:002 How to: Handle Hurtful Words

(Attn: I’m straying from the devotion in Thessalonians for a few posts, it’s on my heart to cover another subject. This is Part 2) Click to read Part :001. Click here to read Part 003.

How Do We Know Who’s Saying What?

Today I’d like to cover another few tips on determining, “where is the wisdom coming from.” Is it God’s direction? Is it the Devil pulling you off track? How can you tell the difference?

First, let’s define what it is not coming from God, then we’ll define what is coming from Him.

The #1 question should always be, “What is the profit?” Not like dollars and cents profit, but what is the result at the outcome. Is the action or thought leading you closer to God? Is it strengthening your relationship with Him? No really–be honest. If you can’t tell by yourself, ask God. He knows.

Here is the test for the devil’s brand of wisdom.

“But if ye have ( the profit)

      1. bitter envying and
      2. strife in your hearts,

glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is];

      1. earthly, (of this earth)
      2. sensual, (of the five senses)
      3. devilish. (of the devil)

For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16

The outcome of the devil is what? Confusion and every evil work. Whoa. That’s a pretty obvious outcome right? He builds it one idea at a time. He sows them one dart at a time, then blammo, here comes the big fiery dart! Do you see how important getting bitterness out immediately is? Instead “be ye kind!” (Ephesians 4:32)

 Who’s Getting What?

A little boy walked up to his teacher and said, “Teacher, I don’t want to worry you, but my dad says if I don’t start getting better grades soon, somebody is getting a spanking.” (Country Magazine.)

Have you ever felt like you were getting the wrong information? Or no information at all from God? It happens to all of us all the time.

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (hard to do).” 1 John 5:2-3

If we love God, then we keep His commands. So how can we tell what those are? What if we’re new to walking with God, or just aren’t sure?

Here are some things to keep in mind;

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19 11-12

God is not going to be a neon sign over the highway. He is that still small voice. If you are born again of God’s Spirit, then just learn to listen for that still small voice. TIP** It’s usually the first response to your request, before your reasoning can kick in and fight it; so it’s quick. Listen quick. Pay attention quick. Think about it this way, God knows what you’re going to ask when you’re going to ask it. It’s a small thing for Him to get almost ahead of you asking the question. God’s going to work within you. (Phil. 2:13) He tells the holy spirit within you, the gift of holy spirit inside tells you. It’s a communication device for this exact purpose. (Ephesians 2:18)

Here is an exercise for developing your spiritual ear.

  1. Get quiet on the inside (or as a friend of mine likes to say, Stay quiet on the inside). The greatest cargos in life come in over quiet seas. (Isaiah 26:3) Pray in the spirit/speak in tongues during this time. 2 of the 12 benefits of S.I.T is magnifying God, (magnifying glass brings objects closer) and giving rest to the soul.
  2. Ask God, “What can I do to bless________? Put a member of your family or friend in that blank. Repeat this with four or five people the first time. Increase to ten. He may just say pray, he may say more. Then just do what He says.

He knows you need results to fuel your believing, and trust me, He’ll give them in abundance. Do this exercise in the morning before your day. It takes the average person 21 days to form a habit. Keep at it until your sure you heard Him. That can take up to two thousand times. Yes, that’s 2,000 questions before your 100% sure, you heard it from God. I told you I’m going to be honest and shoot you straight. But, how easy is it to get through 2,000? Women, how many words do you say in a day? 🙂

What’s the Profit from God’s Wisdom? 

Test that thought or action with this verse;

“But the wisdom that is from above is

        1. first pure,
        2. then peaceable,
        3. gentle,
        4. [and] easy to be intreated, (easy to be received)
        5. full of mercy and good fruits (good results or profit),
        6. without partiality, (doesn’t play favorites)
        7. and without hypocrisy.

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18

You just got the thought to curse Jesus Christ. Does that pass the test? Nope. There is no peace, in denying the Prince of Peace. Do you see what I mean?

Remember; We want to bless, not impress people. Go to God to see what will bless them and it’s you who will be impressed by God.

This is the tip of the iceberg with God, and I’m excited to hear about your results.

Tomorrow we’ll cover how to handle collateral damage of the heart. Don’t miss this one either!

God Bless You Today!

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