Potty Mouth?

Your Words Matter: What the Bible Says about a Potty Mouth

I guess you would call me old-fashioned, traditional, old-school or even out of touch with society. But I was taught that words matter. (And I still believe that!) There were words that I was not allowed to use; words that are now accepted by many people.

Like most people, there are certain actors I enjoy watching but I have a problem when an actor (or anyone for that matter) professes to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and has a “potty mouth.” Actors justify using those words because it is in the script or it helps portray the character they are playing. But if it is wrong to use certain words, I believe it is wrong to watch someone use those words as entertainment.

I wish I could go back to when they were innocent to cuss words, but the world took that innocence away. Culture says they’re simply words. They aren’t that bad and using profanity doesn’t mean we’re wicked; we’re simply using slang. Or words to get a point across. Or to add to the humor to a joke. But is this true? And what does it matter to us as believers?

According to God’s Word, the world has it wrong, and believers should take this seriously. Matthew 15:18 says, “…the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” Our words reveal our heart’s condition. Period. Crude, rude, foul, demeaning, and hateful language shows our true character. And for a Christ-follower — someone setting an example and sent on a commission from Jesus to make disciples — this simply “should not be.”

God’s Word makes it very clear that we should watch what we say. Proverbs 13:3 When we fill up on TV shows and movies where the characters have terrible potty mouths, we’ll be prone to using that language in our everyday life. There are some things I  can ‘tolerate’ when watching a movie but the filthy language is not one of them!

That’s what I want to believe, but it’s challenging. It means we have to think before we speak at all times.

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Coming Down

In two weeks many will be observing Good Friday and I would like to share my thoughts on a phrase that was spoken on that day. That phrase is often overlooked by many.

Matthew 15:30 “…save Yourself, and come down from the cross! VS 32 Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe

Of course Jesus being the Son of God could easily have done that but in so doing, He would not have fulfilled God’s will in providing salvation for all of mankind.

Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 that Christ followers have been crucified with Christ… Paul was not speaking of our physical life but our old life while living in sin. Again Paul tells us in Roman’s 6:6 “We are those who have died to sin;…” Jesus commanded His followers to take up their cross daily and follow Him.

Any time we yield to SELF; we are technically coming down from our cross. Often in a divorce; some one (or both) have come down from their cross. Many church conflicts are a result of coming down from the cross wanting their way. When a man yields to the temptation to look at pornography, he has down from his cross. (Dead men do not experience lust!)

Satan was defeated because of Christ’s cross and we defeat Satan in our lives as long as we remain on our cross. Any time you come down from your cross; you are open to the attack of Satan. The only place of safety is the cross. The only place of victory is the cross.

Sanctified Imagination

The human imagination is a wonderful thing! When I think of imagination; I immediately think of Walt Disney. On October 1, 1971, five years after the great Walt walt-disney-florida-mapwalt-disney-with-map-of-florida-olp-travel---news-viewsolp-zzuys1w3Disney passed away; Disney World had its grand opening. During the dedication ceremony, someone turned to Mrs. Walt Disney and said, “Isn’t it a shame that Walt didn’t live to see this?” Mrs. Disney replied, “He did see it, that’s why it’s here.”

All of us to some degree or another have an imagination. Many of the modern conveniences we have today started in someone’s imagination. As I was falling asleep one night; I started remembering how God led my wife and me in our lives. I started to use what I call my “sanctified Imagination.”
By that, I mean using my imagination to “flesh out” passages of Scripture and the character of Jesus.
Example: I wondered what does God do while I sleep? I know, He has a whole universe to oversee but what is He doing in my life while I sleep? Psalm 121:3-4. The psalmist writes, “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Here’s where my imagination comes to play. I can imagine Jesus sitting beside my bed, smiling as He puts together the events of my coming day. Psalm 143:8      I would like to think He says with pleasure, “Just wait and see what I have in store for you when you wake up.” (It just might be possible.”)

Two Wolves Within

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. ”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7  That every Christian possesses two natures. We were born with an earthy, fallen nature. The moment a person trusts Christ as their Savior, he gains a new nature (in addition to the old) by spiritual birth. John 3 That is when the struggle begins. The fight between two wolves [natures] is eternal. Both wolves[natures] will always be there. Because every Christian has two natures, he has the choice of following the old man or the new man.

Many new Christians are unaware of this Biblical teaching and try to feed both natures. One day they pray, read the Bible and go to church. At other times they surrender control of their lives to their lower, earthy nature. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FEED BOTH NATURES AT THE SAME TIME!

One truth to remember is that it’s so much easier to feed the first wolf – the first wolf is there to encourage the easier options in life; it comes ‘natural’. There is almost no effort required to do those things, and you’re getting the reward with the sensation of relieving and instant gratification without much an action.

The second wolf [our new nature] is very different; it’s harder to feed. It’s challenging, tiring and time-consuming to do things like learning, teaching, inspiring, sharing or simply sticking to the new behavior. And you don’t usually see immediate results from them.

Which wolf [nature] you choose to feed will define who you are, and we all know we should feed the second wolf [nature]–even if it’s harder. Feeding the second wolf is how we end up feeling a sense of accomplishment and success at the end of the day. By conquering the temptation of the first wolf we opt for a much more challenging (but right) option in life.

I Am Too Busy

If someone asks “How are you?” we no longer say “Fine” or “I’m well, thank you.” We often simply reply “Busy!” And I am sure they were speaking the truth. Americans are working longer hours than at any time since statistics have been kept, but now they are also working longer than anyone else in the industrialized world. And while workers in other countries have been seeing their hours cut back by legislation focused on preventing work from infringing on private life, Americans have been going in the other direction. In 1999, more than 25 million Americans reported that they worked at least 49 hours a week, and 11 million of those said they worked more than 59 hours a week. Our culture equates busyness with success.

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Being busy is not a 21st-century phenomenon. Jesus knew what being busy was…
Mark 1:45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
Mark 3:20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.

We must realize that the Four Gospels records only a short time frame of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Someone calculated (I tried to verify but could not) that if we combined all the Gospel passages about His ministry; we only have 30 days recorded! Many people are unaware of what John 21:25 “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  Needless to say, Jesus was a very busy man. People everywhere were clamoring for His time. hSo, what’s my point? Even though Jesus was extremely busy; He always had time for want was important. Often we confuse the “urgent” for what is really important.  Managing your time is all about priorities. Jesus always made time for:

1] Communing with the Father. At the end of an exhausting day, the disciples rested but Jesus but Jesus slipped away and prayed all night, Luke 6:12 Jesus would rise early before anyone else to have time with Father. Mark1:35

2] Jesus always had time for people. While we often see people as an interruption to our plans but Jesus saw an opportunity to minister because He cared. Matthew 19:13

So, the next time you say you are too busy; remember God is the One that orders your day. Psalm 37:23

Headhunters

I find it amazing how each generation creates new words and meanings. Whoever heard of a “selfie” 20 years ago? While the word “Uber” has been around a long time; this generation has given it new meaning.

There is one new term I find fascinating, it is the word “head-hunter.”  WImage result for headhuntershile I was growing up, the word referred to a primitive tribe of people who would take the head of their enemy, shrink that head and display it as a trophy.

But today’s generation uses that term in a totally different way. Today, a headhunter is a person “who identifies and approaches suitable candidates See the source imageemployed elsewhere to fill business positions.” You can sign on to their website http://www.headhunter.com and they will assist you in finding the right person for that position.

Today’s headhunters would examine the candidate’s formal education, their success in their current position, if they are a “team player”, and will they fit be accepted by others?

Allow me to use my imagination and apply this process to how Jesus Christ choose His disciples. First, think about the ‘candidates.’ None had a formal education Acts 4:13. They were common laborers with no experience in leadership. James and John were nicknamed “sons of thunder” given because of their quick tempers. Then there was Matthew, the tax-collector, who regularly collected more than required. Then there was Peter, the impulsive fisherman, who often reacted without thinking. John 18:10. And last, there was Judas, the one who would ultimately betray Jesus. He also was the Treasurer of the group and he helped himself to the money (thief). John 12:6

But Jesus did not look at what they were but He saw what they could become. He looked beyond the outward and saw what was in them.   Jesus was unique in the sense He could discern what was in a man. John 2:25 This should encourage everyone that God can use us despite of our weaknesses. 

Prayer Is Surrender

Now, this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14)

Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer except that which lies outside of the will of God. God will only answer the request He inspires. You see, prayer is surrender—surrender to the will of God. It’s cooperation with His will.