The “R” of Your Words

Have you considered the importance of the words you speak to others? Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.” In your daily life of plentiful information that you hear and speak, consider the “R” of your words and how you can build up others and be a benefit in your relationships.

Remember – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21. In those times of anger or frustration it’s easy to let hurtful words come out of our mouths, words that have the potential to cause great pain and the Bible describes those words as speaking death to a person.  Your words will stay in the heart and mind of the people you encounter daily, so remember to bless them with words of life instead of words of death.

Responsibility – What can you do to be more careful with your words, to keep in mind that as a believer you have a responsibility with your words? Consider this passage from Psalm 19:14 as a daily prayer “May the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord.” Ask the Lord to teach you how to honor Him with your words, to remember your words are how you communicate with a Holy God.

Regard – To have regard or value for the words you speak, take into account that Matthew 15:18 says, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart.” This reminds me of a computer term called input/output which is a device to transfer data to and from a computer.  So you could say that what you input in your heart is going to have an output from your mouth. II Timothy 2:22 is an effective prayer to help control the desires of the heart, “Flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Input = run away from wrong desires and the output = a spiritually healthy heart.

Request – Studying and reading your Bible on a daily basis is another essential aspect to build up your life with truth and the words that will come from your heart will be what Colossians 3:16 describes as, “The word of Christ richly dwelling within you.”  When I have opportunities to pray with people who are going through a difficult time, I sometimes don’t know what to say to comfort them. I have found in my loss for words, it’s more important to speak or pray a word from the Bible that will give more comfort than my words.  I have also discovered that as I’m faithful to be in God’s Word, He is faithful to speak His word to comfort, correct and give me direction for my life.

Repent – I’m reminded of an uncomfortable passage in Jeremiah 17:9 that tells me my heart is deceitful above all things. I daily have to ask Jesus to forgive me for the wrong thoughts, desires and ideas I hold in my heart and “create in me a clean heart” from Psalm 51 is a regular prayer in my relationship with Christ so that I have the assurance I have been washed and cleansed from my sin.  As you pray and ask the Lord for healing and forgiveness, you will then have the ability to speak words of kindness, truth and love that flows from a clean heart.

Rely – You have a promise from the Word of God when you believe in Jesus and rely on Him as your Lord and Savior, “Whoever believes in Me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” John 7:38. This is a promise that the Holy Spirit of truth will pour through your life and you will be filled with the Spirit of the Lord. You will have power to speak truth and have victory over your flesh and desires of heart.  Your words will be a refreshing stream of water to those in your life.

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach … the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it” Deuteronomy 30:11 & 14

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A Time To Sow

It was time to move my childhood things from an old beat up box to a storage container. As I picked up the worn out box a small Bible fell to the floor and I opened the front cover and read the prayer and blessing that was spoken over my life.   I was only seven when the Bible was given to me, but I remember a husband and wife that picked me up and took me to church.  I have always wondered who the family was that took time to reach out to a young girl whose dad often traveled and whose mom was too ill to take her to church.

The couple was only a faint memory but as I looked at the signature on the front page of the little Bible I began to wonder if it was possible to ever find them and thank them for their kindness.   I decided to call a friend at church that had the same last name and ask him if he had any family members by that name.  His response was quite a shock, “I sure do, that is my parents and they had a bus ministry that picked up children and took them to church.”  I began to cry and through my tears I read the words to him that his parents wrote to me over 40 years ago.

What a surprise to learn that I have been friends with the children and grandchildren of a husband and wife who sowed into my life as a young girl and gave me the opportunity to hear about Christ by taking me to church.  How amazing it is that the next two generations of the Bell family continues to sow into my life with their love, prayers and friendship.

I thought of the scripture from I Corinthians 3:6 when Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” This is a reminder that as we sow into the lives of others we may not ever see the results; someone else will be used to water that life.  You might only speak a thoughtful word, say a prayer, perform an act of kindness, but you will never know the eternal value your words will have in the lives of others.  Paul said, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it” (I Corinthians 3:10).  Pray the Lord will give you understanding of how important you are to those around you, even in the simple ways you sow into people’s lives.

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RSVP

One of the meanings of RSVP is a request for a response. What response will the Lord  RSVP to you when you are facing a difficult situation and pray to Him for help? Consider this RSVP from Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

R – Refuge

S – Strength

V – Very

P – Present

All the qualities the Lord wants to be for you in your time of trouble.

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The Storage Closet of Your Mind

Do you have a storage closet in your mind that contains a box of difficult and hurtful words that were spoken to you?  The words from a family member that made you feel you will never be good enough in a certain area. Or the words from a broken relationship that continues to cause pain.  Maybe you have in your box the words from a job situation that said you were no longer needed or a friendship that has gone wrong.

When we experience painful words from others it leaves a wound in our heart that will continue to stay in the storage closet of the mind if we are not careful to clean it out.  Is it time to clean out your closet?  You might feel, “Oh that’s easy for you to say, you have no idea how much I have been hurt by words, how angry I feel or that I will never forget what was said.”

As long as you continue to store those words in your mind you will have an open door for the enemy to speak lies and condemnation to you.  It will be one of the tools the enemy uses to keep you chained to the very words that were said to you and will pour into other areas of your life, other relationships and more importantly into your life with Christ.

Galatians 5:1 says, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”  Receive the freedom that Jesus has offered you by His life.  You no longer have to be an emotional slave to the words that have hurt you or kept you in bondage.  Begin by asking the Lord to heal the wound, the memory and the emotions of the hurtful words.  God’s Word tells us that Christ has set us free so pray you will begin to receive and understand the freedom that is offered through Jesus.

It’s also important to forgive the person who spoke the words.  This person might not be in your life any longer or you may be unable to speak to them about the hurt they caused, but you can still forgive them from your heart.  Tell the Lord you want to Him to do a work in your heart and emotions to help you forgive and be set free from the pain, the words and the memories.

Don’t allow the enemy to continue to try and open the door.  When the memories or the words come to mind refuse to think about them.  Philippians 4:8 instructs us to think about things that are lovely, honorable and pure, that we are to dwell or focus on minds on what is true.  Don’t keep going back to think about the words, but instead direct your thoughts to scripture.  Concentrate on the words of life that Jesus spoke instead of the words of death from the enemy.

“… we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”  II Corinthians 10:5

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The Lord’s Hidden Plan

Sometimes the Lord has a hidden plan

That we don’t always understand

He uses hard and difficult things

To help us know Him as our King

Even when life goes up and down

Our Lord gives each of us a crown

The Bible calls it the crown of loving kindness

That gives us the daily guidance

To face our deep trials and pain

Knowing He is going to remain

By our side as we suffer

Our Father has promised His mercy will cover

Our lives with His love and healing

So take the step to do some kneeling

Pray your life be redeemed from destruction

And trust the Lord to remove the obstruction

If you are feeling upset and hard pressed

This is what I would suggest

Look to the Word in Psalm 103

To find important things you need

Healing, renewal and forgiveness

Are only a few of the riches

That have been promised from above

To those who put their trust in the Father’s love.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;

Who pardons all your iniquities who heals all your diseases;

Who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;

Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The Lord performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed.

Psalm 103:1-6

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The Fiery Dart

The whisper of the enemy that I don’t fit in

tried to lure me back into sin.

Why do the ways of the world set my heart to beating

when I know they are only moments of pleasure that are fleeting.

Times of indulgence that calls to my heart

a fun pursuit that will spread its wings and quickly depart.

I turn to the one who knows what is best

asking to be delivered from the pleasure seeking test.

I thought my life was set on being humble

then I felt a dart aimed at my heart to cause me to stumble.

Lord, heal my heart of worldly desires

burn them out with Your refiner’s fire.

My path I have chosen to follow the God I love

where it leads I’m unsure but I trust the one above.

Lord Jesus your ways I willing choose

because nothing compares to walking with you.

“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one”

Ephesians 6:16 (ESV)

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The Important Name of the Lord

Have you ever considered the importance of the name of Jesus?  This name is so powerful that when we call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we will be saved (Romans 10:13).  This name has the power to heal and to make demons flee (Acts 3:6 & Mark 5:7).  When the people of Israel trusted in the name of the Lord their enemies were defeated (II Chronicles 14:11).  This is the name that has the same power for your life to heal and overcome the power of the enemy.  It is a name we are to praise (Psalms 113:1) a name we are to walk in (Michah 4:5) a name we live by, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” Colossians 3:17.

There is something else to consider about the name of Jesus.  He tells us in John 17:11 that His name was given to Him by the Father, “Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.”  Jesus’ prayer to the Father was that we would be kept in unity and relationship with the Lord based on His name.  Jesus also prayed we will experience the same love He shares with the Father, “and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved me may be in them, and I in them” John 17:26.

Because this name is so significant we have a caution in scripture not to take it lightly or speak it casually without reverence.  You might think OMG is a fashionable term to use with your friends, but the Word of God says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”  We are to respect the name of the Lord that has been given to us as a gift and honor the name that will keep us in a loving relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name” Psalms 29:2

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The Prayers of a Teacher for Their Students

As a teacher, you have great influence in your school community.  One significant way to make the most of that influence is to pray for your students.  Your prayers will “sow seeds” into their lives that will have a life-long effect.  May the Lord bless your work in your school and in your classroom.

Lord God,

Help my students maintain discipline in their studies and school activities.  “Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge” Proverbs 23:12.

Keep my students from walking on a path that would lead to destructive habits.  “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” James 4:4.

Impart wisdom to my students in helping them relate to their teachers.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all” James 1:5.

Encourage my students to be kind to their fellow classmates. “Be kind and compassionate to one another” Ephesians 4:32.

Strengthen my students to be a godly example on their school campus.  “In everything set an example by doing what is good” Titus 2:7.

Grant my students an obedient and respectful heart toward their teachers and those in authority.  “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good” Titus 3:1.

Give my students opportunities to share about Christ with their fellow classmates.  “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” Colossians 4:3.

Protect my students from the influence of drugs and immorality.  “Do not love the world or the things of the world” I John 2:15.

Give my students courage to take a stand for what is right.  “Be strong and courageous … for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”  Joshua 1:9.

Help my students realize the importance of having a good name and reputation.  “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” Proverbs 22:1.

Protect my students from situations and relationships that would lead to sexual sin.  “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness” II Timothy 2:22.

Encourage my students to be a light to those who are living in darkness.  “You are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14.

Keep rebellion from the heart and mind of my students.  “Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land” Psalms 68:6.

Help my students choose friends who will be a good influence.  “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” Proverbs 13:20.

Impart a spirit of excellence in all that my students do.  “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” Ephesians 4:1.

Grant a stable mind to my students as they study and face the pressure of school work.  “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial” James 1:12.

Shield my student’s emotions from the unkind words and actions of others.  “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord, He is their help and their shield” Psalms 115:11.

Keep the influence of peer pressure from having a strong hold in the life of my students.  “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give into them … do not go along with them” Proverbs 1:10 & 15.

Help my students to be hard working, diligent and faithful, even in small things.  “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things” Matthew 25:23.

Give my students heart knowledge of how much You love them.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.

Plant in the heart of my students a desire for the Word of God and for prayer.  “He who gives attention to the Word shall find good” Proverbs 16:20.

Teach my students to be careful of the words they speak. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3.

Give understanding to my students to see truth when they are exposed to worldly ideas.  “Give your servant a discerning heart … to distinguish between right and wrong” I Kings 3:9.

Protect the mind, body, emotions and spirit of my students.  “May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete” I Thessalonians 5:23

Written by

Terry Gooding

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The Right Hand of the Lord

Have you ever thought about what happens at the right hand of Christ?  As you look at these scriptures, consider them as promises to pray for your life and qualities to worship and praise the Lord for.

Reigns “So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into   heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19

Inheritance – “All the nations will be gathered before Him … He will separate               them from one another… he will say to those on His right, Come you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” Matthew 25:32-34

Conquers“The Lord says to my Lord; sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psalm 110:1

Majestic“Your right hand, O Lord is majestic in power.” Exodus 15:6

Strength – “Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

Judgment“You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.”  Exodus 15:12

Promises“The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm.”  Isaiah 62:8

Victory “His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.” Psalm 98:1

Power“And Jesus said, I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62

Intercedes“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Romans 8:34

Rescues“That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and answer us.” Psalm 60:5

Sustains“Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8

Refuge“O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand.”  Psalm 17:7

Exalted“The right hand of the Lord is exalted.” Psalm 118:16

Worthy – “Who is worthy to open the book … The Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book … and He came, and He took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.” Revelation 5:2, 5, 7

Fearless“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.” Psalm 118:16

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Prayers For Your Marriage

Lord,

Love – Help me to love my spouse in a godly manner that is pleasing to You. “Each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband”  Ephesians 5:33.

Sin – Protect my marriage from the influence of sexual sin. “Run away from sexual sin”  I Corinthians.6:18.

Honor – Teach me to honor my spouse and marriage above other responsibilities. “Marriage is to be held in honor among all” Hebrews 13:4.

Forgiveness – Give me a forgiving heart for my spouse when mistakes are made. “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you” Matthew 6:14.

Kindness – Help me to be kind and considerate in the words I speak. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths” Ephesians 4:29.

Intimacy – Bless our times of companionship and intimacy together. “…and let the marriage bed be undefiled” Hebrews 13:4.

Children – Give me wisdom to raise our children in a godly home and marriage. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6.

Prayer – Remind me to pray for my spouse on a daily basis. “…Pray for one another”  James 5:16

Unity – Help us to have unity as we make family decisions together. “… Put on love which is the perfect bond of unity” Colossians 3:14.

Finances – Help me to manage our finances in a wise and biblical manner. “Honor the Lord with your wealth” Proverbs 3:9.

Disputes – Teach me to handle our disputes with respect and fairness.  “Show proper respect to everyone” I Peter 3:17.

Needs – Guide me to be sensitive to the emotional needs of my spouse.  “… clothe yourselves with        compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness  and  patience” Colossians 3:12.

Problems – Teach me not to use the problems from our past as a weapon in our future.  “…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” Philippians 3:13

Home – Help me to be disciplined in the care of my home and marriage to create a refuge for my family.  “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth”   Proverbs 10:4.

Feelings – Train me to focus my mind on the Word of God when I begin to have negative thoughts and feelings about my spouse. “…Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right” Philippians 4:8

Commitment – Grow our devotion and commitment for each other. “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” Genesis 2:24

Strength – Bless our marriage with strength and stability that we might be a godly example to others.  “…in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” I Timothy 4:12.

 

“Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” Matthew 19:6

All scriptures are taken from  NIV,  NLT & NASB

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