“Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.” (Ephesians 4:25 NKJV)
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Ephesians 4:31 NKJV)
1. RELEASE AND RELOAD BEFORE YOU SPEAK.
“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 NKJV)
2. SLOW YOUR ROLL AND LISTEN.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
(1 James 1:19 NKJV)
3. COMMUNICATE BY CONNECTING HEART-TO-HEART.
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you...
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” Phil 4:11-12 NLT
CONTENTMENT: (n) a state of happiness and satisfaction.
1. UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT WHO’S IN CONTROL!!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 NASB
“Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile, and call some of the elders of Israel to join you. I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” Exodus 17:5-7 NLT
2. LEARN TO ADJUST AND ADAPT TO EVERY SEASON!!
“As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him. And the crowd followed behind, shouting ‘Kill h...
But the father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:22-24 NKJV)
HOME IS WHERE YOU CAN FEEL UGLY AND STILL BE LOVED
● NOT THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE, BUT GRATEFULNESS IN YOUR HEART
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18 NASB)
1. LOOK FOR THE SMALL THINGS YOU CAN BE THANKFUL FOR
● THANKSGIVING IS NOT A DAY, IT’S EVERY “A DAY”
2. GIVE THANKS BEFORE YOU RECEIVE
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4 NASB)
“…one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15-16 NASB)
“Then Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine – where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:17-18 NASB)
“And He said to him, ‘Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.’” (Luke 17:19 NASB)
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15 NKJV)
1.) WE ARE THE LIGHT
“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:36, NASB)
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)
“You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14, NKJV)
2.) WE ARE POSITIONED BY GOD TO SHINE
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ,NLT)
“…A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (...
“Arise, SHINE; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV
‘OR: (n) means "light". (v) means to "give light" or "shine." It is also related to the idea of bringing order, in the same way that you bring about order in the darkness when you turn on the lights.
1. CHECK YOUR CONNECTION TO THE SOURCE!!
“Then Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’ ‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.” Matt 14:28-29 NLT
2. USE ACCOUNTABILITY TO REMOVE UNNECESSARY JUNK AND BUFF OUT BLEMISHES!!
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Prov 27:17 NLT
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thess 5:11 N...
WEARY MEANS: EXHAUSTED, FATIGUED, OVERWORKED, TIRED, IMPATIENT, SLEEPY, BEAT, FED UP, READY TO DROP
1. RELEASE AND RECEIVE GODS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
2. SELF REST AND SOUL REST IN JESUS
"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'" Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
"Take My yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." Matthew 11:29 (NLT)
YOKE MEANS: A DEVICE FOR JOINING TOGETHER A PAIR OF DRAFT ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY OXEN, USUALLY CONSISTING OF A CROSSPIECE WITH TWO BOW-SHAPED PIECES, EACH ENCLOSING THE HEAD OF THE A...
1. CHOOSE TO BE A RESTORER, NOT A RECORDER, OR A REPORTER
“They said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now the law of Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do you say?” (John 8:4-5 NASB)
“Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. ” (John 8:8-9 NASB)
“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3 NIV)
● HAVE A HEART OF RESTORATION, NOT CONDEMNATION
“And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.’” (John 8:11 NASB)
2. BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...” (Rom. 3:23 NIV)
● FOCUS ON THE PERSON, NOT PER”SIN”
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set befo...
Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 NKJV)
1. FIRE SHIELDS US FROM PREDATORS
“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the LORD, “and I will be its glory within.” (Zechariah 2:5 NIV)
2. FIRE WARMS & COMFORTS THOSE THAT ARE COLD
FIRE REVEALS OUR TRUE WORTH
Take away the dross from silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. (Proverbs 25:4-5 NKJV)
3. FIRE ATTRACTS “RESCUERS” & THE PROMISE OF FREEDOM
Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” (Exodus 3:3-4 NKJV)
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the childr...
“God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:18, GW)
1.) BE RESTORED TO GOD FIRST : BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY
“because you still live as the people of this world live. When there is jealousy among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn’t this prove that you belong to this world, living by its standards?” (1 Corinthians 3:3, GNB)
➢ A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS, REQUIRES A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
2.) BE RESTORED TO ONE ANOTHER : STOP THE FAMILY FEUD
“Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.” (Proverbs 16:28, GNB)
“So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then co...