“What is it to You?” from The Best of 2015! by Pastor Matt Krachunis. Released: 30. Genre: Christianity.
NEVER TRUST YOUR TONGUE when your heart is bitter. TRUE WORDS. Proverbs has A LOT to say about a bitter heart speaking, “Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver]. He who hates pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within himself. When he speaks kindly, do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart. Though his hatred covers itself with guile, his wickedness shall be shown openly before the assembly.” Pro 26:23-26 BITTERNESS in your heart towards another will find you out! Jesus makes it VERY CLEAR that if you do not forgive an offense, He will NOT forgive you your offenses. Me, I had way too many offenses that were counted against me that HE FORGAVE; therefore have no room to not forgive anybody EVER who hurts me. The tongue is a very powerful weapon. You can build up and encourage; or you can tear down and destroy WITH JUST ONE WORD. “Out of the ABUNDANCE of the heart, the mouth speaks”, so I ask you WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART? Are you a grudge holder? That bitterness WILL COME OUT and it can destroy lives and reputations, even your own. People will be afraid to be your friend, you’ll find yourself alone. God cares about you and will expose your sin if you don’t deal with the bitterness yourself. PLUCK IT OUT BY THE ROOT! In humility, seek to reconcile. Don’t just sweep it under the rug, GET RID OF IT! God wants you to SEEK RECONCILIATION!
I THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND GOD because they don’t really know who He is. People pick and choose parts of Jesus and make Him into some Frankenstein- Jesus hippie rebellious son. Jesus is GOD. As God, He has many characteristics and is multifaceted. He is GOOD. ALL THE TIME! Everything He does is good and stems from His goodness. He is LOVE. His love is a selfless love that embraces the entire world of sinful humankind. He is MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS. He does not cut off and destroy us as our sins deserve, but offers forgiveness and salvation. He is PATIENT, LONGSUFFERING and slow to anger. He is patiently waiting for us to repent and turn towards Him. He is TRUTH. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. The Bible is the Word of truth. He cannot lie, nor does He tolerate falsehood. He is FAITHFUL. He promises to carry out both His promises and His warnings. God WILL DO what He said He would do. God is JUST. He upholds the moral order of the universe and is righteous and without sin in which He treats humankind. He is HOLY and RIGHTEOUS. He is completely separate from creation and all evil and is absolute in purity and holiness. All of these are who He is and a part of His character. His love does not annul His justice. His determination to punish evil proceeds from His holiness. He is angry at sin because of His love for righteousness. Are you confused about God? Are you angry and upset with Him? Find out WHO HE REALLY IS, not who others say He is. READ THE WORD. KNOW THE WORD. LIVE THE WORD! He WILL reveal Himself!
I HAVE BEEN SERVING GOD for 20+ years now. He found me and I completely surrendered at the cross. I have served Him with my whole heart and I have never departed or went back to my vomit. BUT, I have fallen A LOT. I have gone around that same stupid mountain more times than I can count. I have gotten it wrong many, many, many times. I have had to apologize and seek forgiveness for my actions and my words on way too many occasions. I start out walking on water, but end up drowning crying out for Him to save me. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MERCY! “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for his mercy endures forever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for His mercy endures forever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136 This repeated refrain teaches us that God’s mercy and love are the FOUNDATION of all His works on our behalf and the FOUNTAINHEAD of all our THANKSGIVING. God’s mercy, Hebrew “hesed”, is the everlasting love that keeps His covenants. His hesed is new every morning. GIVE PRAISE! He will DO WHAT HE SAID He will do! GIVE HIM PRAISE! Have you messed up? His mercy is new today. Do you feel far away? His mercy is new today. Are you drowning? His mercy is new today. Are you losing hope? His mercy is new today. HE IS A PROMISE KEEPER. His mercy is new today! Praise Him for the victory! His mercy endures FOREVER!
“FOR YOU, O GOD, HAVE PROVED US: You have tried us as silver is tried.” Psalm 66:10 The refining of silver was a prolonged process. The ancients would smelt lead sulfide ore, rich in silver. The lead would separate from the silver by blowing hot air over the surface producing lead oxide which, in a powdered condition called “dross” was driven away leaving the silver pure, clear and shining. Silver has some neat and interesting characteristics. It has long been valued for its white metallic LUSTRE, it’s ability to be READILY WORKED, and its RESISTANCE to the corrosive effects of moisture and oxygen. Because of its electron configuration, all VISIBLE LIGHT IS EFFECTIVELY REFLECTED. This prolonged refining process is sometimes painful and difficult. “We must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God” Acts 14:22 But, if you allow the Refiner to refine you, you will come forth as a PURE VESSEL that the Master can use for His purpose! You will SHINE with the lustre of the LORD, reflecting His Light! You will be READILY WORKED, easily shaped in the Refiner’s hands and RESISTANT to ALL THE ENEMY’S PLANS. However, when the Refiner blows fiercely, BUT IN VAIN, nothing but lewd dross appears. Here’s what to do- let the Refiner purify you. Allow Him to teach and correct you. Press into Him through the pain and stay at His feet. Delight in His Word. I know it hurts, but HIS WAY is WORTH it!
ASSUMPTIONS. You know how the old saying goes. I was watching CHOPPED with my daughter and they talked to the last 2 contestants. He said: I’m not competing against her. I’d crack her eggs if she asked. She said: he thinks he’s better than me and he’ll win because he has 3 more years experience. She was ASSUMING something about her opponent that wasn’t true. The Bible calls assumption an “evil surmising” and calls us fools when we ASSUME. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his own opinion. Do not hastily strive, for what will you do in the end when your neighbor puts you to shame?” Proverbs 18:2; 25:8 ASSUMPTION. Some people see things one way because they just plain ignore the evidence. Other people assume things that are false because they TWIST the evidence. Still others just flat out refuse to SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND before being understood. Here’s what I know: not all who you think are against you really are against you and not all who pose as your friends are really your friends. Not everyone who corrects or “offends” you is your enemy. Jesus corrected and offended A LOT of people and HE LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE. Instead of ASSUMING the worst about people, why not try assuming the BEST? Ask direct questions. COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY. Don’t put words in other’s mouths. SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE BEING UNDERSTOOD. And if you have Facebook envy, take a break and get off 🙂
“Who Do You Love?” from The Best of 2015! by Pastor Matt Krachunis. Released: 23. Genre: Christianity.
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