Sunday, April 26, 2015
Bumped into Isaiah 45:2 and the word that God would go before me and make the crooked places straight, level them. Lots of crooked places in this walk. Crooked places are challenges that seem insurmountable because it’s difficult to find your spiritual footing. You cannot see the outcome and you cannot move in anybody’s timing but God’s. Add to that that things are rarely as they seem. Deception is epidemic. My trust is in God and in God alone. Blessed Sunday to you
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The heart is such a complex organ. It’s the seat of our emotions and houses every reaction we have ever felt—love, rejection, abandonment, frustration, joy, victory, grief, fear. What’s more, when the heart anticipates a situation on the horizon it revs its engine and the next thing we know our feelings are generously sprayed everywhere. Depending on how we are raised we can become experts at masking what the heart is really saying. We’ll be hurting on the inside and will grin and front like everything’s alright on the outside. Despite that deception, the words we speak are a reflection of the content of our hearts. An angry heart will speak angry words even if those words are colored with laughter or a quick ‘I was just playing.’ It stands to reason then that if our words are evil and mean and destructive and hurtful, then we would do well to examine our hearts. If you find yourself here then fear not. Simply ask the Lord to help you like David did in Psalm 139:23-24. Throw your hands up in the air and say, “search me Lord and if you find any offensive way in me then lead me in the way everlasting.” What an awesome God we serve!
Monday, April 20, 2015
After yesterday I had to revisit Ephesians 4:29, especially the part about our words, our talk giving grace to those who hear. At first I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if once spoken we could delete or retract the words we spoke in error. Not possible. Won’t happen. But then I began to think, wouldn’t it be a so much more worthwhile pursuit to make our words a gift of grace to those who hear. Giving at its highest and best is thoughtful, loving and often requires great care. Grace is unmerited favor which means the receiver is neither deserving of nor can he or she do anything to get it. Imagine speaking words that are thoughtful, loving, and carefully chosen exquisitely wrapped with a label that says “ABSOLUTELY NO STRINGS ATTACHED”. In our humanity we are always skeptical of anything unconditional. But that’s just how the grace of God operates. So, how about we allow the divine in us to rise and reign and freely give that which we have been freely given.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Proverbs 25:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) 11 A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.