There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.
But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.
It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy…
Satan does not like any of this one bit. He does not like that God’s people are studying His word. He does not like that Christians are busy in Kingdom work.
His mission is to steal, kill, and destroy.
Now I’ve always wondered what was the difference in killing and destroying. After some thought God shared this with me.
Satan wants to steal your happiness. He wants your joy. He wants your peace. He wants anything that is good and honors God taken from you. He wants to steal your salvation, but he can’t. He cannot.
Satan wants to kill you. He has a history of this behavior. Satan wants you dead. And he does not care how it has to be done as long as it is done.
But to destroy? Isn’t death destroying the body? What’s the big difference between killing and destroying?
Satan can kill your body, but what he wants is to destroy your ministry. He wants to destroy any evidence of any work you did for Christ. He wants to destroy your testimony. He wants any trace of God at work in your past, present, or future erased.
Satan is on a mission. He wants to steal your joy, kill your body, and destroy your legacy. As my brother says, that’s his company’s mission statement.
When was the last time you were overwhelmingly happy?
That’s a real question. I don’t mean happy like, “This is cool! This is awesome!” I mean happy as in euphoric!
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately. It bothers me that I don’t know if I have ever been overwhelmingly happy. I have been happy, but I’m not quite sure that it was overwhelmingly happy.
I want everyone to think about that. When were you overwhelmingly happy? Did something happen? Were you given something?
What honestly makes you happy? Now, what makes you overwhelmingly happy?
Luke 1:41-45 (NLT)
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.
The passage above is one of my favorites. I mean, think about it. An unborn baby (the baby is alive in the womb) jumped for joy the instance Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary. Mary didn’t lay hands on her. She didn’t do anything for her. She spoke.
Isn’t that amazing? Is that not outstanding that Mary was so filled with the Holy Spirit that the very sound of her voice filled the baby within someone else with joy?
And the more I think about it, that’s a glowing example of how we are supposed to be as Christians. Something within people should cause them to leap with joy because of our Spirit-filled lives. And unfortunately, that hasn’t been happening.
When a Christian enters a room, other Christians should feel strengthened and empowered and anything that isn’t of God should feel threatened. If you aren’t a threat to Satan, chances are you’re not much of a thrill in your Kingdom work right now. Demons shouldn’t feel comfortable in your company.
I want people to leap when I enter. They should leap for joy of being empowered, or leap because the ungodly Spirit can’t stand to be around the godly Spirit in me. Where Christians are empowered, demons should be uncomfortable. And I don’t want it because of me, but because of what’s in me, the Holy Spirit.
Now that’s a true Leap Year.
Do we forget to be happy? I can’t help but think that we do. Somehow we can get caught up in all that is going on and all that comes with “new” that we forget to be happy about it.
The promotion we should be happy about, we immediately start overthinking. We start thinking about all the new responsibilities that come with it. That new relationships brings a new person who deserves your attention. That new car comes with a new car payment, right?
It feels demanding. You feel overwhelmed and you haven’t even gotten into the meat of things yet. How can you handle it all when the time comes?
That’s how my mind works. It overworks. And at some point I finally realize, this isn’t right. I am supposed to be happy right now! This promotion is a good thing! This relationship is a blessing! There was provision for this car!
Sometimes the very blessings we prayed for are the ones we receive and somehow we forget how to receive them properly. I honestly think that as much as I pray for blessings, I need to start praying for better receptivity too.
It’s an easy truth. Your attitude is going to reflect how your day is going to be. The other day, I was very happy. Yeah, I was going to be on fall break and I’d get to see Brandon and all that made me excited. And believe it or not that was kind of the point.
I could easily say yeah I’m happy because of the break coming up and I’ll have a minute to gather myself and enjoy that. Yeah, I’m happy because I get a chance to do something I want to do instead of stuff I have to do. But overall my day has been better because my attitude is happiness. It’s been a serious well-needed attitude adjustment.
Regardless of the reason, my attitude is happy, thus my day is joyful. That is the whole point of it all. I still had to go somewhere I didn’t feel like going. I still get tired from being in that place, but it didn’t matter as much. The fact that my attitude reflected joyfulness and happiness made my day much more joyful and happy. Is your attitude getting in the way too?
Regardless of the matter, the same excitement I had today is the same I need for tomorrow. If I was excited about God doing a work for me today, I should still be excited tomorrow because He is still doing a work for me.
Nothing God does for me is because I deserve it. Nothing He does for me is anything I have earned. It’s just His love for me that He operates from. And if God’s love for me doesn’t excite me everyday, I need to figure out if I understand what love is. I need to figure out if I know who God is because He is love.
God loves me. He just does. Even in my mess, even in my disobedience, even in my sin, He loves me. He doesn’t love what I’m doing when I’m out of His will, but He still loves me. And if I was excited today that He loved me, then I should be excited tomorrow. If I was happy today that He was working, then I should be happy tomorrow because He is always working.
If I’m not excited about my Creator working out of love on my behalf, and doing things that I don’t deserve, I hesitate to believe if anything will excite me.