How To Be Careful About What You Speak

I want to share a little of what I have learned from the bible about public communications with one another.

Be Silent!

Psalm 4:4

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Proverbs 10:19

Too much talk leads to sin.
Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

Are you anger or upset? Don’t speak! Let a day pass and think about what you have to say. When we are upset, we are controlled by our emotions instead of logic and will often regret what we said. Take a day to calm yourself down and control what you have to say. If after a few days, you still feel the need to speak, do so intelligently.

Arguing Gets You No Where!

Proverbs 29:9

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Proverbs 9:7-8

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;rebuke the wise and they will love you.

Just because you don’t agree with someone, it doesn’t mean the best action is to argue with them until they agree with you. When we argue with a “fool’ we are fueling their fire. They get enjoyment out of you “correcting” them and will then proceed to make more foolish accusations towards you making you stuck in their world of foolishness.

Fix Yourself First!

Matthew 7:3-5

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye

Don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t yell at someone for what you are guilty of yourself. As christians this can get really complicated cause we are all guilty of sin and we all want to tell others of their wrongs. Remember, love first and you will earn the respect of others.

Admit You Could Be Wrong!

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Mark 8:33

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

The first step you should do before speaking is admitting that you could be wrong! Shocker. We see in Mark 8 that Peter thought he was right and attempted to talk Jesus out of His sufferings but Jesus quickly called him out on that and called him “Satan!” We could be Satan in disguise. There are things that seem right to us, but as said above “it leads to death.”

Humble Yourself

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:7

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Genesis 45:6-8

For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

Humble yourself. Know that us at our wisest doesn’t even complete with God. Trust in the Lord, He created the Heavens and the earth and everything in it, by only speaking it. No matter how things apear to me, trust in the Lord. Joseph was sold as a slave, but yet God used that to make him next to Pharaoh and to save His people.

Stop Fighting!

Proverbs 3:30

Don’t pick a fight without reason,
when no one has done you harm.

Don’t fight with someone for the sake of fighting. It does no one any good. It only makes the rest of us view you as a fool.

This post in itself seemed hypocritical against itself, but I believe it works. In light of the Tuesday’s Election and the responses that followed across social media platforms, I think we all need a reminder of how to handle ourselves. Must importantly remember Jesus is King! Don’t place your hope in humans; don’t make humans out to be your idol. Pray for one another and be a Christ like example to others!

God Bless.

 

 

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April Fools: Time to fear the Lord and seek knowledge

Today begins my journey into Proverbs. Right off the bat the Lord is teaching me something about wisdom, and that is patience. I am super excited to get deeper into Proverbs. The first few chapters was not what I had in mind, I had quickly forgotten about them. However they are equally as important as the rest of the book. Before I get into the “good” stuff, I must go through the introductions. Patience, the first piece to learning wisdom.

Proverbs 1:1-7
Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.

Solomon has written Proverbs (his parts) simply for us to gain wisdom. This set of verses explains what wisdom gives us. Wisdom gives us knowledge, humbles us, gives us discernment, and makes us think for the future. Proverbs is not only for the foolish, simple, and young, but Proverbs is also for the wise. There is always much more to learn. As we dig deeper into Proverbs, much will be revealed to us. We will learn to discren right from wrong, a line that is becoming so blurred today that in some places it’s invisible. As we go through Proverbs we wil gain the wisdom  to see this line and point it out to others. We will learn when to speak out to those in need, and when it is best to say nothing.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. This April Fools day, are you going to be a fool? Or are you going to put the fear of the Lord in you and seek out knowledge?

Jesus is a Jerk!

Ip Man 2
IP Man

Tonight, I got the great opportunity to re-watch one of my all time favorite movies, IP Man 2(Both IP Man 1, and 2 are in my top all time favorites). If you have never seen IP man, or even heard of it, I strongly recommend watching it; you can find it on Netflix. Make sure you don’t watch the version with english subtitles!

At the end of IP Man 2, IP man is quoted saying

“Although people have different status in life, everyone’s dignity is the same. respect each other.”

I really like this quote in the context of the movie. What IP man was getting at was, it doesn’t matter if you are poor or rich, doesn’t matter your race or gender, straight or gay, it doesn’t matter a persons physical appearance or ones personality, we all are human individuals and we all need respect. Far to often if someone is a little bit different than us, or if there is something we don’t like about someone, we don’t give them the respect they deserve. We might make ‘innocent’ jokes about them, we might look down on them, ignore them, be short with them, not giving them credit when deserved, not taking their opinion seriously, talk negatively about them , and etc. There are many more things we have done to make us feel superior to others and not given them respect.

Matthew 25:40, 45

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me[..] Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

Whatever we do, or don’t do, to others we do, or don’t do, to Jesus. Every negative thought you have, or action, they are all aimed at Jesus. A simple analogy, when we think “I really don’t like John Smith!” or “John Smith is such a jerk!” We are really saying “I really don’t like Jesus!” and “Jesus is such a jerk!” When thought of this way, it completely changes the situation.

Instead of giving a clear wrap up, I want to leave it here and have you think it out and wrap it up in your thoughts.

Who have you shown disrespect to, weather it being just in your head or outwardly?

Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


Memory Verse of the Week:

Luke 6:48

He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built


I’m Praying For You

I am a huge fan of Lecrae. Recently I just purchased all the remaining songs of his that I do not own. As I was playing them, one of them really struck a chord with me. It was very humbling. The song is called ‘Praying for you.’ All I want to do, is share this song and it’s lyrics with you. I bolded the part at the end that really hit me, but I encourage you to listen/read it all before you read that line.

Father God, I’m prayin’ to you for somebody, who knows you Lord but just hasn’t, hasn’t been seein’ you in the right view lately, Hear me out…

Father, I’m prayin’ for a friend he and I are pretty close, and out of all my friends for this one I’m concerned the most. He say he readin’ daily but he ain’t really learnin’. He been in church but say that he ain’t moved by any sermon. His face weak, he ain’t prayed in a week, he wake up and just weep with his face in the sink Lord, you gotta help my man, I’m prayin’ for him daily, he ain’t sinned but it just seem as if he goin’ crazy. He say he feelin’ trapped, can’t even head up the mall coz every lady’s half-dressed temptin’ him to lust and fall. He keep the TV off, videos just make him feel that he ain’t really nothin’ without money, girls and shiny wheels. The other day he told me that he felt less a man coz he ain’t have a five-year plan or a piece of land and man it’s crazy coz his family think so much of him, plus he got a godly wife who always showin’ love for him but he’s strugglin’, even though he talk to me, I tell him what to do but he don’t listen when he oughta’ be. I’m scared for him coz there’s people that look up to him, he got some younger siblings who been changed by what he’s done for them but is it done for him, Lord don’t let it be, if he don’t wanna talk to you then Father hear from me, is it done for him, Lord don’t let it be, if he don’t wanna talk to you then Father hear from me…

Yeah, I’m prayin’ for you, yeah, I’m prayin’ for you
Yeah, I’m prayin’ for you, yeah, yeah, I’m prayin’ for you…

God, his condition is worsen since we were last conversed and I’m with him now and he ain’t doin’ well and this I’m certain. He say he tryna’ trust you, doesn’t wanna disgust you but he was in the mist of sinners and did not discuss you and just today his anxiety’s got the best of him, he knows Christ but for hours refuse to rest in Him, he’s not the best of men but Lord I know he really loves you and I can’t understand why lately he’s not thinkin’ of you. People trust this dude, you could crush this dude, Father he needs more of you I pray you touch this dude, what can I say to him? I’m determined to pray for him Father empty and brake him I pray you’ll just have your way with him, coz there’s a change in him and the effects are strong, I pray you open up his heart before the next song and when he gets home, I pray he’ll open up the sixty-six book love letter you wrote and soak it up coz he ain’t hearin’ You and he ain’t feelin’ me and God I know it’s killin’ You because it’s killin’ me and matter of fact there’s somethin’ else he’s concealin’ see, the person that I’ve been prayin’ about is really me…

Yeah, I’m prayin’ for you, yeah, I’m prayin’ for you
Yeah, I’m prayin’ for you, yeah, yeah, I’m prayin’ for you…

Moneys Foolishness

In the first blog on my two part blog about foolishness I wrote about self image and wasting money. This one will be on strictly money and being wiser with it.

This morning I realized I am absolutely foolish about my money. Like most people I would just spend it as fast as I get it. I have an addiction with it. I always thought it was fine though. I was under the influence money doesn’t matter at all. If I ever need it God will provide it for me. It is hard to argue against that train of thought and so I never thought twice about it. Today it really hit me though. Over and over again in the bible we can find scripture that talks about how foolish it is to just spend your money and not save it up. Matthew 25 gives a great illustration about saving up your money. You can find all over Proverbs about spending money foolishly as well.

Matthew 25:14-30

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Proverbs 13:16

A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!

I have been so foolish! Not only have not been thinking about the future and not saving up, but I also have even bragged about it to a few of my friends on how I don’t save because I know the Lord will just provide when needed! Granted the Lord does provide for us when needed, but He also wants us to do work as well. He wants us think for the future and save our money so that we can be ready to give when needed. We just have to be careful about the love of money overpowering us.

You can find 250 bible verses about money here.

Remember :

  • Fools act before they think
    • Proverbs 13:16
  • Fools spend more than they earn
    • Proverbs 21:20
  • Fools hurt those they love
    • Proverbs 14:1
  • Fools think they know it all
    • Proverbs 12:15

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to not be a fool. Help me resist the temptation of spending my money foolishly. Help me to achieve wisdom. Help me to plan for my future. Help me to seek you first before all things. Thanks for all you have given me! I unworthy of it, but yet you love me and provide for me. Thanks. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

Love of God – PRICELESS

Today I want to do a two part blog about foolishness. This first one will be about self-image and the second will be about money. I will be the first to admit that I am a huge fool, and these two subjects have been on my mind all morning.

All my life I have been taught to accept my self the way I am, to be proud of who I am, and to stay original. I have kept this close to my heart and done by best to abide by it.  Recently however I realized, I have done the oposite of that. I have been spending lots of money trying to fit in, and to look good. I have put upon myself a horrible self imagine, and I am constantly worried about how I look. An example to be used is I have a particulr outfit that costs me $519 before taxes!

  • Skinny Jeans – $78
  • Button up shirt – $88
  • Vest – $58
  • Bow Tie – $20
  • Shoes – $150
  • Jacket – $100
  • Hat – $25

That is an absoute foolish amount of money to spend on clothes, let alone just one outfit! But yet I continue to do it. I continually waste money buying the best clothes so that I can look good to others around me.

Luke 12:27

Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

I love this verse because it is a great reminder that no matter how much money you have, you can never buy beauty. But yet we are foolish enough to try to believe so.

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Where we spend our money is where our heart is. How can we tell God we love Him and put Him first, but yet at the same time spend so much money trying to look good.

Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

We can’t serve both God and money, or God and our self imagine. If we look at some of the characters from the bible we can see that they did so much work for God, and had horrible outward appearances. For example we got John the Baptist. He never bathed or shaved and his diet consist of honey and locust. We have Samson who never shaved his head, Samuel who never shaved his head, Leah who was ugly, and Isiah straight up preached naked.

Matthew 3:4

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Judges 16:17

So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”

1 Samuel 1:11

 And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Genesis 29:17

Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.

Isaiah 20:2-3

the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years.

So the point is our outward appearance means nothing to the Lord, all He wants from us is to serve Him whole heartedly. No amount of money is going to buy God’s love. It is a free gift given to us. God has accepted us just the way we are and calls us to Him!

  • Skinny Jeans – $78
  • Button up shirt – $88
  • Vest – $58
  • Bow Tie – $20
  • Shoes – $150
  • Jacket – $100
  • Hat – $25
  • Love of God – PRICELESS

Poor but Rich

I believe there is something wrong with Americans (like myself) and that is we have to much money. We are trying to buy happiness with our money. However if we look at the poorest people in the world, they seem to be the happiness. How? If you look deeper into their lives you will notice that yes they don’t have money or any material possessions, but the thing they do have is Jesus. When all you have is Jesus, when everyday you must rely on Him, not knowing what is going to happen, it’s one of the greatest blessings you can receive. To many of us can’t put that kind of faith into God. We are scared. We like to make plans, and stick to these plans, relying on our own knowledge. We shy away from doing anything that revolves complete trust in God. We all know these verses:

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Matthew 6:25-34

  25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 Mark 12:44

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Psalm 118:8

It is better to trust in The Lord than to put confidence in man

What these verses have in common is we have nothing to worry about. We must put our trust in God and He will be with us. We must give Him our all. It is very difficult to be able to surrender everything to Jesus. We feel like we must control our lives. It is hard to give up control without knowing what is going to happen. Jesus died for us and gave us everything. He went through hell for us. Plus the He created the Universe, the Heavens and everything in it. He loves us perfectly and has complete power. There is no reason not to trust Him. Sometimes we must just stop, and give Him everything.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 2:22

Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Jeremiah 17:5

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.