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Visual: What are you thinking?

Hey Family!

Take a look at the chart below. I saw it on Linked in—I’m not sure who the original author is (if anyone knows, please let me know), but this SPOKE to me!

The Word of God reminds us that we are to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). That’s important because what we think translates into words and they effect our actions.  In fact, Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of the tongue and you will “eat the fruit of your words”. Every self-depreciating comment, negative affirmation or put-down is like eating rotten, deadly fruit. How many of us would knowingly eat harmful food? If you’ve ever had food poisoning or ANY gastrointestinal trouble after eating a particular food or at a place, you would totally avoid it! We need to incorporate this in our thought and word choices.

Additionally, the result of the rotten fruit not only effects you to the point where you feel like you cannot do anything correctly, it either draws other “flies” to you (fellow bad fruit eaters–that’s another post) and/or can drive away the folks who prefer to speak life. Moreover, it is a like a slap in the face to God, who has made us and not we ourselves (Psalms 100:3).

Bottom line: If it you are reading this, it’s not too late to repent for thinking and speaking in the negative. We all say things on the left side of the list from time to time, myself included—the thing is not to continue practicing this behavior. How different would our lives be if we spoke life into ourselves, children, co-workers, et cetera? In fact, after praying, the Lord blessed me to tell a couple of folks with God’s help, they would be a blessing to all they came in contact with. Do you know they came back with a victory report?! Thank you, Jesus!!! So it’s best to ask God to help us line up our thoughts, words and actions with His Word and enjoy the fruit of the spoken labor. Amen?! Amen!

God bless you and thank you for reading!

Blen

What are you thinking?

What are you thinking?

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3 Comments

  1. First I have to say, this we me this week. I made a big mistake at work and felt defeated, I cried a bit and for a few days way kicking myself for what I did. I learned a lesson, one that I will never forget. I know now that I’m not perfect and mistakes happen to even the best. I’m a work in progress! I may fall but I will get up.
    Secondly, I know I didn’t do my bsst on a project this week, I will now bring my best to the table. I felt like I let myself down by doing just enough.
    It’s amazing how a message or sermon can be directed to you and it’s always at the right time.

    God bless,
    Stay blessed ,

    Earl B.

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  2. Hey Earl!

    This is a tough area isn’t it? I don’t know that I ever thought about all the negative self-talk that goes on in my head sometimes until I saw this list. 😦

    You know, I had an event today and was all concerned about the venue, would there be enough space, only a few would show, etc. The Lord reminded me to stop thinking like that and leave it to Him. And guess what–it turned out WAY better than what I even thought!!!! With His grace, I prepared, brought my best and HE did the rest!

    DO NOT beat yourself up—just take this as a life lesson–that’s what mistakes are. I don’t know ANYONE who isn’t still getting lessons over the age of “19”. The Bible is FULL of examples–two come to mind off the top of my head. David, a former shepard turned king (with Bathsheba –2 Samuel 11) and Peter, a fishermen and disciple of Jesus who SAID he’d die for Him yet denied Jesus out of fear (John 13:38 and John 18). Both of these “regular” men repented, forgave themselves, recovered and went on to do GREAT things! We are NO different than them, so with God’s grace, we’ll do the same.

    We thank God for this timely reminder and with His grace we will get better together, okay?

    Thanks so much for commenting—it blessed my heart!

    God bless you much!

    Blen!

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