May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
You are not a slave to the past of your ancestors and you do not have to be a slave to wrong choices you have made in life.
Your past can define you or it can catapult you into your future. It all depends on your mindset. You can never go forward if you are always looking in the rear view mirror. The past is the past because it has passed.
We are all born into lifestyles and situations which we often times can do nothing about. Many of us have made choices that we are not proud of. None of us are immune to the trials of life. But when we choose to remain in the mindset of the past, it is then that we become a victim of the past. It is easy to remain in that familiar place of a victim mentality in our minds. But when we learn and grow from the knowledge of our past and become better rather than bitter it is then that we become a victor rather than a victim.
Changing our mindset is a journey, and at times a down right struggle, but it is oh so worth the ride. Perhaps heartache and hardship are all you have ever known. Or maybe you have come from a good background but the circumstances of life have not been in your favor. You may have made wrong choices and the consequences of those choices have been hard to bear and seem never ending.
Many times it is as if our eyesight has become dim because we have lived in the darkness of a destructive mindset for far too long. But if you will keep pursuing the God who made you then you will find that even though for a time the light at the end of the tunnel may have been blinding to your eyes, just as you have became accustomed to the darkness, you will one day become accustom to the light of God’s word. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature the old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
It’s your choice, Will you to let your past define you? Or will you let God’s word refine you?
I had a dream and in the dream I saw a person with a bucket (as if a beggar) sitting and waiting for people to put something in the bucket. Then I noticed that the bucket had holes in it, so that whatever was put in the bucket would eventually seep out (the holes appeared to have been shot from the outside in, as if they were holes made from a shot gun). But then I heard the person who was holding the bucket call out the name of Jesus several times, and as the person called the name of Jesus the holes in the bucket began to fill up, so that the bucket was solid to hold things once again. As I awoke I was hearing the lyrics to the song, “A Hole in my Bucket” Where Henry is telling Liza about the hole in his bucket and wanting her to do something about it, while Liza is telling Henry to fix the hole himself. And then I was reminded of the story in the bible, about the lame man who sat and begged by the gate of the temple and when he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple he asked them for some money. Peter looked at him and said, “I don’t have any silver or gold but what I have I will give you.” Then Peter helped the lame man to his feet, and he was instantly healed. Acts 3:1-6
When I asked Holy Spirit what was the meaning of the dream, this is what I heard;
The person holding the bucket represents those who depend on others (people, churches, pastors, friends and things) expecting them to meet their needs and fill their bucket.
The bucket represents the heart of the person, and although the holes in the bucket appeared to have been caused from the outside in, the holes had actually evolve from the inside out. The bucket was being eaten away from an acid like substance that was constantly being stored in the bucket. This was representing things within the person that was eating at their insides like a poison acid-things like, fear, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, greed, slander, lust, desires for the things of the world, etc.
The song represents the person always blaming others for where they are in life and expecting others to fix their problem for them. When what they need to do is call on the name of Jesus for themselves so that they can be healed from the inside out. Because true healing of the heart does not come from the outside in, It comes from the inside out.
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 (this representing the acid eating the holes in the bucket.)
Our bucket will always have holes in it from the acid within our hearts eating away at it, unless we stop expecting others to fix our problems for us and we call upon the name of Jesus ourselves and allow Him to heal us, restore us and make us whole.
Your friends, church, pastor, job, finance’s or your family will never be able to fulfill the empty places in your heart. Only Jesus can take away your sorrows, only He can make the dark clouds roll away. Only Jesus can fulfill your longing and take you into a brand new day.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place”. 2 Chronicles 7:14 &15
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Just call on His Name. There is power in His name. He is waiting for you.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not to short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
Reference: (A Hole In My Bucket, song by, Harry Belafonte and Odetta Felious Gordon.)
All Scripture taken from NLT, NIV, TPT
Immediately after feeding the 5,000 men and their families, Jesus insisted that His disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while He sent the people home. After telling everyone good -bye, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on the land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in. Mark 6: 45-52 (NLT)
He would have passed by them, except they cried out.
I have thought of this verse many times through the years.
How many times have we failed to recognize Him?
How many times have we failed to call Him by name?
How many times have our hearts become so callused and cold that we think nothing of His mercy and grace toward us?When I see the Sun in the sky, the birds in the air, the thunder and lightening that flashes across the sky, the trees waving in the wind, or the flowers that bloom, I see the presence of a magnificent God. When I see the smile of a loved one, hear the giggle of a child, or words of wisdom from the elderly I see God’s love, mercy and grace.
It is easy to blame God when things don’t go as we think they should. It is easy to blame Him when the storms of life come in such a way that we don’t even recognize His presence in the midst of the storm and we fail to call out to Him for help and guidance. Instead of thanking Him for his loving care we call out to Him with accusation and ridicule, using His name in vain, knowing full well that His last name is not Dammit. And that Jesus last name is not Christ. But that He is the Christ the son of the living God.
He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6
If one word of His promise is true, then every word of His promise is true. We don’t get to pick and choose. We don’t get to tell God how to do His job. Because He is God and we are not! To God, caring for us is not a job, it is compassion, love, mercy and grace. We should feel privileged that we get to seek His face, that we get to serve Him, we get to crawl upon His lap and lay our head upon His chest and hear His heart beat. When will we start seeking His face (loving and obeying Him for who He is), and not just His hand (what He can do for us). We are all about blaming Him for the crisis in our life, which most of the time, we have brought upon ourselves by the choices we have made. We may blame Him for an uncomfortable place that we are walking through, not realizing that it may be that very storm, where His character can be develop in us.
I thank God for the mountains, and I thank him for the valleys, and I thank Him for the storms that he brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. (song Through it all by Andrae Crouch)
Hurting people hurt people. They say and do things that trigger negative reactions, therefore creating a vicious circle of hurt and rejection. In most cases their reactions stem from past experiences that led them to believe a lie which they accepted as truth. But when does it end?
We can not control how other people treat us, but we can control how we respond to their behavior. We can choose to walk around with arrows in our back or we can know that God’s got our back.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
As Paul gathered an armful of sticks, and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous viper, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt!” But Paul shook off the viper into the fire and was unharmed. Acts 28:3-5
It’s not whether or not the viper bites but whether or not you allow it to kill you! The venom will not destroy you. Keep praying, keep praising, keep living. The gates of hell will not prevail against you.
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” Warren Buffett
If God is for you, who can be against you? Romans 8:31
He will keep in perfect peace, whose thoughts are fixed on Him. Isaiah 26:3
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Changing our thought life can be challenging. Many of us go through life feeling unworthy or not good enough, because we have listened and taken to heart what others may have said or may have thought about us. We base our feelings on the imagination of our own mind.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
We may not be able to change our situation in life. Where we came from, what we’ve been through or even where we are now. But we can begin to change the way we look at things. We can choose to think on the positive and make the best of a bad situation or we can continue to roll around in the pig pen of self-pity.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)
Our thoughts and feelings are our own. No one can make us think or feel anything. Other people and things can only get in our head and heart as we allow them to. Our thoughts and feelings are a choice we make. It may be the only thing in life that we can have complete control over. It’s really none of our business what others think or feel about us.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Your worth is not measured by what others think, feel or say about you. Your worth is measured by what God thinks, says and feels about you. He valued you so much he gave his son! That makes you priceless!!
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17 (NLT)
What other people think is really nunya business! So, brush it off and move on.
Traveling can be fun but packing and preparing can be a lot of work, time and energy. Traveling on a plane can get us where we are going faster, but we must make sure that what we pack or carry on with us, agrees with the airline federal regulations. Although it may cost less to carry on a small bag, it may be more convenient to check the bag at the ticket counter.
But what about the baggage we carry in our daily life? Baggage from past hurts, relationships, words that were spoken, choices that were made by us or others in our life’s? Baggage that has cost us relationships, advancement, blessings in our life. It’s difficult to walk into the future when we are loaded down with the baggage of the past. Rejection, bitterness, regret, un-forgiveness, unworthiness, etc. these things are all harmful to us and to others. They need to be checked at the gate of heaven. Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
How many times have we hidden among the baggage of our past because we are afraid of failure or of what others will say or think. We hide among the baggage we carry because we have not checked the bags at heaven’s gate. How much of our baggage is keeping us from moving forward into what God has for us? Favor comes when we move into a new season. When we allow God to take the baggage of our past and give us a new heart.
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)
Don’t allow fear to keep you from moving forward into what God has prepared for you. Instead allow God to teach you and to grow you into who he would have you to be. Allow Him to heal your heart so that you do not feel the need to hide among the baggage. Your past does not define you! You are who God says you are.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 (NLT)
And they shall be mine, says the Lord, in the day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. Malachi 3:17 (AMPC)
If you aren’t sure how to check the baggage you’ve been carrying at heaven’s gate, you can talk to God just like you talk to the person next to you (because He is right next to you) tell Him what is on your heart and how you feel. Then give Him all that stuff that has been weighing you down, ask him to heal your heart and make it new. Ask Him to give you a new heart where He can live. Then find someone to help lead and guide you through the word of God. (Your local church may be able to help you with this.)
God loved the world so much, that He gave His only son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
God did not bring His son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. John 3:17 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not to for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray I will listen. If you look to me with all your heart, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLV)
How many times do we miss out on what God has prepared for us because of our mindset? We blame others for things that haven’t or aren’t happening in our life.
Jesus went to Jerusalem for a Jewish holy day. Inside the city, was a pool which had five covered porches. At a certain time of year an angel went down into the pool, and stirred the water; whoever stepped into the pool first, after the stirring of the water, was healed of whatever disease he had. Crowds of sick people, lay on the porches waiting for the moving of the water. One of the men laying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him, and knowing he had been sick for a long time, asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man replied “I can’t, I have no one to put me into the water when it is stirred, while I am trying to get in someone else gets in before me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pickup your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! Later Jesus found him in the Temple and said to him. “Now you are well again, so stop sinning.” John 5:1-15
How is it possible for a man to sin, who could do nothing but lay by a pool for 38 years? We know that he chose to blame others for why he had not been healed. And if all he could do was lay there, then the sin that was within his life was in his heart, mind and mouth. Basically, he needed a change of heart!
What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45
Do everything without complaining. Philippians 2:14
How many of life’s situations could be different if we chose to think differently and obey God, praising Him in the good and in the bad? Instead we wait for someone else to put us in the water, all the while complaining about our situation. What if we chose to put on our running shoes and get in the race rather than waiting for someone else to drag us along behind them or push us forward? What would life be like for us if we changed our way of thinking and speaking? Instead of complaining about the way a person is driving, what if we prayed for the person?
What would life be like if we praised God rather than complaining to Him or about Him?
What would our life be like if we accepted responsibility for the choices that we make rather than blame others for not taking on the responsibility of being our caregiver?
Why do you disobey the Lord and keep yourselves from prospering? 2 Chronicles 24:20
Is it possible that we keep ourselves from prospering by not obeying Gods word and instruction he gives us, because our hearts are not right with Him? When we get to heaven we will be held responsible for our own choices. When God says, what did you do with the talent (life) I gave you? What will your answer be? Our actions are our own and blame placing will have no place in the kingdom of God.
Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Romans 14:12
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2
We have all heard the saying:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me.
But the truth is words can be very harmful!
Sometimes our words can be as a Lion, just waiting to devour those around it.
But God shut the mouth of the Lion and he can do it again. Danial 6:22
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
Cyberbullying or harassment has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. This can include posting rumors about a person and harmful remarks which disclose personal information.
So what is gossip? Ask yourself: Am I part of the problem or the solution? Is what I am about to say building someone up or tearing them down?
Why is gossip so acceptable in the workplace, neighborhoods, families, social gatherings and among friends?
Gossip seems to be wherever we go, and it’s easy to get caught up in it.
The bible speaks very clear about gossip and the damage it can cause.
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Proverbs 16:28
What about the 9th commandment?
You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16
Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. The Lord heard them and was very angry with them, and he departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin white as snow from leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened to her he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed. So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Oh God, I beg you, please heal her!” Numbers 12:1-16
Why do we have the need to talk about things that have nothing to do with us and are none of our business?
Gossip is a common disease which attacks the young and old, male and female, married and unmarried, Christian and non-Christian.
Gossip is Irretrievable: Once it is out there you can’t take it back.
Gossip is Unloving: It only tears people down.
So why do we gossip?
Perhaps for a lack of healthy self-esteem, nothing more important to say, boredom, or habit.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 12:19
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. If you are wise and understand God’s ways prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:7-16
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you oh Lord. Psalm19:14
But how much of our speech is acceptable to the Lord? If Christ were sitting visibly right next to us, how much would we really feel a need to say?
Words can tear you down or build you up.
God help me to open my mouth with wisdom and kindness. Proverbs 31:26
And even as I ask you to once again shut the mouth of the lion which would desire to devour me, please help me to forgive them Lord for they do not realize what they are doing.
Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.
Be humble, Be Gentle, and Do Not take Offense. Ephesians 4:2
Some of us wear a belt around our waist that is made up of lies rather than truth.
We have wrapped offense around our waist and carry it wherever we go, even to bed at night.
We carry it like a fanny pack that we are able to hide by wearing it under our clothes.
Even though sometimes it is heavy and can cause pain, because we feel that it has value, we refuse to let it go. After all, that which has caused us to take up offense, we feel is true, and we carry it for protection.
Out of offense comes Pride. “No one is ever going to hurt me again!”
Out of offense comes Anger. When you take offense, it is impossible to be humble or gentle.
God tells us in his word to put on the whole armor of God. Starting with the belt of truth. Ephesians 6:10-17
Which do you choose to walk in? The truth of God’s word and what he says about you and who you are? Or the lies that the enemy would desire to destroy you with?
It’s really up to you.