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James 3…Controlling the Tongue

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James 3

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Controlling the Tongue

3 Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment,2 for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says,[a] he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.[b]

3 Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.[c] 4 And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.

7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 We praise our[d] Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. 10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way. 11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

The Wisdom from Above

13 Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.


How to Know When to Let Go!

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7 Casting the [c]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [d]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [e]watchfully.  1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible

This type of cast is like in fishing.  It literally means to FLING OUT FROM YOURSELF, but not to reel it back in again!  Once you cast your line as a fisherman, you are not supposed to reel back in unless you have a fish on the hook.   God will never put your anxieties “back on the hook” for you to reel back in!

I am not writing this post to give you advice.  I don’t want anybody to run out and quit their jobs, divorce their spouse, sell their house and move into a tent, etc. over what I am about to say.  Anything we do that is considered sin in God‘s eyes is NEVER the thing to do.  To stop paying a note for something because you don’t want the burden of it anymore is stealing, to divorce your spouse when they have not committed any sin the Bible says releases you is sin on your part and God nor I will ever advise sin!  To quit your job,  when there are few and far between and you have children’s mouths to feed is just plain foolishness!  I am talking about using wisdom with things that are unnecessary.

Let us say you spend too much money on things that aren’t necessary.  You may love expensive clothes, boy/girl toys such as boats, motorcycles, jet skis, lavish cruises, etc..  When those bills come in from your credit card companies,  if it causes you to have to lie down, makes you physically ill, causes you to have to go on medication you didn’t have to take before, it is time to LET IT GO!  If  whatever it is, is stealing your peace, causing fighting between you and your spouse, bringing you to emotional, financial, or mental ruin, it is time to get rid of it!

God cannot sufficiently use you, if your mind is preoccupied with things that bring worry, upset, and grief and if you are making bad choices that bring these things upon you, you cannot walk in the blessing God has promised!  I will again use myself as an example.  This week has been a trying week!  Everything has been just one disaster after another.  I woke up in the middle of the night with a full-blown IBS attack from all the stress I have had to carry;  Let me reword that…I chose to carry.  Oh, I said many times “God, I cast this care on you”,  just to pick it up and try to ‘fix’ it faster!  When IBS hits you, it is pain that is so severe I cannot think of anything in life I have endured pain wise that has compared….and I have had two children and an abcessed tooth before!  On a scale of 1-10 it is a 10, 000!  I do not exaggerate!

When I woke up in pain that had me doubled over, I thought, “I know what this is!  It is such and such!”  God spoke to me, “When you put your physical well-being in jeopardy it is time to let it go!”  BAM!!!    Have you ever noticed the most life changing revelations come through the simplest realizations?  There was one thing I knew had to go.  It came to me immediately!  This very day, I said goodbye to it!  Immediately peace flooded me, emotionally and mentally.

Whatever is stealing your peace, your joy, bringing you worry, sleepless nights due to fear and anxiety, it is time to let it go!  Many times things become habits to us and we forget all we have to do is just tweak it by saying, “I am doing the same thing over and over, expecting to get a different result and that is just insanity!  I am making a conscious decision to stop it!”

It may be you have a grown child that won’t leave home because they have pulled guilt trips, “I have no place else to go”, etc. and then you have to put up with behaviors that are harmful to you!  They may come home inebriated, call you from the police station to bail them out once again, or even may abuse you in some way, refuse to find a job because they know you are a “free ride”!  It is time to tough love and say “Bye, if you are hungry, I will feed you, but I won’t house you or pay your bills!”   I promise you, suddenly they will be willing to work and will find a job, guaranteed!  Without realizing it, you have enabled someone to take advantage of you and they have used your unconditional love to do it!

Anything that pulls you to a bottle, whether pills or alcohol, it is time to LET IT GO!  Yes, even Christians can be addicts and alcoholics!  You can be anything if you let the devil call the shots!  Stop it in its tracks!  Nothing will change until you do.

If you have made bad choices, join the rest of the world’s population, but have enough wisdom to say, “Father, I repent!  I turn this around (which is what repent means) and I thank you for showing me how to get it right!”  At that point, God will give you courage and wisdom to do what has to be done!

Nothing in life is worth your peace, precious reader!  If you are a Christian, it doesn’t matter how small it seems, follow your what is in your spirit and let peace that is priceless abound in you!  In His love~Juliana


When the Righteous Flourish, the People Rejoice, But When the Wicked Rule, People Groan!

Proverbs 29

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

29 One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly— beyond recovery.

2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.

4 By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man who demands “contributions”[a] demolishes it.

5 A man who flatters[b] his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.

7 The righteous person knows the rights[c] of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

8 Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.[d]

10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.[e]

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,[f] but a wise man holds it in check.

12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials will be wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:[g] the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 A king who judges the poor with fairness— his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself[h] is a disgrace to his mother.

16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.

18 Without revelation[i] people run wild, but one who listens to instruction will be happy.

19 A slave cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn’t respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogant[j] later on.

22 An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man[k] increases rebellion.

23 A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.

24 To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.[l]

25 The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.[m]

26 Many seek a ruler’s favor, but a man receives justice from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.


The One Who Lives With Integrity Will Be Helped, But One Who Distorts Right and Wrong Will Fall

Proverbs 28

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

28 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

2 When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.

3 A destitute leader[a] who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food.

4 Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law battle against them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything.

6 Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.[b]

7 A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

8 Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor.

9 Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law— even his prayer is detestable.

10 The one who leads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.

11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing,[c] but when the wicked come to power, people hide themselves.

13 The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.

14 Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

15 A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

16 A leader who lacks understanding is very oppressive, but one who hates dishonest profit prolongs his life.

17 A man burdened by bloodguilt[d] will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him.

18 The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong[e] will suddenly fall.

19 The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

20 A faithful man will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.

21 It is not good to show partiality— yet a man may sin for a piece of bread.

22 A greedy man[f] is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn’t know that poverty will come to him.

23 One who rebukes a person will later find more favor than one who flatters[g] with his tongue.

24 The one who robs his father or mother and says, “That’s no sin,” is a companion to a man who destroys.

25 A greedy person provokes conflict, but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper.

26 The one who trusts in himself[h] is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.

27 The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away[i] will receive many curses.

28 When the wicked come to power, people hide, but when they are destroyed, the righteous flourish.

 


Don’t Envy Evil People or Desire Their Company; Their Words Always Stir Up Trouble!

Proverbs 24

New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. 2 For their hearts plot violence,  and their words always stir up trouble.

3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. 4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled  with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

5 The wise are mightier than the strong,[a]  and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. 6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance;     victory depends on having many advisers.

7 Wisdom is too lofty for fools.  Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.

8 A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker. 9 The schemes of a fool are sinful;  everyone detests a mocker.

10 If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. 12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”   For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew.  He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

13 My child,[b] eat honey, for it is good,  and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. 14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.  If you find it, you will have a bright future,  and your hopes will not be cut short.

15 Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,     and don’t raid the house where the godly live. 16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.     But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;     don’t be happy when they stumble. 18 For the Lord will be displeased with you     and will turn his anger away from them.

19 Don’t fret because of evildoers;     don’t envy the wicked. 20 For evil people have no future;     the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

21 My child, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, 22     for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come     from the Lord and the king?

More Sayings of the Wise

23 Here are some further sayings of the wise:

It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. 24 A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”     will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. 25 But it will go well for those who convict the guilty;     rich blessings will be showered on them.

26 An honest answer     is like a kiss of friendship.

27 Do your planning and prepare your fields     before building your house.

28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;     don’t lie about them. 29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!     I’ll get even with them!”

30 I walked by the field of a lazy person,     the vineyard of one with no common sense. 31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.  It was covered with weeds,     and its walls were broken down. 32 Then, as I looked and thought about it,  I learned this lesson: 33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,  a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.


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