You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Restoration’ tag.


The Israelites were well aware of what a sacrifice was. It was a dead animal! For example, they would take a lamb and slaughter it. Then they would lay it on the fire and roast it before God. It was dead! Other than the food value, dead animals are worthless. God calls us to be a living sacrifice. That means, that like the lamb, we are sacrificed before him.The obvious difference, is we are not dead. The bad news to that? Living sacrifices have a tendency to crawl off the altar when the heat gets to be too much. We are called to be sacrifices to give our lives to God and to be dead to the heat of the worlds temptations.

Daily give your allegiance to Christ. Don’t be a crawling sacrifice!



Thieves take for their own benefit. Jesus gives for the benefit of others. His joy is in giving, not getting. Some thieves steal goods and property but the worst thieves are those who steal or destroy your heart. Physical property can be replaced. Physical wounds can heal. But the wounds of the soul are unseen and can take years, if ever, to heal. Love Jesus. Be a giver, not a taker.



Matthew quotes some rather sobering words of Jesus in his gospel. Matthew 15:18 states, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Those words hit hard for me because my mouth is often my biggest enemy. I think it safe to say that most of the time I’m in trouble it’s not because of my actions, it’s because of my mouth. Jesus’ brother, James offers no help. He points out the dichotomy of both fresh water and bitter water coming from the same well.

Cleaning up our language is treating symptoms, not causes. The root of a foul mouth is a dirty heart. There. I said it. I don’t like it, but from my knowledge of scripture I believe it to be true.

We use God’s name in vain because we fail to see him as he is. We ridicule others because we fail to see them as creations of God. Yep. Even the guy who cut you off. Even the sports official who is totally oblivious to the rules of the game. Even the server at the restaurant that is more interested in their phone than your empty drink glass. We make off-color jokes because our brand of holiness is governed by culture, not the plum line of a Holy God.

The worst part about words unwisely spoken is that you can’t reverse the results. You can be forgiven, but poorly chosen words are like a cancer to the soul. They can lie dormant for years but are always lurking in the memory banks of time.

Holy God, forgive us for the wounds unwise words have caused. Cleanse our hearts so that the words we speak build up where lives have been torn down. Heal the wounds we bear at the tongues of others. Amen

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,735 other followers

RSS Podcasts from Zion

  • Strength in Suffering
    From our series, "Different not Weird: Life Lessons from 1 Peter" Because God loves me and is sovereign I can rest in him when in the midst of suffering.
  • Be Extraordinary
    From our series, "Different not Weird: Life Lessons from 1 Peter." Your attitude determines your altitude. Suffering now prepares us for future glory.
  • Focusing Fully on Jesus Christ
    From our series, “Different not Weird: Life Lessons from 1 Peter”
  • GROW UP
    From our series “Different not Weird: Life Lessons from 1 Peter” Like physical growth, spiritual growth is a necessity in order to become healthy followers of Christ in a foreign land.
  • The Give-and-Take of Domestic Harmony
    From our series, “Different not Weird: Life Lessons from 1 Peter” Harmony in the family is one of the best testimonies of God’s love to the world around us.

LinkedIn

Candle Lighter Award

Built With Grace

Twitter Updates

Archives

December 2019
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  
Follow Built with Grace on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: