Don’t Forget God’s Love Language

Our spiritual garden needs cultivating year-round

I really like this prayer and grabbed it from one of my daughters, Meka Mitchem. It speaks to how God’s children should WANT TO RELATE TO OTHERS.

It takes godly wisdom to come to the understanding that God designed us to be unique in our makeup so that when those who are His came together, they would be the example of what unity looks like for the unbelieving, and then be the draw that introduces them to Christ.

Some of us have a lot of work to do, but every little step taken towards following Jesus’ example helps shine His Light out into the darkness of this world.

May we learn the love language of the “One Another’s” – 1 John 3:11-4:12

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:11 – 4:12

Do You Care to Communicate?

Go into any business (government, private) and you will be met by someone who lacks communication skills. Unfortunately, it seems like people are more interested in hearing themselves sound off about something than they are about creating a bridge that connects our humanity.

In fact, many of us might be surprised to learn that the reason doors were closed to a business opportunity or a personal relationship had more to do with our lack of communication skills than with what we had to offer. Even now, there may be people close to us who feel we could definitely use some improvement in this area (spoken & unspoken).

Sound relationships require us to develop good communication skills. No one wants to waste their Words on deaf ears, and no one wants to share information (especially on matters of the heart) with someone who refuses to, at the least, empathize or sympathize with them.

And it’s not just WHAT YOU SAY, but HOW YOU SAY IT — with your lips, your facial expressions, and your body language!

Sound communication has 2 skill requirements — that you develop (1) good listening skills and (2) good speaking skills (which includes repeating what you heard the person say). The measuring tool is how well you do both.

  • Are any of your relationships suffering because of poor communication skills?
  • With whom do you have a strong relationship and how does your communication style boost the relationship?
  • Do you communicate from a place of hurt (woe is me), or a place of demand (you better acknowledge me), or desire to be known (what your character/principles are based on)?
  • Are there any areas in your life where better communication skills can benefit or elevate you or another?

It’s a win-win when we learn how to Speak and Listen well to others. But, it’s personally enriching when we learn how to speak and listen well to ourselves ♥️🦋♥️ so we can communicate our care towards ourselves and others.

Help Meets Know the Truth🙏

God created the woman with a capacity to give so much to help her husbandmen (Jesus, your marital husband, and your boss/work authority) and ENCOURAGEMENT goes a long way! Plus, it costs you very little to utter a few words that let him know you are one of his biggest supporters.

Men were made to lead, be strong, and be of good courage, but sometimes … they will find themselves struggling to lead, feel weak, and be discouraged by all the weights placed on their shoulders. They are no different from us when it comes to managing responsibilities and life in general.

Today is a good day to Encourage a man in your life with the Word of God.

Remind him of his God-ordained role (to govern and direct without a dictatorship mentality) and encourage him to invite God into every situation; and ask God to shine His Glorious Light into their day and provide guidance along the way!

#EncourageHim

#Pray4Him

#LetHimLead

#HelpMeetsKnowTheTruth

Here’s Why Age Is Just A Number

Have you learned everything you need to know about life?

Have you mastered every area of your life?

Have you learned all you can from God’s Word?

Are you so knowledgeable about scripture that you no longer need to be taught from the scriptures?

While a career might end one day or a degree require continuing education, life itself continues until you are no longer alive in the physical realm (never forgetting that there is spirit life after physical death).

How much more expedient that our personal spiritual education continue? I’d love to leave a monetary or material inheritance for my children and grandchildren but I confess that I put more emphasis on their spiritual inheritance (because we can take nothing with us into the spirit realm).

Age or Maturity? Agree? Disagree? On the fence?

If You Remember

Remember the kindnesses of the Lord. Failure is not on his resume. When he moves, it’s in his own timing; when he answers prayers, it’s according to what he purposes for us in the situation. Although we fail each other regularly-the Lord our God never does.

Sometimes we have to be reminded of the history found in God’s Word on his faithfulness toward those who are HIS, before we are able to remember his care for us during our lifetime. The best way to prick your memory is to read the challenges faced by the many children of God in the Bible who came before us. These His-stories unleash our temporary blindness and work to bring to the forefront our own historical memory stones of the works God has done in our life in the past. Just as he forgives us repeatedly for our shortcomings, he will deliver us from the snares we get ourselves into … if we REMEMBER…

And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.

Genesis 30:23 KJV

Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.

Joshua 1:13 KJV

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psalm 63:5-6 KJV

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:11-13 KJV

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Hebrews 13:7-8 KJV

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Jude 1:17-18 KJV

Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom

Knowledge alone is not enough

I have many spiritual and physical needs. However, my greatest NEED is to elevate the biblical knowledge I have to the next LEVEL of spiritual growth. This is only possible by getting a better understanding of the knowledge I have gained and then apply it to every issue I face (spiritual and physical)!

Learning from the comfort of our home is a good place to start. My prayer is that as God shines his light into your heart through the teaching of his Word, may it move you to shine his Word out into the darkness of our world.

See more content from Senior Pastor Ray Stewart, Grace and Truth Baptist Church, on the Facebook link above or the website at https://GTCkc.org

Old Book – Present Reality

For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord. For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:8-11 KJV

In my Bible reading this morning in the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah, in a popular passage of scripture, I started Thinking Out Loud:

This chapter opens with the Prophet Jeremiah writing a letter to the remaining elders and people of the Nation of Israel, who have been brought into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar. The Nation of Israel had been warned in numerous passages and books of the Bible that they would go into bondage if they didn’t turn from following after false gods and cease practicing the idolatry of the heathen nations around them.

GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES!

Continue reading “Old Book – Present Reality”

Talk To Me

Do you ever think about your communication style? Or, are you content with just uttering whatever comes to mind?

In Matthew 6:7, Jesus addresses the vain repetitions that many use in their conversations (prayers) with God. The point Jesus is making is that God wants our communication with him to be more intimate versus just our much speaking. Therein lies the communication breakdown.

People have called me an interrogator for asking intimate and personal questions that go beyond the surface interaction. Of course, that is not my intention. I’m not trying to get all up in their business. I like getting to know people and equate it with gaining both knowledge and understanding that allows me to know them. The process requires a two-way street.

Accordingly, when our goal is to minister to others, there has to be an even exchange of information. It’s up to us to demonstrate a genuine interest in the person to avoid the appearance of having an ulterior motive. Otherwise, our communications may come off as intrusive.

In our current climate, while some want to whine, others want to share their lives with others to feel connected and not alone in this world. Find a way to put out a welcoming sign that beckons:

TALK TO ME

Some Freedoms Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be!

© Wanda J. Murry, September 18, 2020

I have two new young adults in my immediate life – grandchildren who have hit that second magical age range of 18-20 years old (the first magical age being 13 years old and I have a granddaughter reaching this stage next month). They came out the high school gate chomping at the bits to break loose and run free. I’m watching them with a sense of excitement and joy for what they will discover about themselves, others, and this world. But, I’m also praying and inwardly fearful about some of the hard truths they will learn about how life isn’t always fair, all people aren’t inherently good, and how their free will has consequences that could set up strongholds in their lives not easily shaken.

I have one of each: a male and a female. With both, their parents and I have shared some of our experiences, failures, and triumphs. Their parents and I have warned them against making the mistakes we did in our youth to avoid the struggles we endured, some with lingering effects. They both listen, but their right to freely choose has clouded their decision in some instances. However, we are grateful there have been no mistakes thus far that has caused significant detours in their lives. Though, they both have come close to the edge of falling into a disaster or two.

I remember my time in the 18-20-year-old range. There was so much beckoning me to draw near. I got real close to some things and dabbled in a handful too many. As I look back, I know my mother’s prayers, coupled with God’s abundant grace, kept me from consequences that would have been earth-shattering for my mom, me, and my future. My curiosity and naiveté took me down some roads better left untraveled. At the same time, though, what I experienced gives me the credibility to explain to my grandchildren why they should avoid some things.

I’ve been listening to Tony Evan’s podcasts on American Idols this week, and it’s been food for thought. It got me to thinking how some of the freedoms we have as individuals here in America aren’t all they’re cracked up to be when we stop and dissect a few of those freedoms. Yes, the American dream offers a freedom that, in some ways, have led us into freely and openly indulging into things GOD clearly warned us to avoid as He laid out the laws and precepts to the Nation of Israel. The Old Testament is full of events that give a good picture of the physical consequences (i.e., bondage, enslavement, loss of GOD’s protection and provision, etc.) of doing things right in our own eyes. For example, in Deuteronomy:

  • 5:7 says – “Thou shalt have none other gods before me.”  We have given GOD’s position as our authority to other gods [people, astrology, mysticism, WICCA, Atheism, earth-centered or nature worship, to name a few]. Transparency here: in my carnal, baby Christian days, my husband was my god.
  • 5:13-14a says – “Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:” I’m talking about reserving your day of worship to worship, commune, and meditate on the things of God. We are workaholics. I wonder how many who don’t have jobs that require Sunday hours leave service to rush off to work and labor because they either rested on Saturday or didn’t finish the task(s) they started? Transparency here: I struggle sometimes finding the right balance, not on Sunday, but through the other six days of work to get the things I need to get done, done. Part of that is saying “Sorry, but no,” but most of it is a lack of discipline so – I solicit your prayers for more discipline in all areas of my daily life.
  • 6:14 says – “Ye shall not go after other gods… Be honest here — we pursue a lot of things habitually. Careers, relationships, money, materials, etc., as gods in our life. Transparency here: Sadly, one of my pursuits since 1997 has been excessive/emotional eating or what the Bible calls gluttony – I solicit your prayers for my deliverance to enjoy food but not overindulge.
  • 8:5-6 says – “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.” This, my friends, could be the biggest struggle for the Believer in Jesus Christ, the Savior, who has done nothing to grow in the knowledge of GOD’s Word. A spanking from God can feel like your whole world is crashing down around you. It makes a person feel like nothing ever works out for them. It can send a person into depression, make a person turn back from following GOD, and even cause a person to harbor all the things in their heart that Galatians 5:19-21 says we shouldn’t, thereby, grieving the Holy Ghost. Transparency here: I never liked spankings and got few in my childhood. However, as I came to understand my consequences were part of my Father’s chastisement, I began to understand as an adult that I didn’t like nor want them, and that’s when a lot of things changed for me in my walk with Christ.

This is why some freedoms aren’t all they’re cracked up to be! Where our freedom isn’t a get out of jail free card from parental, governmental, or GOD’s authority and rules. Where my grandchildren and other babes in Christ get stuck and wrestle to understand why they can’t have or do whatever they want when they want, and how they want. It’s why they don’t understand they need to read the bible, listen to wise counsel, apply the knowledge, and do the right thing even when everyone else around them is doing the world thing.

Some freedoms aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and never have been outside of the authority that God set in place so very long ago. Even when that authority has been corrupted, polluted, and misapplied, there is a need to examine what any freedom will cost you.

Our greatest teacher is what God put in His Word:

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Judges 17:6 (KJV)

Additional Scriptures: 

  • Judges 21:25
  • Psalm 36:2
  • Proverbs 12:15
  • Proverbs 16:2
  • Proverbs 21:2

Trust me, my freedoms haven’t always benefited me. Have yours?