“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;” – Jesus (Mat. 15:8 ESV) I can fool others, and I can even fool myself; but God always knows the true condition and motivation of my heart.
Few statements are more untrue than this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is, words are powerful, because words are spiritual. They can be seeds to produce a harvest of blessing and peace, or swords to wound and destroy a person’s reputation. The world was created by God’s words. That same creative force has been given to us! Kingdoms, nations, businesses, churches, and marriages are either built up or destroyed by words. The writer of Proverbs said: “Death and life are in the… Read More
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:7, 11, 13 ESV) There is a simple, yet vital principle that must be considered in order for… Read More
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. – 1 John 3:20-22 Last night my son was playing the drums for our youth service. He is naturally gifted musically, so he picked up on the drums quickly a few years ago; however, he is still honing his skills… Read More