Archive | September 2012

“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” (James 1:26)

Do you ever think about the tongue?  If you do, what do you actually associate with the tongue.  Let’s see, the tongue lets us know if something taste yummy (like ice cream), or (quite frankly) something disgusting.  The doctor looks at our tongue when he/she asks us to “ahh.” Some use their tongue for kissing and some (not just children) just like to stick their tongue at someone as a way to “so there!” or “leave me alone!”  I guess most people take their tongue for granted.

I know what you’re thinking…what an odd topic-and you are right.  It is an odd topic for discussion but, I would guess that most people do not realize that their tongue will contradict their own religion by the way they speak. I believe that the tongue is a tool that leads to hypocrisy and the reason is because many times we say one thing; or imply something, but our actions are contrary to what we said.  It is also true that one’s emotions dictate the words the tongue puts out.  When a person presents themselves as religious, but spits out anger or hurt on others, then their religion (or as I like to say their faith) seems phony.  Everybody has bad days. I’m not talking about that. I am talking about when people are deluded in thinking that their words do not effect anyone.  This is what the above scripture means.  Piety is not holy. I am guilty of this very thing myself.  I am a sinner saved through the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ.  I am not perfect-but Jesus is.  The people who know me would consider me a “religious” person. However, I know they have seen and heard me when I let that tongue of mine take control and then act completely un-Christlike.  My tongue may be small in my body, but it has big opinions and wants to be heard. In the book of James it says “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)

When we let the tongue get the better of us, we become automatically become pharisaical.  We appear high and mighty. We take our priceless salvation and make it worthless by our very own words and condemn ourselves.  There have been instances where I thought my heart was with God-but then I opened my mouth and blew my testimony as a Christian.  I do not want to be known as a “Christian terminator” but, I brought that label upon myself and I know it!  I think my biggest disappointment is not what people think of me; it’s what does God think of me as His representative! Thank God, I can always come to Him and repent for my words and actions and He is always faithful to forgive me when I ask.

So the next time you want to spew something foul; or even give an unkind word (even in self defense) take a moment to honestly reflect what is in your mind and reign in the tongue before it breaks free.  It is challenge I am presenting to all of my readers.  I also value the accountability.  Until we meet again, walk everyday with grace that only God can give.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

With the Presidential election coming up in less then two months, all I seem to hear is people talking about who they are looking to for solutions in their lives and for this country.  I find it amusing that people think they can be truly governed without God as an active participant. Any government without God fails the people. Look at some of the countries in our world today. Or, one can look at history.  Ever hear of socialism or communism?

I also find it amusing that people think they can keep God in a box within a closed off sanctuary on Sundays-which is supposed to be His house, but who is actually treated like a temporary guest.  People today are so desensitized where God is concerned.  They cannot distinguish religion from redemption. Religion is mankind’s way of being right with God because we bring God down to our level.  Redemption is entering into a relationship with Jesus (who is God) who brings us up to God’s level. When one is redeemed they were bought with a price; and that price was the blood Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary.

Make no mistake; there are many, many people who think they believe in God but have no idea who He is.  Therefore, they are willing to look to the government (again, mankind) for results that can only be truly changed through the hand and heart of God. God created mankind in His image; but once Adam and Eve fell from perfection, it was all downhill from there. That’s why God made a way for redemption to whomever would want to partake of it.  The invitation to salvation is alway available to mankind. Once accepted, it then opens the heart to knowing who God really is. That’s why when people say that mankind has evolved, I think they are so confused. Mankind’s idea of evolution is coming way from God through choice. However, God has not changed His view or His plan towards His creation. Mankind’s view of God is more traditional than relational. When God is not acknowledged in the hearts of mankind, He is not acknowledged in the minds (where decisions are made); and therefore, not represented in our actions. God has always made Himself known throughout His entire creation. The next time you look to the heavens at night and see the stars; or a beautiful sunrise and feel its warmth, know that God is all around you.

Why live as a fool when the God of all mankind is ever present and waiting to give us His wisdom and love?

In His Love,

Melody

 

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NKJ)

Have you noticed how much noise has filtered into our lives on a daily basis?  There is so much going on in the world all around us that being quiet may actually be a luxury.  Seriously, it seems like all of the external stimuli is out of control-and what’s worse is that we accept it as being normal!  I’m not talking about just from tv or radio, but also cell phones!  How can anyone form their own thought if they are constantly talking or texting on a cell phone? How do you form or keep normal relationships/friendships looking down at an inanimate object all the time?  I don’t get it. For example, I was at the mall yesterday and I saw 2 women walking together with their babies in strollers, talking on cell phones in a noisy mall!  Look at what our culture has become!  It’s seems so desensitized.

How do people sort through their issues of every day problems or decisions without being still?  By watching Oprah? Oprah is great at being informative, but she can’t solve everyone’s problems and cause them to be still and to search their own heart. Only God can do that. Even those who believe in God and have a relationship with God get caught up in their every day lives with bills, family and so on. How can one not?  But it’s in all the busyness that we can lose God in our lives.  He is the One with the answers.  He is the One who gives His peace to those who are looking for it and He is the One who is in control of all things.  When I become still and am able to clear out both the internal and external “noises”, it is then I am comforted knowing that HE is GOD.  My heavenly Father has me in His arms and lets me know that in Him everything is going to be ok.  Have you ever comforted a restless baby? Have you noticed how still the baby becomes once he/she feels the security from the one who is holding them? That baby instinctually knows that it is being loved and cared for. It can’t explain it. It can’t even say thank you, the baby just accepts it and becomes peaceful.

Sometimes God will allow certain circumstances to come into our lives so that we look to Him and therefore, give in and become quiet so that we can hear and receive from Him. I know for myself that I have taken GOD and all of His goodness for granted and I was wrong for doing that.  He doesn’t owe me anything.  But, it is His mercy that He allows me to repent of my actions and/or attitudes so that I can continue my relationship with Him.  The next time you feel too “noisy” in your soul, that may be God’s way of letting you know that it may be time for you to “be still”.

“The LORD is my Shepard; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“The LORD has looked down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek after God,” (Psalm14:2)

Do you remember the song “Looking for love in all the wrong places?” That song was such a hit because so many people were able to relate to it. I will take some liberty here and say that I can remember when I was looking for God in all the wrong places.

First, let me start off by saying that I was not raised in any form of religion.  Technically, the background I was born into is 3/4 Jewish and maybe 1/4 Catholic. I probably would have been considered an agnostic. I believed God existed and that was as far as it went. My only “religious” upbringing was watching “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil B. DeMille. I cannot even tell you how shocked I was when I read the story in the Bible for the first time. I was so confused!  That is what happens when we view Godly things from the TV instead of picking up a Bible and reading it ourselves. Anyway, I digress.

I believe most people are looking for God because they are seeking truth in this crazy world we live in. When I started my “search”,  I didn’t realize I was seeking God’s truth.  I thought I was evolving as a person. Let’s see… I went to psychics, astrologers, dream interpreters, I did metal bending and who knows what else.  I had (2) very different close friends at this time.  One, took me to all of the activities I just mentioned and the other was a born-again Christian. I would go to psychics by day and would watch televangelist, Jimmy Swaggort on Sunday nights. (Oh no, my age is showing!)  It seemed that searching for truth was pulling me and my soul in two extreme directions-almost like a tug of war in what I was going to believe in.  I was hearing two very different opinions. One day as my friend and I were driving home after seeing an alleged world renowned psychic, I asked God (2) things: 1) if He was real; and 2) who was telling me the truth?  The friend taking me to visit psychics or, the one watching the televangelist?  I asked God to reveal Himself to me in a personal, private way and He did.  That’s when I was introduced to God the Father, God the Son, and  God the Holy Spirit. I will tell you one very important fact I learned from seeking truth-whether we realize it or not, God is in control of everything in this life. I take comfort knowing that God cares so much for me that He is always looking out for me. His word says so.

There is a scripture that says “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found of you declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 29;12-14)  I finally knew that I was actually seeking God’s truth because His truth is the only one that matters and His truth does not change with the times. His word also says “I love those who love Me; and those who seek Me will find Me.”(Proverbs 8:17)  So many people think that God is unattainable-when in reality He is looking down from heaven to see who is looking for Him so He can extend His hand to them so they can receive a loving, everlasting relationship.

It is important to realize that God and Jesus are one. In scripture when Jesus was asked who He was, He  answered, “i am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John14:6)  Therefore, the next time you may think God is too far off in the galaxy to hear you, you can “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6). God is always near and always answers when one calls upon His name.

In His Love,

Melody