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USE YOUR WORDS

The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. And it would know. It's made of them. Let's have a look: (1) Proverbs 29:20 NKJ says: 'Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.' Ever been 'hasty in words' (or on the receiving end of some) - spoken before you've realised what's coming out of your mouth? We all have. And it hurts. (2) How about Psalm 5:9 NKJ? 'There is no faithfulness in their mouth...they flatter with their tongue.' Ever told someone what they wanted to hear, despite it being a complete lie? Being unfaithful in your words can come back to bite. (3) Finally, Matthew 7:1 NKJ says: 'Judge not, that you be not judged.' Judgment starts small. It often starts behind people's backs. Yes, we've all been there.



Alright, so we already know that we shouldn't lie and speak badly of people. But how seriously do we take that? Words are really, really powerful things. They can change people's opinions in an instant. And the words that we hear said about us stick with us, sometimes forever. We could all be more careful with what we say. Maybe we don't go around making a verbal burn book, but we can still hurt people by launching into some sharp sarcasm without thinking or through our quick convenience lies.



So what now? When you're about to let negativity slip from your mouth, catch it, and find something positive to say instead. If negative words do escape before you can catch them, look for three positive things to say straight away.

Soulfood : Num 14-15, Luke 7:11-23, Ps 107:23-32, Prov 3:25-26

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USE YOUR WORDS

The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. And it would know. It's made of them. Let's have a look: (1) Proverbs 29:20 NKJ says: 'Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.' Ever been 'hasty in words' (or on the receiving end of some) - spoken before you've realised what's coming out of your mouth? We all have. And it hurts. (2) How about Psalm 5:9 NKJ? 'There is no faithfulness in their mouth...they flatter with their tongue.' Ever told someone what they wanted to hear, despite it being a complete lie? Being unfaithful in your words can come back to bite. (3) Finally, Matthew 7:1 NKJ says: 'Judge not, that you be not judged.' Judgment starts small. It often starts behind people's backs. Yes, we've all been there.



Alright, so we already know that we shouldn't lie and speak badly of people. But how seriously do we take that? Words are really, really powerful things. They can change people's opinions in an instant. And the words that we hear said about us stick with us, sometimes forever. We could all be more careful with what we say. Maybe we don't go around making a verbal burn book, but we can still hurt people by launching into some sharp sarcasm without thinking or through our quick convenience lies.



So what now? When you're about to let negativity slip from your mouth, catch it, and find something positive to say instead. If negative words do escape before you can catch them, look for three positive things to say straight away.

Soulfood : Num 14-15, Luke 7:11-23, Ps 107:23-32, Prov 3:25-26

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USE YOUR WORDS

The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. And it would know. It's made of them. Let's have a look: (1) Proverbs 29:20 NKJ says: 'Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.' Ever been 'hasty in words' (or on the receiving end of some) - spoken before you've realised what's coming out of your mouth? We all have. And it hurts. (2) How about Psalm 5:9 NKJ? 'There is no faithfulness in their mouth...they flatter with their tongue.' Ever told someone what they wanted to hear, despite it being a complete lie? Being unfaithful in your words can come back to bite. (3) Finally, Matthew 7:1 NKJ says: 'Judge not, that you be not judged.' Judgment starts small. It often starts behind people's backs. Yes, we've all been there.



Alright, so we already know that we shouldn't lie and speak badly of people. But how seriously do we take that? Words are really, really powerful things. They can change people's opinions in an instant. And the words that we hear said about us stick with us, sometimes forever. We could all be more careful with what we say. Maybe we don't go around making a verbal burn book, but we can still hurt people by launching into some sharp sarcasm without thinking or through our quick convenience lies.



So what now? When you're about to let negativity slip from your mouth, catch it, and find something positive to say instead. If negative words do escape before you can catch them, look for three positive things to say straight away.

Soulfood : Num 14-15, Luke 7:11-23, Ps 107:23-32, Prov 3:25-26

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UNBUILDING BLOCKS (2)

Some people's hurts block them from knowing Jesus. There's another big reason people can be put off Christianity: they have a certain idea of how it'll play out. People see the church in a million different ways, and some of the ways they see it can be less than inviting. And, by extension, they think the same of Christianity in general: centuries out of date with the real world, full of restrictive rules and weird lingo, obsessed with emptying your wallet. They are real barriers between some people and God.



So what do we do? We think the best thing to do is be honest. Opening up to the fact that the church is a huge body of believers - big enough for plenty of room for error - is a good start. Sometimes the preaching is boring. Sometimes the conversation and after-service tea are equally weak. But there's a flipside: that isn't what Jesus' church is about. Church is about welcoming everyone. Maybe to change someone's idea of church, you'll not only have to be honest about its shortcomings, but confident in the fact that God does move through Christians.



So what now? Sometimes the best way to show someone the love of Christ is to share how He has worked in your life. Why not have a good think about your personal testimony and how it could help to break down blocks in the way people see Jesus.

Soulfood : Num 11-13, Luke 7:1-10, Ps 107:17-22, Prov 3:21-24

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UNBUILDING BLOCKS (2)

Some people's hurts block them from knowing Jesus. There's another big reason people can be put off Christianity: they have a certain idea of how it'll play out. People see the church in a million different ways, and some of the ways they see it can be less than inviting. And, by extension, they think the same of Christianity in general: centuries out of date with the real world, full of restrictive rules and weird lingo, obsessed with emptying your wallet. They are real barriers between some people and God.



So what do we do? We think the best thing to do is be honest. Opening up to the fact that the church is a huge body of believers - big enough for plenty of room for error - is a good start. Sometimes the preaching is boring. Sometimes the conversation and after-service tea are equally weak. But there's a flipside: that isn't what Jesus' church is about. Church is about welcoming everyone. Maybe to change someone's idea of church, you'll not only have to be honest about its shortcomings, but confident in the fact that God does move through Christians.



So what now? Sometimes the best way to show someone the love of Christ is to share how He has worked in your life. Why not have a good think about your personal testimony and how it could help to break down blocks in the way people see Jesus.

Soulfood : Num 11-13, Luke 7:1-10, Ps 107:17-22, Prov 3:21-24

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UNBUILDING BLOCKS (1)

Every not-yet-a-Christian person you speak to has a reason why they're not ready to get to know Jesus. Often, that reason will be a big hurt, not a lack of knowledge about faith. It may be something they hold against the Church, or against God Himself - maybe a nasty experience of 'religion' or a life experience they blame God for. That's tricky, and can be a deeply sad situation. It can also be a perfect chance to show the true meaning and heart of Christianity - the love of Jesus.



If you've met someone like this (or been in this position), you'll know it can't be fixed over a single cup of coffee. It needs to be a gentle process that's really all about showing love. That might look like a listening ear, an apology, or even a difficult conversation where you admit you don't know all the answers.



Easy? No. But, through patience and prayer, God can do some serious work. Keep close to Him, keep open and honest with the hurting person and, slowly, they'll begin to see God for themselves; not just through you.



So what now? Don't think this is relevant to you? One day you're sure to meet someone in need of this kind of restoration. So, get thinking. And praying. Is there someone who you know has a block sitting between them and getting to know God? Pray that God will begin to show you the right way to help them take the block down.

Soulfood : Num 8-10, Luke 6:37-49, Ps 107:10-16, Prov 3:19-20

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AT YOUR SERVICE

In the early Church, people were determined to figure out who the best apostle was. A whole bunch of people were rooting for Paul, ready to argue down the supporters of Apollos or Peter. Paul wasn't having any of it. And he was right. He had a properly balanced opinion of himself, and of those around him. Look at what he said - he was quite happy to say he thought of himself as being '...not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles' (2 Corinthians 11:5 NKJ), but he was completely clear as to why he wasn't inferior. It wasn't that he thought of himself as one of the superheroes of the Church. It was because he saw them all, himself included, as servants. He wrote: 'What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task' (1 Corinthians 3:5 AMP). He and his fellow apostles were a team, under the orders of God, so they were all completely equal.



And so are you. Being a Christian, whether that's the Christian-church-leader or the Christian-who-makes-the-coffee-after-the-service, means you are in that team. We're all servants of God. Whatever role we've been given, it's an instruction from our Master, and valued by Him just as much as every other role in His Kingdom.



So want now? Do three servant tasks for others today - for example, make lunch, clean something, milk the household goats (or, you know, take the lazy option and do the grocery shopping).

Soulfood : Num 7, Luke 6:27-36, Ps 107:1-9, Prov 3:13-18

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