3 Ways To Speak Life

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August 17, 2017

3 Ways to Speak Life

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:25-32
There always seem to be drama in teenage girls lives
Sometimes the drama is because of a misunderstanding. Sometimes it’s because of a social media post. Sometimes it could be because of a guy.
More often than not, the drama is directly tied to words. And believe me, there are all sorts of word-related offenders: a hastily sent email, a group text gone wrong, a sarcastic remark in the hallway, a rumor that’s passed along thoughtlessly—we could go on and on.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of one of those things, you know how much it can hurt. But sometimes, we’re the ones who do the hurting, and sometimes it can he from two people hurting each other and not always in words but actions, which was my case. I understand why it happens. We’re always looking for ways to feel connected to other people—to feel accepted and “safe”—so when the enemy dangles bait that gives us a chance to be a mocker as opposed to mocked, to be the scorner instead of scorned, we can feel tempted to lunge at that seemingly tasty morsel. So we start a rumor, share some gossip, roast the new girl or boy and we act like it’s all in good fun. After all, the bait look delicious, right?
But don’t be fooled, that bait is a trap. And that trap will hook you and hold you for longer than you ever intended to stay there and believe me I’m eating my fruits. I made a terrible decision 3 years ago and just at the moment before I made that choice God quickened me at that very moment to tell me it was not going to turn out good for me. Even though I was betrayed and trusted by someone that I knew I shouldn’t have, even though he tore me down and wounded me, rejected me all I could think about was hurting him back. I will always grieve over those decisions I made and not trusting God that he’s decision was the right one.
That’s why it’s critical to use our words well. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (ESV). So every time we speak, we are choosing life or death.
Let me repeat that.
Every time we speak, we are choosing life or death.
We can build up, encourage, love, and support. Or we can tear down, wound, hate, and reject.
So, I just want to offer three quick suggestions that will hopefully remind us of how important it is to speak life today:
1. Every single person is made in the image of God. Every. Single. One. It’s good to remember that before we share the latest rumor or pass along “news” that’s really none of our business. The person you’re tempted to talk about is precious in God’s sight. Choose your words carefully.
2. Empathy changes how we respond. Instead of firing off a sarcastic remark, take ten seconds to really think about how the other person feels—and how you feel when people are unkind to you. Think about the possibility that what you and the other person really need is a conversation, not an argument.
3. It’s so much more rewarding to create a culture of honor and esteem than it is to settle for a culture of mean. And if you’re tempted to think the culture can’t be any different—that you can’t make a difference—then stand up for someone who’s having a tough time. You’ll see what an impact even one person can have.
Give grace. Speak life. Your words are more powerful than you know they not only wound the other person but they cause deep wounds to your on soul!
Cathey Lynn

Audience With The King

August 17, 2017
Audience With The King

I love George Mueller. I ran across this story and wanted to share. It reminds me of the story in Mark 9:24. The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Also Luke 22:32 when Jesus prayed for Simon. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 

I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (Acts 27:25).

I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, “The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, ‘Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.’ ‘It is impossible,’ I said. ‘Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.'”

“I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, ‘What lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this.’ ‘Mr. Mueller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense this fog is?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.'”

“He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. ‘First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.'”

“I looked at him, and he said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.’ I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.”

 

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord.

 

O Lord, thank you for my faith. Sustain it. Strengthen it. Deepen it. Don’t let it fail. Make it the power of my life, so that in everything I do, you get the glory as the great Giver. Amen.”
Cathey Lynn