Intervention

Ephesians 4: 29 (NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Have you ever or are you now the topic of someone else’s conversation in a negative way? Have you ever or are you currently dealing with someone who is trying to ruin your reputation or cause others not to associate with you? How many are dealing with someone at work who may be trying to lie or black ball you, cause drama or even get you in trouble with the boss? Here is the kicker question…Is the person doing this a Christian?

Well obviously, this has been an issue for hundreds of years , since Paul was addressing it, I am sure it will continue for hundreds of years to come. I know, that doesn’t make it right just because it happens. It is probably more confusing when the other person is a christian.

Today I want to encourage you to stop unwholesome talk if you are doing it at church, at home or at work. Have you ever heard the saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. Short sweet and to the point. To me it seems so simple to say but hard to do. As christians we should remind ourselves of this saying often. The book of James in the Bible says the tongue is hard to control.

I think each of us has been on both sides of the isle on this topic, whether in the past or maybe right now. Following God and his instructions for life’s situations is not always easy. It can be difficult to live as Christ has as ask us to do, however it is possible with prayer and God’s help.

Whether you are on the receiving or giving end of unwholesome talk I encourage you to read a few of the following verses, verses 30-32 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Last night I was scanning TV shows and somehow I landed on a program about an addict and his family. This man had been addicted to alcohol and drugs for over 4 years. HIs family had tried many ways and many times to help him with no success. They called in an outside source who led them through an intervention process. He did not do the intervention himself, however he was there to train and encourage the family on how to get the man to ask for help on his own, not to force him into treatment. During the intervention the instructor did nothing. He sat silently in the room and watched as the family members did exactly what he had taught them to do. The man stomped, yelled, cursed and even ran away. The family felt defeated and helpless. Within about 15 minutes he called his wife and said he wanted to get help. In the end, he was able to beat the drugs/alcohol and has been clean now for over 3 years.

God gives us instructions on how to handle this situation and He is the one sitting back quietly overseeing the intervention process. All we have to do is follow His instructions. Like the family, we have to trust God, be patient as He works on the other person and wait for the promised results. God wants us to live peaceably with other men, he says so in His word. Whether we are on the receiving or giving end of the unwholesome talk we need to go to God. We should always remember that others are watching us and listening to us. Why would someone want to be a part of any family that destroys its own family?

Ask God to come intervene today. Regardless of whether you are dishing it our taking it, God can help. It’s time for an INTERVENTION! You got it! Lets do this!

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Equipped For Good Work

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The first word in verse 16 is ALL. I think every Christian would agree that the Bible is true. ALL of it. Where the difficulty comes in is the rest of verse 16; it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. It sounds good and holy, however we don’t want to use ALL that is in the Bible to live our lives.

Some say they live by the new testament, some say they live by the old testament while others say they live by both. Yet how many really live as God has instructed us to the fullest? Why do morals and values change from generation to generation however God and His word remain the same yesterday, today and forever? The answer is simple. We are choosing to ignore Gods instructions on life.

Instructions on topics like; living together, prayer in school, homosexuality, mental illness, attending church, sex outside of marriage, drugs, forgiveness, friendship and the list goes on, are all given in the Bible. These instructions are for those of us who know Christ, not the lost.

Verse 17 ends with: so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. If we want the world to be a better place then, we, the Christians have to know what is in God’s word. We need to read it, believe it and live it. Don’t pick and choose what you like and don’t like. As Nike says JUST DO IT.

Today I challenge you to find a time to pray, read your bible and then pray again. Ask God to teach you, rebuke you, correct you and train you in righteousness, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. If you aren’t a Christian then I invite you to become one. Send me a PM and I will contact you to walk with you to become one. Lets change the world for the better one Christian at a time.

Grandchildren

Today’s Truth: However, be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you don’t forget the things which you have seen with your own eyes. Don’t let them fade from your memory as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 4:9 (GW)

From My Heart To Yours:

I am fortunate enough to be blessed with 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. 4 of them live in the same town as I do, 1 lives 1 1/2 away in another town and the last one lives 2 hours away in a different town. We always try to find time for us to visit the grandkids or for them to visit us. Last week I kept the youngest grandchild, Bryson, who is almost 1-year-old, for 5 days. This weekend I have the other 6 grandchildren for 10 days. Whew I am tired just thinking about it.

The scripture for today is one that I try hard to remember and practice every time I am with my grandchildren. I really do love the Lord with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind and I want them to love Him as I do. Every time I am with them I try to find ways to add God into the conversation.

Over the next 10 days I plan to blog about my grandbabies, better known as gbabies, and tell you some of the creative ways we get to talk about God. I will also share with you things they tell me about God. This should be an interesting week of God talk. I am sure I will learn a few things from them about God that I did not know before and I can’t wait to share those with you too.

I have always known that I was blessed to have seen all my children grow up, get married and have children of their own but the scriptures talks about grandparents and grandchildren quite a bit.  God’s word describes blessing and gives instructions for grandparents.

Promises, Blessings and Instructions:

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.  Proverbs 17:6 (ESV)   I feel like a Queen with my gbabies.  It is wonderful to see the smiles, the excitement and shrills when I visit.  To them you can never do any wrong.  They love you even if you discipline them.  They take everything to heart that you say and hang on every word you speak.  If you say it they believe it!

May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!  Psalm 128:6 (ESV) It’s a blessing if you get to see your children’s children yet with the blessing comes great responsibilities.  I think it funny when I see the gbabies displaying some of the same traits that their parents have.  Every says, “When I grow up and have kids I will never….”  When they grow up guess what?  They do what they said they would never do.  Now they understand why their parents did it in the first place.  It gives me great pride and joy to see that the gbabies really are a lot like their parents because they have great parents.

“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.” Isaiah 59:21 (ESV)  This scripture is a wonderful promise if we are telling our gbabies about God.  When I was a parent I was so busy working or cleaning or taking care of other things that I constantly stressed about everything.  Today’s culture is even more stressful for parents.  Because the parents are running here and running there, taking the kids to swim lessons, dance lesson and ball games they may not have the time to talk to the kids about God like we do as grandparents.  While our children, now parents themselves, are getting busier we, as grandparents, are slowing down.  Why do you think that is?  I think it is because with age comes wisdom.  We begin to see parenting differently.  We see life differently.  We see God differently.  We know as our life begins to slow down what things are most important in life.  God really becomes number one and a sense of urgency comes upon us to share that with those we love, to make a difference with the next generation.  Speak God’s words to your grandchildren, read them the bible, share stories of things he has done for you and their parents, tell them the bible stories in a way that they will remember them.  Speak the words to them so that will speak the words to their children and their grandchildren.

Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 1 Timothy 5:3-4 (ESV)This is a long gone tradition but one that needs to resurface.  I remember as a little child my great-grandmother lived with us.  Her hospital bed sat in the middle of our living room.  We helped my mother take care of all her needs from food to bathing.  I can still hear her telling us stories of the old days and things about my dad that we thought were funny and interesting.  We loved her so much and missed her dearly after she passed.  I am very proud of my parents.  They made huge sacrifices to take care of my great-mother.  I always thought my parents were great parents, and they were, but they were also being obedient to what God said they should do.  I want to instill this in my children and grandchildren as well.

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5 (ESV)  We must remember that what we do will affect our children and grandchild down the road.  As my pastor husband says “Your children will be more like you than you can ever imagine”.  Parents have to be aware at all times that our personalities, our behaviors, our traditions, our opinions etc will pass on to our children.  These things will pass on to our children’s children and to the third and fourth generation.  I want to be responsible for passing on things that make a difference.  Things of God.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, as parents, aunts and/or grandparents we know the long-term effects we can have on the little ones in our family.  Sometimes, we forget how important it is to make our conversations with them about you. Help us to remember to share our stories of blessings, the stories in the Bible and to encourage them to love you with all their heart, all their soul and all their minds. In Jesus Name. AMEN.