Haste makes waste: Speak the Word of God instead

For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

~ Psalm 31:22

Without the Word of God deeply rooted in a heart, one can get their eyes on the natural, on what is seen, instead of God and the truth of His “yes and amen” promises.

The result? Much time and energy wasted doubting God, possibly even affecting one’s health with unnecessary stress. Maybe even lots of words spoken that exalt themselves against His Word causing self-sabotage, running about trying to solve what one cannot in their own strength, and taking on things that only add to their trouble. This is not His will for His children.

I’ve spoken with many precious sisters in Christ who spend a significant amount of time fretting, fearing, and speaking in haste, spewing death and destruction over their circumstances with their mouths and with that empowering and agreeing with the works of the devil in their lives. They are unable to see how much they magnify the evil one over God, His Word, and power.

Truth: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you,” (Matthew 17:20).

One can only counsel someone so much. Ultimately, our relationship with God, His Word, and living a life led by the Spirit is our responsibility.

Job also spoke much in haste. Why? Because in his time (before Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc.), he had very little revelation of God and His character.

Then, nearing the end of the book of Job, the Lord says to him, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?” (Job 38:2) Yet, many believers quote much of what Job spoke in haste according to God’s standards and create entire incorrect doctrines out of it.

In Job 42:3, Job agreed with the Lord and said, “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand.”

There’s no need for any new covenant child of God in Christ to speak in haste. No, with the full cousnel of God available to us, we can boldly speak words of victory and faith, knowing that we know His Word is true and cannot fail those who trust in them.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for becoming our Mediator of a new covenant with new and better promises!

Bible Study and Teaching, Happy Mother's Day

Behold your mother (and the long life of the apostle John)

Image source: The Passion of the Christ

I was reading in John recently and these verses came together and made me wonder if there was a connection between the apostle John honoring Jesus’ “mother” and <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p><a href="; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a>I was reading in John recently and these verses came together and made me wonder if there was a connection between the apostle John honoring Jesus' "mother" and his long life in comparison to the other orginal apostles…</p> his long life in comparison to the other orginal apostles

  • “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home,” (John 19:27-28).
  • “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth,” (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Jesus saw John’s heart and handpicked him to become His mother’s son and Mary his mother. And what a beautiful tribute to her that it was the last thing He took care of on the cross before His death: His mother.

But glory to God, He rose again to life, so we could too if we choose!

Then we read in John 21…

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:20-23).

Something, we’ll find out why John outlived them (possible to age 98) when we see Jesus face to face but also a reminder to honor our mothers and fathers not only because we should but that it comes with a promise that we may live long on the earth.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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