Learned Tongue

Have you ever been so weary in your spirit that you felt you would drop?

Whoever speaks to you next while you are in that condition holds a lot of power in their tongue even if they don’t know it.Along comes one who either lifts you up or crushes you further just by what they say. I’ve had it happen both ways and I know which I prefer.

Isaiah 50:4 says; “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.”

We should always aim to provide a positive word in season. I wonder if you feel the same way. However, there are people who challenge where you are and make you feel like whatever condition you are in is your fault. Maybe so, but how does that help? A know-it-all person who has all the solutions while you just want to feel heard. Ahhh, how refreshing it is when the opposite occurs. A person who speaks words of encouragement and life and somehow causes your spirit to arise. How welcome that is.

As I examine myself I have to admit that I try to uplift others most of the time…. but have been on the flip side with people at times too. There are many words I’d like to retrieve because I know the person receiving them did not go away refreshed.I think the “tongue of the learned” is a slow tongue that thinks before it speaks. It is the tongue that asks the Lord whether to say anything at all and if so, what. It is the tongue that wants to impart God’s grace rather than be right or justify self.

 Lord God, please allow me to strive to have the tongue of the learned! And always encourage others and not tear them down.

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Sights Sounds Smells

Thursday as I was watching the weather report on the 6 o’clock news. I started to think about things we take for granted in life that are absolutely FREE.

Breathing that fabulous commodity called “air”. What if we were charged for that? It’s worth everything; we can’t live without plenty of it all of our lives. But it is free. Sunsets and sunrises are free. Everything created in nature is free. The sound of laughter is free. The smell of baking cinnamon rolls is free. A warm summer breeze blowing in through a window is free. I could go on and on but I’ll let you continue making your own list.

It strikes me that all the things on my list are God made things. Man charges for the things that he makes but God gives us His handiwork FREE. It also strikes me that His makings are of higher quality and value than man made things. A painting of a sunset is only a poor imitation of the real thing.

This brings me to another thought….

What is behind someone who freely pours out such an abundance of wonderful sights and sounds and smells? Why? He doesn’t even sign His work; He just puts it all out there for all of earth’s travelers to enjoy or not – their choice. The answer is one more freebie:  His love. Psalm 145:9 says; “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”  Also  Psalm 100:5 says; “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

When we think about it, doesn’t it make us want to return such love? Freely we have received; freely give.

Update: Book Order

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Begin Again

How many times have we started something and never finished?  How many times have many of us lost weight and re-gained it? Lost a bad habit and found it again? Made a resolution and broke it? Yet, somehow every day there is fresh hope, isn’t there?

We believe somehow that we get a do-over. Fresh resolve rises up in us again and we give that thing a new try and we believe that THIS time we will make it. Great! That’s exactly the attitude God takes when He looks at us and our best efforts. He’s always up for a new beginnings.

If we have failed every single day of our lives He still has all the faith in the world in us to be successful’no matter if it’s today or any other day. He cheers us on and pours out grace in abundance to help us over any hard bumps.If you are starting fresh on something this year, think of it from God’s viewpoint. You aren’t in it alone. You have your own personal cheering section and you will get VIP treatment. 

“This I know, that God is for me.”Psalm 56:9

Knowing that God is for us can carry  you and I a long way in achieving success. Having someone who believes in us a hundred percent gives us a head start on really making it. Past failures getting you down? Wondering if you should give it that old college try just one more time? Of course you should! Don’t you know that you plus God are a majority?

Begin again!

Faith That Heals

Is faith simply believing?

Nope!!! Believing isn’t  good enough. Well: “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” James 2:19 The demons know the truth about who God is but what good does it do them? And I bet there are lots of people in hell who believed Jesus was the Son of God but who never had real faith.

Faith that counts responds with action to what is believed. Faith that counts adds TRUST. I think about the woman with the issue of blood who had been sick for twelve long years. The scripture says she had; “suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.” Mark 5:26

This woman believed that Jesus could heal her if she could just get to him. But she did more than just believe; she acted on what she believed and pushed through a crowd of people to touch his garment. He wasn’t aware she was there until he felt power go out of himself. As she fell at his feet and confessed all that had happened to her, he told her; “Daughter, your faith has made you well.” Verse 34
She believed; she trusted; she acted on what she believed. Now there we have faith that counts!

Push through that crowd of doubt, and act in Faith!

Grinding Out

If your like me, are there times that you have felt picked on by God when  going through a time of suffering? There may even be times you ponder if you have done something wrong, or maybe God is grinding out some major character flaw?

Or have you felt that you are somehow out of favor? I believe most of us if we are honest have felt this way, at one time or another.

Believe me; for the most part… none of those things are true.The truth is that we are called into the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. Paul says in Philippians 3:10; “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

 And why are we called to this? For the same reason Jesus was. Jesus is the captain of our salvation “made perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10b)

Jesus did not have any sin to be made perfect from but His suffering fitted Him perfectly for His role as our Savior. Our suffering can fit us for our role too. Suffering does something to us that nothing else can do. I wish it weren’t true but it is true. Those who have suffered greatly usually run deep and compassion marks them.

God has called each of us to a divine destiny. Suffering crowns that call and equips us for its fulfillment. Rather than try to slip loose from any suffering in your life; embrace the opportunity it provides. If you lack anything, suffering will fill the gap.

Losing Sight

A French Author, Andre Gide quoted, “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” 

Well, I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot since I saw it in a Facebook status of a friend a few weeks ago. I would think that people like Christopher Columbus would have identified with those words very well.  In fact, I do too.

In our spiritual walk, losing “sight of the shore” is similar to faith I believe, and also speaks to hope. Whether we are willing to launch out depends on how much we treasure the new lands.  As Christians we might see the new lands as heaven, but I’m thinking a lot about answers to our prayers here on earth.

I’m thinking about some prayers that I launched more than 25 years ago. I also well remember something I said then. I told God from my heart that He could do with me any way He wanted to. I said; “I agree with you Lord, to do it your way and not mine.” That prayer has been very expensive for me. So the petition pushed off into the deep.

After all these years, I have just started to see glimpses of a new land.  At times it has been extremely hard but the land/promise is very prized and I have faith that I will see and enjoy all that has been promised to me. I continue to fix my eyes on the horizon and keep praying and waiting. This has comforted me while out to sea; “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13