Archive for June, 2010

JESUS IS THE WALL-TOPPLING, COMMUNICATION RESTORING, ESTEEM BUILDING HEALER OF BROKEN HEARTS AND RELATIONSHIPS

Jericho was tightly shut up.

Jos 6:1 NIV

The Bible says: “Jericho was tightly shut up…No one went out and no one came in.”

  •  Ever heard of the “Jericho syndrome?”
  • It’s when you’re on emotional lockdown.
  •  You’re afraid to reach out or let anybody in.
  • You’ve built a wall so you can’t be hurt again.
  • Peter asked Jesus, “How many times shall I forgive my brother, seven times?” Jesus answered, “Seventy times seven” (See Mt 18:21-22 NKJV).
  •  Stop rehearsing your past and give it to the Lord.
  •  He’s the wall-toppling, communication-restoring, esteem-building healer of broken hearts and relationships. If you let Him, He will help you to live and love again.
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And I Like It – I Like Living the Faith Life –

MATTHEW 12:36–37

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Jesus said that you’ll have to give an account for every idle word. The word idle means “to shun the labor one ought to perform.” So idle words are words that you say without fully thinking. For example, what about those words that we say are “just between us” or “off the record”? There is a record. It says, “You’ll give account.” There is no “off the record.”

  • Faith is a language! And the more you speak it, the more you’ll have the culture of Heaven in your life, in your home, and in your family.
  • I work hard on my words. I’m constantly working on my words because I want what Heaven has and what God has.
  •  I want my faith to overcome in this life. And as a result, I’m seeing quicker results with the words I speak on purpose.
  •  And I like it.
  • I like living the life of faith.
  • The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith” (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). So if we live by faith, we ought to be constantly aware of it.

JUDGING PEOPLE IS NOT DISCERNMENT-FAULT-FINDING IS NOT A GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

  • judging people is not discernment.
  • Fault-finding is not a gift of the Spirit.
  • When we see something wrong,
  •  instead of only turning critical,
  • we must learn to pray for mercy for that situation.
  • We will still see what is wrong,
  • but we are harnessing our anger
  • and seeking to redeem what is wrong by the power of Christ’s love.
  • Bible references for this thought –(James 2:13) (Matt. 5:7) (see Matt. 7:2).

expansion of this thought may be found on my other two blog sites…put them in your favourites.

http://annamaemcphail.christianblogsites.com/blog/ – Trusting God All the Way

http://annamaemcphail2007.blogspot.com/ -Faith That Moves Mountains

OUR HELP …IN THE TIME Psalm 46:1

  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Note the words “very present.”
  • life’s rough spots our tendency is to feel abandoned,
  • yet the opposite is true.
  •  we are more than ever the object of His love and concern.

BEING TOGETHER IN FELLOWSHIP

Matthew 6:26 –26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

You’re not called to fly solo.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!'” (1Co 12:21 NIV).

 “Stay in fellowship with one another, and enjoy the uplift it provides.”

Thank God for the brothers and sisters in the Lord at my church.  They are a great blessing to me.

FIRST LAW OF VERBAL ECOLOGY-GARBAGE IS NOT BIODEGRADABLE!

What is good communication?

  • It’s honest,  two-way sharing.
  • It isn’t “dumping” or giving someone a piece of your mind!
  • The first law of verbal ecology is: garbage is not biodegradable!
  •  It recycles, festering with time. “The words of a talebearer are as wounds…they go down into the innermost parts of the belly” (Pr 18:8). Many a word accompanies the hearer to their grave.communicate?
  •  The truth. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Pr 12:22 NKJV).  
  • “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Pr 15:28 NAS).
  •  “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards” (Pr 29:11).   
  •  “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Pr 15:1 NAS). The hearer’s response is conditioned by your words. 
  •  Check your timing; it’s vital! “It is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time” (Pr 15:23 NLT).
  • If you’re not certain about your timing, wait and pray for wisdom!