Jesus Be the Center of It All

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight,
O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

Have you heard the phrases, "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all," and "do unto others as you would have done unto you?" I know I have, and they both sound good in theory, but oftentimes it is easier said than done. Let's face it, if we are honest, at times our emotions can get the best of us, and we say and do things that we may later regret. 

Whether we find ourselves gossiping about someone, or secretly seeking revenge, we must stop ourselves and ask who is at the center of our words and actions? Is it Jesus or the enemy? We subconsciously know that God is all around us, He is omnipotent and omniscient, but how quickly we forget when we speak or behave poorly towards are brothers and sisters. Even if you didn't post it on social media or text your friend about it, God always knows the contents of our hearts and minds. What percentage of your thoughts, words, and deeds, would He be pleased with?

As I ask you that question, I am also examining myself. As believers, are the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts acceptable and pleasing to God? Even when the leaders of our countries do and say things with which we disagree? Even when the drama queen is posting yet again on social media? Even when that co-worker is trying to pluck our last nerve? Even when we have disagreements with those closest to us? I know, it's a tough one!

But, God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us control our mouths, to take our thoughts captives, and to love the unlovable. It is simply impossible for us to do in our own strength, but it can be done if we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit, even when we don't "feel" like it. Unfortunately, we cannot be ruled by our feelings, we must obey and display God. As you go throughout your week, pay careful attention to your thoughts, words, and deeds. Ask yourself, "is God pleased?, "is this acceptable in His presence?" If not, reel it back in quickly!

Listen, I'm not saying that it is going to be easy, but I am saying that we must be intentional about being representatives of Christ, beyond when we just feel like it. Christ on the inside of us, means that God is always with us. Stay alert, make an effort to represent Him well by keeping Jesus at the center of all that you do, and I will do the same!

Make it a great week!

Arianne

Leave the Light On

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15 NIV

When you walk into a dark room, what is the first thing that you do? Hopefully you head straight towards the light switch so that the atmosphere becomes brighter, and your vision becomes clearer....

In a world that seems to be getting darker by the day, the last thing that we need, is for the church to turn our their lights as well. Natural disasters, racial divides, and threats of world war, are plaguing our world like never before in this day and age. As children of God, although we are in the world, we are not of the world. God chose you and I to be a light in the darkness, to change the atmosphere, to make the world brighter, and so that the glory of God would become clearer to those who have yet to see. 

No matter how "personal" the attacks may seem, we can not afford to lose sight of our Heavenly mission. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against rulers and principalities of darkness. We do not simply have race, terrorist, economic, and injustice issues, we have spiritually demonic issues that have produced those weapons to hinder the plans of God. Only weapons of light can dispel darkness, and that is why we are here.

As you go throughout your week, bless those who persecute you. Love the "unlovable." Advocate for peace and unity. Pray for the forces of darkness to be overcome. Share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you, not with your words, but with your actions. We are the light of the world. If the world has grown darker, it is because we have neglected to keep the light on. Be intentional this week. Seek the Lord for a strategy to spread light in your workplace, community, household, family, social media platforms, etc. We have a big job to do. Let's do it with truth and love, and on one accord, in Jesus' name. 

Shine Brighter!

Arianne

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