Health, Heart, Tongue

Pleasant words . . .

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 16:24

Ah! Pleasant words . . . sweet as honeycomb. Do you ever feel like you’re missing the honeycomb? Have you ever tasted the sweetness of the honeycomb. In Proverbs 24:13, states to eat the honey, because it is good. Honey has many benefits for the body since it is an antioxidant. Antioxidants can help lower blood pressure as well as lower triglycerides. Honey is also said to have healing properties to heal wounds and burns. A little honey can go a long way to healing our mind when we use pleasant words. Our mind is linked to our heart.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23

Studies in science have shown that there are connections from the brain to the heart. The mind response to a threatening situation brings on stress where the body response is to increase blood pressure, heart rate, and perspiration. If the body is under constant stress, this puts the body at risk to side effects such as heart disease. Words can be toxic to the human soul and produce negative results. That is why it is important to keep our heart with all diligence. In otherwards, keep your heart pure from all mischief and wicked imaginations.

No one should have to endure constant put-down of negative statements or humiliating remarks. Yet, it seems to flow out of the mouth like water. This kind of water is not pure or clean, but dirty. In the early 1800’s washing out the mouth with soap was punishment for profanity and lying. Today, profanity and lying seem to be almost commonplace. Profanity and lying lead to selfish desires in getting what a person wants. It also causes frequent interpersonal relationship problems. Sometimes we have to limit our exposure from people who have negative behavior so we do not become like them, which at times can be easy to do by just giving in. Let’s remember that the Bible states that it is the wicked with a proud countenance whose ways are always grievous, and his tongue is full of cursing and deceit and fraud [see Psalms 10:7].

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

Proverb 18:21

Let us be careful of what fruit we are eating when it comes to the power of the tongue. Words can hurt and destroy an individual, or it can bring love and healing to an individual. Do not become ensnared by someone’s tongue. Stand back and take note of where or what is causing the outlash of the tongue. Gently rebuke words that are negative and withhold your own tongue from speaking evil. Proverb 21:23 states, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” That is the key to the tongue, to keep our soul from troubles. To use our tongue for good with pleasant words, goes a long way towards healing our mind and body.

Honesty, forgiveness, and liberty are found in Jesus because He bridged the gap of cleansing our heart towards purity, so we may have an open door to the Heavenly Father. We cannot come to the Heavenly Father without the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Through Jesus we have deliverance, safety, healing, and forgiveness. There is no other name under heaven that we can be saved accept through Jesus Christ. When we accept that Jesus died for our sins, and that God raised Jesus from the dead, we have the answer to becoming whole in our body and mind.

They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Mark 2:17

Are you in need of a physician? If so, Jesus is the physician. It is just a matter of believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ. What is the gospel of Jesus Christ? It is the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus‘ resurrection from the dead that brings reconciliation between man and God. This is “Good News.” It is Jesus that healed every sickness and every disease among the people. Can you be healed today? The answer is yes. Any kind of healing you need is available through the cross of Christ.

Who his own self bares our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

Jesus himself bore our sins on the cross and by the stripes He has received, He has bought healing to every human being. This is Good News! We need to hear good news for it is the sweet words that will bring healing to our souls and health to our bones. Just listen to the words of David.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: 
the testimony of the LORD is sure, 
making wise the simple. 
The statutes of the LORD are right, 
rejoicing the heart: 
the commandment of the LORD is pure, 
enlightening the eyes. 
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they then gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalms 19:7-10

Remember the law of the Lord is to take heed of the words written in the bible. We must believe in order to be saved. We must believe in order to receive healing. “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserves his soul,” Proverbs 16:17. Are you keeping your way to preserving your soul? Are you keeping the peace with pleasant words? Take stock of your heart and make sure that your tongue is not full of cursing and deceit and fraud. The fulfillment of the law of God is love. The apostle Paul stated, “Love worketh no ill to its neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law,” [see Romans 13:10]. May we keep our tongues from toxic words and have compassion on those around us. May the Lord’s spirit change our heart and bring healing to all who are in need of a physician.

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

May I be like you Lord with pleasant words flowing out of my mouth. Let me eat the good fruit it will produce. Peace and health to the bones.

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Complaining, Conscience, Heart

Search the Heart, Test the Conscience

I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the conscience, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:10

The prophet Jeremiah stood out in making claims of God’s judgment in Judah and Jerusalem. This was in a time much like our own where people did not listen and went their own way instead of heeding the warnings. Jeremiah complained to God about his role as a prophet, for it was not an easy path. His path met with consistent friction of opposing oppositions to his preaching and warnings. Today, we have many false prophets who make money by deceiving many to go down a path that is anything but fruitful. Many are blinded to the actual truth of what is reality and what is not. We see what we want to see with our own eyes. The focus in any ministry that claims to be of God should be that of love for one another, helping parent-less children, and widows [see James 1:27]. James described this as a pure religion. According to the scriptures every word that is spoken will be tested and proven if it is true or not.

Can a man search the heart of another or test the conscience of another? We try to, but we do not always succeed in this endeavor. This can only take place when you are living daily with the person whom you are searching or testing. However, Jeremiah tells us it is the Lord who searches the heart and tests the conscience. Jeremiah also warns those who put their trust in man instead of God [see verse 5 of chapter 17]. Those who trust the Lord will be blessed. Blessed with what? Many believe with wealth, but this is not always the case [see Jeremiah 17:11]. Does prospering mean wealth? If you look at the Greek or Hebrew text for prosper its meaning is that of safety, rest, and security, or being at peace. Today we associate the word to mean wealth, but this is not the truth of its meaning. You do not have to be rich to have peace, rest, or security. It is whether, or not your basic needs are being met and if you can sustain yourself through a year of drought like what we experienced last year with Covid-19 where many businesses closed their doors for business, and people were without a job.

Is the grass greener somewhere else? Many seem to think this is true but, it does not always work out that way. Whatever our lot, it takes effort on our part to make something happen whether for good or bad. The result will display itself in how we react towards whatever we must face. I can remember the time I ran away from home. I was lost in the city of Perth and I was complaining to God. I had a strong belief in God for I have received dreams and vision in my early youth. I heard God’s voice spoke to me when I was complaining about my situation at home. He told me I had to go back home. He told me that He would be with me and help see me through the situation. He helped me find my way back home and was true to His word. Sometimes walking away from our path is not the answer and we end up going around a loop and come right back to face what we are running away from. You might say that He was testing my conscience in the situation I was in which was anything but peaceful.

I learned from the mistakes of my parents that moving to another place to gain riches only brought disparity and inequality. When an individual is set on only making money, love goes out the door for other members of the family. Sometimes it means that siblings are left to defend for themselves. Sometimes even when social authorities come for a visit, it is anything but peaceful after when they leave. I hear people exclaim does not God care. Of course, He cares. That is why He sent his Son Jesus. Jesus is God’s Gift of grace to humanity. God’s grace equals love, kindness, and favor. God will chasten those whom He loves, and it is for our own profit towards the fruit of righteousness. Being chasten by God opens our eyes to understanding the truth behind a situation. It brings revelations to our own feelings about a situation as well as those around us. Being chasten by God can mean learning about something and or educating us as to the fact about a given circumstance. Are we willing to listen and consider another point of view? If we can agree to disagree and still be friends, I consider this to be a wonderful place to be, for whatever the disagreement, it is in God’s hand to work it out to prove before our eyes what the truth is.

Everyone can choose the path they wish to walk on, but know that whatever that path is, God will search your heart and test your conscience. I pray you take the path He leads you on to where you are trusting him with all your heart as is stated in Proverbs 3:5-6. Do not get stuck in the loop, ask God to help you see the truth behind any situation or circumstances. Your path soon will be straight again. Remember He Loves You.

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