Mothers Are God’s Ambassadors of Love

When God created woman, He purposed that she would serve as His vessel of demonstrative Love. In her role, she would, through her pain, usher in new generations of His children. With that honor bestowed to her, He entrusted woman to serve as His Ambassador of Love, showing His children what it means to Love unconditionally. But more importantly He entrusts us to create a home atmosphere that embodies Christian values and virtues so that woman could develop and raise up an Army for God’s purpose and Kingdom building.

The most treasured and time-tested gift a mother can give her child(ren) is The Word of God.

It is the food that stifles hunger pangs. The drink that quenches all thirst. The knowledge that sustains during the most difficult and trying trials and tribulations.

The Word is Love and the seed that God expects mothers to daily plant and tend to in their offspring. Mothers (and mother-figures) that want their children to be blessed of The Lord know that it begins with them raising up their children in the knowledge and Love of The Lord. It is the solid foundation that is not destroyed when demons attack and the strength to weather their trials having the confidence that “troubles don’t last always!”

If you were, are or will be a mother treat this responsibility with great humility and humbleness. It is not to be taken lightly nor treated flippantly. You will be held accountable on Judgment Day for how you managed it. Your guidebook is always available to direct and advise you. The more you are seen by your children studying and using it, believe me that “planted seed,” will one day be their resource as well. And that, Ambassadors of His Love, will be your legacy.

Have a blessed and God-inspired Mother’s Day!

🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

A Motherless Mother’s Day

When my beloved mother transitioned over to be with The Lord, Mother’s Day was lost to me. The joy of having my mother in my daily life had ended. Though a mother myself, it was less meaningful and the joy was diminished in my life.

Now mind you, I rejoiced that I was so highly blessed and favored to have had (and shared with so many) a Proverbs 31 mother. A God-fearing, God-loving, Bible-rearing gentle soul who gave me unconditional love, was nonjudgmental, generous, patient, kind, loving and welcoming to all. She imparted so many things unto me, strength, courage, love, empathy, compassion, forgiveness and a passion for God. She was my first Bible teacher, and, as I grew up, my best friend!

When she left this earth, some of her remained in my soul, and some of me went with her! As such, the day carried a little less significance for me. Though my son loves and acknowledges me on that day, there is something about the loss of your own mother that affects your soul in a special way.

Today, a Vietnam War Veteran, who is blind, diabetic and who had overcome homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, the death of his teenage daughter to a rare brain cancer, along with his own prostate cancer wrote to me to praise me for being an outstanding mother. I was in total shock. He and I became acquainted as I was helping him through my job with a CNN interview. He, his wife and son were so kind and thoughtful having experienced so much as a family. I was so encouraged by his life story and his faith walk with God, recognizing how very much he had overcome in his life. He is now a world class, blind power lifter, the best in his class worldwide at that. His family’s thoughtfulness towards me was quite humbling. I never imagined he would include me on his list of mothers to acknowledge.

But today, he took the time out to write to, and encourage me, while wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day!

It was like manna from Heaven. I knew God and my own mother had worked through him to remind me that no matter what I am dealing with in my life, … loss, hurt, illness, abandonment, pain…to keep smiling even when my troubles fall like rain. He further wrote to tell me that the love of a righteous and spiritual mother is the closest thing on earth to God’s Love that any child, man, or woman will ever experience.

Today was the day that a blind man taught me how to “see” the joy, once more, in Mother’s Day and I thank God for using him to open my eyes.

Love your mothers while you have them and encourage those whose mothers have crossed over! Know too that God and our mothers in Heaven are still watching over and loving us. Reflect on your late mothers today and feel that joy once more. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Isaiah 66:13: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”

Our Plans are Not God’s Plans for Our Lives

Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” The Bible directly tells us that no matter what our plans our, the Lord’s plan is what will come to fruition.

Recently, I was very distressed when a loved one wrote to me that they never planned to marry again. It reminded me of something my niece had said to me in that same vein. Right out of high school she married her high school sweetheart. So in love at the time, young love in its infancy, not yet matured.

18 months into their marriage, the devil became very busy. A weak faith and prayer life was an easy open door for Satan. Outside influencers destroyed what God had brought together. She vowed never to marry again as they broke up and divorced. Disillusioned, bitter, angry, hurt, frustrated and immaturity ran amok. Five years went by. God was working all along, even though they could not see it. 

God never abandons His children. He allows things to happen in our lives to mature us, grow us, teach us and raise us up. Some walk with their eyes and hearts closed. Others walk with spiritual eyes and hearts open to His call, His Word.

Their individual walks with God became stronger and more consistent apart. It was God doing a new thing in them. Strengthening their faith and growing them in His Word. 

They began to once again communicate and talk to one another earlier this year, five years after they dissolved their marriage in man’s eyes, but clearly not in God’s. Friendship once again blossomed. The Gospel was shared more and a joint prayer life sprung up. They kept it to themselves so no outside influencers could disrupt the movement of God in their lives as they rebuilt the foundation of their relationship.

Two weeks ago, they notified us all that they were planning to marry, again, the following day. Some were dumbfounded, shocked while others were joyful that God had brought them back together again.  Despite her professions that she would never remarry, nor be associated with her ex-husband again… God had other plans for them that no one could see, forecast or imagine.

Their remarriage to one another reminded me and should remind us all that God’s plans are not our own. We make our plans, professions and statements as to what we will and won’t do, but if something is in God’s Will for our lives, He, not us, is the final arbitrator of our fate. He is ALWAYS working things out for our good, even when we can’t see it, feel it, touch it or believe it. Even if it is contrary to what we state will happen in our lives. Know that He is not a man that He should lie! Hallelujah. He is Our Father, Our Jehovah Rapha who is able toHeal and Mend that which we think is permanently broken, unrepairable, unfixable, destroyed forever and terminated for good.  Never doubt the Power of God.  His Word never returns void and He can do all things and never fails.

Amen. 🙌🏽🙏🏽

A Season for Healing, Forgiveness and Renewal

Our Christian journey is a road that we traverse taking us through different seasons in our lives.

We go through seasons of infancy, growth and prayerfully maturity as we grow up in God’s Word. Along the way we ask for, seek and give forgiveness as God forgave us and we were reconciled with Him. We also experience emotional, physical and mental healing through broken hearts, broken bones and broken minds. We also are constantly being renewed in our faith daily as God takes us from glory to glory by stripping us of those things that are of no use to His Kingdom and are not edifying to the Body of Christ.

These “seasons” are like climbing a mountain. We look up to where we want to go knowing that if we look back from whence we came too long, we can lose our footing and stumble/tumble backwards forfeiting all the important gains we have made.

Each of us goes through seasons of change. Changes that God is taking us through are for our good. Changes we seek without consulting Him and The Word first, always end up not being for our benefit resulting in self-imposed trials and tribulations that delay us getting to where God wants to take us.

During your time in prayer with God, ask Him, “Lord, show me, speak to me, open my eyes and sharpen my ears to hear Your Voice so that I might be led to where You have purposed me to go! Abide in me always as I sojourn this road and provide for me opportunities to share Your Good News and to be a help to others no matter the season of life I should find myself in. No matter if by Your Righteous Hand or my foolishness, use me Lord, use me, to Your Glory!” Amen 🙏🏽

Bite Your Tongue!

Did you know that being able to control your tongue is a sign of Christian maturity?

We see from our Bible studies that God has a lot to say to us through Jesus Christ and His disciples about controlling our mouth and tongue. We know the power and impact that a wagging tongue can have over someone’s life. Words can heal or harm; speak life or death; uplift or decimate; glorify or demean; edify or destroy; bless or curse; guide or mislead; strengthen or weaken; love or hate and so much more! That is why it is important that we as His children guard our tongues and close our mouths before speaking or worse writing something that does not honor God, or demonstrate Love to others. We are so required by The Word!

Remember to always PRAY BEFORE you speak or write something. Think about why you are saying it or writing it BEFORE you speak or write. RE-READ what you are writing BEFORE you mail it or push ‘send’ to email it. And finally and most importantly, HOLD it up to the scrutiny of God’s Word. Why? Because The Bible tells us that God at Judgment Day will hold us ACCOUNTABLE for all our utterances (words)! If you’re like me, I already have more ill-spoken and ill-conceived words against me that I must answer for when my time comes beyond the thoughts I have had that did nothing to edify The Master. As the End Days draw near, let us all hit ‘pause’ before we say, do, or write words that hurt, are untruthful, cause anguish and pain but most of all dishonor The All-Knowing, All-Seeing God. He knows our truths. He knows what motivates us to act out of our flesh and vanity. Examine your heart always BEFORE we hurt Our Father, Loved ones and others. Make sure it passes THE WORD test first. Or else… “Bite Your Tongue!”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes 

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 15 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

James 3:8 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

James 1:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

James 1:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Proverbs 16:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 18:1-24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. …

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

James 3:1-18 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 18:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

James 4:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

James 3:1-12 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

John 8:44 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Matthew 15:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Matthew 12:35 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

James 3:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

James 3:5-8 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Romans 10:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 19:1-29 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord. Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. …

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 18:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

1 John 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

James 3:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

James 3:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

James 3:3-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Thank you for your vote.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes 

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 15 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

James 3:8 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

James 1:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

James 1:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Proverbs 16:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 18:1-24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. …

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

James 3:1-18 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 18:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

James 4:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

James 3:1-12 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

John 8:44 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Matthew 15:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Matthew 12:35 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

James 3:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

James 3:5-8 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Romans 10:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 19:1-29 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord. Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. …

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 18:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

1 John 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

James 3:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

James 3:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

James 3:3-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Thank you for your vote.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Hold On, He’s Coming!

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Our Christian journey will be peppered with trials, tribulations, disappointments, betrayals, false accusations and dismay. Satan is constantly trying to destroy the witness of all Saints, but moreso those who dedicate their lives to serving God and those who daily work to live a life that aligns with The Word!

No matter how dark or dismal the trial or what appears impossible the task, remember God’s Love is never ending, unfailing, unconditional and can do the impossible.

Remain strong! Gird your loins! Tighten your seatbelt. Adjust your mindset and focus on your Day of Deliverance. Because for those who have known the power of Our Father rest assured that He Is Able and He Will! Never let go of His Unchanging Hand for He walks beside us daily. Thank You Lord 🙏🏽. Amen

An Expectation of Holiness

1 Peter 1:15-17

1 Peter 1:15-17

15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”

Live Holy! It’s not an inactive but active verb that as the children of God and the redeemed of The Lord, must be a mantra inscribed upon our hearts. It is an act of mindfulness and awareness that requires that we make a conscious effort To Do daily! It is our human nature to sin, but The Holy Ghost living inside of us empowers us with the ability to overcome sin and do what is right in the sight of The Lord. The Holy Spirit, coupled with a heart to purposely will oneself to pray, before we act, is a combination more powerful than Satan’s lure!

Peter reminds us in the scripture above that to say we Love God, yet are not obedient to His Word, that we should be fearful of our time here on earth.
How seriously do we take this New Testament guidance?

Have you bore false witness in order to seek a competitive advantage?

Did you commit adultery or lust after someone other than your spouse?

Did you covet a person or worldly tradition or familial expectation above God’s Word and Directions?

Did you take what was not yours?

Did you honor your earthly parents above God Almighty their creator?

Did you worship and adhere to man’s traditions, cultural expectations or idols above Our Lord and Savior and God your Father?

Did you seek peace or were you a troublemaker?

Did you reject a fellow Christian judging them in order to determine if they are worthy to be in your presence or family?

Do you share God’s Word but in your personal life you are disobedient to it?

Do you constantly sin and then run to God for forgiveness AFTER you did what your flesh led you to do?

Living a life of Holiness requires:

a) A true desire to please God both in public and private. Remember, there is no privacy with God.
b) Feeding your Spirit daily with God’s Word and praying for the Word to take root and flourish, not die because of a lack of sincerity and commitment to it.
c) Surrounding yourself with TRUE Believers. A true follower of The Word would NEVER order or encourage you to sin against God, your spouse or man!

d) Humbling yourself to Godly correction. When we start down the road of sin, when fellow disciples use The Word of God to advise you to stop sinning, don’t ignore their counsel even if it is contrary to the advice of your family and friends, because if what you do or are ordered or encouraged to do doesn’t line up with The Word, they are being led of the devil to get you to sin! Don’t neglect that small voice or shared scripture. The deliverer of that Word might be an angel or messenger of The Lord meant to help you to Live Holy.
Remember, there are consequences for our sins. We as Christians will answer for our sins. I imagine the sins we commit against our brethren will be of particular concern to God for we know, heard and accepted The Truth. We cannot cherry-pick through The Gospels deciding like spoiled children what we will and won’t adhere to!!! Remember we told God, not my will but Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

As we reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for us this Holy Week, let us commit to a life of Holiness. Let us recommit to living by God’s Word, not man’s nor family’s or tribal or cultural traditions for they don’t always align with God and that is typically 95% of the time. That’s why living Holy is hard because it’s like swimming upstream against a powerful current always looking to pull you under water. And that current is Satan and the witting and unwitting helpers he has to do his bidding.
Do not approach the Holy Altar for communion with God if you have aught or have sinned against your brother or sister or spouse. For to partake in the Holy Communion is to eat and drink damnation unto your soul. Remember God knows all that you have done — He has seen it, heard it and knows your heart! He is neither mocked nor fooled.

It is so much simpler to determine both in will and ways to strive to live Holy and make amends for your wrongs by seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.

As we draw near to The Crucifixion and Jesus’ Glorious resurrection, let that be your first step towards walking a path of Holiness!

Father God we come before Thee covered by The Blood 🩸 of Jesus. It is His Holy Blood that masks the stench of our sins allowing us to call on You! Holy Father strengthen us through daily communion and purposeful commitment to Your Will and Your Ways, which are Holy so that we model more of You and in such our flesh dies daily. Give us the courage of Jesus who faced a tortuous death on The Cross for our sakes so that we might be reconciled back unto You Father, to face those we have harmed and sinned against by word and/or deed in defiance of Your Word and teachings. Let us seek both forgiveness and reconciliation as is required by The Word before You should call us back home. In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name we pray, Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Love-Betrayal-Love

As we enter into this, our High Holy Week, it seems fitting to reflect on Jesus’ last week and all that occurred in these few short days, which can also be applied to our lives!

Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of man to save us, redeem us and ultimately reconcile us back unto our Father and Creator … God!

Christ was God’s Love for mankind, personified. His 33 years on this earth were that of giving, teaching, sharing, empowering, forgiving, Loving, and ultimately dying so that we could choose to turn from sin, to seek forgiveness and vow to serve God and be obedient to His teachings and commands. We entered into Holy Covenant with God on the day we accept Him and ask Him to dwell within us. We enter into a second covenant with Him when we marry for at that time we ask Him to join us in the marriage Covenant so that there are three—God, the groom and the bride.
As Christ came as Love, He also experienced betrayal by Judas in The Garden of Gethsemane. The betrayal that led to Christ’s arrest and ultimately crucifixion on The Cross. But Glory to God, Love was raised from the dead allowing our sins to be wiped clean upon our profession, acceptance and reconciliation. Love triumphant over betrayal.
Maybe you loved and trusted someone who you committed your life to along with Jesus/God and they betrayed you. It is a devastating blow to be betrayed whether by a spouse, family members, friends or coworkers. I know the gut-wrenching feeling, the hurt, inconsolable pain, then the rage, anger and finally confusion and bewilderment. Betrayed is Satan’s lover, his muse and those that participate in it, are his witting and unwitting minions whose paths are darkened. Judas, realizing the gravity of his betrayal was overcome with remorse and hung himself, yet another sin. Undoubtedly the one who betrayed you, will not follow suit, nor should we ever want them to do so, for we, then, are now an attendant in waiting in Satan’s army.
Despite the pain, we must follow Christ’s example on The Cross when He called to Our Father begging Him to forgive us. So must we also forgive those who betrayed our love/Love for them in order to receive God’s forgiveness and Heavenly Reward. It is hard as our sin nature wants revenge and punishment that we witness. I know that I did! But God will heal your broken heart and mend your soul if you turn to Him and truly lay your burdens down. He is waiting on you. He is able and wants to comfort and heal you today. I share this message on my 3rd wedding anniversary and as I reflect on the betrayal I dealt with in my marriage. I had to learn to put my trust in God to the test beyond professions and into action. I can tell you without question, that Love conquered all on The Cross and it can in you if you let it! Even after betrayal.

Amen 🙏🏽