If I had a dime for every complaint I have ever uttered, I would be rich. It saddens me to think how often I offer complaints instead of thanksgiving, criticism instead of praise, or hurt instead of healing. Our tongues are what cause the most sin in our lives. How often have I said things I wish I could take back…
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
“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.”
Most things I say are pointless. We will be judged by the words we have spoken. That is a promise from God (Matthew 12:37). God cares about what we say. He cares about what words we use and how we use them. Let praise for God overflow from our mouths and let us carefully weigh what we want to say before we actually do it. I have always been told, “God gave you two ears and one mouth.” That is so true! Those ears are for listening and we should listen twice as much as we speak. I will be working on this for the rest of my life I am sure, and I will fail often, but it is something we need to be very aware of. I will be looking at the words Jesus spoke. They were harsh, always constructive, glorifying to the Father, healing, true, and sure. He was confident in the words he spoke because they were good. Jesus spoke with purpose. He is the perfect example and we should be following in His footsteps in every way, even in our speech. I hope you will join me and strive to speak only things that are glorifying to God!
Blessings In Christ,
Words of Praise February 28, 2012
Why Worry For Tomorrow? December 8, 2011
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Worrying for tomorrow is unfortunately, a weakness of mine, and worrying means not trusting. If I were better at handing my worry over to God and truly trusting him to take care of the problem, then I would not be anxious. It is depressing for me to admit this failure, but it helps that I am aware.
Do you have problems with worrying over things you cannot control?
I have found a few things that help me to truly trust God when I give him my problems. It is so freeing to be able to set it at God’s feet and really let it go. When facing a problem, I find it helpful to talk out my worries with God and ask him to help me to not feel anxious. I immerse myself in the promises that God gives us.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a hope and a future.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
I also find it helpful to talk to an older, wiser Christian. Someone who can give me biblical advice. Journaling is also a wonderful way to trust. Writing things down sometimes helps me see clearly. It helps me to notice when I am worrying and not trusting God. I hope this post helped someone to lay their burdens at the feet of Jesus today. Trusting is faith…
Blessings In Christ,