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SOMETHING MORE HARMFUL THAN A PINECONE!

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Our WORDS, like  a pine cone can do GREAT HARM to OTHERS... LET’S LEARN HOW TO DROP THEM QUICKLY before they can do damage!

Hello Readers and HAPPY Monday! 🙂
I have been successful for seven days on Weight Watchers. It can be difficult keeping track of everything that goes into our mouths. Better yet, the REAL challenge for us as Christians, may be what escapes out of our mouth due to what we are holding in our heart.
JAMES 3:2-6
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses ‘mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. (wherever the pilot desires)
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
What you say and what you don’t say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.
James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire-the tongue’s wickedness has its source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible harm. satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one another. Idle words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, and no one can stop the results once they are spoken.
A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build. Before we speak, remember that words are like fire-you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.
We can still learn enough control to reduce the damage “it” (gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering, and lying) can do. It is better to fight a fire than to go around setting new ones!

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Before we speak, ask, “Is what I want to say true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Keeping track of everything that comes out of mouth is far more challenging to me than my Weight Watchers after all, and MORE important to the Father.

Let’s remember to ask ourselves the three questions listed above- today and every day! 🙂

Let’s remember to forgive them that know not what they do!

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Don’t let the actions of others take you down a muddy path

Hello and HAPPY Saturday:)
And for the record, I’m aware the ‘s’ on satan should be capitalized, but I don’t like to make him any bigger than he actually ISN’T...sort of like those that mistreat people. Read that again if it didn’t flow 🙂
Do you know that half the battle of defeating satan is outsmarting him? The devil uses God’s Children against each other all of the time. We must stay guarded through prayer.
As Christians, we encounter the wrong behavior just like non-believers do, but I sometimes think when the actions come from our brothers and sisters in Christ it hurts us a little more. I’m not certain if the reason it bothers us is because we, as Christians, are supposed to prioritize our actions toward others, or perhaps it concerns us because it reveals the amount of priority that we hold in our heart for obeying Christ’s commands, or better yet, the lack of it.

Luke 23:34
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment and cast lots.

A perfect example for us to follow when mistreated by our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as anyone who mistreats us. Jesus asked His Father, God, (The most POWERFUL OVER ALL) to forgive the people who were putting him to death-Jewish leaders, Roman politicians, and soldiers, bystanders-and God answered that prayer by opening up the way of salvation even to Jesus’ murderers. The Roman officers and soldiers who witnessed the crucifixion said, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). Soon many priests were converted to the Christian faith (Acts 6:7). Jesus could have asked His Father to smite every one of them, including ALL FUTURE people (us), but He didn’t because the Father had a plan just like He does today that includes us.
We must remember that satan uses whomever he can to help discourage anything that will glorify God. Another great example of why it’s important to have our Armour on so we stand against the wiles of the devil at all times.
satan arrogantly hoped to succeed in his rebellion against God by diverting Jesus from His mission and winning His worship. “This world is mine, not God’s,” he was saying, and if you hope to do anything worthwhile here, you better recognize that fact.” Jesus didn’t argue with satan about who owns the world, but He refused to validate satan’s claim by bowing to him.

So, the next time that you are mistreated, just remember that satan is involved in some way by using the ‘unprotected’ person for his gain. Let’s try to be like Jesus, and not argue with them because we know WHO we belong to in Christ. Keep on working for God and not be distracted by others SHORT COMINGS AND LACK OF PRIORITY for GOD.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION:
Let’s pray for those who mistreat us. Holding on to the hurt will only cause us to bow down to satan.

I hope this blog helps the lady who blogged about being so discouraged by the actions of fellow Christians that she wanted to just quit!!! Please don’t let ‘people‘ carry you down a wrong path. You must be doing something right that is causing them to to feel threatened. Our Lord was put to death due to ‘people’ and their need to feel more important and get rid of anything that possibly took the popularity off of them…HANG IN THERE!

 

Bubble Wrap CAN NOT cover sin!

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There are many uses for using Bubble Wrap AND COVERING UP SIN ISN’T ONE OF THE USES!

 

My sweet niece told me today is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, SO guess what today’s topic is about? Yep, you guessed it:)

Bubble Wrap is a pliable transparent plastic material used for packaging fragile items.

In the BIG scheme of things, us humans are somewhat fragile and we do have an area that we try to cover up on a daily basis…Sin. Let us take a look at what the Bible has to say…

Proverbs 28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

It is hard to learn from a mistake you don’t acknowledge making. And To what good is a mistake if it doesn’t teach you something? To learn from an error, you need to admit it, analyze it, and make adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools repeat them.
Something in each of us strongly resists admitting we are wrong. That is why we admire people who openly and graciously admit their mistakes. These people have a strong self-image. They do not always have to be right to feel good about themselves. Be willing to reconsider-to admit you are wrong and to change your plans when necessary.

We see in Genesis 3:7,8, After sinning, Adam and Eve felt guilt and embarrassment over their nakedness. Their guilty feelings made them run from God and try to hide. A guilty conscience is a warning signal God placed inside you that goes off when you’ve done wrong. The worst thing you could do is eliminate the guilty feelings without eliminating the cause. That is like using a pain killer but not addressing the disease. Be glad those guilty feelings are there. They make you aware of your sin so you can ask God’s forgiveness and then you can correct your wrongdoing.

The thought of two humans covered with fig leaves trying to hide from the all-seeing, all -knowing God is humorous. How could they be so silly as to think they could actually hide? Yet we do the same thing when we try to hide things from God. Share all you do and think and don’t try to hide.
It can’t be done!

 

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