The Quick and the Slow

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 NIV Being quick to listen and slow to speak helps us understand rather than jumping to conclusions. How many times have we gotten angry or flown off the handle or said stupid stuff – simply because we didn’t take the time to think about what was actually being...

Teaching

James 3:3 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. This verse comes to mind before every Bible class I teach… scary! BUT I think it’s not limited to that. James is about to go into the responsibility we have (and the danger involved) with our words. If I have one pattern of failure in life it’s that I speak too soon, too often, and too much! “Not many of you should presume to be teachers.” Don’t go around being a know-it-all. Don’t go around looking for people to talk to because you believe they’ll gain a lot from you. Those “who teach will be judged more strictly.” Why? Because people listen and… take action… based on our words. Literally, our words can alter the course of lives. And those of us who stand before crowds have incredible influence. People are more open to and trust the guy or gal from the stage. They are waiting for words of hope, encouragement, and direction. The vast majority listen without a filter. FEW people are like the Bereans… Acts 17:11
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. So let’s be careful out there teachers! Let’s accept our responsibility with humility and even with fear. It’s an honor that people will even listen to us. Even more so that God is willing to use us to shape others for Him – whether...

God’s Will for My Life?

“If I just knew what God’s will for my life is, then I could… really be happy… know I have purpose… head in the right direction… let go and live fully… find peace… make a difference… ” Good news! I found your personal purpose. Your personal assignment… I Thess 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. You’re welcome. Live Your Mission,...

The Sin-Less Formula

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 1. Write down the top 3 sins you face the most. 2. Look up passages relating to staying strong against those. 3. Memorize. 4. When the thought/act comes up quote the verse(s) out loud. Extra Credit… 1. Stay aware of reactions during the day. (Like wanting to cuss that teen driver that cuts you off in traffic. Or wanting to give the one finger salute.) 2. Find passages related. 3. Memorize. 4. Quote when the situation hits again… Proverbs 7:7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. Oh, wait, that’s not right…. ahem… Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a...

Taking Every Thought Captive

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Much of our daily battle takes place in our minds. What we THINK someone said. What we BELIEVE someone will do. And a lot of the time our minds go straight to the negative, right? These thoughts are against the KNOWLEDGE – the truth – of what we really know. Thought > “I am a failure.” Truth> “I am a conqueror!” (Rom 8:37) You take the thought captive through truth. See how it works? As different worries, struggles, weaknesses hit your head today put them under...