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The Power of Words

 Have you ever thought much about the effects our words have? The book of Proverbs has a lot of verses on our words. In Proverbs 18:21 it says: "death and life are in the power of the tongue"; ouch!

Our words can edify, encourage and build up or hurt and tear down. Furthermore, in Matthew 12:34, we are told that when we speak, we speak what’s in our heart. In other words, what’s in us will come out over time. Words once spoken can never be taken back, even if we plead that we did not mean it, or were just joking.

This is not to say that our words should always be warm and fuzzy; Jesus confronted when he needed to but it was always in love and to bring revelation and life. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Prov 25:11).

Let us walk in love and choose our words carefully.

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Are You on Duty Today?

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth  peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; and that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth”! (Isa 52:7; KJV)

Paul uses this beautiful verse in his letter to the Romans as an exhortation to evangelism (Rom 10:15). He asks how non-Christians can believe if no one ever goes to tell them about Jesus and all that Jesus did for them (Rom 10:14-15). We are all ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5: 20) and God wants to reach people through us.

As Christians, God has given each of us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:11) We are to explain the route to relationship with God to those God brings across our path. In fact, God commanded us to go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). He told us to make disciples of every nation (Matt 28:19).

Ask God to give you a divine appointment each day to share the love of God and His word with someone. Don’t be afraid, He will give you the words to say! (Matt 10:19) Just do it.

Not everyone will receive Christ the first time a Christian shares with them; someone will sow the word, others water and cultivate and yet others reap the harvest (1Cor 3:6). We just need to hear from God and do our part. Sharing Jesus is so much fun for us and for the angels in heaven (Luke 15:7).  


Sin and God’s Forgiveness!

 It is good for us to spend time in the Old testament of the bible and be reminded that God has zero tolerance for sin. This is portrayed graphically in His dealings with Israel and Judah as He allowed them to be taken into exile because of their rebellion and sin (2 Kings). We are exhorted also to hate evil (Ps 97:10).

In the new Testament, we are told that Sin causes spiritual death (Rom 6:23) and separation from God; all people sin (Rom 3:23). Jesus paid the price for our sins by His sacrificial death (1 Peter 3:18) and won justification for us (Rom 3:24). This simply mean that if we repent, ask His forgiveness and ask Him into our life as Lord and Saviour, we are made: “just as if we had never sinned”. Our sins were washed away by His blood (Rev 1:5), the price was paid and God sees us as righteous in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21).

Does this mean God has gone soft on sin? Absolutely not (1 John 1:5). We are told as Christians that we should not go on willfully sinning (1 John 3:6-9). But we are still flesh and blood and we will sin (1 John 1:8), but if we repent and ask God’s forgiveness He is quick to forgive (1 John 1:9).

The next question is, as Christians, are we soft on Sin? Do we have things in our lives that we wink at or ignore? Well, God knows I get it mostly right but I am sure He can tolerate a few minor issues. However, God is still black and white on sin and He tells us to take of the old man and put on the new (Eph 4:22-24). That’s all of the old man and all of the new. Let’s not limit God in our lives by ignoring sin. Now don’t get condemned, God knows our hearts (Ps 44:21) and as we desire to be everything He wants us to be, He will provide grace to help us to change (Eph 1:7-9). Paul never claimed to be perfect (Phil 3:12) and God does not expect us to change overnight. Keep on keeping on, the blessings are amazing. God bless you, we love you. 

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What do Your Actions Speak?

A pastor friend of mine once told me that people will make all sorts of claims about where they are as Christians but all we need to do is simply watch their lives over a period of time. I thought this was very sage advice and it has served me well. We can talk with all sorts of bravado and put on an act for a period of time but over time what is truly in us will surface.

In the Bible, we are told that what is in in our hearts will come out from our mouths, good or bad (Matt 15:18). However, more importantly, in the epistle of James, chapter 2 and verse 17, it says: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone (James 2:17; KJV). Faith isn’t really faith unless it has accompanying actions. This passage in James uses Abraham as its example. God told Abraham to go and sacrifice His only son and Abraham went in faith believing God could raise Isaac from the dead (Heb 11:17-19). 

In 1 John 4:3 we are told to love not in words but in deeds and truth. It hardly helps to speak blessings over a hungry person but not to feed him. Paul was so confident in his life witness that he was able to say: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Presumably people were able to see the practical outworking of his Christian walk to be able to imitate it. It’s a useful exercise for us all to ask ourselves if we could say the same as Paul.


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Fear v Peace?

As we look around us today we often see people in fear and confusion as they watch TV and listen to the fear mongers in the media. But fear and confusion should have no place in the life of the Christian. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7; KJV).

God says that perfect love drives fear from our lives (1 John 4:18). Fear is the opposite of faith; faith believes God, fear believes the reports of the devil.

If our lives are driven by selfishness and evil motives then confusion easily results (James 3:16) but “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Cor 14:33).

How do we walk in peace? In Isaiah chapter 26 and verse 3 it is written: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee” Let’s commit to walk in love, focus on God’s word and believe it; not the noise in the world around us. Let’s cut through the confusion in our world and be beacons of God’s life, peace and truth. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

True life and freedom are not to be found in rushing after everything the world says is important. God’s greatest desire is to bless us, but His word says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (God’s provisions and blessings) shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33).

We need to put God first and do things God’s way.

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