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Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2010

3/23/2010

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Marcia's Musings

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 3/23/2010

Thoughts On Words Spoken

 

By Marcia Smeenk

 

Thoughts within the minds of men flow with ease at all times.  Thoughts grow exponentially with time when they are allowed to remain there, in the forefront of the mind.  Priceless words are kept forever and reappear in moments of quietness.  These are words such as the word referred to in Proverbs 25:11, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  But negative thoughts also remain and reappear in times when darkness and doubt are present.  The tempter is never far.  He lurks around every corner and watches and waits.  Those thoughts, those words are always circling around your ear.  The whisperer does not quit, he is persistent and desires all men to succumb to his wiles.  We are told that words matter.  Think back on some words spoken to you that mattered.  What do you remember?  Are they words of love or words of criticism?  Some words may have been general in nature but nonetheless they were hurtful at the time received and they may still hurt when they come to mind.  Who wants us to feel hurt?  Is it not our adversary?  We are told we need the forehead of flint as mentioned in Ezekiel 3:9.  A forehead of flint is the concept that whatever darts or barbs are thrown at us will bounce right off without penetrating our inner being.  If we are negatively affected by words and deeds of another, is it not because we do not have that deep root, that solid foundation which is composed of belief, trust and surrender? 

 

Our feelings may be hurt because of pride or because of disappointment in others.  Sometimes sorrow is felt for the ones who say the words that hurt us.  We feel compassion for them and pray for mercy on their behalf.  We have hope for them because we know the scripture in Isaiah which states that someday every knee shall bow.  It is merely a matter of timing.  Praying for them is a good thing to do, but the dart they sent us should not be allowed to penetrate.  It should hit that forehead of flint and bounce right off, never to be remembered. Our primary focus, our mission in this life, is to follow the pattern God established for us.  When darts are thrown at us, we must immediately realize that they cannot be allowed to affect us and we must march onward.  We must never answer in kind.  Negative things said to us today have no bearing on our goal, our mission. Do not entertain those thoughts at all.  The key is to not let them enter in.  To counter these attacks, we must pray for the forehead of flint and ask to be cloaked in the whole armor of God (Eph 6:13-17).   

 

When being attacked, put God and Jesus in the forefront of your mind.  Then focus on keeping your mind filled with good and uplifting thoughts.  Recall the words of Paul in Philippians 4:8   Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Always have a favorite scripture readily available in your mind.  Keep your mind full of the good, the positive things so there is no room for the negative. Control your thoughts always. Cast out any negative thoughts immediately and be ever on guard. 

 

Peace and joy should be evident in your lives at all times.  If you conquer your thoughts now, you will have lasting peace and joy and will be content in all situations.   God is merciful and gives freely to those who ask, especially when he sees effort on their part.  The battle is fought in the mind, but you can win the battle before it ever begins.  You can be victorious.

 

 

 

 

 

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