Redeemed from What? Part I

When you receive a gift card, how do you use it? You redeem it at the appropriate store. When you receive a check, what do you do? You redeem it at the bank.

So, what does it mean that Jesus redeemed us? Just what is “Redemption”? Most Christians will acknowledge that they are redeemed but when you question them as to what that means, what is the answer?

To redeem means to buy back; to turn in and receive something in exchange. An example would by store coupons. With the coupons, you receive a certain amount of money deducted from the payment of your purchase.

When Adam sinned, we lost our right standing with God. The whole human race was plunged into darkness, headed for eternal damnation. But God, in His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge, had a plan already in place. He would send a  “Redeemer” to buy back what had been lost. He would, through Jesus, redeem mankind from sin, sickness, and spiritual death.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Now, if you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably heard this. But do you know the magnitude of what actually happened?

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) 21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

When Jesus went to the Cross, He redeemed us from sin by becoming sin for us. He not only took our sins on His pure, sinless Spirit, but He actually became that horrible sin. He was made sin! Pure and holy as He was, He was made sin – the evil, demonic, filth of this world, the very nature of Satan, so that we could become righteous in the eyes of our Father God, having no sense of sin-consciousness, inferiority, or condemnation.

Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) 16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The only way Jesus could have died was to be made sin for us. Heretofore, He had no sin in Himself. Sin is what causes death. So, when He took our sins on Himself, He died. He paid the total price for our Redemption so that we don’t have to pay it.

But it’s our choice. We can receive what He has done for us or reject it. In the final analysis, we will have no excuse for where we end up – Heaven or hell – because it’s our choice. We need to make the right choice and choose God’s way of salvation by accepting what Jesus did for us as our Savior and make Him our Lord. Then we can all rejoice together in heaven for all eternity!

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish!

2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) 7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Anybody can start a project. But how many ever get finished? Starting takes effort and some even say, “Just start and the rest will follow!” That may be true but it takes effort to actually get started: gathering all the necessary tools and equipment you’ll need, plus setting aside sufficient time to work (which is actually the hardest part!)

So, you’ve finally gotten all the tools and equipment you’ll need and you’re ready (and even excited) to begin. But, somewhere down the line, interruptions come and weariness sets in because it’s taking longer than you anticipated. So, the project gets shelved and remains unfinished.

Of course, all those projects are probably not life and death. But then, there are things that are life and death—namely our walk with God. And, even though we start out with a bang when we get saved, we need to stay focused and circumspect because the devil, the adversary, is lurking about to get us to quit walking by faith.

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Be sure that problems will arise, temptations will come, and the cares of the world will confront you daily. But, that doesn’t’ change the faithfulness of God. He’s still the same, in spite of our circumstances. In fact, our circumstances don’t change God at all! He’s not a “fair-weather” God. He’s the same as He was yesterday, as He is today, and as He will be tomorrow and forever. He’s the absolute one constant that you can totally rely on forever!

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

But, getting back to how we finish … We need to dig in, get back on track, and stay focused on walking with God daily. It’s not a “hit or miss” deal. We need to be determined and committed to stay in it for the long haul – ‘til the end and beyond. In fact, we’re always going to have to use our faith to please God because He’s a faith God!

Don’t let the circumstances of life discourage or distract you from finishing your course. Be determined that you will be able to say at the end that you have fought a good fight, finished your course, and kept the faith.

Romans 3:3 (KJV) 3  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

—Pamela

Convenience vs. Value

Convenience . . . This word seems to exemplify the current attitude of the world today. We have cell phones that go with us everywhere so we “don’t miss a thing”, social media that keeps us informed of the latest happenings, dishwashers that speed-up clean-up, microwaves that reduce cooking time, and even auto-delivery so we don’t have to remember to order our essentials. It seems that everywhere you look, people are expecting convenience to meet their daily needs. But, is convenience always the bottom line?

If you only do what’s convenient, you’ll never do anything of much value! Going to work is not always convenient; exercising is not always convenient; reading your Bible is not always convenient. When you really get down to it, things of value – things worth their weight in time and effort – are things that are not convenient. They take time and effort, usually a lot of effort, to accomplish. For example:

Most Christians, when asked, will say they truly want the promises of God to manifest in their lives. But are they willing to do what it takes to get to that place? To get the promises of God to manifest, it takes faith and we know that faith comes by hearing the Word of God—not once in awhile, but over and over and over, day in and day out.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

My observation has been that if there’s an easy way out, people will take it in a New York minute! It seems that everyone is rushing and rushing to get things done – but, to do what? That’s the way of the world, but as Christians, we need to slow down and do what God has for us to do. If we need healing, we need to go to God’s Word and find out what He has to say about healing. But many Christians go to someone else to get them to pray for them. Worse yet, they don’t even do that. They go to the world and ask them what to do.

What about finances? If you need help with your finances, do you go to the Word of God and find out what He has to say. Or do you go to the world and get their opinion about what to do?

I think we know the answers to the above questions but the real question is why do Christians do what they do? Is it because convenience is at the core? Is it because God’s ways take time and lots of effort? The answer is obvious.

Now let me tell you why it’s expedient and beneficial to go God’s way, in spite of what seems to be inconvenient. Building your faith takes time and effort but be assured that whatever you get with your faith is what you keep. Anything else is just hit or miss. You can’t rely and depend on the world’s way of doing anything because the “world” is following the devil and we all know where that leads.

Satan is a liar and a deceiver and those who follow him will be lied to and deceived. It never leads to life but always leads to death – death to your health, death to your finances, and even death to yourself.

We, as born-again Christians, need to get into God’s Word and commit to following Him. He is all wisdom, all knowledge, all provision – everything you’ll ever need on planet earth. With God and His Word, it’s a win-win situation – every time!

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV) 3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

— Pamela

 

 

 

God Doesn’t Bless Laziness

If you don’t want to end up being lazy, don’t practice laziness. Do things for yourself instead of ordering everyone else to do it for you. Get over the LOVE of being waited on hand and foot!

God warns us of the dangers of being lazy. He calls it slothfulness.

Proverbs 21:25 (KJV) 25  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 

Proverbs 24:30-31 (KJV) 30  I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down

Lazy people don’t inherit the promises because they won’t do what it takes to get the promises to manifest in their lives. It takes effort and diligence to walk in the things of God. Many people want what God’s blessing produces but don’t want to do what it takes to get it working in their lives.

Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) 12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

To have patience means to stay in faith over a prolonged period of time. If everything happened the moment we prayed, there wouldn’t be any need for patience. But God says that it’s through faith and patience that we inherit the promises. It’s do-able, but we have to do our part. God won’t do our part and we can’t do His. But, if we work together with Him, we’ll get the victory!

It takes persistence to diligently read and study the Word of God on a daily basis. There are so many distractions that will seek our attention but we must push on through if we want to succeed. Remember, we make time for the things we want to do!

Proverbs 18:9 (KJV) 9  He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Romans 12:11 (KJV) 11  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. . .

Get serious, get going, and you’ll be blessed!

 

Pamela

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

We are Powerhouses!

Romans 15:13 (KJV)
13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Most of the time when the word power is used in the New Testament, it refers to the dunamis power of God – His explosive, miracle working power. Our English word dynamite comes from the word dunamis. So, when God tell us He’s given us power – His dunamis power – that means we’re powerhouses going somewhere to happen! But, that power is of no use if we don’t know that we actually have it. And, in most cases, Christians don’t know they have that power within them. That’s why they’re just as fearful as the unbelievers.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. [dunamis]

If Christians knew that they had God’s dunamis power residing in them, they wouldn’t be so fearful. Have you noticed how many people are fearful these days? Yes, you can probably attribute it to the world situation or local situations or fear of terrorist attacks, or any multitude of things that the devil throws at us.

But, is that the right thing? Is that acceptable? Do think God is surprised by anything that happens on planet earth? I think not! That’s why He has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need to be victorious, now and forever. He never has, and never will, have to play “catch-up” with the devil. And if we’re not aware of what is really going on, we’ll simply be like everyone else, following the devil around and cleaning up his mess. We need to take the offence and beat him at him own game.

Jesus already defeated Satan and our part is to stand and enforce his defeat, not cave in to every trick and wile he throws at us. So, here comes the power:

Romans 1:16 (KJV) 16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. [dunamis]

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) 18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. [dunamis]

Notice that it’s the Gospel that is the power of God. How can that be? Why is preaching the gospel considered power to us? Because when we preach the Gospel, we’re preaching the Word of God and that’s where the power is. The Gospel is the Good News – that God is on our side, looking out for us!

Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, [dunamis] when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

God’s Word is power. He created the heavens and the earth and the entire universe with His Words. We get saved by His Words spoken out of our mouths. We bind the devil with the Word of God and we get people healed with the Word of God. That’s where the power is.

Then when we get the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we get endued with His power. What more could we want?

Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8  But ye shall receive power, [dunamis] after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We need to meditate on these truths in order to get them down into our hearts (spirit) so that we can walk in the power that God has ordained for us.

Another word for power is exousia, which means delegated authority. So, we not only have dynamite, explosive, miracle working power, but we have authority to use it against the enemy and his works.

Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19  Behold, I give unto you power [exousia] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power [dunamis] of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Healed Them All!

Matthew 8:16 (KJV) 16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Matthew 12:15 (KJV) 15  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Matthew 14:14 (KJV) 14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Luke 6:19 (KJV) 19  And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Sadly, many Christians today don’t believe that it is God’s will to heal everyone, every time. But, when you go to the scriptures, and check out what Jesus did on earth, you’ll find that everyone who came to Him for healing got healed. He never turned anyone away! And since He is the same today, yesterday, and forever, He still heals everyone today who will come to Him in faith and believe.

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If you are a born-again Christian, then you are endeavoring with all your heart to be like Jesus. Followers of Jesus want to be like Him. The Word tells us that we are to grow up and be like Him. That means that we not only get our healing, but we can help others to receive their healing.

Ephesians 4:13 (KJV) 13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:15 (KJV) 15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) 18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

One of the first things you must do when you have a situation that needs attention is to go to God’s Word and see what He has to say about it. That’s your benchmark, your guide, your final authority for what you need to do to get God’s results. How can you ever expect to get God’s promises to manifest in your life if you don’t even know what He has said about the situation?

God is so merciful and faithful and out for our good only. We need to learn to trust Him in whatever our situation or circumstance is. Let’s go for God’s BEST and not settle for anything less!

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting & Your Confession

For those of you who are knitters and for those who have knitted garments (but don’t knit), this analogy should be very meaningful. Knitting, as you well know, takes time—lots of time. But the end result is that you have a lovely knitted garment or accessory.

However, in order to achieve your desired results, you have to put in the time and patience to accomplish your goal – one stitch at a time.

For those who don’t knit, have you ever looked at a knitted garment and noticed each individual stitch? If it was handmade, then it was made one stitch at a time. Wow! All those individual stitches and look what resulted—a beautiful garment to be worn joyfully.

Another thing to notice about knitting is that when you first start out, it takes a bit of time to notice that anything’s happening—just a lot of stitches. But if you continue, the pattern begins to emerge and it gets really exciting watching it unfold.

Afghans are a good example of knitting and knitting and knitting and wondering if you’ll ever get finished! But if you keep at it, stitch after stitch, row after row, you’ll finally get your finished project.

That’s what happens when we take a stand on the Word of God and begin to confess the end from the beginning. At first glance, nothing seems to be happening. You confess and confess and confess, but things don’t seem to get better. So what’s the problem?

When you first start to confess scriptures relevant to your situation, the purpose is to get them down into your heart. Getting them from your head to your heart is a process and it takes time and patience – just like knitting one stitch at a time.

Another thing about confession is that it causes you to “really believe” for the results you desire. After confessing the scriptures for some length of time, you begin to “get” it and the “knowing that you’ll get your answer” kicks in.

Here’s another example: Have you ever been reading the Word and come across a scripture that you’ve read many times but this time it just “pops” out at you and you have an “aha” moment? That’s what confession of the Word is intended to do for you. As you diligently and consistently stand on the word, confessing it, you’ll eventually come to a place that you know that you know that you know that it’s true and for you. This is where you’ve been headed and now when you confess the Word, it comes out with dynamic dunamis power able to change your circumstances! Praise the Lord of glory!

Remember, one stitch at a time, one confession at a time and you will get your desired results!

Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  … and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) 10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Believe a Lie Just Because You Don’t Like the Truth!

What? Me? Believe a lie? Nonsense! Oh yes you do, if you won’t believe the truth.

God says that if you won’t believe the truth, you’ll open yourself up to the devil’s ways and believe his lies. This shouldn’t be.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 (KJV) 10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

There are only two ways to think – the truth or a lie. If you won’t believe the truth, the only other thing out there is a lie. Which do you want?

Now, what do I mean about not liking the truth? Let me explain.

The Word of God has a lot to say about healing, deliverance, prosperity, faith, the Holy Spirit, etc. But, if you’ve been observing the Church-at-large, many Christians don’t really believe what God’s Word says regarding these subjects. For example:

The Word says:

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The world, and many Christians, say that God doesn’t heal today. It’s all up to the medical profession. That’s not what God says.

Now, being a Christian, you agree that this is in the Bible but do you believe it to be true in your life? When you get attacked with a sickness, what do you do? Do you go to God’s Word to see what He has to say about your situation? Or do you go the way of the world? What is your “knee-jerk” reaction?

The Word says:

Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV) 10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Luke 6:38 (KJV) 38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The world says that when you give, you can just kiss that money good-bye. That’s not what God says. He says that when you give, it’s given back to you again.

What do you do when you’re faced with a financial situation that needs attention? Do you cry and bellyache to the Lord and then run to the world for its solution? Or do you do what God said and trust His faithfulness?

Do you tithe? Do you ever think about offerings? Offerings are not effective until you pay your tithes. Tithes are what you owe God; it’s His, not yours. Tithing affords you tithers’ rights and the Lord will rebuke the devourer so your stuff won’t be destroyed.

The Word says:

James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The world says we are powerless against evil spirits and therefore, medication is the way to go. Besides, aren’t all the demons over in the third world countries? No, no, no! Demons are right where people are and the born-again, Spirit-filled Christians are the ones who are empowered to deal with them, enforcing their defeat by Jesus.

 What do you do when the enemy attacks? Do you run in terror or do you submit yourself to God and (you) resist the devil and he will flee? God never tells you to go around complaining to others how the devil is attacking you night and day. He tells you what to do and then you’re the one who has to do it. Jesus already defeated the devil and your job is to enforce that defeat by standing your ground on the Word and resisting him.

These are just some of the scriptures that show how people choose the world’s way of doing things instead of God’s way because they don’t like what He has to say about the situation. This is bad, bad, bad and won’t get you God’s results because you’re going contrary to His Word.

 So what do you do? Make a quality decision from this day forth that God’s Word is your benchmark and final authority for everything you do. Always go to Him first, in faith, and see what He has to say and how He has instructed you to respond to your situation. His Word always works. You can count on it!

1 Kings 8:56b (KJV) 56  … there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

— Pamela

How Can You be Upset When You have the Solution?

Why is it that we, as humans, get upset first, and then look for the solution to our problems? Wouldn’t it be wiser to go to the solution and then rest in that? The answer, of course, is yes!

So, where are these “solutions” that we have available to us? You guessed it – God’s Word! Why would our heavenly Father, Who loves us with an everlasting love, expect us to go through this life on planet earth, left to our own devices and solutions? He wouldn’t and He hasn’t. Everything we’ll ever need to be successful and victorious has already been provided for us.

Yes, God has so graciously provided for our every need in His Word. That’s His part. Our part is to receive that Word and walk in it. Let me give you a few examples:

For our sins, He bore them on the Cross.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

For sickness, He has already healed us by the stripes of Jesus.

Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24b (KJV) 24 … by whose stripes ye were healed.

Mark 16:18 (KJV) 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

For poverty, Jesus became poor so that we might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Psalm 84:11 (KJV) 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

For deliverance, He has given us His Name so that we can resist the devil and he will flee.

James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

John 14:13-14 (KJV) 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. [The word ask means demand. We demand the devil to leave in the Name of Jesus.]

For spiritual death, He has given us eternal life through the Lord Jesus.

John 3:3 (KJV) 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 1:12 (KJV) 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

We have the Blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, the faith of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the whole armor of God, and the angels. Plus all of Heaven backs us when we stand on the Word of God in faith and declare His truth over every situation.

Hebrews 13:5b (KJV) 5 … I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loose Lips Sink Ships

James 3:6-8 (KJV) 6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

It seems that everywhere you look, someone is talking – either on their cell phones, emails, or social media! It’s as if that’s all anyone does nowadays – talk, talk, talk!

Proverbs says that in the multitude of words is sin. That’s because if you’re always talking, how can you be thinking about what you’re saying or even listening to the other person?

Proverbs 10:19 (KJV) 19  In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

How many times have you just blurted out something that you wish you hadn’t? But worse than that is that you can’t unsay it! Unguarded, unrestrained talk – loose lips – can do a lot of damage. And even though we ask forgiveness for saying things we’re ashamed of, we can’t undo what has already been said. Wrong words can really hurt. That’s why it behooves us to guard our lips!

God has a lot to say about the words of our mouths and keeping our tongue in check. In the above scripture, we see that no one can tame the tongue by natural means. But with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can get our tongues under control by yielding to Him.

Psalm 141:3 (KJV) 3  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

We need to use our words to bless and not curse. Speaking evil is really cursing. It’s not just curse words that are evil; gossiping, backbiting, tale-bearing, making promises, and exaggerating are also evil. We need to speak the truth in love and lift up and edify each other.

One of the ways to keep our tongues in check is to think before we speak and not be talking all the time. We talk way too much! Just maybe, the other person has something to say! What a thought!

1 Peter 4:8b (KJV)  … for charity [love] shall cover the multitude of sins.

James 1:19 (KJV) 19  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath…

Speak words of kindness and watch how people react!

 — Pamela