Our words are very important....beyond showing what's really in our hearts, they create. God spoke a word....and it happened. What we speak not only shows that stuff which is deep down in our hearts but when we speak them they create....sometimes things for good, sometimes things for evil....as we sow our words, we reap the fruit of those words.
There was a man in my life a while back (my pastor at that time) who told me I had never ever had an original thought in my life........and that I had stolen everything I ever taught or preached from someone else. I was totally devastated. There were many terrible destructive things he told me but this one was up there at the top along with telling me that when I served the body, I always had to do it alone because I had no life to give anyone.....no wonder I was a spiritual wreck after 5 years of that.
Because I believe so strongly that God has placed special gifts in each one, and in such a variety, I also believe we will keep discovering those gifts for the rest of our lives. My strongest encouragement to everyone is to follow your heart and discover your gifts.
Picking up where I left off last time...... Jesus has set us free to be what he has called us to be. Not only has He called us to be something but He has designed us specifically for that, gifted us to be that, equipped us for the task in every way and has placed that desire in our hearts, that pull, that thing that niggles inside us, that we can't get away from till we've made the choice to take that next step towards what He has for us.
Picking this up from yesterday, us born again Christian type folk, have really done a number on the capital "M" Ministry thing. When we talk about God's Call on our lives, it has somehow been religious-cized into our call by God into some sort of full time religious service.....whatever individual interpretation we put on that one.
Once upon a time....in a Galaxy far far away....Satan concocted this glorious scheme....if he couldn't stop people from meeting the Lord, what he could do is separate God's people into the spiritual haves and have nots, just as he did in the physical....the haves and have nots, the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, the suits and the blue collars......(hopefully you can begin to see where this is going).
I don't even know who coined the "Not to worry!" phrase but it sure is biblical. Mt 6:24-34 is a great read where we are encouraged "Do not be anxious...." Maybe a little bit easier to say than to do?
This past weekend, I kept getting what I am about to say in so many different ways.... impressions during my morning time with the Lord, scriptures I read, my daily devotional readings I do, impressions from within and without....it was just there all the time.
I was talking about what we think yesterday.....incredibly important. I encouraged you to think about Jesus. Tozer said once "Make your thoughts a sanctuary in which God can dwell". God dwells in our hearts. That is why Satan wants to steal our hearts or destroy them. It is the dwelling place of God and Satan hates God. Because he hates God, he hates you. He wants to have your heart.
I've been thinking these past few days.....did you know it is dangerous to think? Did you know that "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he".... What that means, simply, is that if any one of us wants to know what's in our heart, what's really in our hearts... then just think about what you think about! Like I said, it can be dangerous if we are honest about what things we think about....scripture says "think on these things" (check out Philippians 4:8).....
I am excited this morning. The house just emptied out and all the breakfast stuff is cleaned up and I have a few minutes to write.....finally getting back to this being born again thing again. Last time I wrote was back on January 2, if you need a little background for what I am about to try to say.
There was/is a popular Christian song where we ask God to "Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord". We really need that. We really need the eyes of heart to be opened so we can see!