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Do You Know Me?

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9 (NIV)

I often wonder what people think when they look at me. I have always been a bit self-conscious about the way I look and how I present myself. They say an average of 13 people watch you each day. When you live in a house of 5 that only leaves 8 other outside stalkers J Do people think I’m kind, loving and peaceful? Am I really who I say I am? Do I resemble Jesus at all? These questions are always running through my head.

On my best day of my entire life, I will still not even come close to the greatness that Jesus showed when he walked on this earth. Jesus tells us in John 14:9 that “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”. I so want people to see the Father in me.

God has slowly but surely been washing off the wickedness in my life. I still have a very long road ahead of me to see victory over some of the things that I have subjected myself to in the 40 years of my life. My sanctification is happening before my very eyes each day with the help of Jesus, great friends, and a loving/praying family. I look forward to the day where everyone knows me for who I really am and I can be happy with the results.

Don’t fool yourself. The true epiphany in life is when your character meets up with your reputation. When you are who you say you are and the person everyone thinks you are.

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Words are Like Arrows

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If you took an inventory of every single word that you spoke what do you think that you would find out about yourself? Have you ever thought about it?

God cares about the words that come out of our mouths. How many negative words do you think that you speak on a daily basis – words that are cursing your life or cursing others lives? Sometimes we don’t give it any thought. We can be driving down the road and someone cuts us off and we call them a stupid idiot or worse… is that right? Are they really a stupid idiot or did they simply not see our car there? When addressing our spouse or children, what words are we speaking over them?

The Bible is clear that we must choose to either speak life or death, blessing or cursing. I hope that after reading this, God will prick our hearts and we will only choose life and blessings.

The words that we speak have a long-lasting effect – they go out into the atmosphere and stay there forever. We cannot take our words back. We can rebuke words from bearing fruit but if we spoke death or cursing to someone directly, it is sometimes difficult for people to forget those words because they can cut so deeply.

Sometimes it is best to be silent rather than to speak in order to avoid saying something that is hurtful to a person. God wants us to speak life and to build people up and to fill our mouths with praise and thanksgiving to Him. He made us in His image. He spoke things into existence. We do the same but then we wonder why we are defeated, tired all of the time, in pain all of the time, in lack all of the time…. Could it be because we spoke it into our lives?

Below are just a few scriptures of what God has to say about the importance of our words and also a few declarations that you can make using the scriptures to help you to speak life.

James 3:10 (NKJV) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 

Jeremiah 9:8 (HCSB) Their tongues are deadly arrows — they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peaceably with his friend, but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB) speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father

Proverbs 10:11 (NLT) The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

1 Peter 3:10 (NLT) If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

Ecclesiastes 3:7b (HCSB) a time to be silent and a time to speak;

Declarations:

Psalm 19:14 (HCSB) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 16:23-24 (NLT) From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Psalm 49:3 (NKJV) My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Psalm 141:3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips

Isaiah 50:4 (HCSB) The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word.

 

 

 

 

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