Teenite : Power of the tongue

Image I am posting this blog so the teens can catch up on what we did or remember the verses we shared together. I hope others enjoy the lesson as well. Remember, even if you ‘think’ someone understands you are ‘just’ kidding, their heart may be hurt or they may begin to believe what is thrown at them all the time. What do you want others to believe about themselves? What does God say about His children?

The event: Teen night … A time where we encourage the teens to minister one to another and make a difference in each others lives and our schools.

Object Lesson: Teens raced to drink Kool Aid through red licorice straws. The only thing was, we did not tell them that we didn’t sweeten the Kool Aid that they were drinking. When their drink was finished they had to chew their licorice up and they were the victor.

The message: Just like unsweetened  Kool Aid, the bitterness of all the world has to throw at us is hard to swallow. It is hard to listen to and can effect those around us when we are a part of the problem.

Tearing down, harsh jesting, spite, gossip, slander do not  produce goodness but is bitterness to others and often times it hurts more than we see with our eyes.

Scripture References: Bitterness- Just like unsweetened Kool Aid

Ephesians 4:31-32

Proverbs15:1

I Thessalonians 5:11-14

Ephesians 5:4

But we have the word: Represented by sweet licorice. We must know who we are to Jesus. We must build ourselves up with the word. That we can eat of the fruit of the Lord, put in Good words in our mouths and be sweet to the world. With the word of God in our life and filling our lips we are victorious. We should be using those words to bless the atmosphere around us.

Scripture References for what GOD says- Sweet licorice

Philippians 4:7

1 Corinthians 2 :16

Isaiah 54:14

Ephesians 2:5

Deuteronomy 28:13

Challenge this day my friends: Consider the words that pour from your mouth and strive to bless all those that have to hear them rather than tear them down or creating a bitter taste in the mouth.

Proverbs 18:21-

 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

( NLT )

Can I have a do over???

Image I remember playing games when I was younger. There were times that the dice didn’t roll the way I wanted it to or a play didn’t quite go the way that was planned, and I would ask, “Can I have a do over?”

I don’t know how many times in the last twenty years I had asked God that question. My prayers have often included, ” Lord if only I could take that back!” or ” Please let me try that again, I will do better next time.”  After the question leaves my mind or lips, I always had to face the  reality that there was no do over.

All those opportunities that I either had taken for granted or thrown away, I can not grab those same opportunities back. I find that no matter how big my regret of my mistakes, and the mess that they made, I can not erase the consequences of something I did.

One thing I can do, is pursue from this moment on a life full of joy and promise. I would rather have a life filled with joy and a hope for my future than looking back and always wishing I could have done things differently.

Living a life full of joy is an action involved journey. I can not live in joy if I am constantly walking in regret. I can take those moments that I messed up and say, “Well, I hope not to do THAT again!”  and move on.

There is a season of growing and learning from these past wrong doings, mistakes, or foolishness, but I am not to allow it to hold me down or hold me back. When I have repented and done what I can do to make a situation right in His eyes, the Lord forgives us from our sins and our past mistakes, the slate is wiped clean. I do not have to keep rewriting the mess out over and over again. I too can let it go as the Lord has.

When I am walking in the question, “Can I have a do over…..PLEASE!” I am walking in condemnation. I am not walking in victory. If I have taken my issues to the Lord and asked for forgiveness, then I am forgiven. The Lord does not want us bogged down by regret and shame, constantly looking back at, “what if” and “if only I had”.

If I have missed an opportunity because of foolishness, I can trust my God is good enough to bring new opportunities my way. It is important I learn, grow and then let go.

Walking in a life with Jesus, I don’t have to ask ” Can I have a do over?”, because He already finished the game and gave the victory to me ! I just need to stop and remember to accept it.

Psalm 103:12

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

( NIV)

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