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Feeding the Spirit – Conditioning

Keeping up with your spiritual health is very similar to keeping up with your physical health. You’ve got to be dedicated and consistent. As long as you are maintaining those two things you can slip up a little and it usually won’t do much damage. We are not perfect, so small “cheats” and slip ups are to be expected. However, if we slack off too much there will be noticeable side effects.

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for present life and the life to come.

It is easy to get caught up in the routine activities of our daily lives. We have a tendency to get complacent in our faith. Life plateaus and we just let things drift off. There is nothing going on that is exceptionally good nor is anything bad happening. We forget to give God thanks, we forget to call out to Him, we forget to include Him in our mundane daily lives, and we forget to serve Him. Read more…

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Feeding the Spirit – Hearing His Voice

 

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Dwelling on the Past

Do you dwell upon your past mistakes and sins? Do you ever get the feeling of hopelessness/helplessness? Feel like you’ve run into dead end after dead end, with nowhere left to turn? As if everyone around you doesn’t see or understand you? Exhausted, lonely, afraid, worrisome, anxious, shattered, weak and uneasy? It’s an awful experience. It is such an easy trap to fall into as well.

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Sowing Seeds {part two-taming your tongue}

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.

In part one of the Sowing Seeds series, we looked over how powerful our words are and what seeds we have been sowing with our mouths. The first step in sowing the right seeds is actually knowing that the words we say are not empty. It is only when we know the power they carry that we can start to transform the way the we speak, using our words for goodness and to glorify God. I decided many months ago that I was no longer going to negate God’s Word with my mouth.
I was going to speak life or not speak at all.

James 1:19-20 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Taming my tongue and controling the things that come out of my mouth requires effort and is a constant decision to not let my lips run free  like there are no consequences for what I say. The first step I took was being slow to speak (James 1:19-20) and slow to give my opinion. After learning to be selective and choose my words before I spoke them, I realized that a lot of the times when I had been giving my opinion before, it wasn’t even needed. I was learning to listen more than I spoke.

Just because I didn’t speak all these things anymore didn’t mean that sometimes I didn’t let something slip out, and definitely didn’t mean that I still wasn’t thinking that same way. The difference now was, I was holding myself accountable for what I spoke and I knew immediately when I let something slip and corrected it. I was no longer going to speak anything but goodness on anybody. This is part of genuinely loving others as Jesus loves me.

Proverbs 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

Being slow to speak had a chain reaction to ultimately taming my tongue. I took the old saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything” and practiced it. Though my mind was loud, my mouth was not. It took three solid weeks of having all the old thoughts fill my head and not speaking them to break the habit. I would slip up here and there but being accountable to God and myself is what always kept me going. Having God teach me the importance of taming my tongue because of the power that words have also led me to believe and know God more than I ever had. If He says that words are so powerful and He says wonderful things about me, they must be true. I must really be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I must really be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, first and not last. I believed for the first time in my life that I was really something special because HE created me as someone special. And for the first time, I could say that not with arrogance, but in appreciation and awe of Him.

After he taught me to tame my tongue, this battle about the seeds I was sowing was downhill and I was the victor. No longer letting these things escape my lips caused my mind to quiet over time and I learned to take my thoughts captive; No longer letting myself make a movie out of a single thought. In Sowing Seeds {part three-taking thoughts captive} you will learn how to stop the thoughts immediately and walk in your salvation, sowing seeds that only Glorify God. You will be elated and joyous when you reap that bountiful harvest of good seeds!!

Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 13:3
My journey to sowing the right seeds with my mouth and using all words for goodness and to glorify God.

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His word is truth. We are so Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored, and Deeply Loved.

Sowing Seeds {part one- are your words poison or fruit?}

Proverbs 18:21 Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. The Message

What seeds have you been sowing? No I am not talking about actual seeds, I am talking about your words. I was always taught to believe that my words have power with the popular saying “Whether you think you can or you can’t—you’re right!” I kind of believed that, but I definitely thought it was a bit dramatic. I figured some of the silly stuff I said was just empty words that didn’t mean anything. Right at the veerryyyy beginning of my walk with God I received a pamphlet entitled “Words” and if you saw me reading this pamphlet, you might have had to pick my jaw up off of the ground. I was absolutely amazed that my words, that I sometimes meant nothing by, actually had real power. This, along with learning that I was the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus from Joseph Prince really kick-started me and made me want to learn who I am, according to The Bible. I got an insatiable appetite to read about and talk about God.

Anyway, back to the question: What kind of seeds are you sowing with your mouth? Are you sowing seeds that you will be joyful about harvesting? When I first started, my answer (whether I would have admitted it or not) would have been that I absolutely didn’t want to reap the harvest of the seeds I was sowing. There were 2 scriptures that just convicted me of righteousness as soon as I read them and immediately made me want to change my ways.

Matt 12:36-37 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NJKV
Matt 12:36-37 “Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” The Message
Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. NKJV
Proverbs 15:2 Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense. The Message

After I read these, I though, woah there…I do not want any more idle words to leave this mouth that I’ll have to account for because now that I think of it–I probably have  quite a few. And, Hey! I am no fool I am wise! I guess I better start speaking the ‘wise’ way because I don’t want to “drip nonsense”

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. NKJV

I knew and God knew that I have a good heart so I made the conscious choice to start letting my heart, filled with love, joy, and gentleness take over my mouth. I was no longer going to spew negativity, sickness and idle words because I was no longer going to let that be the condition of my heart. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, how can I be anything less than elated, gracious, and loving all the time?!
The next step, being selective about what I said aloud was by far the hardest step in this particular journey. I will share what scriptures I clung to and about my journey learning to guard my mouth and tame my tongue in {part two-taming your tongue}
My journey to sowing the right seeds with my mouth and using all words for goodness and to glorify God.
Pro 21:23, James 3:8, Matt 15:18, Pro 12:18

His word is truth. We are so Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored, and Deeply Loved.

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