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Taming the Tongue

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Taming the Tongue

Taming the TongueBut no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. (James 3:8, 9 NLT)

That is an eye opening verse. That verse really rocks me to my core. I never really thought about it before until I really paid attention to that verse. I can’t even begin to count the times that I slandered, cursed, or said how much I hated someone in the past. All this time I was slandering, cursing, and hating what Jesus created and made in his image. What Jesus found pleasing, acceptable, and made to be like him I degraded and slandered.

I am no different than any one else. I make mistakes too. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We all like to think that we are special but we are not. The bible says that God has no favorites. I look back and see that I have let my tongue degrade the image of God and what he created and yet, I have committed the same sins that I curse others for doing. I am such a hypocrite! It’s very difficult to conduct an honest self evaluation of yourself and your actions, but it something we must do to become better people and better Christians. It is something that we must do to become better Warriors 4 Christ!

Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. (Proverbs 17:28 NLT)

So many times I have been the fool. And I don’t mean the fool that was quiet and seemed intelligent. No, I have been the loud fool who didn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. I played the part of the fool for a long time and I played it well.

Taming the tongue is very difficult when you are opinionated, aggravated, upset, or even just bored so you engage in gossip. Trust me, I speak from experience. But I have found through much practice and prayer that it can be done. But please let allow me to expand on this topic. What about social media sites that you are associated with like Facebook and Twitter? When you update your status or send a tweet, is it cursing the image of God? When you read a post on Facebook that a friend or family member wrote that degraded another person or slandered them did you hit the like button? Yup I bet you didn’t think of that. But it’s true. You are still degrading the image of God if you are degrading another person through any chain of communication.

It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” (Matthew 15:11 NLT)

We must all be aware of our words and pray without ceasing that we do not curse and slander the image of God. Remember, Christ made us all in his image.

Verse of the day:

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. (James 3:2 NLT)

Challenge of the day:

The challenge for today at first will sound fairly easy to accomplish but it will be one of the most difficult challenges that you will face in the bible. Today I challenge you to hold your tongue. Don’t bring others down or speak idle words, just remain silent. It’s like grandma always said, if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.

Fruits of the Spirit

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fruits of the spirit

fruits of the spiritWhen you become a child of God, he blesses you with many wonderful things. Your old self is no longer and you become a new creation in Christ! Jesus tells us to deny our sinful nature and to crucify our flesh everyday. He wants us to possess all the traits that he has and not the traits of satan, the evil one. So what are the traits of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul identifies nine traits of Christ in the book of Galatians chapter 5 verses 22-23. Paul calls these nine traits the fruits of the spirit. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the traits of God and these are the traits that he wants living in us. Not hatred, selfishness, anger, deceitfulness etc…

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (Galatians 5:16, 17 NLT)

Be more like Jesus and less like you. Live by the spirit and follow him in ever part of your life. Train your spirit to be in line with Gods spirit. Fight against your sinful nature and don’t let it prevail over you. Jesus has set us free and provided us with the tools to live like him. Obey Christ spirit and he will lead you down the right path.

Verse of the day:

22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22, 23 NLT)

Challenge of the day:

While memorizing the verse of the day, really meditate on the nine fruits of the spirit. Out of the nine, which ones do you struggle with in your life? Do you struggle with faithfulness, or self control? Is it hard for your to find peace in your life?

Today I challenge you to identify which fruit(s) of the spirit that you feel you are lacking or struggling with and pray about it. Bring it to God and ask him to help you overcome the obstacles that are causing you to struggle with that certain fruit. If you are an impatient person then ask God for more patience. Go to God with a sincere heart and ask him. God will provide what you need.

Top 10 Bible Verses About Forgiveness

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Bible Verses about forgiveness

Bible Verses about forgiveness

Top 10 Bible Verses About Forgiveness

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14

9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matthew 18:21-22

12 And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Hebrews 8:12

13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13

5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Psalm 86:5

25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. Colossians 2:13

15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Hebrews 12:15

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19

Top 10 Bible Verses about Prayer

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prayer

prayer

Prayer is our direct communication with God.  The bible says to pray without ceasing.  Jesus looks forward to communicating with us on a daily basis.  When we pray we are speaking to God, much like when we read the bible God is speaking to us.

Each of the verses below show the importance of prayer and how much God wants us to come to him in our times of happiness and troubles.

Top 10 Bible Verses about Prayer

21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. Matthew 21:21

17 Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. Psalm 55:17

19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19-20

23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. John 16:23

8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8

6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:5-7

13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13