People become like the words they think, say, write, hear, & read. Do you need a change in words? Lay down put-down words & take up uplifting words!
Holy Spirit promptings, when humbly obeyed, turn into amazing God moments! When first coming to Christ, people are prompted by the Holy Spirit. Once we know Him, the Spirit prompts us even more. You listening?
God often speaks through the promptings of your conscience. God still speaks to human hearts in a still small voice. All we need to do is listen. Too often we let the voices around us override God’s still small voice within us.
The more we obey God’s still small voice that speaks within us, the more confident we become of His leading. Then we spread His hope more and more.
Profanity is the language hopelessness. The world has enough of hate and hopelessness. Christ-followers need to spread hopeful words! To counter the myth that says that “Christians need to use profanity to be listened to,” I share this:
For 5 1/2 years I was the chaplain in a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. During that time I worked with more than 1,400 addicted men right off the streets. I never used profanity but still connected with them in a powerful, Spirit-led way; and in all those years I almost never heard one of them use a cuss word. However, I saw many of them begin to seek God, pray, & devour the Bible.
Therefore, when fishy, smelly words jump through your mind, quickly kick them out. Don’t let them land in your thoughts or in what you say.
The most effective way to respond to hurt is to love more–to increase the amount of love in your words, thoughts, and actions. People are like porcupines; our quills hurt others (often unintentionally). However, speaking and acting in love quells the pain.
Experience exceeds explanation. Seeing surpasses statements. God’s love must be caught, not just taught. “Taste & see that the Lord is good!” To know about Jesus, yet not continually experience His presence, is to miss out on life’s most amazing companionship!
Here’s an adventure for your bucket list. Take a journey through the Bible with the risen Jesus–there’s nothing like that trip! When Jesus speaks in your heart, you can feel the words! Insights inundate me when I read the Bible with simplicity, brokenness, & desperation for help.
No theology, no matter how grand, can take the place of personal interaction with the risen Jesus. To encounter the living Jesus is to be forever changed, always yearning to know Him better.
I wish I could put down in words, how wonderful my heart feels when I follow Jesus. However, it takes the entire body of Christ to do that! In Christ’s body, everybody has something, but nobody has everything. (1 Cor. 12)
The living Word–
The voice of Christ
Speaks within your heart.
The written Word–
The ancients heard
Christ speak to them
And wrote it down.
Check what you hear
In your heart
With the Bible.