Words are very powerful. They have the power to bless and to encourage. They also have the power to curse and destroy. No sweeter words can a person hear than the words spoken by God Himself. His words are life, and they are true and trustworthy. Will you take the time to taste and see how sweet His words can speak to you and settle your anxious heart? One taste will lead to another, and you will find His words to be a savory treat to your hungry heart.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103
We live in an age where anyone with a keyboard can have a voice in our culture. If they can turn a clever phrase and state their opinion well, they become an expert. Experts spouting suppositions instead of facts will quickly get you off course. This is not a new problem. Satan is the father of lies and has had mouthpieces aplenty throughout history. God’s people have aalways had to be on guard against wolves in sheeps clothing, and in the digital age with information so readily avaliable, this has never been truer. A false prophet can look like the real thing, untill you examine the fruit of his life. This is what Jesus is conveying here. Do the doctrines they teach line up with God’s revealed Word? If anything does not match up with truth , we need to throw it out.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20 KJV
As we go about our daily activitys, Let’s pause to ask if our busyness purposefully shows love to those in spiritual or physical need. Do we take the time to make ourselves aware of difficult situations that others may be experiencing? May we not only see with our eyes but act with our hands in order to be fruitful and fulfill the purposes for which God created us.
And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14 NKJV
God is incomparable! man lights a “great white way”; God lights the milky way. Man erects a 100 story skyscraper; God fashions a towering redwood and a mountain peak encircled by a halo of clouds. Man paints a landscape on canvas; God paints a landscape on every horizon. Man built the seven wonders of the world; God created the world. Look at God. Consider what He has done. God does it so much better. Nothing can stand against Him. Everything dims in comparison. God is bigger. He is better. He is stronger. He is longer. He is taller. He is incomparable!
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? Isaiah 40:18 KJV
A recurring theme in the Gospels is self denial. To be a Christian means to give everything to Jesus. We hold loosely to the things we have and surrender them to Christ. We find freedom in renouncing our plans and seeking His will. This is not a popular theme today. We are tempted to think that self denial only applies to extreme situations. Or we compare ourselves to others and convince ourselves that we are doing better. But then Jesus reveals that love will result in sacrifice and self denial.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. Mark 8:35 KJV
We hear that NSA has the ability to perform fiber optic eavesdropping- spying on our communication over the internet. This didn’t sit well with the American public. Most highly value freedom and guard privacy. But the truth is we don’t live in private; we aren’t accountable only to ourselves. Whether or not the government is watching our actions, other people are. They notice our lifestyles. They see our attitudes in a crisis. They observe how we act when mistreated They hear our words when we’re frustrated. What they see in us matters; it will either weaken or strengthen their faith. So let’s live for Christ the world is watching.
Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2 HCSB
The disciples asked Jesus who’s was greatest in God’s kingdom. Each of them hoped that he had earned that title. Jesus called a little child to stand among these contenders for the title to teach them and us the only road to spiritual greatness. No one enters God’s kingdom by achieving greatness. We enter God’s kingdom because we know that we have nothing and that only His love working daily in our lives will make us great and prepare us to do great things for Him.
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 NKJV