Reflections4Life March 30th, 2014
“What Are You Thinking?”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Scripture Contemplation: Psalm 34:13; Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:1-2; James 1…
We have all heard that our words are powerful. We know that God created the universe with words. We understand the impact that words can have on a person’s life; especially those that are bullied, nearing death, facing certain tragedy.
But how many of us understand that there is a connection to what we are thinking and what resides in our hearts, to the words that we speak each and every day. Words that we say to others. Words we speak concerning ourselves.
I declare and decree that this week’s Reflections is a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. May the words that come forth from your lips be not only aligned with your heart, but with the heart of God, where your thoughts have been renewed.
There is a connection between what we are thinking of ourselves and others or a situation to the words we allow to pass through our lips. The human mind processes many thoughts throughout the day; many we are not even consciously aware of. Our mouths often betray what lies within our heart. Without any thought, we can blurt out things that are hurtful, harmful, and devastating.
What are we thinking? When certain conversations and words come through our mouths, are we really aware of our thoughts? Many are not because they have gone into shutdown mode where their thoughts are concerned. They are in escape mode. And more often than not, our words will betray what we have not had the courage to confront; especially in a hostile or threatening situation where one may feel cornered, abused, scared, or frustrated.
There are times when we may lash out in anger and say things that we did not mean to say. Then there are times when our tongues will betray what we have hidden in our hearts. There will always come a time when whatever we have buried so deep, will no longer be able to stay buried; especially when we are in a relationship with God.
An intimate relationship with the Father will bring introspect. It will cause us to look within and confront some things about ourselves that we may have been avoiding for a very long time. Continued intimacy with God brings healing and deliverance. And part of that process is often taking a look at what we think and feel; what we think of ourselves and others, and the why of it.
Have you ever been around a person that continually speaks negatively about others? They have absolutely nothing nice to say concerning anyone. They seem miserable. Their mouths have caused negative feelings throughout the space; changing the very atmosphere. You may ask yourself: what is that person thinking? What could be going through their mind; what is in their hearts to have them be so foul or negative?
I often thought that. There were times when I have said something and wished I could take it back. I asked myself what I was thinking. And I was reminded by the Father that I must guard my tongue. And in guarding my tongue, I must take reign over my thoughts. To actually stop and think before I speak. To, be certain renew my mind with the Word, and to respond and not react.
We all have a story. We are all on the journey that will greet us with different experiences. We may not understand another person’s journey or why they do and say the things they say. However, we can get to the root of the things we are saying and thinking of ourselves that do not line up with what God has spoken to us.
Sometimes our mouths betray us and will reveal more than what we may want another person to know. There comes a time in our lives when we can no longer hide what is inside of us. We no longer can pretend or push down our emotions and thoughts, because there is just too much. And in order for God to pour into us what we need, and what He desires for us, we must empty out our cups.
However, this in no way gives us license to have a brash tongue that cuts and causes people to bleed; piercing their hearts and souls; causing damage as never before. We have a responsibility to ourselves, to God, to those we love and interact with to not only guard our tongue, but to check our thoughts, and be open to the truth about ourselves.
No one really likes to admit their faults, flaws, and fears. For too long, many of us have buried things so deep that there is no more room at the Inn! It is time to release it unto God before we release it upon others in a very hurtful and damaging ways.
I always believed that hurt people hurt people, and that anger is a symptom of some kind of hurt, and a person is more likely than not, lashing out because of something that hurt them, and things that they may not want to face.
To be truly free, there must be a confession. To open our hearts to the Father, we must be willing to face the pain of buried memories, and thoughts that we may have been suppressing. To be able to guard our tongues; we must be willing to allow the Father to guard our hearts as He takes on a journey of self-discovery; wherein we will have to decide if we have the faith and courage to face our past, our shortcomings, our fears, and uncertainties. To be willing to change how we think and believe about self.
I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity will find permanent rest in your lives. There is power in our tongues. The power to speak life and death to a situation. The power to change lives; our own lives, and to reveal where our thoughts lie and what is being etched in our hearts. Allow God reign over your thoughts as you renew them daily. Allow Holy Spirit to be your mind regulator and your tongue tamer. There is nothing more precious than speaking and believing what God speaks and believes of you. Let the mind of Christ dwell within. You are Blessed. Now go…and Be a Blessing!
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