Matthew 12:34 (New International Version)
34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
As bloggers, we always have to come up with something new to say. I know for me, with this new blog, I have wanted to use it as a platform of growth and an attempt to glorify God. I truly take allot of time before I post, asking God what I should share. I seem to be able to communicate pretty well in my writing, but lately I have been convicted of some of my attempts in my personal communications, mostly through emails to others. In trying to share my heart with others that I know, and that I am trying to get to know better, I often wonder if I could have gone about it a better way. Did I need to email so and so about this? Will they even know what I am talking about? Is it appropriate, even when I “think” it might be? This too, is why I don’t talk allot about politics or religion or any other “hot” topics on this blog. That’s not the purpose of it for me, but I feel lead to share my growth, my hurts, and my praises. Sometimes when I sit in church, I often wonder if a word that is being spoken is meant for me. Sometimes, it’s very obvious and sometimes not. I’ve learned that in those times of unclairity that the best thing I can do is just get with God and pray for understanding. “Was I gossiping through my hurts God? or was I just a bit misdirected in my approach? Did I need to share stuff with the people I did, or was I not being wise?, was I not fully listening to your Spirit, but perhaps jumping the gun? Sometimes I don’t know. The Bible says in Matt. 12: 33-37:
Matthew 12:33-37 (Amplified Bible)
33Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.
34You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the [a]superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.
35The good man from his inner good treasure [b]flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse [c]flings forth evil things.
36But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every [d]idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.
37For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced
Matthew 12:33-37 (The Message)
33″If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.
34-37″You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
Matthew 12:33-37 (New International Version)
33″Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
This week I know that I am really going to be reflecting on my words, and the things I say. I will be praying for God to help me better understand what needs to be said and how to say it, and who to say it to, when the time is right. I truly want to live to glorify God with all that I am, and I am realizing that sometimes it starts with what may seem to us, a small area that we think we may have under control. It’s so great when the Word of God helps us to better understand the “root” of some of our deepsest issues. I know that I want to bear much fruit for God, and being able to recognize the way I voice my thoughts is a good step for me in growing in His grace. So God I ask you to come and search my heart, let me know of any unclean thing in me, and by your Holy Spirit, help me to become clean. Humble my heart God, help me to choose my words and my thoughts carefully, and teach me in all of your ways. Lord help me to better understand the Power of my words and truly take that seriously. Amen.
James 1:19 (New International Version)
Listening and Doing
19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Psalm 139:23-24 (New International Version)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Lamentations 3:40-41 (The Message)
40-42Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living
and reorder our lives under God.
Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time,
praying to God in heaven:
“We’ve been contrary and willful,
and you haven’t forgiven.
Psalm 19:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
12Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults.
13Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.
Psalm 51:17 (The Message).
16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice
Psalm 26:2 (New International Version)
2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;