Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let Grace Speak!

Colossians 4:6
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

Sometimes we can be short with people & be offensive.
Sometimes we can ask for someone's advice, not really wanting it & then respond to that person's comment with criticism.
Sometimes we can fail to see how offensive our responses are to others.

Truth be told;
I have committed these offenses many times.

"WITHOUT LOVE, GRACIOUS WORDS WILL NEVER BE SPOKEN!"

How about you?
Have you ever struggled with your speech?
Has your conversation ever gone in a direction which you didn't intend it to go?
Have you hurt someone with your body language?
Has your tone of voice been out of sync with GRACE?
Has GRACE escaped your conversation?

If your answer is "YES" to any or all of these, then you are in a place where only the Holy Spirit can reach you.
But there is no need for embarrassment.
No one is perfect.
No one can tame their tongue by themselves.

"IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PUT TO DEATH THE MISDEEDS OF THE FLESH!"

"GRACE IS PRESENT ONLY WHEN THE SPIRIT OF LOVE IS PRESENT!"

Even soft-spoken words can be offensive if not seasoned with grace.

"EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE WITH LOVE!"
"BECAUSE LOVE IS FULL OF GRACE!"
"BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE!"

Therefore, let your conversations be led by the Holy Spirit!

"LET THE SPIRIT OF GRACE SPEAK THROUGH YOUR LIFE!!!"

1 Peter 5: 8

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." ~ (1 Peter 5: 8)
 
 
 
Praise God that we know a stronger 'Lion' by the name of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah and Amen!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time, we only get one shot at it! Therefore, make the best of it!

Ephesians 5:16
"Making the most of your time, because the days are evil."

"TIME IS PRECIOUS!"
"MAKE THE MOST OF IT!"

"DON'T LET THOSE MOMENTS SLIP PAST YOU!"
"THEY MAY NEVER RETURN!"

"DO THE NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE!"

Proverbs 8: 13 EVIL

"The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate." ~ (Proverbs 8: 13)
 
 
 
EVIL - 1. morally reprehensible: sinful, wicked. 2. embodying or associated with the forces of the devil. 3. intending to harm, injurious.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Submission is more than a word, it is a command!

Hebrews 13:17
"Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, NOT A BURDEN, for that would be of no benefit to you."

Leaders are placed in our live's to guide us & watch over us.
Failing to receive their guidance is tragic.
Not allowing them to watch over us is foolish.

But the thing that is most damaging is when we speak against our leaders.
When we fail to respect their God-Given Authority.
When we cause others not to submit to their authority.

This is a great error & also a great sin.

Therefore, do not allow Satan to deceive you.
"WE ARE NOT TO SPEAK AGAINST OUR LEADERS!"

God's Word is very clear on this subject!
There is no grey line!
We are either in agreement that God is in total control.
Or we disagree with His decision-making.

"GOD HAS CHOSEN OUR LEADERS!"
"WE WOULD BE WISE TO LET THEM LEAD!"
"BUT EVEN WISER TO FOLLOW THEIR GUIDANCE!"

If God wanted us to be the leader, then He would placed us in that position.
But instead, He has placed another in that position.
We would do well to submit to their God-Given Authority.

The most dangerous thing is this;
"GRIEVING OUR LEADERS CAUSES THEM TO LOSE FOCUS!"
"CONTINUOUSLY GRIEVING THEM CAUSES THEM TO LOSE HEART!"

"A DIS-HEARTENED LEADER IS NOT SEEKING GOD FOR THE DIRECTION OF THE FLOCK, BUT FOR CONSOLATION!"
"THIS CAUSES THE FLOCK TO BE AT A STAND-STILL!"
"STAGNANCY WILL EVENTUALLY CAUSE DIVISION!"
"DIVISION WILL ULTIMATELY BRING DOWN THE HOUSE!"

I want to encourage everyone today;
"DON'T LET THE ENEMY USE YOU AS HIS TOOL OF DESTRUCTION!"

Ephesians 5: 16

"Make the most of your time, because the days are evil." ~ (Ephesians 5: 16)
 
 
 
As people are being murdered in resorts, in God's house, and Christians beheaded around the globe, we know that evil is real and it's getting worse. Thank God we have a hope that the world does not have in Jesus Christ and His soon triumphant return. Amen.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

James 1: 27

"Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows who are suffering and to keep oneself unstained by the world." ~ (James 1: 27)



Lord we pray that You would set free those brought up in false religion and legalism and bring us back to the heart of Christianity; to love and serve one another by faith in Jesus' name. Amen