Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
Words have power! How are you using yours? Is it to build up or tear down?
I am sure that if we are ALL could be honest for a minute, we ALL can admit that we too are guilty of possibly saying the wrong word when angered or when things are just not going quite as well as we expect them.
We ALL are reminded in this text that circumstances and situations are not excuses that we can continue to use to spew out harsh, hurtful and painful words to others when life is not going our way.
We MUST remember that our words have power, be it kind or harsh. Kind words turns away wrath and harsh, grievous words stirs up anger.
Proverbs 18:21 -The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
People of God, fill you mouth with life and not death for you will reap what you sow.
The Apostle James says the tongue is unruly and no man can tame it, but we can pray and ask God to help us in bring our thoughts and words under subjection to the authority of His written Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit when we are tempted to speak words that tear down instead of build up.
Helpful or hurtful words? Building up or tearing down? What are our spoken words doing to others?
Revengeful and harsh words may seem appropriate and satisfying at the moment of our jealousy, anger or rage, but, the lasting effects from them can damage the mind, soul and spirit of someone, possibly forever.
As the people of God, we ALL must think and pray before we speak so that we can make sure that we are speaking words of wisdom, especially if we are angry or emotionally or mentally a wrecked at the moment because we are more vulnerable at this time and anything is bound to come out of our mouth without thinking about what are saying.
Proverbs 15:2- The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
We are reminded in the text above that the wise man or woman uses knowledge rightly by evidence of the words they say. The spoken words out of their mouth shows forth their wisdom.
Wisdom takes into consideration, what she speaks, when to speak, whom to speak and in what manner should we speak and if we should speak at all.
The mouth of fools does not care what it says, to whom they say it to, how they say it or who is offended by what was spoken by them.
Speaking as one of wisdom or as one who is a fool? Which describes you on today?
If it is your desire to allow the wisdom of God to rule and reign in our lives, hearts and spoken words, we can seek God for help because He loves us enough to freely give wisdom to all who ask of Him.
James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him.
Having a problem controlling what you say to others? God reminds of this in His Word that is found in Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
Helpful or hurtful words? We have a choice.
The Lord our God who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
God can and will help us in every area of life. Call upon the Lord on today for He can and will guide our mouth and what comes forth out of it if we would let Him.
Remember, it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. Check your heart against the Word of God and it will help us determine if what we are speaking is helpful or hurtful, building up or tearing down.
Helpful or hurtful words? Ponder this question today and seek God through the words of wisdom found in the book of Proverbs in God's Holy Bible and I promise you, that wisdom will jump from every page into your heart.
Helpful or hurtful words? Which are you speaking?
Word of God, speak to your people!
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1 Peter 4:4 - They are surprised that you do not join them in the same excess of wild living, and so they speak evil of you.
Peer pressure is everywhere. It is among adults as well as young people, but, it is extremely prevalent among our young people.
What is peer pressure? Influence from members of one's peer group.
These 2 words called peer pressure hits the fear button in every parent and every family.
There are 2 kinds of peer pressure. There is positive and negative. The difference between the 2 is the outcome. One helps and the other hurts.
The majority of the time peer pressure is not done with good intent, but with the intent of rebellion and disobedience against authority.
Peer pressure! Do you know that you have the right to say "NO" to peer pressure? You do not have to go along to get along!
Young people, are you being pressured or forced by your peers to act a certain way or to do a certain thing that you do not want to do to just fit in or be accepted by those who truly do not have your best interest at hand?
The honest truth is that your relationship with them, the consequences and the pain you will experience from negative peer pressure is not worth the sacrifice you will make nor the consequences you will suffer from it in the end.
Young people, be not surprised that you are being spoken evil of because you have made up in your mind that for God you will now live against the currents of the world and negative peer pressure?
Rejected and persecuted by those who once claimed to be in your inner circle? Rejoice! for your reward is great in heaven. No man can serve two master!
The call today young people is to take a stand against negative peer pressure and to know that it is ok to be who you are and not have to participate with anything for acceptance.
1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
The point I want you to get on today is negative peer pressure produces negative thoughts, negative words, negative attitude, negative actions and regretful results.
Negative peer pressures is what it says; negative peer pressure. Nothing good comes from it. It hurts and tears you down mentally, emotionally, spiritually and eventually financially if you are an adult.
What is your goal? To please man or to please God? it is better to listen to God through His Word and your parents than to listen to the voice of the evil one.
Young people have you purposed in your heart to take a stand against negative peer pressure and because you have you are being spoken evil because of it? That's good because God is showing you that they were not your friend in the first place.
My hope and prayer for you young people on today is that you will seek out your parents, counselor or a spiritual leader for godly counsel so that they may help you in ridding yourself of the need to feel to fit in with the crowd whose goal is not to positively motivate and encourage you, but to tear you down.
Proverbs 1:10-15 warns us against giving into negative peer pressure by unbelievers. Vs #15 says- my son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path.
In other words, do not do what the world do. The worlds says go along to get along, but God says do not conform to the world. Renew your mind through the word of God.
Young people, as God’s children you have the power in you to stand up against negative peer pressure!! The word of God is in you. It has been taught to you by your parents, Sunday School Teachers and your Pastor. You must use it when negative peer pressure raises it’s ugly head.
Young people, take a stand today against negative peer pressure. You can do this!
When trouble comes, you will see who is there for you. I promise you it won't be those friends. No, they will still be speaking evil about you and laughing and talking about you. It will be your parents or family members who will be there for you.
Young people, heed the call on today to reject and avoid the snares and traps of negative peer pressure.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 - Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, "Life is not pleasant anymore."
Being pressured in a negative way on today? Seek an adult to help you. Yes, help is available to you on today.
Ephesians 6:1 - Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.
Suffering from negative peer pressure? Help is available to you on today. Take advantage of it and GET OUT of that circle!
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Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night so that you may act carefully according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way successful, and you will be wise.
What are you daily speaking out of your mouth? What are you doing with the "Word of God"? Are you meditating (thinking, reflecting, remembering) on the Word of God day and night? if not why not?
God promises a fruitful harvest in your life if you obey and do what His Word says, so why not do what He commands?
Are you using the Word of God as the authoritative power in your life? That is the purpose of God giving it to us. We are to meditate on it, study it, obey it and apply it to our lives.
God has given us the authority to use His Word in every situation of our lives. He reminds us in this text that it should not depart from our mouth. This means we are to speak it over every area of our lives with authority regardless of how big or small the situation may be.
Life and death is in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat it's fruit. What are you speaking over your life and the life of your family members? Life or death?
There is an old adage that says "what you see is what you get, but, I have learned over the years that my words have power and the truth of the matter is we get what we speak!
This text is a call to courage. Moses is now dead and Joshua is now called by God to be the leader of God's people. The command given to Joshua by God is to "never let my Word depart from your mouth" for if you keep it in your mouth and do all according to what it says, you will be successful in leading my people and you will prosper". Oh, what a promise!!!
In other words, God is saying, "listen carefully, meditate on what I say, obey Me and do as I command you and your life will be prosperous" for you will not lack anything you need.
What has God commanded of you? Are you doing what He told you? If not, that could possibly be the problem in your life!
To be effective on this Christian journey, our words, attitudes and conduct must line up with God's Word. Yes, we must daily strive for consistency in our lives through the counsel of God's Word and what it commands of us.
Let not your focus be what others are doing, let it be on what God has commanded of you.
People of God start today by speaking out of your mouth what God's Word says about you. SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD!
People of God let your conversations and life application be seasoned and examined by the Word of God.
People of God, the Lord your God wants you to excel in life.
We may not have been called to lead God's people, the nation of Israel, but in our families we are called to lead God's little people, the children He has given us.
To train and lead our children effectively and successfully, we must meditate, study, obey and apply the Word of God to our task of parenting, but we must speak of God to them and tell them how good He is to our families and all that He has and is still doing for us. Also, let your children see you praying and studying the Word of God.
Training our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord does not mean they won't stray, but the Word of God declares that if they do, they WILL return because you have already planted the seed of God's Word in them.
God is not promising a trouble free life, but a life that could still be prosperous even in the midst of trouble for God is in it.
Obedience to God's Word and His command is the prescription to a successful and prosperous life now and in eternity.
God's prescription for a prosperous life! Are you taking your daily dose of the medicine (Word) He has prescribed for you?
O taste and see that the Lord is Good!