“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” –Proverbs 15:11
Have you ever said something to someone and once it came out of your mouth you instantly regret saying what you did? I know I have done this multiple times. The impulsivity of what my mind thinks blurts out instead of heart checking if it is worth saying. What do I mean by this? What we say is a reflection of our hearts. If our hearts are walking with Christ, then what we say is likely to come from Christ and not our own implications. If we aren’t daily walking with Jesus then our words come from ourselves, which most likely gets us in trouble. When we take time to stop and think about what we say, we can realize our standing point with Jesus. We are able to notice the difference in how we act, feel and say with Christ and without. Before we speak, pause. Ask yourself, is this worth saying? Is this Christ like? Today, let’s have a heart check. Ask God to help you watch what you say. Pray for guidance in not speaking too quickly. Maybe you have said something to someone that you knew you shouldn’t have said. I encourage you to go to that friend and ask for forgiveness. It’s not easy admitting that we’re wrong, but there is power in what we say, but there is also power in forgiveness. Let God be reflected with what we say, after all he lives within us so let him speak.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” -James 1:19
“The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” -1 Samuel 3:10
There is power in sounds. When we hear a loud sudden noise we might get sacred. When we hear a bird chirping we may be filled with calmness. When we hear an upbeat song we may start to feel energized. When we hear a slow song we may start to feel sleepy. The sounds we hear impact us every day and we may not even realize it. Music in this generation is the biggest sound that we’re constantly engaging into. On campus, you see people with ear buds in or playing it out loud. I often hear the phrase “it’s too quiet, let’s put on some music.” Today, this generation engulfs music to tune out silence. Some of us may be uncomfortable doing anything without music playing, but girls silence is a gift. God uses silence to speak to us. It’s in quiet moments that God reveals himself towards you. I know how difficult it is to sit in silence. Your mind starts racing with to-do lists or catchy songs stuck on replay. I encourage you all every once and awhile to turn off music and listen to Gods lyrics. Let his rhythm captivate your attention. Let his words penetrate your heart so that you may sing HIS song over your life. Music can be a positive tool to connect and engage with Christ. Although music can benefit growth in our spiritual walk, it can also tune out Gods voice. Take moments to listen to his voice.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” – 2 timothy 3:16
God’s word is more than a tool to read. Often, I feel as Christians we look at stories in the bible and say well, things are different now than they were in that era so it doesn’t really apply to me. This statement is partially right. Yes, things are indeed different now, but everything in the bible can be applicable to you. How? You see, cultures, customs and laws may have changed, but God hasn’t. He is still the “same today, yesterday and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). He is still alive, victorious and powerful. The bible is our tangible life guide. “It is useful for teaching….” The gospel is given to us to teach others about what Christ has done for us. We are Gods vessels to teach unbelievers of his great love. “Rebuking” When the enemy attacks, he attacks with full force. God’s word is our sword to fight the battle of the enemy. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). The enemy wants nothing more than to separate us from Christ, but stand firm by being planted in God’s word. “Correcting” the bible guides us in the real truth. It helps mold us into who God wants us to be and not what we want for ourselves. It takes our focus from earthly to heavenly. “Training in righteousness” as Christians, we don’t know all the answers, we don’t have it all together, but we have God as our coach. Through scripture, God trains us to be strong soldiers for his kingdom and teach us how to conquer and overcome the battles of this fallen world. Yes, we may not fully understand the bible sometimes, but never underestimate the power of scripture that is God-breathed.
“God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day.” –Psalm 46:5
God will not let you fail. Wow. That is such a beautiful and powerful statement. Take a moment to rest in this verse. Maybe write down what it means to you. This verse may be short and sweet, but speaks such life. God is able to withstand any obstacle, any storm, and any battle. The God who parted the waters lives within you. The God who walked on water lives within you. The God who saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from burning in a fiery furnaces lives within you. The God who saved Daniel from a pit of lions lives within you. The God who delivered the Israelites to the promise land lives within you. God. Is. Able. Believe that in your hearts today girls. Have a bold faith to know that God will perform miracles and do the impossible for you. Whatever battle you are facing with, whatever sin you are struggling with delight in the fact that God lives within you. God never fails you. With him, we are capable to conquer and overcome. Take some time to thank God that he is constant, that he is capable, that he cares, that he died so we could have the Holy Spirit live within us.
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another I love.” –Galatians 5:13
When we ask for forgiveness of our sins, God immediately pours out his grace upon us and showers us with his love. We are set free from our chains. We are no longer bound to sin. It’s not easy living out the Christian faith. It doesn’t magically make everything in life fall into place or make life perfect. Reality is that we have to fight and pursue deeper for Christ more, because the enemy only wants to tear us down. We get tempted easily and influenced by society around us, and let’s face it we all fail. We all have given into secret sins, but guess what? God is still here, waiting to set you free. Often, we dig ourselves into a routine where we ask for forgiveness then slip right back into what we we’re doing before. Girls, I’ve been in that boat. Two years to be exact. Every time I sought Christ he would pour out his grace and love, but I never felt free, because I was still in the midst of that situation. When we accept Christ we are a new creation. Let the freedom we receive of our new self be an encouragement to you today. Whether you are struggling or overcoming. Give it to God and let him orchestrate the situation so you can receive full freedom. Our freedom allows us to love others freely. Pray over your freedom today. Ask God to help you feel free and to use that freedom to love others genuinely.