"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)
What is the abundance of your heart at this moment? The answer lies in your mouth. What have you been saying to yourself, about yourself? What have you been saying to others, about others? Is it 'good treasure,' that you have stored up in your heart, and 'guarded diligently for out of it flow the springs of life?' (Proverbs 4:23) Or is it 'evil treasure,' that you have hoarded from your past, from your hurt, from your pain, from your offense, from the 'father of lies?' (John 8:44)
Does what you speak uplift, encourage, bless, honor, and love? Does what you speak flow with kindness, gentleness, faith, hope, compassion, mercy and grace? Or does what you speak discourage, dismantle, tear down, and crush? Are you speaking unkindness, doubt, hate, bitterness, self-loathing, and despair?
What is abundant in your heart will be spoken from your lips.
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it will eat the fruit thereof." (Proverbs 18:21)
What if we spoke out of the abundance of Christ in us? What if we spoke from a heart full of Him? What if we 'let our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how we ought to answer each person.' (Colossians 4:6) What if we were 'quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.' (James 1:19) Out of the abundance of Him in us we would be abundantly kind, thoughtful, loving, tender, peaceful. We would wait before we speak, we would speak with loving caution, we would speak faith, we would speak forgiveness, love and mercy. Our words would accept, cover, protect, and bring healing and life.
Check your words because they reveal your heart. Check your heart because it reveals you as you truly are. Check your treasure; is it given, or stolen?
Yield your heart to Him.
Yield your thoughts to the Him.
Yield your words to Him.
Let your heart be abundant with the abundance of Him...
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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"He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25)
The fire that had been heated seven times hotter than normal did not burn them or keep them from moving. And they were walking around in the midst of an incredibly hot furnace! Like them, we must keep moving even in the midst of a fiery trial with flames dancing all around us. We must go through--not around, not over or under, not stopping and focusing on the flames--we must go through--we are called to go through. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4) "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." (Isaiah 43:2) "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
We must go through the sorrow that threatens to drown us.
We must go through the sickness that seeks to ravage our life.
We must go through the silence that drapes like a dark shadow.
We must go through the heartache that envelopes us.
We must go through the pain that covers us like a cloak.
We must go through the depression that shrouds our heart.
We must go through the doubts that disturb our faith.
We must go through the loss that we thought would never come.
We must go through anything that seeks to derail us from our true purpose.
The secret is in knowing that you are not going through alone. He is with you. He is in you. "He will never leave you, nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) Keep moving, keep going through! Whatever you are facing He is there, holding your hand saying, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness." (Isaiah 41:10)
Anne Marie Hawke, May 2019
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