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Monday, October 16, 2017

Part Two: Success and Blessing or Failure and Disaster Depends on Your Words

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Before I left on vacation, I wrote Part One of Blessing or Bust, The Power of Your Words. Today, I want to finish this!

God wants us to succeed in how we communicate. Success starts with forming boundaries for the words you are going to speak in life. Psalm 37:37 (KJV) says, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace."  When God's word calls this person, the perfect man, it's referring to someone who has matured and knows how to conduct themselves in a godly manner—in the way God's word trains us. We get further insight to the perfect man in James 3:2 (KJV) "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." Again we see reference to the perfect man and it tells us that the perfect man is the one who does not offend in word!

Trust me when I tell you, the most difficult change in becoming more Christ-like is harnessing your tongue! James 3:8 NIV teaches us that "...no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." I came to realize that without the continuous, moment-by-moment help of the Holy Spirit, this would be a lost cause. But, in leaning constantly on the Holy Spirit, progress could steadily (but slowly) be made.

We accomplish that by speaking words of grace! Ephesians 4:29 NIV says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to those who listen." There is no fast-track to this kind of maturity, but if we purpose to use our words to help others, then it in turn, helps us be more thoughtful in the words we speak overall! Success does come faster!

What does it mean, "...that it may impart grace to those who listen?"  Grace is the supernatural help we get from God in all areas of life. It's the combination of God's mercy, His compassion, instruction from His Word, and His direct help in our life. And God pours out this grace even when we don't deserve it, meaning, it's always available when you lean on His help!

When you do something wrong, the devil will try to accuse and condemn you in your thoughts. That is how you can discern God from the devil. The devil is an accuser and condemner. God will correct you showing you what is wrong, but God is interested in helping you change to become more like Him. He is not interested in condemning you. Therefore, He'll show you what is wrong through His Word, but He'll also offer mercy, forgiveness, and help through His Holy Spirit so that you can get things right. Simply put, He is out to help you. Unfortunately, people are much quicker to act like the devil—condemners, than to be like God—merciful and full of grace. That is the change in our words that God will work in you! God imparts grace to you and He wants you to use words of grace to impart to others—"...that it may impart grace to those who listen."

The imparting of grace is a supernatural thing. If we are to impart grace, then that means that God is going to be involved in it. He is the one that is going to help us put away the fleshly impulses that come with being offended. It means He is going to help us see things from a different perspective—His perspective. That is where the grace will come from—His perspective in us! Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."

Imagine that you feel like blasting a person that has offended you in some way. Instead God speaks to your heart and says, "Put your thoughts and words on pause. Don't slam dunk them because that's how the devil does business. Instead think for a minute. I have forgiven you. I have had mercy on you. You've blown it just like this person you're mad at. I've looked past your sins and continued to love you. Can you do it for them? Can you settle down and let me help you? Can you find kind words to speak truth, kindness, mercy, and help to them? Will you impart grace to them?"

Can you do this on your own? No! Grace comes from God. But He is always right their to help  you! In yourself you might want to lash out. The hurtful thoughts in your mind fight to make their way out your mouth. But, that isn't God's way. He wants you to be a vessel of His grace. It isn't about suppressing feelings of anger, or hurt, or disappointment. It's about God helping you see things in such a way, that you can have mercy knowing He's had mercy on you. Forgive knowing He's forgiven you. And then manifesting compassion and kindness as God's grace is imparted through you!

God's grace is available to you whenever you need it! He says it's available. It's received by faith. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." God wants it to abound in your life and through you! You have to pause, exercise your faith, and pull on His grace in difficult times. Then, over time, you will become supernaturally skillful drawing on Him for words that impart life and grace, blessing others and yourself. And you will slowly but steadily become that perfect person—mature in the Lord that is successful and a world changer helped by the words you speak!

Prov 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Part One: Blessing or Bust, The Power of Your Words

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


One day I committed a pointless act I want to tell you about. Renee and I have a home office. In it we each have our computers, desks, and chairs. At that time, we had a cat. I don't know why but our cat loved my chair. Although there are two chairs in the office, she loved and always sat in mine. I wouldn't have cared except that I often wore a dark suit to work. As I walked into our office one day, there was our cat Cuddles sitting in my chair. I picked her up nicely and put her on the floor. I then sat down in my chair only to realize a short time later, that my suit was covered with cat hair. Feeling upset, I looked at the cat and firmly said, Cuddles, I don't want you sitting in my chair. I lectured her for about 30 seconds and then broke out laughing thinking, You are lecturing a cat. I pictured myself in one of those printed cartoons when someone is talking to their cat and all the cat hears is blah, blah, blah... My talk with my cat was pointless. It made me feel better for a moment but it was still pointless. It reminds me of people trying to communicate in ineffective ways that turn out to be pointless such as yelling and screaming at each other. They may as well be saying, blah, blah, blah...

Too often we participate in various kinds of pointless communication. That would happen less if we would consider our tongue to be one of the greatest God-given tools we have. He has given us our tongue as a tool to learn how to use skillfully. We are to learn how to communicate blessing to others, which will at the same time contribute to our success. Even correction can be spoken skillfully and in a way that can bless if we let the Holy Spirit teach us how. Proverbs 15:23 (NLT) says, "Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!"

James 3:8 NIV teaches us that "...no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." God is trying to get a truth through to us. That truth is; it's impossible to control our tongue without God's help. It only comes under control with the help of the Holy Spirit. The truth and revelation of Proverbs 18:21 NIV is this, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." God wants us to experience the love and blessing that comes from doing life His way. But, our tongue can steal that when we don't bridal it! Our tongue has the potential to sink our ship! They can be used skillfully to contribute to the well–being of others, or they can tear down the lives of others and ourselves. And so, we should hold on to a reverential fear of God of how important the words we speak are and how powerfully they affect our lives—good or bad!

We have to realize that our tongue spills over with whatever is presently in our heart. We are all too unaware of all that is in our hearts. How do we find out what's in there? We pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us hear our words. Then we just listen to what spills from our mouth—especially under pressure or in anger. The tongue is an extension of our thought life. In Matthew 12:34 NIV Jesus said, "...For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Out of discipline, the tongue can be forced or made to say proper things at the proper time, but, when you are by yourself or around those you feel most comfortable with, and let our guard down, that is when your tongue simply reflects what's in your heart and thought-life. Proverbs 12:6 NIV says, "The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them."

God wants us to succeed in how we communicate. Success starts with forming boundaries for the words you are going to speak in life. Ephesians 5:4 NLT says, "Dirty stories, profane conversation, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, remind each other of God's goodness, and be thankful." For this reason, He instructs in saying, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to those who listen."

What does it mean, "...that it may impart grace to those who listen?" I'll let you know next time. In the meantime, listen to the words that come from your mouth—especially when your upset or under pressure. You'll discover you need help! Part Two next time...

Prov 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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