This weekend my husband was working on our old small fishing boat, and he asked me to help him turn it over on the trailer. We huffed and puffed and jiggled and jounced, and finally got it into place. He began his project of replacing some rotten wood and restaining the seats. It was hot in the sun, so he pulled the trailer into a shady spot on the driveway. Suddenly he heard a loud buzzing noise. He traced the source of it to the long hollow piece of iron that formed the base of the boat trailer. Then he began to see hornets coming out of it! He was fortunate to be able to grab a can of spray from the garage and neutralize the impending attack. How blessed he was to have been protected from a serious attack from a hidden enemy. We realized also that we had been jiggling the boat around with this hidden hornet nest right under our noses, and been spared from attack at that time too!
I have been jiggling things nearby a hidden nest of hornets for a long time. Recently the hornets got loose and attacked. By the grace of God, I am surviving the attack and I will live to tell about it.
Words. Words can either be a healing balm or a deadly weapon. Following are some thoughts of mine from a collection of quotes on words.
The Lord is asking for a shift in our use of words.
The words we speak to others will soon become their inner voices. Our words will either slice and cut their spirits, or call forth godly growth. We must choose them carefully, stand upon God’s Truth, and let our words express that truth.
“And they (victorious Christians) overcame him (the enemy) with the word of their testimony and the blood of the Lamb, and loved not their own lives even unto death.” (Romans 12:11)
Our words are a spiritual weapon listed right up there with the Blood of Christ.
Those who are in a state of spiritual rest will lead from a prepared heart, by pulling others forward with their life’s example; by drawing people to come with them and walk with them.
Words of life call forth in others those things that are … “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8) Think and focus on these things, not upon the work of the enemy, no matter how strong it seems to be, and “the God of Peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:9) Focus on the fulfillment, not on the failures.
Look at what yourself and others are BECOMING, not where we have BEEN. It is our privilege to affirm, encourage, build, restore, refresh, replenish. “And let us bestow thought on one another with a view to arousing one another to brotherly love and right conduct” (Hebrews 10:24).
The Spirit of the Living God will do the work of conviction when the way has been opened for Him.
I repent of times when I have tried to do His work for Him.
Something from the blog of Lisa Buffaloe, author:
Have you ever noticed how heavy the air seems when someone is complaining, arguing, shouting, or saying curse words?
I wondered, What if negative words took the shape of clawed creatures that attach themselves to the person who voiced them?
Be careful what you say to yourself and to others. Be careful what you mumble under your breath about your situation or another person. The Bible warns what we say has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Our words matter to us and to those who are listening. Remember Satan and his demons watch and listen. Don’t put word ammunition in the hands of the enemy. Don’t voice something you don’t want crawling all over you!
Now, what if our positive words were fluffy white clouds that raised our heads and made our step lighter?
Be careful with your words, every little word results in consequences. Our words truly do carry life or death. Speak scripture, sing praise songs, use your voice for good, use your voice to speak life. Let’s use our words to lift, encourage, and bring life to ourselves and others!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19:14 (NASB)
Something from Christians Unite.com
A Right Spirit and Sabotage
Do you realize that your spirit can be damaged and undermined? If you allow the negativity or offense of another person to enter your spirit it will sabotage your life. What God has for you is far too valuable to allow your spirit to be ruled and robbed by someone else’s defeat, cynicism or pessimism. David said it clearly in Psalm 101:3, “I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”
I cannot reinforce this too many times: If you don’t guard your own spirit, unhealthy ‘stuff’ will attach itself to your spirit and cling to you. David was determined he would not allow that to happen to him. He goes on in verse 4 and says, “A perverse heart shall depart from me.”
Perverse means twisted. Something shifts; something changes. Have you ever been in a conversation with people and after they leave it’s sort of ‘on you’, you just don’t feel good? If you expose yourself to the wrong spirit, you’ll find yourself looking through a different lens – your perspective gets twisted. You start to think, “Ooh, maybe that is right, I hadn’t really noticed that before.” Suddenly it starts clinging to your spirit and the devil will use it to ensnare and rob you.
Sometimes love makes tough decisions. In 2 Thessalonians 3 the Apostle Paul was very clear when he said don’t hang around gossips and busybodies. Avoid them because you have to look after your own spirit.
I can still remember many years ago realizing that I had to walk away from a long term friendship. I hadn’t seen this friend for a long time and when we caught up for lunch, this friend was so negative. He undermined everything that was valuable to me and everybody in my world. He was so critical; his spirit was just not good. As we were saying goodbye, I knew in my heart I would never contact him again. Why? Because I was young and because what God had ahead for me was far too important to allow what was in his spirit to sabotage mine and become part of me.
Keep a right spirit when it comes to other people’s issues and negativity. We want to live our lives being a blessing to people, helping people and reaching out to people – but that is different from allowing someone else’s spirit to take hold of yours.
PRAYER: Father God, give me wisdom when it comes to dealing with the issues of life. Bring to mind wrong thoughts and perspective that might be clinging to me and clouding my vision. Teach me to live with a positive outlook that is refreshing to everyone that I encounter, causing people to see Christ in me.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life”. Proverbs 4:23 ASV
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children’s children…” Deuteronomy 4:9 ASV
“Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-10 ASV
and finally, something from Graham Cooke
We are not expected to work through a negative thought from our flesh. We must exchange the negative for a better thought in Christ so that we can learn how to be spiritually minded.