Light

bookI realize that light chases out darkness and exposes what was hidden. I love light because I can see much better. I don’t have cat eyes, so I need light to see in the dark. I also don’t always like what is hidden in the dark.  Paul is really challenging the church at Corinth about how they should be regarded. He pulls off the gloves a bit and really lays it out.  Check this out…

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:1-5 NIV)

 

The Lord’s judgment is something that I used to fear a lot. I grew up learning truth so intensely that grace was pushed to the side. I was in constant fear because according to the truth, I’m in trouble. I can’t stay pure and holy, as He wants me to be. When I first read this passage this morning, the part that pushed on me is the part that “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness”. This means exposure to the secrets and motives of my heart. I really try to guard my heart and protect it, but I’m often failing miserably at this. I also loved the part where Paul says, “my conscience is clear, but that doesn’t make me innocent.”  Without Grace, I’m straight up guilty, but with Grace, I’m innocent. I’m so thankful for the cross and the Grace that Jesus delivered. I’m no longer afraid of the light exposing my sin, the light will expose a heart devoted to the Lord!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Mouth

perfect mouthMy mouth reveals a lot about me. It is the doorway for my voice. My mouth speaks what my brain tells it to say. My mouth is very revealing about what is going on in my head and my heart. My mouth gives volume to my feelings & emotions. My mouth speaks words of compassion and blessing. My mouth can also speak words of harm and hurtful things. When I’m frustrated and angry, my mouth can get me in trouble, because I say things out of those emotions and my “editing machine” doesn’t function as well in those circumstances. I still have to take responsibility for what I say along with my actions. The things I say are part of the things I do.  Paul connects the mouth with the heart with salvation. Check this out….

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13 NIV)

I really want my mouth to ONLY speak good words – well thought out words. I certainly want my mouth to speak out about what I believe. I also want my heart to stay pure and clean before the Lord. I have to protect it. I have to shield it from the enemy who wants to spread disease inside my heart. The enemy  wants to take me out, so that my mouth can’t be a blessing to others.

I believe that my heart and mouth working together as a team really reveal who I am and what I believe. My actions follow both of these. I have to be careful with the words of my mouth because they have the power to cause great pain as well as cause great blessing. I want to profess what I believe about the Lord all the rest of my days on earth. I know that salvation means a home in heaven after this life is finished. I will pursue Him and His heart with my heart so that my mouth continually brings honor to Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne