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My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.
Proverbs 4:20-24 NASB
If His Words give life, what do you think happens when we have a deceitful mouth and devious speech?
We must guard what we say, sing, and think. What we hear and allow to take root in our hearts and minds MATTER.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:31-32 NASB
I was given this text days ago and wasn’t sure the message He wanted me to share behind it until just now.
Last night I felt led to share some of the trials that my husband and I are currently (see here) in. As I was writing I knew this would bless others as well as honor God with what He’s doing in our lives.
God is good. Always. He is working ALL things for GOOD, for those who love Him and are called for His purpose (paraphrase Romans 8:28).
My marriage has absolutely been through a season of sifting and after reading about how they sifted wheat in the old days I couldn’t be more positive that this passage is genuinely what we’ve been going through. And if I am to be His Light and Shine His love to others lost in the darkness then I’ve got to get real when I’m knee deep in the muck and mire.
Not in anger or pain but in gratitude that no matter what this flesh tries to bind me to my eyes and heart are always going to refocus and get back on my God. And because of that I TRUST in HIM and HIS promises. So I share. I share so others lost in the muck see that they too can find their hope in Christ, even though it seems they may have failed Him.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NASB
If you are currently in the muck know that I have prayed for you to focus your eyes back on your Father. Focus your heart back on Him who Loves you.
God is Good. Always. Trust Him. You have not been forsaken.
What will we do in times like this?
Are you seated in Christ?
Have you been born again?
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Colossians 3:1-2 NASB
Our instructions are clear.
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:1-8 NASB
Lastly, hold firm to the Truth.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NASB
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
1 Timothy 1:15 NASB
Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and thought “WOW, if only people knew just how lost I was behind that smile?”
This is my current Facebook profile picture. It came up on my ‘memories’ and I thought how appropriate for the frame they have saying “Saved by His Amazing Grace” so I posted it.
I can’t stop looking at it with such gratitude. Knowing that in that moment I was an alcoholic stripper, having an emotional online affair with a married man, and had no idea who Jesus was.
For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Luke 7:47 NASB
Today, 12 years later I sing His praises and rejoice at the life He redeemed me from.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord .
Psalms 40:2-3 NASB
I don’t hide my past from others. I hope to never forget how far I’ve fallen. I desire to stay empathetic to those who are broken and lost in darkness. To show them that He is a Good God and desires that we ALL be saved through the blood of Jesus Christ.
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 43:25 NASB
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.
Ezekiel 36:26-29 NASB
Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:48, 50 NASB
I dream intense dreams. Ones that linger throughout my mind during the day. I’ve dreamt of things to come and have received many messages in them.
Recently I have been blessed amongst the chaos of my dreams.
Once I was so drunk I could barely see and someone proceeded to tell me about how the “Universe” wanted me to do something or other and I interrupted her and said “I appreciate the gesture but I live for Jesus Christ not the universe so you just wasting your words”.
Last night there were animals attacking and terror all around. As I sat in a room with a father and a son the father was so hard on his child using the scripture to condemn him. When he was done I could see the hurt in the child. I held him and whispered “God is Spirit therefore His Words are meant to be read as Spirit. Let go of what was just spoken and read what your Heavenly Father says”. The child began to search the scriptures and joy and happiness came back to his face.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
Psalms 139:23 NASB
I share this with you because God shows me that amongst the world, amongst the mistakes, the chaos, the attacks by the letter He has searched my heart and knows my ways. In my dreams I confess Him always.
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32 NASB
His message is still the same as when I began writing again. Continue to seek Him first. He will guide our Ways. He will comfort our hearts. He will show us who we are in Him.
I pray you have eyes to see your true heart. Your true Father. I pray you remember who you are.
Have you ever had a powerful week in the Lord and then BAM someone comes at you with hateful words?
Words that run through your mind and even though you know those words are filled with anger and hate they still manage to take up residence within your mind and heart?
This happened to me recently. As I lay in bed thinking about what was said about me, contemplating the truth to what was said. Because let’s face it, sometimes the truth can be delivered by those who dislike you. Also, why does it bother us so much if there isn’t a possibility of it being true.
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?
Matthew 9:4 NASB
When you have God’s Word hidden in your heart He will speak truth over you. This is what He spoke to me while my mind and heart became obsessed and bitter.
I’m aware of my ways. I’m aware of my enemies. And truth is so is Satan. He knows the thorns I have. He knows who to use and what they need to say to get my eyes distracted from God and on my flesh.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
James 3:14-16 NASB
Everything that comes from me dwelling on what was said is demonic. Period. This is why it’s so important that we continually check our thoughts. Submit them to Christ. Be on alert because the devil is always seeking to destroy that which is pure within.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 NASB
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 NASB
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.
Proverbs 4:23-24 NASB
Friends, it’s important that we guard our thoughts, and what we speak over ourselves.
The enemy is always accusing the Children of God. We must not agree with what is spoken in hate. These words are demonic. Do not entertain such words. Focus on what is true, honorable, worthy, peaceable and pure. These things are from your Father.
Today I pray for you and I. I pray that we refuse to give the devil a foothold in our hearts and minds. That we guard them diligently and continually submit all thoughts to Christ and only allow His Words which bring peace take root within.
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:18 NASB
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord ; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Psalms 3:6-7 NASB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
I love the Lord , because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalms 116:1-2 NASB
It was so easy for me to fall in love with God. He listens to me. He would answer my broken cries in ways that were so personal and direct that I couldn’t deny His Presence in my life.
As the youngest child, and the only girl. I lived an internal life growing up. No one quite understanding who I was or taking the time to hear what I had to say.
As a teenager I was an overly emotional kid. And this only grew my internal struggle. As a young wife and mother in a relationship that started on so many troubled levels. I always strived to be accepted and heard that I again lost my voice.
As I came to the Lord I knew deep down that I desired for my children and other women to be HEARD.
For me it’s the most painful scars I have. One that I guard fiercly.
Not being heard.
It provokes my flesh like no other within my current marriage.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:11-12 NASB
Although my mind knows our battles are the devils schemes, and he is not a gentlemen and will use this pain as a weapon to destroy, it makes my ache no less painful.
My scars are REAL. My pain is REAL. And my battle needs to be real as well. By knowing how the devil is using my pain as a weapon helps to arm me with the TRUTH of this pain. Its my flesh. And my flesh will always be hostile towards God. So when the enemy can get me to focus on myself and my pain then he steals my joy. Like John 10:10 says He will.
So what do we do in times like this? Just act as if nothing’s happened? No. Denying it makes it grow. Face it. Make your spouse aware that they’re being used by the enemy to hurt you. Pray that your spouse begins to guard himself and his words by seeking God. Period. That’s how you defeat this enemy is by seeking God. Apologies are good, but if your anything like me your rather action be the apology as words can be empty when not followed up with action.
Then you get your heart into God’s hands and embrace the TRUTH that He listens to you and He loves you completely, as you are His bride.
For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.
Isaiah 54:5 NASB
After you’ve both allowed God to speak to your hearts then come together and let God guide your conversations. Always Seek God.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 NASB
As parents it’s our responsibility to raise our children in the way they should go.
Do they see you lying to your friends, co-workers, or their other parent? Do they see you taking the easy way out? Do they hear you gossip to your friends? Do they see you getting drunk? Do they see you dating person after person? Do they see you having sleep overs without being married? Do they see you texting while driving?
They’re watching you to train them in the way they should go.
Do you praise God when things go right, how about when they go wrong? Do you trust in God when times get hard or are you consumed in your emotions?
Children are sponges. They absorb what they see more than what you say.
Be on guard when you live as a parent because you’re raising someones spouse, your grandbabies parents.
Choose to live by example and care more about who they become versus what you want.
Choose them over you.