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A Call To The Bride Of Christ: What To Be Watchful Of In This Season

As I have been praying and receiving more revelation from the Lord, He has been extremely adamant on The Body Of Christ repenting from a couple different things that reject His Authority.

1. Greed/Idolatry of Money

“No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24 CSB

2. Gossip

For I fear that perhaps when I come I will not find you to be what I want, and you may not find me to be what you want. Perhaps there will be quarreling, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambitions, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.
2 Corinthians 12:20 CSB

3. Lack Of Teaching Of Sound Doctrine

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 CSB

Repentance is not a bad word. In fact, as we confess and come towards Him with boldness, we are able to recieve the grace & mercy that we need.

May we each purposely invite Holy Spirit in every day to take inventory of our hearts!

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 CSB

See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalms 139:24 CSB

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Let’s Talk About: Sarcasm

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Yesterday, my husband & I attended a Matthew West concert at Pentecostals of Alexandria. While I was there, the Lord revealed some things to me. When I arrived I knew things were different in the Pentacostal Religion. Most of the women were dressed in skirts, with their hair up in a bun, and most men were dressed in suits. I began to ask the woman sitting next to me about their doctrine. She kindly explained some of the things they do and why they do them.  As Matthew West came out, everyone was standing up, hooting and hollering, with their hands raised.

Then…it was so weird, especially looking back on it after it happened. It was like all the sudden, all of us were pushed down to sit. It almost looked like the domino effect. If you’ve never saw me praising God, I usually have my hands raised, swaying back and forth, or one had is raised and the other is always on my heart. I sat down, and looked immediately at my husband and said, “That was weird.”. Something didn’t sit well in my spirit. I said to him, “It was like Satan flicked us and we all fell over.” Which later brought me to the scripture Ephesians 4:14.

“Then we will no longer be like babies. We will not be people who are always changing like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to deceive us—those who make clever plans and use every kind of trick to fool others into following the wrong way.” -Ephesians 4:14 ERV

I am not relating this scripture by stating that this congregation didn’t have sound doctrine nor am I saying it is wrong to sit down at a Matthew West concert. (Sorry Matt!)

The reason why I was reminded of this scripture is how many times do we follow the crowd instead of where Christ is taking us? We see someone else doing something that looks cool, so we try it. Even though it goes against everything God’s word states, it’s okay because its “socially acceptable” by our friends, family, and even some of our Church family.

“You people are not faithful to God! You should know that loving what the world has is the same as hating God. So anyone who wants to be friends with this evil world becomes God’s enemy.” -James 4:4 ERV

Sarcasm and swearing are two of the biggest examples I can think of at the moment. If you knew me back in the day, every other word was either drenched in sarcasm or profanity.  The word has socially accepted sarcasm. Many people think it is hilarious. But when we begin to look at saying things sarcastically, it speaks death instead of life into whoever we are talking to.

Sarcasm:

  • a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
  • a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
  • the use or language of sarcasm

We are called to edify one another, not cut one another down.

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” -Ephesians 4:29

“Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God].” -Ephesians 5:4

 It has been a journey from turning my dark language into something colorful that glorifies God. I am not perfect, I trip up sometimes, but I am a lot better than I used to be! As Children of God, we are called to show Our Father’s character. People that don’t know God aren’t searching for people who are friends with this fallen world, they are searching for people who reflect Christ’s character. My prayer is that when people see me, they know something is different about me and they want what I have. Which is a relationship with God!

My reflection questions to end this post for today are:

  1. How often do you edify people with your words?
  2. On the flip side, how often are you sarcastic?
  3. Do you go with the world’s trends instead of sticking with the Word of God?
  4. If you were the only one standing up for God, would you stand or sit down with everyone else?

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Thank-you Holy Spirit for the inspiration of this post! I hope that you enjoyed this post today, even if it was challenging. If you aren’t stretched, you aren’t growing! Remember, as you are going through this, rely on God for strength and don’t be too hard on yourself. Change doesn’t happen overnight and the fact that you are even attempting is a good thing! If you have any questions, need accountability, or need some support through this process feel free to message, comment, or email me!

 

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Reflection Of Your Heart


On a regular basis, what are you thinking about?
("In conclusion, my brothers and sisters, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭GNB‬‬)

I have dealt with thoughts that weren't of God that started as thoughts and soon traveled to my heart. ("we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭GNB‬‬)

Before I knew it, instead of speaking life and showing love to my neighbors, I was spewing off negativity, judgment, criticism, gossip, and even lies at some points. The enemy doesn't come in red tights, shouting he's the devil. He comes disguised as even the voice in your head. He is good at what he does. He is here to seek, steal, and destroy. He will use anyone and anything to hurt you, lie, manipulate, and turn you away from The Creator.

I was reading scripture and more than a few verses stood out to me.

“You snakes — how can you say good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:34‬ ‭GNB‬‬

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭GNB‬‬

I began to reflect on how I speak to others, not only when I'm in a good mood, but when I'm angry, sad, disappointed, and hurt. I began to reflect on how I speak to people of different authority. Am I always showing love? & how do I speak to myself?

Where your words are, how you talk to others, how you talk to yourself, is where your heart is.

“Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God].”
‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I believe we often forget that we, as Christians, forget we are billboards for God. & the enemy is waiting to devour, shame, and condemn us for what we do wrong. We mess us, we all do. However, as Christians, we have been given a gift, Holy Spirit.
We should be having Holy Spirit guide our every decision, the things we see, hear, and speak.
“But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].”
‭‭GALATIANS‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I have deleted the Facebook app on my phone and only have it on my IPad and have found that I am not only much more productive, but I am more positive. We often give our opinions just for the sake of giving them, because we feel they need to be spoken. However, if your opinion isn't benefiting the world, being spoken in love, why speak it?

If you're not supporting God with your words, who are you supporting?

Thoughts become words and our words are a reflection of our heart.

Guard your heart, take every thought captive & speak life.