Friday, July 31, 2009
Mathew 12:35 "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
WHAT WE SPEAK SHOWS WHAT IS IN OUR HEART.
Jesus further warns us in verse 36,37: "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
OUR WORDS ARE GOING TO MAKE US OR BREAK US!
CONTRAST WITH WHAT THE WORD SAYS ABOUT JESUS:
1Peter 2:22, "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth."
INSTRUCTION TO SAINTS:
James 3:10, "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
SEEMS LIKE THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE WHO HAD A FOUL MOUTH. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO CAN'T STOP CUSSING EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE THE HOLY GHOST?
READ EPHESIANS 4:21-31
IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CHURCH LONG ENOUGH TO HEAR PREACHING ABOUT HOW WE OUGHT TO LIVE AND CONDUCT OURSELVES THEN THE WAY YOU TALK SHOULD REFLECT THAT. IF YOU NEED HELP THEN RENEW YOUR MIND BY PRAYING THROUGH (GO TO AN ALTAR AND CRY AND SEEK GOD UNTIL YOU HAVE FOUND HIM). STOP LYING, STOP GIVING VENT TO YOUR ANGER, STOP TALKING ABOUT THE DEVIL. JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE. STOP STEALING. GET A JOB SO YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY, CHURCH AND THE POOR. BACK TO MOUTH. IF IT AIN'T GOOD THEN SHUTUP.
FINALLY, DON'T MESS WITH THE SEAL. SEALS ARE IMPORTANT. TELLS YOU THAT THE CONTENTS HAVE NOT BEEN CONTAMINATED.
IF YOU LET EVIL HAVE IT’S WAY IN YOUR LIFE THEN YOU MAY DAMAGE THE SEAL THAT GOD HAS PUT ON YOU. DON’T GRIEVE GOD..DON’T BE FOOLED, NO SIN ---NO LUKEWARM--- NO FOOLIN AROUND IS GOING TO BE RAPTURED.
PUT ALL THAT BAD STUFF AWAY FROM YOU.
1Peter 1:15, 16, "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy for I am holy."
WORK ON THE HEART, THE MOUTH WILL FOLLOW
YOUR NAME WILL REFLECT YOUR LIFE. MAKE SURE IT COUNTS.
2Peter 3:11,12, "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shal melt with fervent heat?"
SOUNDS LIKE GLOBAL WARMING? I'M WORKING ON HAVING A GOOD NAME, HOW ABOUT YOU?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
What is a Good Name:…. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN…BILL CLINTON..ARNOLD SWARTZNEGGER…GEORGE WASHINGTON……VERBAL BEAN..ABE LINCOLN…BRIAN KOCH…… ICHABOD… BENEDICT ARNOLD..SAMSON… DELIAH.. DAVID...
Images and feelings rise up when you read those names. The stories of their life and decisions that they made affect us. There is a reputation associated with each name. Reputation means the standing one acquires through life. It may be based on falsehood or rumors but it may be based on what you have done or accomplished. Some may say that they don't care what others think. Christians do need to care what others think because our lives are letters to lost souls.
Someone tells you, "I give you my word!". You will judge that statement not based on the literal words but on the life of that individual. Words are validated by actions. A good name takes a lifetime of living right. Benedict Arnold might not have lived a bad life but he is remembered for one very wrong action, that of a traitor.
Proverbs 22:1 "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold."
The key action in this scripture is choice. You choose everyday what is most important to you. What are you pursuing? What do you have in your mind when you choose? The kingdom of God or the kingdom of self?
If you doubt how important your reputation is, read Ecclesiastes 7:1 "A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one's birth." I think we get it backwards. We race towards youth and as it passes us by, we spend billions on trying to regain it. The scripture tells us that it will be better to die than to live. We forget that eternity is real and this life is but a vapor. This good name will carry us through eternity.
Psalms 52:9 "I will praise thee forever, because thou hast done it; and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints." I am so thankful we know a name that has a ring of truth, power and salvation to it. I love the name of Jesus.
Next blog: How do you get this good name?