Your words matter. Choose them carefully.

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Ephesians 4:29

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Refraining from unwholesome talk is something that I have struggled with my entire life and something that I still struggle with today. Whether it be cussing, or talking poorly about someone, making fun of someone, or taking part in some form of petty gossip. I believe this is something that many of us struggle with and something we all (myself included) need to get in check and in order. We all need to understand that our words matter, and that we need to choose them carefully. We need to all be aware and be conscious of what we allow to come out of our mouths, and to be sure that nothing we say is unwholesome. Unwholesome is defined as detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being; also said to be corrupt or unsound and offensive to the senses. So this means that unwholesome talk can be detrimental to a person physical and mental well-being. The Word tells us not only to avoid this type of speech, but to pretty much do the complete opposite and to only let words come out of our mouth that will build others up according to their needs. We are to build others up with our words, not tear them down or cause them any form of detriment, which is why we must choose our words carefully. This means cutting out the gossip at the water cooler. This means no more talking about people over the phone with your friends. And yes, this also means no bad mouthing people on social networks. Use your words to build people up according to their needs rather than tearing them down, so that the words you speak may benefit those who listen. Keep in mind the verse did not say to only speak words that are helpful and that build people up when you’re in a good mood, or when you’re at church… This verse applies to all age groups, all races, and in all situations and circumstances. It does not matter if everyone around you is taking part in some form of unwholesome talk, be a light and YOU be the one that speaks words of encouragement that benefit those who are listening. So I encourage you all today to think before you speak and to choose your words carefully. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and when you speak be sure that what you say is helpful for building others up according to their needs, and that it may benefit those who listen.

 

Let me Put some additional Word on it:

  • James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
  • Psalms 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
  • James 3:9-11 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
  • Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”

 

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Its not about us

We are all called to do the work of the Lord. God has blessed us all with individual gifts, talents, and abilities to be used to magnify and glorify His name and His kingdom, as well as to help and serve others. This means that our calling is much bigger than ourselves, because it effects so many other people. When we live righteously and walk according to the Word of God and are constantly striving to please Christ then the people around us get blessed as a result. The people in our life, the people we minister to should be the benefactors of our walk with Christ. This is why it is so important to make sure that our walk with Christ is in order, but also to make sure that we are doing our work for the Lord with excellence and at the highest level possible. Understand that Kingdom work never stops. Regardless of how tired you are, or how much work you put in the day before, there is no slacking when it comes to doing the work of the Lord for the Kingdom. And because the work of the Kingdom never stops that means that we can all be replaced very quickly if we are not doing what God has called us to do with excellence. Like I said our calling and the work we do not only affects us but everyone around us. If one person is slipping up and not being excellent in their work then the people they are ministering too are effected by that and they suffer and get the short end of the stick. We can all be replaced at any moment. There is a job that needs to get done, and it must get done, it does not matter who does it. So on those days when you are tired and just do not feel like getting up and doing anything (like I felt this morning) remember the people that are counting on YOU to do YOUR job. Think about all the people that get effected either negatively or positively by you doing your job well or by you doing your job poorly. You not doing your job not only effects your own growth and progression in what God has called you to do, but it also has the potential to delay the growth and progression of the people you were called to minister to. The work we do for the Lord not only affects us, the people we are called to minister to but it also directly has an effect on the amount of praise, worship, and thanks God receives. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:12-13, “12 this service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” What this is saying is that our service leads to people thanking God, it says people will praise God for our obedience. So if we are disobedient and not doing what we are supposed to be doing, and not doing what God has called us to do with EXCELLENCE then it has the potential to decrease the amount of thanks, praise, and glory given to God. We were created to glorify God that should be our goal, to bring glory to God not to rob Him of His glory. And when we don’t do our job that is exactly what we do. We each have one body that is made up of a variety of different parts. All of our body parts have their own unique and individual functions that make the body as a whole run smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. If one of our body parts stops doing what it is supposed to be doing, and stops function the way it is supposed to the whole body suffers. It is the same way with the body of Christ. We each have a unique calling and function that helps keep the Kingdom running smoothly. If someone starts slacking and not doing their job, the whole body (Kingdom) gets effected. Don’t YOU be the person that causes any dysfunction in the body of Christ. Do your job. Always keep in mind who your job effects. Our calling and the work we are called to do for the Lord is not about us, it is about glorifying God and helping His people. Understand it is so much bigger than just you. People are counting on you to do your job DO NOT LET THEM DOWN. Don’t be selfish, and self-centered, put others before yourself, be selfless, and do what God has called you to do with excellence and to the very best of your ability.

 

Let me Put The Word on it:

  • Colossians 3:23 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 1 Timothy 4:14 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecywhen the body of elders laid their hands on you.
  • Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
  • Romans 6:4-5 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
  • Psalm 75: 6-7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

 

 

 Visit these links to listen to episodes 3, 4, and 5 of the “Put The Word on It” podcast show hosted by myself and Pastor Randall Knighton. Our purpose is to show how the Word of God is applicable to every walk of life and is relevant to the real world yesterday, today, and forever.

 

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-04-30_04-22-16_episode_3_-_celebrity_deaths__more.mp3

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-04-30_04-29-16_episode_4_-_possessing_possessions.mp3

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-05-08_05-08-16_episode_5_-_slavery_and_more.mp3

Let your light shine

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There is a lot of darkness in the world today, that’s no secret and should not come as a surprise to anyone. I understand that it is easy to get caught up and get lost in the darkness. I understand that it easy to feel as if there is ONLY darkness in the world. But I need you to understand that it is not all darkness. That is the enemy at work making it seem that way. In the media whether it be on CNN, Fox 5 news, or MPR on the radio it seems as if the only news happening in the world is bad. All we seem to hear about is some tragic death or crazed killer running amuck, giving us all the impression that the world truly is all bad and that darkness is all that surrounds us. This is where I think we as Christians have somewhat dropped the ball and where we need to step up at. WE are all called to be a light in this world which means that our lives should look differently than that of the world. So many people turn from God and bash Christianity because the people who are claiming to be Christians are living lives that look similar to that of nonbelievers and people walking in darkness yet they judge and condemn everyone they come in contact with. Giving the rest of the world the false impression that Christians are nothing more than judgmental, condemning, hypocrites. Granted the standard of Christianity, and how a Christian is supposed to live their life is Jesus Christ, and that should be who and what people base their judgement and assessment of Christianity on. With that said I completely understand where people are coming from when they do place blame and judgment on the people claiming to be Christians and call them hypocrites. Like I said a Christian’s life should look differently than that of the rest of the world, we are to be a light. Being a light is simply living a life that is representative and reflective of Jesus Christ. WE are called to be a light at work, in the classroom, on the street, in our homes, everywhere we go. WE cannot turn our light on when we are around the people at church and then turn it off Monday through Saturday until it’s time to go to church again on Sunday, it doesn’t work that way. A lot of Christians do that, and that is why so many people tend to label Christians as hypocrites. Yes the world is dark, but YOU must do your part to bring some light into it 24/7, 365 (all day every day for the whole year). Be DIFFERENT, do not conform to the evil ways of the world. Don’t use the environment that you’re in, or the circumstances that you are in as an excuse to live like everyone else and to keep you from living according The Word of God. If everyone in your inner circle does drugs, then YOU need to be different, YOU need to be a light and let them know what The Word says about being of a sober mind. If everyone at school is treating some kid terribly and picking on them, then YOU need to be different, YOU need to be a light and reveal to them what the Word says about loving others as you love yourself. If everyone at the job is slacking and not doing their work, then YOU need to be different, YOU need to be a light and reveal to them that whatever work they are doing they are to work at it with all their hearts, as working for the Lord, not human masters. With that being said understand that your ACTIONS speak louder than your words.  You can tell them what to do and what not to do but if your ACTIONS don’t line up with what you’re saying you’re just another hypocrite making some noise. Lead by example. Be different. Be a LIGHT. Yes the world is full of darkness, and at times it seems as if it gets dark and darker as the days go by, but don’t get discouraged. Look at it this way, the darker it gets the brighter your light will shine, if you let it. Wrong is still wrong even if everybody is doing it, and right is still right even if nobody is doing it. So again I encourage you to do YOUR part. Make sure that YOU are not the one contributing to the problems in the world, understand that if each of us does our part to be a light then the world gets a little bit brighter one day at a time. Change starts from within. We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves. You have to make the change in your life, to not walk in the ways of darkness anymore, and to walk in the ways of THE Light, which is Jesus Christ. Let your light shine today so that people may see God through you, and turn from their ways of darkness and move closer to The Light.

Let me Put the Word on It:

  • Matthew 5:16 “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.
  • John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
  • Romans 13:12-14 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[a]
  • John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
  • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

P.S: Visit these links to listen to episodes 3 and 4 of the “Put The Word on It” podcast show hosted by myself and Pastor Randall Knighton. Our purpose is to show how the Word of God is applicable to every walk of life and is relevant to the real world yesterday, today, and forever. http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-04-30_04-22-16_episode_3_-_celebrity_deaths__more.mp3

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-04-30_04-29-16_episode_4_-_possessing_possessions.mp3

 

 

 

Don’t rob GOD of His glory

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1 Corinthians 2:3-5

I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

This Scripture highlights a major issue that takes place in today’s society way too often. We as a society are so quick to idolize people and glorify them because of their perceived stature, money, fame, etc. this should not be so.  Whether we are idolizing a music artist because of a great song or idolizing a professional athlete for making a spectacular play we need to check ourselves and put some things into perspective. We need to understand that all good and perfect things come from above (James 1:17). Our gifts and talents along with those of the celebrities that we idolize all come from God whether we acknowledge that fact or not. God is the Creator. None of us are “self-made”, our success is not a testament to our own doing. Give God the credit He deserves. So again I say, we are NOT “SELF-made” beings. I’m going to be real with you, I once thought that people were self-made, and that it was by their own doing that they reached the level that they are at in life, because of their hard work. Waking up at 3 A.M and grinding all day and all night. Then I realized that it was by the GRACE of GOD that those people were able to wake up at 3 A.M and it was by the GRACE of GOD that they had the strength to grind all day long. It is by GOD’s grace and GOD’s grace ALONE that any of us are alive and able to accomplish so many wonderful things.  I know that many of you have already achieved great success and that others are on their way to doing some amazing things which is why I want to encourage you all to never rob GOD of His glory. Understand that any promotion you experience in life whether it be getting over an addiction, getting a new and better job, graduating college and getting your degree, whatever it may be please understand that it is not by your own doing, but Gods. It is so important to give God the glory and to share what He has done for you because our testimonies help others; in fact our testimony is contagious. When God blesses us and does something in our lives we should not keep it to ourselves, we should share it with others. When we testify about what God has done in our lives and make it known that the success that we are walking in comes from God and not our own doing it teaches others not to rely on humans and not to idolize their accomplishments, but to rely on the power of the Almighty God. Remember to just stop and say, “thank you” to God for what He has done in your life. Never rob God of His glory, and continue to praise and worship Him not just for what He has done but for who He is.

Let me Put the Word on it:

  1. James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
  2. Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

3)    Psalm 96: 4-9 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!Honor and majesty surround him;  strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;  recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.  Let all the earth tremble before him.

4) Psalm 115:1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness

5) Psalm 86:12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.  I will give glory to your name forever,

 

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