who the Bible said I was. I began to realize that God loved me unconditionally. Imagine that!

I had a mistaken identity crisis. Every one of us at one time or another has had to deal with a mistaken identity. The good news is that we don’t have to stay that way. We have the Word of God and the power of the Holy Ghost to help break those chains in our lives.

Every day I wake up is a new day attained. All things are new. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came that you and I may have life abundantly. I strive to be more like Him every day. How about you? He stands at the door of your heart knocking, waiting on you to let Him in.

You don’t have to be perfect. If you were perfect, Jesus would have had no need to die on the cross. Will you take the leap of faith and let Him transform your life like He did mine?

~Tammy Sanders

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Power in Words

 

When we look at the woman with the issue of blood many get caught up in her touching Jesus’ garment and being healed. Some thinking that it was because even Jesus clothes were anointed, others realizing that as Jesus said in Matthew 9:22 (NKJV) that her faith made her well.

How can we tell where her faith was? The answer is in Matthew 9:21, which states, “For she SAID to herself, “If I only may touch his garment, I shall be made well.”

Another example we see is in Matthew 8:5-8, “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and SAID, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” Verse 13 Jesus says, “…as you believed let it be done for you…” The common factor in these two healings are they both SAID what they were believing for. So wouldn’t you say words are important?

Believers wonder why they have no power. They wonder why they can speak, pray, believe, and have what they feel is faith in situations but nothing changes. They speak to situations and circumstances, but at every turn they encounter a little demon that puts a beating on them. What other outcome should we expect when we constantly spew out words and sayings we don’t mean like I could just die right now. Then we try to flip a switch and want power to come immediately after we speak. Death and life are in the power of our tongue. To access the power that God has placed on the inside of us, we have to speak life. Stop talking about your friend. Stop saying he’s stupid and will never be anything.

Our only offensive weapon we have is our words, through the Word of God (our sword). We’ve all been guilty of not paying attention to what we say. We should not be like children tossed to and fro. The Word of God is always powerful, but God can’t bless the wrong words. If we would get to the place that we stop letting our words be so empty, we would be able to cause some real change.

~ Jevallye’ Beverly

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Look and Learn

Have you ever driven by a forest that has been burned? It’s usually a scene of utter devastation. The blackened, charred trees that were once green with life now are ruined. All of the plants and grass are wilted and dried up. The smell is a stench to the nostrils. It is very unpleasant and offensive. All of the wildlife and beautiful birds are gone. What happened to this beautiful forest and all the life in it? It was a thing of beauty, peaceful, and serene. It only took one little spark to wreak death and devastation to that which was once alive and vibrant.

Most of us would drive by, shake our heads, and not give it a second thought. Others would talk about it with concern about the environmental impact. Some would ride by, turn their heads and ignore it. There would be some who would receive instruction and wisdom about life after viewing such a scene.

Solomon, the wisest man to whom God gave a heart of understanding, wrote about receiving instruction from what he saw.

~Proverbs 24: 30-34 reads: I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding. Lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered its surface, and the stone wall there of was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest. So shall thy poverty come.

The Bible is our road map and guide on how we should live our lives and speak our words. Like the charred forest our words can spark death, devastation, despair, discord, discouragement, and destruction.

~Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Let us choose the fruit of life as we communicate with our family, friends, and fellow man. God help us speak words of encouragement, peace, love, blessing, and life.

~ Ricky Robinson

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Words

We are bombarded by words every day. They can create images and pictures in our minds either good or bad. Words can edify and lift up or condemn and tear people down. Once words are spoken they cannot be taken back. We have all said things in haste or anger which we later regretted. Sometimes as soon as they roll off our tongues we think, ” Why did I say that?”

The wrong words spoken can start an argument or fight. We really say the wrong things when we try to win a heated debate. We need to learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak. Our fleshly nature causes us to lash out with words trying to defend and justify ourselves. No one ever wins an argument. In the end, feelings are hurt and people are wounded. The wrong words can end close relationships, destroy marriages, and tear families apart.

What can we do to get control of our tongues? Sorry, there is no easy one, two, three-step formula to gain control of your tongue. No matter what your age, your fleshly nature has control of your brain. Whatever you think in your mind will roll off your tongue.

~Luke 6:45 says,” A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Gaining control over our tongue is a matter of our hearts. When Jesus used the word treasure it translates to deposit or wealth. What we have deposited within our hearts is what we have to draw from. One of my favorite scriptures is: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” ~Psalm 119:11 As we grow and mature by treasuring God’s word in our hearts. We have a good deposit to draw from. His Word is spirit and life. His Word is pure and refined. His Word is love and kindness.

Gaining control over our tongue is an ongoing process. Our hearts, therefore our words, are santified daily as we read and meditate on His word. We are the Bride of Christ, and as His Bride we are to make ourselves ready.

~Proverbs 31:6 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Let us strive to be that beautiful Bride of Christ.”

~Ricky Robinson

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Say Not!

~ Jeremiah 1:4 ” The Lord said to me, “I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

“O Lord God, “I said, “I can’t do that! I’m far too young! I’m only a youth!”

“Don’t say that, “He replied, “For you will go wherever I send you and speak whatever I tell you to. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I the Lord, will be with you and see you through.” (LB)

Look at the lives of Moses, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, and others.

David was a shepherd boy. Jeremiah was only seventeen when God called him. Daniel was held captive. Moses was full of fear.

Moses was called by God to deliver the people out of Egypt. He made excuse after excuse as to why he could not do what God wanted him to do.

Let’s bring it on home to where we live.

I’ve never done that before.

I can’t speak well. I stutter. I’m disabled.

I’m old.

I’m young. I have better things to do with my time.

They got this. They’ve done it before and not needed me.

They can pray better than me. I’m not educated.

Why are they picking on me? Just go away. Leave me alone.

I’m a minister’s wife. I’m not supposed to do that.

Do you see yourself in any of the statements above?

Fear, intimidation, insecurity, and rejection will stop you dead in your tracks. God needs you to do His work here on the earth today.

Say not that I’m this or that. Say yes! And obey what He tells you. You will be amazed at what God can do through you. Just remember it’s not you. It’s Him.

He has called many, but has chosen very few because they will not obey what He tells them to do.

~Tammy Sanders

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Sticks and Stones

Okay, we’ve all heard it before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” That is a lie right out of the pits of hell! You can pick up a stick or a stone and throw it back at someone, but words pierce the hearts and emotions in a way that almost kill us. True, they might not physically kill us, but they can kill our self-esteem and our self-worth. With a single word, you can give someone all the confidence in the world and, again with a single word, you can knock someone all the way to the bottom.

Words are very powerful and form images in our minds about who we are. That’s why the devil will use words people say to beat kids down from an early age, making them feel inferior or unworthy. Because of those words, we try to protect ourselves from getting hurt and start building walls around our emotions and around our hearts. By the time we are teens, our hearts are so hardened that it’s like we have an armor plating around them so no one can get through.

When our hearts are hard, we end up saying and doing things to hurt other people the same way we are hurt. We make excuses like, “What comes up, comes out. I really can’t help it.” We can help it, especially if we’re born again and have the nature of God on the inside of us. God tells us all through His word how to act, how to speak towards others and how to treat other people. We are supposed to live and walk in His love. We can do that when we have a foundation in the word, knowing who we are in Him.

Just like a single, hurtful word work towards destroying us, one single from God can and will change our lives. With one single word, God can cause that armor plating to peel back and those walls around our hearts to come down. His word is powerful, and it is more than enough!

It doesn’t matter what others have said to your or about you. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve been hurt. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, and He came to heal you. When you allow God to do His work in your life, you will find that you want to help others instead of hurt them.

Don’t let those sticks and stones keep you from your destiny!

~art and text by guest contributor James Parrish

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