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Taming the Tongue

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 12 and verse 36 it says that we will give an account for every idle word we speak and in verse 34 we are told that our mouths speaks from the abundance of our hearts.

In Proverbs chapter 18 and verse 21 the writer states that: “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (KJV). If that is the case, then what we put in our hearts is of utmost importance. What we look at and what we listen to is what we put in our hearts.

“The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity” (James 3:6) and can be tamed by no man. It sounds like we have a job for God on our hands. Fortunately, we have been made new creations in Christ, our minds are being renewed, we are attached to the vine and abide in Christ. As the Holy Spirt that lives in us changes us and develops his fruit in us, our tongues will be changed, as long as we cooperate with him.

James also gives us some very good advice in Chapter 1 and verse 19 of his epistle: "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." If we all put that verse into practice the world would be a much more pleasant place to live. I encourage you to join me in spending time each morning asking God to help you put James advice into practice.

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What is Love?

Genesis chapter 24 and verse 67 always strikes me because of its simplicity. Isaac and Rebecca had met for the very first time but it says she became his wife and he loved her.

In new testament Greek the predominant word for love is "agape." This is an unconditional love, an act of our will, by faith. This is how God loves us (John 3:16). We are called to "agapao" one another as Christ loved us (John 13:34). It always impresses me that husbands are admonished to set the tone for love (agape) in their marriages (Eph. 5:21-33). They are the ones admonished to love in that passage.

This love or “agape”, for others is patient, pure, humble, controlled, kind, polite; thinks God's thoughts and abhors evil. It is never selfish, it is full of faith and never fails (1 Cor.13:4-8).

In any relationship, “agape” is the foundation but affection ("phileo" in the Greek) is also important; the fondness, tenderness, proclamation and demonstration of love (Rom.12:9,10).

Let us let the Apostle John have the final word: "my little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John.3:18; KJV). Isn't that what God did for us? (John 3:16) Wow! Enough said!


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God Exalts the Humble

Peter in his first epistle tells us that God: “resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5; KJV). To walk in humility and have a humble heart are cardinal virtues of the Christian. We are commanded to humble ourselves before God. (1 Peter 5:6)

Jesus is our greatest example of one humbled before God the Father. Jesus gave up the privileges of the God head to come to earth as a man and humbled himself to the point of death on a cross (Phil 2:5-9). Notice that as a result of Jesus humility God was able to exalt him. God will also exalt the man or woman that will humble them self before God. (1 Peter 5:6)

What does it mean to be humble, to walk in humility? The words mean to make low, to be modest, to see ourselves as small and limited without God but able to do all things with God’s help (Phil 4:13). Perhaps the most significant part of the meaning of these words is that we need to be submitted to God and teachable.

Are we teachable? Can God address us in any area of our lives? To be teachable is not just to be a good listener but it is to allow the word of God to convict and change us and to be obedient.

Our teachability will determine how far we progress in our Christian walk, how much God can work in us, through us and for us. We are nothing without God. We need to humble ourselves and allow God to change us so we can be all he wants us to be. That’s the God kind of life. Pass this on.

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True Prosperity

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19-20; KJV). To me, “all your need”, means “all” and in every area of life.

Isn’t it strange that when we think of this promise we often look immediately to the world for our definition of prosperity. The bible warns about chasing after money or material riches (1 Tim 6:9-10) but yet God wants us to prosper (3 John v1).

Maybe we need God’s definition of prosperity and God’s plan for prospering? God tells us to seek him, his kingdom and his righteousness and then watch him take care of us in every area of life (Matt 6:33).

So, what is He saying here? I believe he is saying, don’t run after money and things, this will simply give you a headache (1Tim 6:9-10). Press in to God and his word; allow the power of the Holy Spirit on the inside of you to change you to be more like God each day. Pursue his plan and purpose for your life (Ps 139:16, AMP). Then the fullness of life that God enjoys will be yours; that abundance Jesus talked about (John 10:10).

In James 1:17 we are told that everything that is good and perfect is a gift to us from God and he never changes. This will include peace, fullness, joy, happiness, purpose and health, to name but a few. The things we need in the material realm to live on are also included and so much more. We just need to focus on him, pursue him and he will supply and prosper us. Focusing on the needs and leaving God on the side is a recipe for heartache. Pass this on to a friend.

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Jesus Knows Where You Are At.

Sometimes we can be overawed or intimidated by the glory and power of God and feel inadequate or unworthy of him as we walk our walk upon this earth. It is important for us to realize that Jesus gave up the advantages and privileges of heaven and came to earth as a man, with flesh and blood (Phil 2:5-8). He had to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to minister on this earth just like you and I have to be (Matt 3:13-17). 

In Hebrews chapter 4, and verse 15, we are told that Jesus can identify with us as he was tempted in all the same ways we are, while he was on this earth, but he did no sin. Do you get the picture? Jesus came here as a man with flesh and blood and walked in our shoes just like us. He knows our state, our weaknesses and temptations, our trials and tribulations; He dealt with the same things while he was here. He knows where we are at and yet the word still says: “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Phil 4:13). 

Nothing is impossible if we have Jesus inside us. Be encouraged today, Jesus will never leave you or forsake you (Heb 13:5).

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