Tame the Titanic

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.  Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.  All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:3-8)

Wow!  The tongue carries a lot of power in it.  I’m sure many of you have experienced it’s power, whether you have been built up by it or destroyed by it.  The Truth we are facing is how well are we controlling our tongues.   Read more

God is Greater

…Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. ~1 John 4:4 (KJV)

I’m taking just a small break from the Psalm 119 series to share with you something that happened to me today.  When I got online to prepare my devotional for the day, I was greeted with an email that shared with me…my facebook account had been hacked into.  For those of you who don’t know what facebook is, just imagine you have a journal open to all your friends with pictures, comments, journal entries, etc.  Well, on this particular day, my facebook page had been hijacked.  My identity in cyber space had been stolen.  Someone was acting as if they were me and sending out very disgraceful messages and pictures on my behalf.  It was a huge spiritual attack.  The pictures were hideous and the words written were enough to make you cringe.  I tried desperately to get into my account, but my password had been changed, as well as my email and picture for my profile.  It was a mess!

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Eternity in View

The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from the nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:8-10)

A person can never truly appreciate the bloom of a rose without the work of another hand.  There is always someone who has planted a seed, watered the seed, weeded the garden, taken care of the soil, and harvested the plant.  We all need to make sure that in the act of our sowing, we are sowing for the Lord.  He is the One who sees our heart and knows our intentions.  May we sow out of the overflow of goodness that God has done in our own lives.  May we plant seeds of joy, peace, and love.  May we not look for the harvest, but know that God has plans that far exceed what we can comprehend.  Read the following story and see what I mean. Read more

God’s Doing the Thinking

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11)

This is a very packed passage and I pray you find all the meaning in it for your own life, as I unfold the meaning of it in my own life.  I truly enjoy how the beginning starts.  God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.  Sometimes this is difficult to understand.  Like Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  We would all rather follow the trail that more footsteps have been on, the one that looks a little easier.

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Wisdom in Few Words

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

First of all, I have to admit that I’ve read this verse many times before and never been struck so deeply by the meaning of it in my own life!  Words!  We all use them, but there are definitely times we would like to give ownership of some of them to another.  The ones that sneak out at times we act unaware, times when our tongue is slippery and sharp.  It cuts quickly and smooth.

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