Posts by Noblesville PHC

The Power of Our Tongue

I’d like to share this little story with you and I hope that you find this as thought provoking as I did. There is a very powerful message here! A group of hares were traversing across a vast desert when two of them tumbled into a very deep ravine. All of the other hares gathered around the rim of the ravine to behold their sudden and very unexpected predicament. After beholding the enormous depth of the ravine, they told their two comrades that they were as good as dead. The two trapped hares purposely ignored the discouraging comments and earnestly tried leaping out of the deep ravine with all of their might. The others kept shouting at them to stop, that they were doomed, that there was no possibility of escaping certain death! Finally, one of the hares took heed to what they were saying and sadly gave up, laid down and died. The other hare persisted to leap with all his might. Once again, the crowd yelled at him to just stop the inevitable and die, that he would never be able to escape. Yet with each shout that came, the harder and harder he tried, and he finally succeeded in making it out. Triumphantly standing at the top and free at last, the other hares asked him, "Did you not hear us, did you not hear us say that there was no hope, no chance of escape?" The victorious hare explained to them that he was deaf and thought they were encouraging him the entire time. As I read that, there were a couple of things that spoke to me. First, our tongue is a powerful instrument! That is so vividly pictured in the book of James chapter 3 where he compares the power of the tongue to bridles for horses and the rudders of ships. In verse 5 we read, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Our tongue is a powerful instrument being used for good or evil, for encouragement or discouragement. Second, our tongue is a revelation of our heart; how is it being used? Is it for praise to God and the encouragement for our fellowman or, cursing and criticizing?

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? - James 3:9-11 

So again, how are we using our tongue? Is it for enlightenment and encouragement or the drowning of discouragement? Does it spread glorious hope and cheer or deep despair and defeat? Do we use our tongue for proclaiming God’s praises and precious promises or the drumming of doubts and disappointments?

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. - Psalm 19:14

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Spring Cleaning of the Heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10
I have heard the birds singing their songs, watched the trumpeter as they head home for yet another summer, yes, spring has sprung! As in years, past we usually have the urge to do spring cleaning in our homes. Its time to clean out every nook and crany of the house. We reach deep into every corner of our homes in order to make it fresh and clean once again. As Christians, sometimes we need to do some deep "Spring Cleaning" of our spiritual homes. We need to take inventory of what we have accumulated in our spiritual homes, and clean up and maybe even receive a good strong scrubbing of our spiritual homes. After all, it is the Holy Spirit that lives in us as Christians. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, "what know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit..." If we are not careful, we can allow things to be tucked back in areas of our spiritual closets and selves that aren't needed. Grime and dirt slowly begin to accumulate on the walls and floors of our hearts. There should be times in our lives that we turn our spiritual homes upside down and inside out in order to present our bodies "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." Romans 12:1 1. Evaluate - Is everything I do and say pleasing to the Lord? "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus..." 2. Throw away junk - What seems to be cluttering up your life, causing it to be hard to serve God to your fullest potential? Are worry, anger, gossip and bad habits the junk in your closets?
Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise think on these things. - Philippians 4:8
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